Otvoreno pismo Australskih snimatelja

Iz asocijacije koja broji respektabilnih 1600 članova stiglo nam je otvoreno pismo podrške, naslovljeno na ministricu kulture, gđu Obuljen Koržinek. Najljepša hvala australskim snimateljima i njihovom predsjedniku Ronu Johansonu.

Pismo prenosimo u cijelosti.

Saturday 2 nd May 2020

The Croatian Minister of Culture, Mrs. Nina Obuljen Koržinek Runjaninova 2 10 000 Zagreb Croatia

“Dear Minister, I write to you as the National President of the Australian Cinematographers Society representing our 1600 members. The Society is also a member of IMAGO, the International Federation of Cinematographers, who have more than 5.000 members in 55 countries globally.

As an international body the ACS have been informed by the Croatian Cinematographers Society (HFS) and it’s President, Mario Sablic HFS, that the Croatian Government and the Croatian State Intellectual Property Office are proposing changes to the Croatian copyright law, which will have a direct impact on the position of Croatian cinematographers as rightful authors of the images they create and co-authors of their audiovisual work. This is of paramount importance to Croatia’s industry, but will also a potential impact on the industry in all other countries that currently have authorship rights in place.

Due to their high international artistic standards, Croatian cinematographers have long been regarded as coauthors of audio-visual works in Croatia, and due to this fact, Croatia is held in the highest regard amongst all international film workers, directors, cinematographers and producers, and by the international culture sector, particularly here in Australia, given our resident Croatian population and with the interest in Croatian filmmaking generally.

We believe that to reduce the rights of Croatian cinematographers will have a negative influence on Croatia´s current established high reputation amongst international film-workers, and will be seen as a definite step in the wrong direction for the artistic and cultural endeavors of the country.

Should the Croatian Government significantly reduce the already well-established authorship rights for cinematographers, this will be received as an unfair and unjust attack on Croatian cinematographers by international film and culture sectors world-wide. The resulting negative international focus on this matter would risk the country´s high regard and reputation in the industry globally, could negatively impact the Croatian industry, and risk potential loss of international co-productions.

The ACS asks that the Croatian Government and the Croatian State Intellectual Property Office give due and informed consideration to withdrawing any proposal that will seriously impact Croatian cinematographer´s and their already well established authorship rights.

Respectfully yours”

Ron Johanson OAM ACS National President PO Box 21, BIGGERA WATERS, QLD 4216 M: 61 (0) 413 264 400 E: president@austcine.org.au