Stories are at the heart of humanity and are the repository of our diverse cultural heritage. They are told, retold and reinterpreted for new times by storytellers. Screenwriters are the storytellers of our time.
European writing talent should be trusted, encouraged and supported. The European film industries need to find ways to attract and keep its screenwriters in the cinema and in their craft. One essential tool for ensuring that the voice of writers is heard is an effective voice at a European level, where important decisions are made. The Federation of Screenwriters in Europe can be that voice.
FSE is a network of national and regional associations, guilds and unions of writers for the screen in Europe. In 2013, it comprised 25 members from 20 countries, representing more than 6,000 writers in Europe.
The common concerns of European writers are reflected in policy documents agreed by the member organisations: the FSE Policy Paper, published in December 2007; the European Screenwriters Manifesto, launched in November 2006 and the Founding Charter of the FSE, written in June 2001.
The FSE is monitoring European debates and legislative issues. The FSE launches campaigns in favour of screenwriters’ rights, collaborates with other creators’ groups on joint campaigns and seeks constructive dialogue with the other creative forces of the audiovisual sector.
The FSE produces and distributes a series of information leaflets on various issues of concern to the screenwriters and regularly issues a newsletter. It also organizes major events where screenwriters debate on the new challenges of their profession (Collective Bargaining Workshops in 2013; World Conferences of Screenwriters in Warsaw in 2013, Barcelona in 2012 and in Athens in 2009; European Conference of Screenwriters in Thessaloniki in 2006; RISE festival in Strasbourg in 2004).
The FSE is also active at international level, works closely with the International Affiliation of Writers Guilds (IAWG) and keeps contacts with other writers’ organisations around the world.