World Conference of Screenwriters

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Berlin 2018

10th and 11th October 2018

After WCOS 01 Athens 2009, WCOS 02 Barcelona 2012 and WCOS 03 Warsaw 2014,
the fourth World Conference of Screenwriters will be hosted by the Verband Deutscher Drehbuchautoren / Screenwriters Guild of Germany, Federation of Screenwriters of Europe and International Affiliation of Writers Guilds.


The Event

This unique event facilitates focused conversations among professional film and television writers and their guilds around the world. The goal is to establish common bonds over issues of concern to all writers, including craft, remuneration, and working conditions. This year, over the course of two days approximately 200 to 300 writers, guild representatives and cultural experts will discuss the effects of globalization on screenwriting and share strategies for thriving, both as creators and guilds, in this rapidly changing world, through main stage panels, one-on-one interviews, and workshops.


The Participants

This event is open to all the screenwriters who are individually member of one of the guilds, which are part of FSE and IAWG. The conference is free but it is necessary to register online.
You can get more information on registration and event details from your home guild, or through the Federation of Screenwriters in Europe.

In addition to the participation of both FSE and IAWG member guilds (full list available here), we are excited to welcome writers from other countries around the world.


The Venue

The fourth World Conference of Screenwriters will take place at the Academy of Arts in the historic center of Berlin.



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The Location: BERLIN

> A city of History and stories
> A Meeting place of the world’s storytellers
> An international metropolis with a unique film and cultural heritage
> A magnet for authors and artists worldwide
> A significant political hub within Europe


The Mission

Using their imagination and well-honed literary skills, screenwriters create the stories that touch, captivate, enlighten, and entertain us on the big screen. This requires both a rich imagination and a touch of inspiration, as well as experience and skill. The screenplay is the nucleus of any film, the plan guiding the construction of all the other elements that make up the artwork.

Cinematic narratives shape our image of the world and of the people around us like no other medium. Screenwriters thus function as seismographs of our time. In view of the rapid technological, communicative, and social changes occurring in the digital age, as well as the global erosion of political certainties and social values, this role is becoming increasingly important. Films deliver stories that can reach millions worldwide, providing guidance, creating identities, and, in particular, reinforcing the concepts of freedom, diversity, and democracy through their heterogenous content and diverse forms of expression.

This fourth conference will shed light on the writer’s situation, not only by examining financial and creative aspects of the writer’s life, but also by looking at the world writers live in. Berlin with its history is the perfect place for this approach.


The Program

The first day of the conference will be mostly dedicated to the topic of POWER,
the second day to the topic of FREEDOM.

Within the last few years, circumstances for writers have changed dramatically with respect to production and distribution. In some parts of the world, the political situation in their countries has also had an impact. In response to this, we will present panels, sessions, and talks dealing with both the business and politics of screenwriting. These will include:

> SHIFTING POWER TO THE WRITER
> THE SHOWRUNNER MODEL
> TRANSITIONING FROM WRITER TO PRODUCER
> NETFLIX
> ORGANIZING & COLLECTIVE BARGAINING
> THE VALUE OF FICTIONAL NARRATIVES TO SOCIETY
> COPYRIGHT, COLLECTIVE MANAGEMENT ORGANISATIONS AND GUILDS
> WRITING IN OPPRESSION
> NEW LICENSING MODELS AND NEW MARKETS
> SUBVERSIVE WRITING
> WOMEN AND 50/50 by 2020

> and many others.

 
SEE YOU IN BERLIN!
 


 
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