Some of the most significant bodies involved in protecting the rights of European creators are conducting a major research project, with a view to better understanding the working conditions of directors in the UK and on the continent.
This is the first ever comprehensive, Europe-wide research project of its kind, but it needs your help.
Directors UK members are invited to fill out a survey, commissioned by our friends at The Federation of European Film Directors (FERA), and the Federation of Screenwriters in Europe (FSE) with the help of the Society of Audiovisual Authors (SAA). The research will be conducted by the Department of Sociology at the University of Ghent.
It is only through amassing the largest dataset possible that a genuinely meaningful analysis can be conducted — that’s where you come in.
Before you start the survey, please read the following important information provided by Jessy Siongers, Mart Willekens and Lucas Pissens from the University of Ghent.
1. “We are well aware of the sensitivity of the information we will be asking for. The data we collect will therefore be handled strictly confidential and completely anonymous. We never link results with personal data. We will always work in accordance with the privacy legislation.”
2. “The survey is aimed at directors, screenwriters and other audiovisual authors. While we are aware these three fields are not one and the same, we address all three categories under the general title of “audiovisual authors”. This way the survey remains clear for all professions.”
3. “This research was commissioned by the Federation of European Film Directors (FERA) and the Federation of Screenwriters in Europe (FSE). The research is carried out by the Research group CuDOS - Department of Sociology of the University of Ghent.”
4. “The more respondents, the better the view on the current situation of audiovisual authors and the more exact the advice we can give towards policy and practice. But even more: the results of this study can give you an insight in your personal situation and can place your own working conditions in a comparative perspective.”
Join your fellow creatives across Europe and help build a picture of working conditions for directors – so that we can move towards better understanding and reform. Take the survey today.