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SASWA SUMMIT (article first published : 2003-10-26)

News from The South African Scriptwriters' Association is that with its 30-year history, SASWA “ cannot keep training writers for an industry that does not support them, one that refuses to treat writers as valued professionals”.

SASWA has initiated the process of becoming a guild in order to fight for and look after writers in the television and film industry. “What does that mean for you as a writer? What does that mean for you as a producer?” it asks. To find out, scriptwriters are encouraged to attend the SASWA Summit at Sithengi where SASWA will also present the results of its groundbreaking and shocking survey of the scriptwriting industry and present SASWA's way forward.

Add your voice in considering these issues: Is there an industry without writers? Is a guild just another exclusive club? When will writers be taken seriously? When will writers take themselves seriously? How can we make sure that more local content hits our screens? What about residuals for repeated television series? Who cares about pensions and benefits for a freelance writer? How are you protected? What is the way forward? Should we join forces with other writers on the subcontinent?

Guest speakers will include representatives from across the continent, South African national cultural institutes, and writers' union representatives from Europe and Australia.

For more information on the SASWA Summit, contact Catharina Weinek on 072 359 2215 or e-mail: catharina@gem.co.za or visit www.sithengi.co.za

Sithengi Festival will take place in the first half of November in Cape Town. For details on the wide range of activities taking place, visit www.sithengi.co.za




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