New FSE member - Croatia: Croatian Screenwriters and Playwrights Guild
[...] SPID was founded in 2015 and in only three years we have managed to make a mark in the Croatian audiovisual scene as a whole. Numbering sixtyeight members and counting, we represent a wide array of writers – our members work for TV, film, theatre, radio, the gaming industry, new media and comics.
Prior to our founding, screenwriters and playwrights were scattered across various film/theatre guilds where writers’ issues were never tackled and where we were not able to have a voice. So forming our own guild became a matter of absolute necessity. We wanted to form an institution that would help writers from the audiovisual sector in achieving and preserving their rights, give them support, as well as professional and legal aid. Nevertheless, our aims and actions are not only writer-centered. We have actively participated in Croatian legislative issues (lately in defining the new bill on audiovisual activities), and we have organized masterclasses (Tony Grisoni in 2016 and Spencer Hunt in 2017) and panels (HBO Adria; The Writersroom; Rights for Screenwriters) that were open to both professionals and a broader audience. We have conducted statistical research on screenwriters with an emphasis on gender in the period covering the last ten years, the results of which point to support mechanisms for script development including women more than the fields of directing or production. And last but not least, should the new audiovisual legislation proposal become the law, we are in line to become part of the Croatian Audiovisual Council, which is one of three autonomous and equal bodies presiding over the activities of the Croatian Audiovisual Centre (government-backed strategic agency for the audiovisual sector). SPID's main concern are writers, but at the same time we feel that what is even more important is the environment in which we work.