The last Thomas Pluch Price award, which was disputed in the industry, led us to adapt the awarding regulations of the largest Austrian screenplay prize. There are now three prices – this should facilitate the decisions of the juries and help to avoid compromise decisions in the future.
After a long time of preparation we are proud to present the model contracts for scriptwriters. With these contracts for cinema feature film, television and film treatment, we offer three legal documents with the best possible conditions for scriptwriters to conclude agreements.
Our aim is to establish standards and practices in the domestic film industry and to strengthen the independence of the authors in contract negotiations.
The model contracts are used as a template in whole but also in parts, they are broken down into individual components for better usability and adaption. Each element of the contract contains a commentary to add clarity and in some cases examples ensure better adaptability.
The contracts were created after intensive work especially in the communication with our members. We understand this publication as a work-in-progress process, where we welcome suggestions and ideas.
2013 we were able to anchor yet another improvement of funding script development along the guidelines of the Austrian Film Institute: a screenplay already funded can be submitted a second time. This option is designed to secure the work of screenwriters over a longer period and should significantly improve the quality of the scripts.
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