New terms for UK film directors

Iain Softley and Roger Michell Directors UK has launched new terms that affect UK film directors in protecting their creative rights. 

The Creative Rights Minimum Terms for Fiction Feature Film have received support from a lengthy roll-call of leading directors including Amma Asante, Danny Boyle, Lynne Ramsay, Guy Ritchie and David Yates, with the aim of establishing reasonable best practice. 

The new terms are supported by Pact, the BFI, the British Film Commissioner, BBC films, Film4, the Production Guild and the Personal Managers Association.

UK film directors and their agents will require the terms to be incorporated in their contracts for all fiction feature films.

The core set or requirements will allow a director to execute his or her work in the most efficient way during prep, production and post-production. The terms will help directors improve their working conditions and prevent the erosion of their role.

Max Rumney, deputy CEO at Pact, said: “Independent producers recognise the importance of the creative partnership that they have with directors during the course of the production process and welcome the Directors UK Creative Minimum Terms, which set out clear and fair terms and best practice for the engagement of directors.”

Rose Garnett, director of BBC Films said: “BBC Films welcomes the Directors UK Minimum Creative Rights Terms, which will protect, support and nurture directors, particularly those starting out in their careers.”

Initially drawn up by the Directors UK Film Committee, the initiative has been spearheaded by former Directors UK film chairs Iain Softley and Roger Michell (pictured), along with director Jim Gillespie and Directors UK CEO Andrew Chowns.

Photo via Directors UK. 


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