After the dramatic speech in the closing ceremony of the recent edition of the festival by its director Marek Żydowicz the world of cinematography stood still waiting for developments. The anxiety of many cinematographers and industrial professional, companies and manufacturers came to a standstill with the recent announcement by the organization that a new location was found. It is a return to Torun, the home base of the Tumult Foundation organization behind the existence of the festival.
For IMAGO is also a return of its roots and first years of implementation. It was in Torun where Annual General Assemblies were held and where it was signed the Toruń Declaration in 1999 about the claim for authorship recognition.
So the 27th edition of the International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography CAMERIMAGE will be held between 9-16 November 2019 in the city of Toruń.
Cinematographers from 22 European countries, united in IMAGO, the European Federation of the National Associations of Cinematographers, have assembled from November 27th to December 4th, 1999 in Torun, Poland, and have discussed their legal status within the framework of national European copyright.
They express their wish to be recognized as co-author of films and other audio-visual works to which they contribute.
They state that typically films as works of art depend upon the creative effort of the author of the images.
They therefore appeal to national and European legislative and administrative bodies to include cinematographers among the authors of films and other audio-visual works.
Consequently, they claim recognition of their moral rights as authors and their share in the income from the exploitation, increasingly relevant in the digital age, of works which include their creative contributions.
They ask for public support of bodies of collective administration where they exist and encourage the establishment of such bodies where they do not yet exist.
They finally state that they are united in solidarity with other co-authors of their works in their mutual claims for recognition and their rightful claims based on copyright.
Toruń, December 4th, 1999