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1. How can one become a member of The Film Writers' Association ?
Download the Membership form & refer to the Membership procedure. Submit it with all documents and your recent passport size photograph to the office of the FWA.

2. Is it mandatory for me to be a member of the FWA if I want to be a professional screenwriter?
Though its not necessary that only a member of the association can write for films, most of the producers will ask you to register at FWA as it’s the correct and professional way to function. Furthermore, it helps if you run into any problems with fellow writers or with Producers/Directors in matter of Creative rights, Disputes or wages.

3. Is it safe to mail my work to Producer/Director after registering the same with FWA?
Yes it is, since the FWA registration is recognized and abided by the Industry as well as entire Body of Film Associations.

4. Does F.W.A. help me in case of infringement/ theft of my work ?
Yes, It can do that through the Dispute Settlement Committee provided the member is able give adequate proof of infringement/ theft and if the said work has been registered with the FWA.

5. How do I register my script?
You can register your work once you become a member with FWA. You can also register your script online. Please see Register Your Script to learn more.

6. Can I get a hand-written script registered or do I have to get it typed?
You can get a handwritten manuscript registered at the FWA office. However, getting your material typed is a prerequisite if you're registering online. It is so because the website needs to keep a word-count of the material and thus, even a scanned version of the manuscript won't serve the purpose.

7. Can I register my work by post ?
No, you can either do it in person at the FWA Office, Mumbai or register online on the website. However you can post the script by registered post to yourself. Do not open the envelope. In case of disputes the date of registering the letter will be taken as the date the work was written.

8. What all can I get registered with FWA?
FWA provides registration for Lyrics (Song & mukhada), Concept, Synopsis, Story, Treatment, Screenplay with Story & Dialogues (Script). Screenplay without Dialogues (step-outline) and Dialogues.

9. Are there any formatting requisites for the material I want to register?
Yes, there are some guidelines to keep in mind when you come to get your work registered.
a) Number all the pages.
b) At the top of the first page leave space for a paragraph for the FWA registration stamp and signature.
c) The name of the subject, the classification of the subject, i.e. is it a Story, Screenplay or Lyrics etc.) and the name of the Writer should be clearly written at the top of the page just before the contents of the subject being registered.
For lyrics- As many songs (a mukhada with minimum one antara/stanza) or mukhdas can be registered in a single document.
At the very beginning, write down 'Song/mukhada number 1 followed by your name and eventually the material. To include more songs/mukhada, mark another heading as 'Song/mukhada number 2 by' followed by your name and so on.
If you're registering online you're not required to leave space for a paragraph though remember, only .doc files can be registered on the website.

10. What is the cost of registering my work?
The charges for online registration and registration at FWA office are as follows;
AT FWA
Any work other than lyrics can be registered by paying Rs. 10.00 for the first 5 pages and Rs. 1.00 per page after that.
Charges for lyrics are Rs. 10.00 per song and Rs. 5.00 per mukahda.
ONLINE
Any work other than lyrics can be registered by paying Rs. 5.00 for each unit of 0 to 350 words. Charges for registering lyrics are same as above.
An additional fee of Rs. 50.00 for online-registration is levied on every transaction.

11. How do I obtain a stamped copy of the script I've registered online?
Once you register your script online, you are assigned a FWA registration number along with a unique digital ID stamped in a bar code. The Bar Code retains information on your name, name of the subject registered, the date and time of registration the number of words and payment details.
You can view all your online registrations under the "My Registered Scripts" section and can also download the work registered along with the Digital ID for future use. The actual document you have uploaded is archived in a secure location.
In case of a dispute, the FWA will retrieve the Digital ID and registration details from the Bar Code.
COMMON QUERIES

12. What should be remuneration for a new writer ?
The rule of thumb for screenwriting fee is 2-5% of the total production budget. This depends upon the negotiations between the Producer and the Writer. The FWA is in the process of negotiating standard minimum wages through the proposed Model contract with the Producer bodies.
There are also minimum wages laid down by the FWICE. The Minimum wage details are attached.

13. What are the basic points I need to keep in mind while signing a contract for a screenwriting assignment?
Please refer to the DOs & DON'Ts section.

14. What are the basic rights of a Writer?
A fair contract, respectable remuneration as per Industry standards, freedom of speech (to be exercised in an accountable manner), due recognition and appropriate royalties are few of the basic rights which a Writer possesses by default.

15. If I have been engaged to develop an idea given to me by a producer, director or a production house, who does the IPR belong to?
The current modus-operandi of the Indian film industry comprises of 'work for hire' contracts where the Producer is the employer and the Writer is the employee. It means the IPR belongs to the Producer once the Writer finishes his services. However it should be like 'lease and license' where the Writer permits the Producer to use his work for making a film for theatrical release for a fee. Any further exploitation in any form in any media will make the Writer eligible for a share in the royalty.
There is a proposed bill in parliament regarding the copyrights act which shall determine the IPR in the Writer's favor but until then, try including as many clauses in the contract which will make you eligible for royalties.

16. Can I get a copyright on a 'concept.' How can I ensure that my original thought which is commercially viable gets a legal acknowledgement?
A concept is a seed, the germ of a thought; which hasn't been worked upon to its end. The same concept, by sheer co-incidence can occur to more than one person at different time intervals. The best practice is to develop your concepts into short stories and get them registered as such before sharing the same.

17 What is Screen Credit? How and at what stage can I determine what Screen Credit I should get?
Screen Credits, are the titles which appear on the screen when the film/show is shown/aired. Your contract must state what credit/s you'll get and in what order they will appear. You can also negotiate on marketing related credits (like on posters, hoardings and other publicity etc.) by incorporating clauses about the same in your contract.

18. What are my rights and dues if a producer decides to terminate an agreement at some stage of development?
Your contract will determine what will happen when such a situation arises. A contract normally will have specific termination clauses.

19. What can I do if a producer or production house has withheld my payments for reasons other than default on my part?
You can approach the Dispute Settlement Committee of the FWA for help.

20. Where can I procure information and latest updates regarding IPR and Copyright Laws and policies?
The information is available at http://www.iprindia.com/copyright.htm

21. Is it necessary for the producer or production house I am working with, to be associated with a producers’ association?
Yes. In case of a dispute or even otherwise, a Producer registered with an Association is more accountable than the others.

Cracking a Contract

1. A producer wishes to engage me in writing for him. How can I ensure that I sign the right contract?
Be vigilant in matters pertaining to your contracts. Don't sign any contract provided by the producer without consulting a knowledgeable and trustworthy lawyer. You can also prepare your version of a contract with legal consultation and negotiate with your employer. A model contract for writers prepared by the FWA has not yet been approved by the producer's body. Once that is done, you will be able to use it to your benefit. Refer to our ASK OUR LAWYER section.

2. Can there be two contracts? One which I prepare and one which my producer gives me?
No. Both the parties sign one single mutually agreed contract.


3. Are contracts for films and TV one and the same?
No. There are different contracts for Films and Television. The FWA has also prepared a model contract for Television.

*In case you have more queries please Click here to send an e-mail.

SCREEN  WRITERS' ASSOCIATION

HINDI FEATURE FILM, REGIONAL FILMS. TELEFILMS & TV SERIALS

for the period 1.3.2015 to 28.2.2016 @ 13% hike

FEATURE FILM "A" GRADE

EXISTING RATES

NEW RATES

STORY

542966.50

613552.15

SCREENPLAY

542966.50

613552.15

DIALOGUE

542966.50

613552.15

SONG

63375.07

71613.83

FEATURE FILM "B" GRADE

EXISTING RATES

NEW RATES

STORY

271468.98

306759.95

SCREENPLAY

271468.98

306759.95

DIALOGUE

271468.98

306759.95

SONG

42247.12

47739.25

 

 

 

FEATURE FILM "C" GRADE

EXISTING RATES

NEW RATES

STORY

71970.98

81327.21

SCREENPLAY

71970.98

81327.21

DIALOGUE

71970.98

81327.21

SONG

14447.42

16325.58

 

 

 

TELEFILM

EXISTING RATES

NEW RATES

STORY

 

 

UPTO 1HR 30 MIN

75998.46

85878.26

ABOVE 1 HR 30 MIN

101331.27

114504.34

SCREENPLAY

 

 

UPTO 1HR 30 MIN

75998.46

85878.26

ABOVE 1 HR 30 MIN

101331.27

114504.34

DIALOGUE

 

 

UPTO 1HR 30 MIN

101331.27

114504.34

ABOVE 1 HR 30 MIN

126664.11

143130.44

SONGS

 

 

PER SONGS UPTO 1 HR 30 MIN

25332.82

28626.09

PER SONG ABOVE 1 HR 30 MIN

35464.16

40074.50

 

 

 

TV SERIALS

EXISTING RATES

NEW RATES

CONCEPT PER EPISODE

4658.78

5264.42

STORY PER EPISODE

23306.19

26335.99

SCREENPLAY

 

 

PER EPISODE UPTO 30 MIN

23306.19

26335.99

PER EPISODE ABOVE TO 30 MIN

34959.31

39504.02

DIALOGUE

 

 

PER EPISODE UPTO 30 MIN

34959.31

39504.02

PER EPISODE ABOVE TO 30MIN

46612.39

52672.00

SONG PER SONG

23306.19

26335.99

TITLE SONG PER SONG

23306.19

26335.99

Verified and Approved

For  Screen  Writers' Association

For Federation of Western India Cine Employee

Kamlesh  Pandey - Hon. General Secretary                          

      Dilip  Pithva – Hon. General Secretary

 

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