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Board


PSC President
Arkadiusz Tomiak

PSC Vice President
Łukasz Kośmicki

PSC Board Member
Adam Bajerski

PSC Board Member
Paweł Dyllus

PSC Board Member
Wojciech Staroń

Members


  • Tomasz Augustynek
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  • Adam Bajerski
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  • Andrzej Bartkowiak
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  • Michał Bukojemski
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  • Michał Dąbal
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  • Wit Dąbal
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  • Dominik Danilczyk
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  • Tomasz Dobrowolski
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  • Klaudiusz Dwulit
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  • Jolanta Dylewska
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  • Paweł Dyllus
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  • Bogdan Dziworski
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  • Paweł Edelman
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  • Michał Englert
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  • Kacper Fertacz
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  • Janusz Gauer
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  • Włodzimierz Głodek
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  • Bogumił Godfrejów
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Statute


Section 1

1.The name of the Society shall be ‘Stowarzyszenie Autorów Zdjęć Filmowych’ in the Polish language and ‘Polish Society of Cinematographers’ in the English language.
2.The Society may use the following acronyms: SAZF; PSC; SAZF/PSC; as well as foreign-language equivalents of its name.

Section 2

1.The Society is registered and has a legal personality.
2.The Society shall operate in the Republic of Poland, as well as abroad, in accordance with local laws.
3.The Society’s registered office shall be in Warsaw.

Section 3

The Society may be a member of Polish and foreign associations and organisations pursuing the same or similar objectives.

Section 4

In its activities, the Society shall rely on volunteering work of all its members.

Section 4a

The Society shall operate for the benefit of cinematographers.

Section 5

The Society’s mission is to conduct socially useful activities in pursuit of the following public tasks:
1) representing the interests of its members in Poland and abroad, in particular through protection of copyrights associated with the cinematographer’s creative contribution to the production of a film;
2) undertaking activities conducive to activation of cinematographers, ensuring conditions supporting professional development and improvement of qualifications of the Society’s members, as well as taking up initiatives counteracting unemployment;
3) contributing to the development and promotion of the Polish art and craft filmmaking in general, including in particular the Polish art and craft of cinematography, and involvement in initiatives aimed at ensuring extensive development of the art and craft of filmmaking;
4) raising the prestige of the cinematographer profession;
5) supporting and initiating activities designed to ensure the Society’s participation in developing legislation relevant for the profession of a cinematographer;
6) contributing to the development of the Polish art and craft of filmmaking and photography, and supporting activities designed to foster the development of the audiovisual industry;
7) popularising issues related to the art and craft of filmmaking and photography and engaging in educational activities related to the art and craft of filmmaking;
8) involvement in activities that foster European integration and international cooperation in the area of cinematography.

Section 6

The Society shall pursue its mission by:
1) initiating and conducting efforts aimed at raising the prestige of cinematographer’s profession by taking any legally permitted measures to protect economic copyrights and secure remuneration levels that correspond to the cinematographer’s creative contribution to making a film;
2) taking steps with a view to adapting filmmaking vocabulary and terminology to international standards;
3) approaching relevant authorities and organisations with opinions, proposals and postulates;
4) organising and initiating activities related to filmmaking education and promotion of the art and craft of filmmaking and photography;
5) organising and participating in lectures, courses, symposia, discussions, seminars, study tours, apprenticeships, contests, festivals, etc., in Poland and abroad.
6) initiating and arranging the preparation of specialised studies on the cinematographer’s profession;
7) engaging in publishing activity with a view to promoting the art and craft of filmmaking and photography;
8) engaging in cooperation with artistic schools to develop teaching methods and syllabuses for future filmmakers;
9) offering advice to the Society members on the legislation applicable to filmmaking, organisational and technical solutions in filmmaking, as well as its economic aspects;
10) fostering cooperation and exchange of professional experience between members of the Society and other persons, organisations, as well as Polish and European institutions;
11) setting up grant funds to support filmmakers; financing awards granted in recognition of outstanding achievements in the art and craft of filmmaking;
12) archiving and completing documentation on outstanding achievements in filmmaking;
13) putting forward proposals for use of grants funded by Polish and foreign organisations.

Section 7

The Society’s members shall be as follows:

1) active members;

2) honorary members;

3) supporting members.

Section 8

An active member of the Society may be anyone of legal age, performing creative work in feature film making, practising the profession of a cinema or TV film camera operator, having considerable achievements in the art and craft of cinematography and meeting the conditions specified in Section 9.

Section 9

1.Any candidate for an active member should submit a written application to the Society’s Management Board, backed by at least two members of the Society, hereinafter referred to as patrons.

2.The Management Board shall present its opinion on the candidate within one month of submission of the application and shall include voting on the candidate’s admission as member of the Society in the agenda of the next General Meeting of Members.

3.At the General Meeting of Members, the patrons shall recommend the candidate for admission as member of the Society.

4.An individual becomes a member of the Society by a resolution of the General Meeting of Members, passed with a simple majority of votes of those present.

5.Any newly admitted member of the Society shall pay a joining fee within a week of the date of passing of the resolution referred to in Section 9.4, in the amount defined by the Management Board at its first meeting in a given calendar year.

Section 10

1.The honorary member status may be granted to an individual from outside of the Society who has outstanding professional achievements in art.

2.The honorary member title shall be awarded by the General Meeting of Members; the provisions of Section 17.6 shall apply accordingly to an application to become an honorary member of the Society. The resolution on award of the title shall be passed with an absolute majority of the votes of members present at the Meeting.

3.Honorary members shall have the rights and obligations specified in Sections 12.2, 12.3, 12.4, 12.5 and 12.6.

Section 11

1.The supporting member status may be granted to any natural or legal person that financially supports the Society in the pursuit of its mission.

2.The supporting member title shall be awarded by a resolution of the Management Board.

3.The terms of supporting members’ relationship with the Society shall be defined by the Management Board in a relevant resolution.

4.Supporting members shall have the rights and obligations specified in Sections 12.2 and 12.4.

Section 12

Rights and obligations of active members of the Society:

1) the right to vote in election of, and to stand for election to, the Society’s governing bodies;

2) the right to participate in General Meetings of Members;

3) the right to vote at General Meetings of Members;

4) the obligation to observe the Society’s Statute, resolutions passed by the Society’s governing bodies, and the Society’s by-laws;

5) the right to use the Society’s assets and assistance as part of the Society’s mission as defined in this Statute;

6) the right and obligation to actively participate in the pursuit of the Society’s mission and objectives as defined in this Statute;

7) the obligation to pay the joining fee and regularly pay the membership fees;

8) the obligation to provide other benefits, in financial or other form, if required under a resolution of the General Meeting of Members.

Section 13

The active membership status shall expire as a result of the following:

1) voluntary withdrawal, notified to the Management Board in writing;

2) a member’s death;

3) deletion from the roster of members by the Management Board as a result of the member being in arrears with payment of membership fees for more than six months, subject to a prior written notice to pay;

4) expulsion of the member, on the basis of a resolution of the General Meeting of Members, passed by the absolute majority of the votes of members present at the Meeting, provided that at least half of the Society’s members holding voting rights are present. Expulsion shall be permitted in the event of a member’s gross breach of this Statute, betrayal of the Society’s mission as defined in this Statute, or acting to the detriment of the Society.

Section 13a

The honorary or supporting membership status shall expire as a result of:

1) voluntary withdrawal, notified to the Management Board in writing;

2) a member’s death – in the case of natural persons, or loss of legal personality – in the case of legal persons;

3) expulsion of the member, on the basis of a resolution of the General Meeting of Members, passed by the absolute majority of the votes of members present at the Meeting, provided that at least half of the Society’s members holding voting rights are present. Expulsion shall be permitted in the event of a member’s gross breach of this Statute, betrayal of the Society’s mission as defined in this Statute, or acting to the detriment of the Society.

Section 14

1.A member shall have the right to appeal to the General Meeting of Members against the Management Board’s decision on the member’s deletion from the roster of members, within three months of the delivery of a written notice of deletion.

2.A member’s removal shall be debated during the next General Meeting of Members. The General Meeting of Members may re-admit a previously removed member without observing the procedure specified in Section 9.

Section 15

The Society’s governing bodies shall be:

1) the General Meeting of Members;

2) the Management Board;

3) the Audit Committee.

Section 16

1.The General Meeting of Members shall be the Society’s supreme governing body.

2.Members entitled to participate in the General Meeting shall be active members (with decision-making powers), as well as honorary members and representatives of supporting members (in advisory capacity).

Section 17

1.General Meetings may be held as Annual and Extraordinary General Meetings.

2.The General Meeting may pass resolutions only on matters placed on its agenda. A General Meeting’s agenda shall be determined by the Society’s Management Board.

3.The Audit Committee, or members of the Society representing no less than 1/5 of the total number of active members, may demand placement of particular matters on the agenda.

4.The Management Board shall notify the time, place and agenda of a General Meeting to the members at least two weeks prior to its scheduled date. The notice shall be sent by registered mail, courier service, or e-mail, if the Member agreed in writing to receiving notices by e-mail.

5.If the agenda of a General Meeting is to include amendments to the Society’s Statute, the notice of a General Meeting shall be sent along with the draft amendments to the Statute.

6.An Extraordinary General Meeting of Members shall be convened by the Society’s Management Board acting on its own initiative, at the request of the Audit Committee, or at the request of at least 1/5 of the total number of active members of the Society. A request to convene an Extraordinary General Meeting should be submitted to the Management Board in writing and should include a statement of reasons and proposed agenda for the Meeting. The General Meeting should be held within two months of the request submission date.

7.The Audit Committee, or members representing no less than 1/5 of the total number of the Society’s active members, shall have the right to convene a General Meeting if the Management Board fails to do so within the time limit specified in Section 17.6.

  1. The General Meeting of Members may also be held without being formally convened if all the active members are present, agree to hold a Meeting and approve the proposed agenda.
  2. The General Meeting of Members may adopt its rules of procedure, specifying its organisation and operating procedures.

Section 18

Powers of the General Meeting of Members shall include:

– determining the general guidelines and directions for the Society’s pursuit of its mission and its financial activities;

– reviewing and approving the financial statements and the report on the Management Board’s activities for specific periods;

– approval of performance of duties by the Management Board and Audit Committee members;

– appointing and removing members of the Society’s governing bodies;

– admitting individuals as active members and granting honorary membership status;

– passing resolutions on amendments to the Statute and on dissolution of the Society;

– passing resolutions on the Society’s joining of any other Polish or foreign societies or organisations;

– passing resolutions on matters specified in this Statute.

Section 19

An Annual General Meeting shall be held once a year. The Management Board shall convene an Annual General Meeting within 6 (six) months of the end of a calendar year.

Section 20

1.Resolutions by the General Meeting of Members shall be passed in an open ballot.

2.A secret ballot shall be announced if requested by at least one member holding a voting right.

3.Resolutions of the General Meeting of Members shall be passed by a simple majority of votes of members attending the Meeting, in the presence of no less than 1/4 of members holding voting rights, save for matters with respect to which this Statute stipulates different voting rules.

  1. If the General Meeting of Members is unable to pass resolutions because the number of members who are present and hold voting rights is too small, the Management Board shall convene another General Meeting of Members with the same agenda, for a day falling not earlier than three weeks and no later than four weeks after the date of the original General Meeting of Members. A General Meeting of Members convened under the above provision may adopt resolutions irrespective of the number of members who are present and hold voting rights.
  2. An active member may participate in a General Meeting of Members and exercise the voting right in person or through a proxy. Any power of proxy must be granted in writing, on pain of nullity. A member of the Society’s Management Board may not serve as a proxy.
  3. An active member may not, whether in person, through a proxy, or as a proxy for another person, vote on resolutions concerning:

1)             his or her appointment to, or removal from, the Society’s governing bodies,

2)             his or her accountability towards the Society for any reason, including approval of performance of his/her duties,

3)             his or her release from obligations towards the Society,

4)             any dispute between him or her and the Society,

5)             any other matters of such member.

Section 21

1.The Society’s Management Board shall be composed of three to five members elected by the General Meeting of Members. the Management Board’s Chair shall be elected by the Management Board from among its members.

2.The Management Board’s term of office shall be four years and shall expire on the date of holding the Annual General Meeting of Members which approves performance of duties by the Management Board members in respect of their last full financial year in office.

3.A Management Board member’s mandate shall expire before the expiry of his or her term of office if such Management Board member is removed by the General Meeting of Members, resigns or dies.

4.If the number of Management Board members falls below three, the Management Board shall immediately convene a General Meeting of Members in order to fill the vacancies for the period until the expiry of the term of office.

5.In the case of expiry of a Management Board member’s mandate before the end of a term, if the number of Management Board members does not fall below three, the General Meeting of Members may fill the vacancy for the period until the expiry of the term of office.

Section 22

1.The Management Board shall hold its meetings every quarter or more frequently. A Board meeting may be convened by any Board member.

2.Resolutions shall be passed with a simple majority of votes, and in the case of a voting tie, the Chair shall have the casting vote.

3.Declarations of will on behalf of the Society may be made, and documents on behalf of the Society may be signed by two Board members acting jointly.

4.The Management Board may adopt its rules of procedure, specifying its organisation and operating procedures. Such rules of procedure must be approved by the General Meeting of Members.

Section 23

The Management Board shall have the following powers:

1) representing the Society, managing the Society’s current affairs and implementing the General Meeting’s resolutions;

2) issuing opinions on candidates’ applications to be admitted as members of the Society;

3) deleting individuals from the roster of the Society’s members, in the cases specified in this Statute;

4) determining the joining fee and membership fee amounts;

5) convening General Meetings of Members.

Section 24

1.The Audit Committee shall be composed of three to five members elected by the General Meeting of Members.

2.Meetings of the Audit Committee shall be held at least once a year.

3.The Audit Committee’s term of office shall be four years and shall expire on the date of holding the Annual General Meeting of Members which approves performance of duties by the Audit Committee members in respect of their last full financial year in office.

4.An Audit Committee member’s mandate shall expire before the expiry of his or her term of office if such Audit Committee member is removed by the General Meeting of Members, resigns or dies.

5.Resolutions of the Audit Committee shall be passed by a simple majority of the votes of members present, provided that at least three members of the Committee are present.

6.If the number of Audit Committee members falls below three, the Management Board shall immediately convene a General Meeting of Members in order to fill the vacancies on the Audit Committee for the period until the expiry of the term of office.

7.In the case of expiry of an Audit Committee member’s mandate before the end of a term, if the number of Audit Committee members does not fall below three, the General Meeting of Members may fill the vacancy for the period until the expiry of the term of office.

8.The Audit Committee may adopt its rules of procedure, specifying its organisation and operating procedures. Such rules of procedure must be approved by the General Meeting of Members.

Section 25

The Audit Committee shall have the following powers:

1. Ongoing supervision of the Society’s activities;

2. Reporting on the Committee’s activities to the General Meeting;

3. Issuing opinions on the Management Board’s report on its activities and submitting proposals regarding approval of performance of duties by the Management Board members;

4. Presenting comments and proposals to the Management Board concerning its activities;

5. Approving disposal, acquisition or encumbrance of the Society’s properties.

Section 26

As part of its powers, the Audit Committee shall have the right to access and inspect all of the Society’s documents, and may demand that the Management Board provides it with oral or written explanations.

Section 27

1.The Society’s assets shall include the following:

– movables,

– properties,

– the Society’s own funds,

– securities,

– shares,

– bonds/notes.

2.The Society’s own funds shall include:

– joining fees and membership fees;

– grants, subsidies, donations, inheritances, bequests and devises;

– proceeds from the Society’s activities conducted in accordance with this Statute;

– public generosity and income tax donated by natural persons in the amount of 1% of their tax computed in accordance with separate laws and regulations.

3.The Society’s own funds shall be expended in accordance with the budget adopted every year by the Society’s Management Board. The budget shall be open to the Society members.

  1. Any acquisition, disposal or lease of a Society’s property shall require a resolution by the Management Board and approval by the Audit Committee.
  2. Members of the Society, including members of the Management Board and members of the Audit Committee, shall be reimbursed any expenses incurred in pursuit of matters related to the Society’s mission, subject to prior approval of such expenses by the Management Board and taking into account the financial capabilities of the Society.
Section 28

Until the first General Meeting of Members is held, the Management Board’s functions shall be performed by the Founding Committee elected by the Society’s founding members.

Section 29

With respect to matters not provided for in this Statute or disputed matters, decisions shall be made by the General Meeting of Members, and in periods between the General Meetings – by the Management Board, with effect from the next General Meeting.

Section 30

1.A resolution to dissolve the Society shall be passed by the General Meeting of Members by absolute majority of votes, provided that at least half of the Society’s members are present.

2.Members of the Society’s Management Board shall be the Society’s liquidators, unless the General Meeting appoints other liquidators.

Section 31

Resolutions on amendment of this Statute shall be passed by a simple majority of the votes of those present, provided that at least 1/3 of the members holding voting rights are present.

Contact


Polish Society of Cinematographers
Stowarzyszenie Autorów Zdjęć Filmowych


Chełmska 21
00-724 Warsaw, Poland


Society Secretary
Maciej Werniosekretarz@psc.pl

Polish Society of Cinematographers

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