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The agreement on cooperation in the field of cinematography

of February 10, 1995

The governments of the State Parties of this agreement which are hereinafter referred to as with the Parties

being guided by the signed bilateral and multilateral agreements about cooperation in the field of culture;

in view of that pieces of screen are designed to play extremely important role in dialogue of the nations;

recognizing that each people have the right to pieces of screen which reflect its social and cultural features,

agreed as follows:

Article 1

The parties confirm the aspiration to cooperation in the field of cinematography on the basis of the principles of sovereignty, equality of the State Parties of the Commonwealth, accounting of the national legal system existing in each of the State Parties of this agreement.

The parties are recognized that state policy of the State Parties of this agreement in the field of cinematography is based on the following principles:

responsibility of the state for preserving, support and development of national cinematography;

recognitions of cinematography by the specific area of culture which compulsory provision of existence is availability of the developed production, scientific, technical and information base;

creations of the conditions making works of national motion picture art available for general population;

freedoms of creativity, assistance to entrepreneurship, social protection of participants of production, hire and display of movies;

observance of international treaties.

The parties will make necessary efforts for support and development of motion picture art, including by provision in legislative procedure for tax and other benefits for the companies and the organizations creating, rolling and performing public display of movies.

Article 2

The parties will be guided in questions of protection of copyright and related rights in the territory of the states by the principles enshrined in the Bern convention on copyright of 1886 and the World convention on copyright of 1952 and also the agreements on protection of copyright and related rights signed within the Commonwealth of Independent States.

The parties, interacting with each other, will make efforts for creation of reliable protection of copyright and related rights in the territories of the states.

Article 3

The parties will promote broad commercial and non-commercial exchanges of national movies of different genres and their hire in all territory of the states.

The national legal system of the State Parties of this agreement will encourage display in the territories of the national pieces of screen and pieces of screen created in the states which joined the Agreement to provide their free movement through borders of the State Parties of the Agreement and release from collection of customs payments.

The parties will promote the maximum simplification and reducing administrative formalities, necessary for such display.

The documents granting the right of hire and public display of national movies of the State Parties of the Agreement are recognized other State Parties of the Agreement as confirmation of rights of possession and (or) the order movies. At the same time the relevant state bodies of each of the State Parties of the Agreement have the right to determine procedure for hire and restriction of spectator audience in the territory taking into account traditions, customs and national peculiarities of the state.

Article 4

The parties will support cooperation between the national cinema organizations in production, hire and public display of movies, and also in the field of rendering mutual production and creative services.

The parties will encourage and develop various forms of creative cooperation in the field of cinematography, to promote development of modern motion picture art, to support the experimental works enriching film culture, to perform information exchanges, holding the international festivals and tenders.

Article 5

Are not assessed with customs payments when moving through borders of the State Parties of the Agreement the goods necessary for implementation of production and hire film and videos in the presence of confirmation of their appointment issued by authorized state body of management of cinematography for presentation when crossing customs borders.

Article 6

The parties will cooperate in the field of film education, including in preparation and retraining of professional personnel for needs of cinematography, to perform exchanges of pupils and teachers of educational institutions in system of film education.

Article 7

The parties will cooperate in area of preserving and mutual use of cinema heritage, forming of national film archives and film museums.

Article 8

For the purpose of deepening of cooperation and development of national cinematographies of the Party will render assistance to creation and activities of the international cinema organizations.

Article 9

During implementation of this agreement the joint commissions and working groups for studying and preparation of projects of mutual cooperation, assistance to the national cinema organizations in their joint activities, discussion of other questions can be created.

Article 10

This agreement does not exclude possibility of the conclusion the Parties of bilateral and multi-lateral agreements in the field of cinematography.

The agreement is open for accession of other interested states sharing the principles and the purposes of this agreement.

Article 11

This agreement is signed for three years and automatically prolonged for the next three years if any of the Parties does not inform depositary on the intention to leave this agreement in six months prior to the expiration of the next term of its action.

Article 12

This agreement is applied from the date of its signing and becomes effective from the date of delivery on storage to depositary of the third notification on accomplishment of the interstate procedures by the states necessary for its entry into force.

It is made in the city of Almaty on February 10, 1995 in one authentic copy in Russian. The authentic copy is stored in Archive of the Government of the Republic of Belarus which will send to each state which signed this agreement, its verified copy.

 

For the Government of the Azerbaijan Republic

For the Government of the Republic of Moldova

For the Government of the Republic of Armenia

For the Government of the Russian Federation

For the Government of the Republic of Belarus

For the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan

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