Organisatie - 11 november 2011

Noodkreet vrijwilligers Movie W

In een open brief aan Wageningen UR doen de vrijwilligers van Movie W een dringend beroep om steun.

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De brief is een soort laatste poging om de Raad van Bestuur van Wageningen UR over te halen. Als de raad niet over de brug komt, is het volgens de vrijwilligers per 1 januari gedaan met Movie W. Per die datum moet Movie W gebouw LA13 verlaten. De in het Engels geschreven brief is hieronder integraal afgedrukt.

Nieuw plan
Intussen heeft het bestuur van Movie W een nieuw businessplan geschreven. Het eerdere plan werd door de RvB afgewezen. In dat plan zou Wageningen UR de komende tien jaar in totaal twee ton moeten bijspringen om Movie W overeind te houden. Dat vindt de RvB veel te veel. Zij wil volgens de vrijwilligers niet verder gaan dan een eenmalige en veel lagere bijdrage van 40.000 euro. Namens de RvB ontkent woordvoerder Simon Vink overigens dat er een eindbod ligt.  
In het nieuwe plan is volgens Movie W-woordvoerder Huib de Vriend rekening gehouden met de belangrijkste voorwaarden van Wageningen UR. Zo zal de verhoging van de entree versneld worden doorgevoerd en gaan de prijzen van consumpties omhoog. Movie W rekent bovendien op minder huurkosten bij toekomstige huurbaas 't Venster. Ook zullen andere partijen dan Wageningen UR mee moeten betalen aan Movie W. Eén toezegging is volgens De Vriend al binnen.
Het overleg met de RvB wordt binnenkort hervat.
De open brief:
Movie W forced to close for good?
An open call to the EB of the WUR and to the academic and general society of Wageningen.
Movie W is the arthouse cinema in Wageningen which actively contributes to the cultural program of the Studium Generale of the Wageningen University. It is entirely run by a group of volunteers, who provide a high standard cinematic program, often combined with extras such as lectures, already for more than 35 years. All these years Movie W has received support from the university, mainly accommodation. Earlier this year, the current Executive Board of the university has decided to stop this support. Despite talks between Movie W and the university, it still is possible that Movie W will be forced to close its doors at the end of December. For good. Given this situation, we, the volunteers, urge the university to prevent this to happen.
You might wonder, what is the value of Movie W? It is a cultural space in Wageningen that, on a permanent and regular basis, screens unique documentaries and films, frequently combined with lectures and discussions. The screenings performed at Movie W are an inspiration for curious students and scientists, who want to look beyond their own specific field of research, to be challenged to think out of the box, to reflect and to discuss topics related to science, society, politics or arts. For over 35 years, Movie W provides this by screening films and documentaries from all over the world, often connected to relevant debates in society and science. All made possible, free of charge, by an enthusiast group of volunteers who share a passion for independent cinema. Wageningen deserves a place like Movie W: a perfect spot to connect science with society, one of the best places to meet, between the university and the city.
Since we are told in March this year to find another accommodation, we have been working hard on a plan of action. Among several relocation options, Heerenstraattheater and 't Venster have been thoroughly researched. In the resulting analysis, 't Venster provides the best conditions to guarantee a sustainable continuation of Movie W. There we could continue screening 7 times a week with an optional lecture, as we already do. The Board of Movie W has written, and rewritten, a solid business plan for the coming years and presented this to the Executive Board of the university. Negotiations on the continuation of Movie W, based on the latest business plan, will be renewed soon.
As volunteers of Movie W, we are keen to provide with a healthy, inspiring and long lasting intellectual environment in Wageningen for many more years. We urge the Executive Board of the university to find the means to guarantee the continuation of Movie W. We are convinced this will be possible and we will be delighted to see this happening very soon.
Yours sincerely, the volunteers of Movie W

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