Film and TV Unions, Organizations and Professional Associations

The following is an alphabetical listing of film related interest groups, member associations throughout the world, groups that offer funding, organizations that focus on youth programs in film and family oriented programming.

American Cinema Foundation – presenter of the E Pluribus Unum Award, which honors films and television shows that pay honest tribute to American lives.

American Film Institute – Dedicated to identifying and training the next generation of film makers. Guide to workshops and schedule of exhibitions.

American Film Marketing Association – trade association of 130 motion picture and television production and distribution companies.

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

American Motion Picture Society – Hosts the American International Film Festival. Membership information, festival details and history, film submission information, and links.

Association of Film Commissioners International – Network of film liaison professionals worldwide.

Australian Film Institute – promoting knowledge, appreciation and enjoyment of the art of Australian film in particular.

Association of Independent Commercial Producers – represents commercial production companies.

Austrian Film Designers Association

BAFTA East Coast – The British Academy of Film and Television Arts provides overview of organisation, news and information on events and membership.

Black Film Center/Archive – Indiana University, Bloomington – a repository of films and related materials by and about African Americans.

British Columbia Motion Picture Association – promotes, develops and profiles all aspects of the motion picture industry in British Columbia.

British Film Commission – government-funded organisation; initial point of contact to assist in the making of international and domestic film and television throughout every stage of production in the UK.

British Film Institute – national agency with responsibility for encouraging and conserving the arts of film and television.

British Kinematograph Sound and Television Society

Cascadia Moving Images Association – encourages exploration in film, video, and multimedia production.

Centre for Cinematic Research – Endeavours to bring together international professionals from various branches of film studies. General information, seminars, and journal.

Chicago Institute for the Moving Image – Nonprofit organization that encourages filmmakers to take responsibility for the way their films affect their audiences. Includes details of current projects and information on events.

CIFEJ – International Centre of Films for Children & Youth – to promote quality films, televison programmes and videos for children and young people around the world.

Cinema Audio Society (CAS) – a philanthropic, non-profit organization formed in 1964 for the purpose of sharing information with sound professionals in the motion picture and television industry.

Cinemedia – Encourages and assists the development, production, exhibition and knowledge of film, television and new media in Australia.

Cultural Industries: Cinema and audiovisual media – UNESCO encourages the design of national or regional policies in the field of cinema and audio-visual, in order to create environments conducive to development.

The Director’s Cut – Provides opportunities for independent filmmakers to meet studio executives, network with groups that offer funding and get their projects screened; through a monthly screening series, annual festival and other networking events.

Directors Guild of America

The Documentary Center at George Washington University – Provides education on and promotion of documentary films.

The Dove Foundation – A non-profit organization that suggests, reviews and provides approval information on family-oriented movies and videos. The organization encourages the creation, production, and distribution of family entertainment. Provides list of “family friendly” movies and videos. It is also a resource for filmmakers, community and voluntary groups.

European Children’s Film Association – Organization for those interested in high quality films for children and young people.

European Film Academy – presenter of the European Film Awards.

Exploding Cinema – coalition of film/video makers committed to developing new modes of exhibition for underground media; from DIY screenings in all kinds of venues to low/no budget film tours, cable T.V. and the Internet.

Film & Media Society – University of Virginia – consisting of students interested in film and media, whether as a hobby or potential career.

Film and Television Action Committee – Grassroots organization of film workers and small film businesses. Mission statement, trade remedy information, meetings, news, resources, union relations, and links.

Film & Video Association of Hawaii – FAVAH is an organization of 200 film and video professionals on all Hawaiian islands. Our members do: production, location, post, talent, television, commercials, and films.

Film Critics of Upstate New York – publishes yearly polls that recognize the best and worst of the year.

Florida Motion Picture and Television Association – Organization of Florida motion picture and television professionals. Officers, events, membership information, contact information, newsletter, and links.

The Florida Room – Aims to facilitate the collaboration of local arts and community organizations and to aid in the development of existing venues for artists to present their work. Overview programs, staff, and links.

French Hollywood Circle – directory of French film professionals in Los Angeles.

The Hollywood Sign Trust – View The Hollywood Sign from six Panasonic security cameras and learn about the Hollywood SignTrust and how it helps maintain the Hollywood landmark.

Independent Film Project – filmmakers, festival programmers, distributors, and others dedicated to support, promotion, and production of American independent films.

Independent Images Inc – works to nurture New Zealand independent films and videos by creating a supportive network of active and like-minded people.

International Animation Association – Midwestern U.S. chapter.

Internet Film Critics Association – International online organization made for professional and non-professional film critics.

Irish Film Centre – A unique cultural resource owned and run by the Irish Film Institute.

The Irish Screen – Nonprofit arts organization promoting Irish directors, actors and cinema in Los Angeles.

Large Format Cinema Association (LFCA) – non-profit association of theaters, producers and distributors of motion pictures for large screen presentation.

Latin-American Cinemateca of Los Angeles – Nonprofit viewer-sponsored film exhibition and cultural organization dedicated to supporting and cultivating every aspect of Latin-American cinema.

Media Resource Centre – South Australian organization providing support for local filmmakers. General information, membership details, support service details, and job opportunities.

Minor Consideration – provides information and support for child actors and children involved in various forms of entertainment.

Motion Picture Association of America – Includes information on ratings system for both movies and television, press releases, and legislation.

Motion Picture Editors Guild – features current union news and networking resources.

Muse Film and Television – Non-profit company which uses film and digital media to create films on the visual arts and culture. Background information, and synopses of films produced as well as projects in development.

National Black Programming Consortium – Non-profit media service organization devoted to the preservation, production, distribution and promotion of diverse film and videos about African Americans and the experiences of the African Diaspora.

National Film Board of Canada

National Projects – A civic-minded organization dedicated to the artistic production, presentation and promotion of the motion picture medium.

New Producers Alliance – UK based organisation set up to foster and sustain a new generation of independent commercially-minded filmmakers.

Northwest Film Center School of Film – Regional media arts resource and service organization, based in the Portland Art Museum.

Omni Short Films – Extensive interactive on-line selection of short films from around the world. Omni distributes in all media.

Online Motion Picture, Television and Music Academies

Puerto Rico Film Commission – Non-profit organization aims to provide resources for audiovisual production as well as to promote the development of the film industry in the region. Background, locations, resources, local details, and links.

Quebec Film and Video Technicians Union (STCVQ) – representing all on-set and off-set production technicians.

Real Institute – A nonprofit film events organization based in Gwynedd, North Wales. Background information, members, and links.

Saint Paul Film Foundation – An organization dedicated to promoting and funding projects in film, television and other media that are consistent with the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church.

Scenarios USA A non-profit organization that aims to inspire youth to make healthier and safer decisions by offering them a creative approach to thinking through and discussing their choices, their dreams, and their future. Scenarios asks youth to write scripts and stories about issues which shape their lives, including HIV/AIDS, teen pregnancy, relationships, sexual orientation, peer pressure, and communication as part of the Scenarios ‘What’s the Real Deal?’ writing contest. The winning writers, partnered with Hollywood filmmakers, produce their stories into high-quality, short films in their home towns.

The Script Broker – Helps writers market their screenplays.

The Short Film Bureau – A non-profit organisation dedicated to raising awareness of the short film. Site contains advice on funding, marketing and distributing short films.

Society for Cinema Studies

Society for the Preservation of Film Music

Steadicam Operators Association

Student Video & Filmmakers’ Association – University of Hawaii – supporting Hawaii’s future video and filmmakers’ through empowerment.

Swiss Film Center – National agency for promotion of long feature and documentary films. Site available in Dutch, English and French.

TAFTP: Texas Association of Film / Tape Professionals – Nonprofit trade association. Background information, member database, upcoming events, photographs, and forum.

Telecine Internet Group – Group of professional telecine colorists, engineers, manufacturers, and facility managers, discussing film-to-video transfer issues.

Texas Association of Film/Tape Professionals – Non-profit organization with individual and associate members who work in the film, video, and multimedia industries in Texas.

University Filmmakers Alliance – an organization for student directors, actors, writers, and producers at the University of Texas.

Winnipeg Film Group – non-profit filmmaking cooperative begun in 1974 by a small group of people bent on making, distributing, and exhibiting their own films.

Writers Guild of America

Young Artists Awards – A non-profit organization which awards scholarships to financially challenged and physically handicapped teens and younger individuals seeking a future in the entertainment industry.

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