ORGANISATIONS  

There Are Many Organisations dedicated to supporting artists working within film and TV. Those who operate as unions actively campaign on behalf of their members to improve working conditions, lobbying for minimum fee agreements and ensuring that artists are properly credited for their efforts.

There are a number of publicly funded bodies set up to administer funds, promote artists and oversee research and public record facilities. They can also provide useful sources of information on the film and TV industry.

Take a look at our list of organisations to see if they can be of help to you and your projects.


Bafta
Founded in 1946, The British Academy of Film & Television Arts is a membership-led organisation promoting and honouring the best in film, TV and interactive media. Renowned for its award ceremonies and based in London's West End, the Academy provides a central meeting place for members as well as hosting events through its Corporate Events department, some of which non-members are able to attend.
www.bafta.org

Bectu
The independent union for those working in broadcasting, film, theatre, entertainment, leisure, interactive media and allied areas who are primarily based in the UK. www.bectu.org.uk
 
The Writers’ Guild of Great Britain
The trade union for writers working in all areas, The Guild actively lobbies on behalf of their members for better working conditions, securing minimum fee contracts with major employment providers. The website offers e-bulletins, writers’ resources, news, competition information and advice on writing for film. www.writers.org.uk/guild
The Writers’ Guild of America
If you are a full member of the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain you automatically gain membership to the American Guild providing a free copywriting service and other writers’ resources. www.wga.org

The Film Arts Foundation
One of the nation's top resource centres for independent filmmakers, Film Arts has a film festival, exhibition, education, grants, fiscal sponsorship programs, equipment rental facility, and publishes Release Print magazine.www.filmarts.org
Arts Council
The national development agency for the arts has a mandate to invest £2 billion of public funds in the arts in England between 2003 and 2006. The Arts Council is partly funded by the National Lottery and aims to promote the arts, reflecting England’s rich and diverse cultural identity and increase people‘s access to arts activities. www.artscouncil.org.uk

Skillset
The Sector Skills Council for the Audio Visual Industries (broadcast, film, video, interactive media and photo imaging), Skillset is jointly funded by industry and government, to make sure that the UK audio visual industries have a constant supply of trained individuals by providing careers advice, training and other support facilities for new entrants to the industry. It also subsidizes a number of courses and provides information on the quality of training to the government, unions and broadcasters. http://www.skillset.org/
Pact
Founded in 1991, The Producers Alliance for Cinema & TV is a UK trade association representing the commercial interests of independent feature film, television, animation and interactive media companies. Head quartered in London, with regional representation throughout the UK, PACT supports its members by holding regular dialogues with government and regulators on all issues affecting its members and contributing to key public policy debates on the media industry. Pact also provides training, events, business advice and subsidised legal services for all its members as well as administering the Independent Production Training Fund levy for television producers. www.pact.co.uk

The LUX
LUX is a not-for-profit organisation established to promote and support artists' moving image work both in the UK and internationally. Born out of the former Lux Centre, the Lux was set up in 2002 to promote, preserve and make available the film and video collections of its predecessor organisations . Its objectives are to provide access to, and develop audiences for, artists' moving image work as well as to provide professional development support for artists working with the moving image. http://www.lux.org.uk/

Metier
Metier was set up in 1990 as the National Training Organisation for the arts and entertainment sector, funded by the Department for Education and Employment. Metier is now an independent agency working on major programmes to support the development of equal opportunities in the cultural and creative industries sector with a remit encompassing all parts of the cultural industries, including performing, visual, media and literary arts. Its aims are to promote equal opportunities and widening participation in employment within the cultural industries, improve the quality and training of people working in the industries and develop programmes to support new entrants. http://www.metier.org.uk/php/

Equity
Formed in 1930 by a group of West End of London performers, Equity is the trade union representing artists from across the entire spectrum of arts and entertainment including actors, singers, dancers, choreographers, stage managers, theatre directors and designers, variety and circus artists, television and radio presenters. Equity negotiates on behalf of members working in television, new media, stage, film and radio, representing their interests to employers and ensuring that all aspects of pay, terms and conditions are covered in the resulting agreements. www.equity.org.uk

The New Producers Alliance
The NPA is the UK's national membership and training organisation for independent producers and filmmakers. A not-for-profit enterprise, NPA offers specialised film production training programmes, ongoing events, masterclasses, seminars, networking evenings, practical workshops and preview screenings. In addition members benefit from free legal and financial advice services. http://www.npa.org.uk/

Directors Guild of Great Britain
The DGGB represents directors in all media: film, television, theatre, radio, opera, commercials, corporate and new technology. It helps with contracts, campaigns for better rates of pay, runs training schemes and regular workshops as well as providing a quarterly magazine, preview screenings and debates. In addition membership entails a full entry to an annual Who's Who of British directors and their work as well as free advice over the phone on issues such as pay rates, expense deals and copyright matters. http://www.dggb.co.uk

Production Guild of Great Britain
The Production Guild is the result of a merger between The Guild of Film Production Accountants and Financial Administrators (GFPA) and The Guild of Film Production Executives (GFPE). Based at Pinewood Studios, the Guild works to improve members' employment opportunities across all available feature film and TV drama production. It also advises members on all current legal, financial, fiscal, and commercial developments within the US, UK and European production environments. www.productionguild.com

Department for Media, Culture and Sport
The DCMS is responsible for setting policy on UK film culture and industry issues, including sponsorship of the Film Council and the National Film and Television School, training and diversity issues in the film industry, certification of British films including co-productions and the EU Media Programme. www.dcms.gov.uk

The UK Film Council
The majority of government funding for film is channelled through the UK Film Council. Launched in April 2000, its two overreaching objectives are to develop a sustainable UK film industry and develop film culture in the UK by improving access to, and education about, the moving image. The creation of the Film Council brings together responsibility for the film industry, film culture and education. The Film Council uses grant in aid and money from the National Lottery to support film-making and development, training, education and film culture. www.filmcouncil.org

British Film Institute
Established in 1933, the BFI was set up to promote greater understanding, appreciation and access to film and TV culture. Today it holds largest film archive in the world, is a world leader in film restoration and preservation and runs the internationally renowned National Film Theatre, London Film Festival, and the BFI IMAX Cinema. It also releases films in cinemas, on video and DVD, publishes books and runs educational programmes. www.bfi.org.uk

British Council
The British Council has a dedicated film office responsible for Britfilms, a website acting as a gateway to all the useful information published on the internet about the British film industry. Find out about international film festivals, UK film directors and films, making a film in the UK, training and careers advice. Includes UK animation, documentaries, features and short films. www.britfilms.com

BAFTA/LA
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles is the only Anglo-American professional organization founded to promote and advance original work in film, TV and interactive media. It serves as the bridge between the Hollywood and British production and entertainment business communities, providing members with a wide variety of activities including screenings of new films from the UK and the USA, with Q&As with the filmmakers. In addition Bafta/LA offers social events, seminars, education and outreach programs. The Heritage Archives videotape features interviews with prominent UK artists and technicians, preserving UK film and television for future generations. http://www.baftala.org
 
 
 
 
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