The Motion Picture Distributors Association is the trade body for theatrical film distributors in Australia, that is, the companies that acquire, market and release films for Australian cinema audiences. The Association represents the interests of its members on all matters affecting film distribution in Australia in order to advance the cinema industry.
The Australian Independent Distributors Association (AIDA) was established to represent and promote the views and interests of Australian independent distributors. Among AIDA’s objectives is the encouragement, promotion and development of Australian cinema, film and film trade, and to foster effective relationships between independent film distributors and all other sectors of the industry.
The Society of Australian Cinema Pioneers was founded in 1933 to celebrate the motion picture industry community. Membership is open to industry practitioners with 20 years’ continuous service in exhibition, distribution or film production. Cinema Pioneers provides members with a means to stay in touch with colleagues as well as looking at ways the society can benefit the industry.
The Motion Picture Industry Benevolent Society provides financial and emotional support to employed or retired members of the industry – exhibition, distribution, production or post-production – who are experiencing hardship and have a genuine need. The Society relies on donations from industry enterprises and individuals; donations of $2 or more are tax deductible.
Australia New Zealand Film Screen Association
ANZSA represents the film and television content and distribution industry in Australia and New Zealand. The association’s aims to advance the business and art of filmmaking through supporting, protecting and promoting safe and legal consumption of movie and TV content across all platforms. ANZSA is involved in education, public awareness and research programs focused on copyright, content protection, screen production and content regulation.
Screen Producers Australia
Screen Producers Australia unites screen businesses to campaign for a healthy commercial environment. SPA supports members’ business interests, creates commercial opportunities and supplies industry expertise. SPA also supports members’ interests through advocacy work and promotes networking through industry events.
IMDb is the world’s most authoritative source for movie, TV and celebrity content including trailers, reviews and personal recommendations, and box-office data. The database includes millions of movies, TV and entertainment programs and cast and crew members. IMDb was designed to help fans explore the world of movies and shows and decide what to watch. IMDb also offers services for entertainment industry professionals through IMDbPro.
Rotten Tomatoes is the leading online aggregator of movie and TV show reviews from critics and is the world’s most trusted recommendation resource for entertainment. Rotten Tomatoes also provides fans the opportunity to share their opinions.
Australian International Movie Convention
The Australian International Movie Convention is hosted by the National Association of Cinema Operators-Australasia (NACO) and attracts delegates from Australia, New Zealand, Asia, the US and Europe. The convention provides opportunities to preview upcoming product from major and independent studios, and network with local and international colleagues from cinema exhibition, distribution, production, and cinema equipment and technology suppliers.
DCinemaToday is global resource for cinema professionals focused primarily on the exhibition and distribution segments of the industry, in particular digital projection and immersive sound, laser and LED illumination, and other new technologies. The website includes information about relevant companies, products, media releases, and events. The site is supported by the industry’s leading technology, equipment, and services providers.
Australian Academy Cinema Television Arts (AACTA)
As Australia’s peak screen body, AACTA’s primary role is to recognise, encourage, promote and celebrate film and television excellence in Australia through the AACTA Awards. The Awards are Australia’s premier screen accolades, equivalent to the Oscars® and BAFTAs.
AACTA is committed to promoting, within Australia and internationally, the country’s best and brightest screen professionals and the great Australian stories which they tell.
Screen Australia is a Federal Government agency that supports the development, production, promotion and distribution of Australian narrative and documentary screen content. Screen Australia invests directly in Australian television, film and digital original titles, and administers tax incentives for Australian screen stories. The agency also tracks and reports on industry health, maintains a database of Australian titles called The Screen Guide and provides free industry resources via Screen News.
AUSTRALIAN FILM TELEVISION AND RADIO SCHOOL (AFTRS)
Australian Film Television and Radio School AFTRS
AFTRS is Australia’s premier screen and broadcast school. AFTRS finds, develops and supports Australian storytelling talent through industry-relevant and future-focused education, research and training. Top industry practitioners inform and teach the courses, which combine theory and practice, to develop industry-ready graduates. AFTRs also delivers short courses and industry certificates for practitioners to maintain and hone their skills.
APRA AMCOS is a music rights organisation representing songwriters, composers and music publishers. APRA AMCOS licenses organisations to play, perform, copy, record or make available members’ music, and distributes the royalties.
APRA AMCOS also advocates on behalf of music creators’ rights and the Australasian music industry locally, nationally and internationally.
OneMusic Australia is a joint licensing initiative between APRA AMCOS and PPCA that provides easy legal access to all their works, sound recordings and music videos.
The Cinema and Theatrical History Society of Australia aims to foster an interest in the architecture, history and heritage of cinemas and theatres in Australia through producing books, magazines and audiovisual materials, archiving cinema-related documents, photos etc, providing public access to the collection, and seeking to preserving cinema buildings and artefacts.
International Cinema Organisations
The Independent Cinema Office aims to develop an open, challenging and thriving film sector in the UK. The ICO is the UK’s national body in support of independent cinemas, film festivals and exhibitors of all forms.
The National Association of Theatre Owners is the largest exhibition trade organisation in the world, representing over 35,000 movie screens in the US and additional cinemas in 100 countries worldwide. The helps exhibition influence US federal policy-making and works with movie distributors on all areas of mutual concern, from new technologies to legislation, marketing, and freedom of speech issues.