Guilds, Associations, Organizations and Societies

Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences (AIAS)
A nonprofit organization with over 20,000 members, dedicated to the advancement and recognition of the interactive arts. The mission of AIAS is to promote and advance the worldwide interactive entertainment community, recognize outstanding achievements in interactive arts and sciences, and host an annual awards show, the DICE awards, to enhance awareness of the interactive art form

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
The Academy was founded in 1927 by 36 prominent men and women in the entertainment industry, and is dedicated to the advancements of the arts and sciences of motion pictures. Gives the Oscars each year

Academy of Television Arts and Sciences
An organization founded to become a place for discussion of the television industry, as well as a place for celebrating the industry’s achievements with the annual Emmy awards.

Actors Equity Association
A labor union that represents more than 49,000 actors and stage managers in the United States.

The Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists is a union of more than 22,000 professional performers working in English-language recorded media in Canada including TV, film, radio and digital media

African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA)
The AAFCA actively reviews cinema at large, particularly films that include the Black experience. The organization creates a platform for movies with universal appeal to the African-American community.

Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers
The trade association responsible for negotiating virtually all industry-wide guild and union contracts

Alliance of Women Film Journalists
The AWFJ is made up of professional female movie critics, reporters, and features writers working in print, broadcast, and online media with the purpose of supporting women's work both in front of the camera and behind the camera through intra-group promotional activities, outreach programs and by presenting the annual EDA awards which recognizes outstanding accomplishments by women in movies

Alliance for Women in Media
Formed in 1951 with the goal to help in the following areas: content, resources and information that help women in media succeed and lead, compelling and salient government and regulatory advocacy, provision of key industry updates geared towards women in leadership roles, career development, professional development, and the cultivation of a personal and professional network via local, national, and virtual opportunities for collaboration and lifetime learning

American Cinema Editors (ACE)
An organization committed to the encouragement of mutually beneficial dialogue with other members of the motion picture industry and the education of the general public

American Cinema Foundation
A Los Angeles based nonprofit arts organization created to nurture and reward television and feature-film projects that promote democratic pluralism and inclusion

American Film Institute (AFI)
AFI provides leadership in film, television, and digital media and is dedicated to initiatives that engage in the past, present, and future of the moving image arts

American Society of Cinematographers (ASC)
A nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the art of filmmaking. It is neither a guild nor a union, but an honorary association

American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP)
A not-for-profit performance rights organization that protects its members' musical copyrights by monitoring public performances of their music, whether via a broadcast or live performance.

Art Directors Guild (ADG)
An international union that exclusively represents employees in the entertainment industry, spanning the United States and Canada with more than 104,000 members.

Association of Film Commissioners International
The official professional organization for film commissioners who assist film, television, and video production across the globe. AFCI is a nonprofit educational association whose members serve as city, county, regional, provincial, or national film commissioners in their respective governmental jurisdictions.

Association of Independent Commercial Producers
An American nonprofit organization that represents the interests of US companies that specialize in commercial production. Its members work in various media including film, video, and digital for advertisers and agencies

Association of Talent Agents
A nonprofit trade association representing the talent agencies in the industry, representing working artists, including actors, directors, writers, and other artists in film, stage, television, radio, commercial, literary work, and other entertainment enterprises.

 Austin Film Critics Association
An organization with a membership of professional film critics who regularly review movies for national television stations, daily newspapers, weekly alternatives, local radio, monthly magazines, and websites with international prominence

The Authors Guild
A nonprofit American organization of and for authors, with about 8000 members, among them published authors, literary agents, and attorneys who mainly deal with book publishing

Boston Online Film Critics Association
Established in May of 2012 in order to foster a community of web-based film critics and provide them with a supportive group of colleagues and a professional platform for their voices to be heard

Boston Society of Film Critics
Formed in 1981 to make Boston’s unique critical perspective heard on a national and international level by awarding commendations to the best of the year’s film and filmmakers and local film theaters and film societies that offer outstanding film programming

British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA)
BAFTA identifies, rewards and celebrates excellence at its internationally renowned annual awards ceremonies, while providing opportunities for the public as well as industry practitioners and emerging talent to find information through its year-round program of events initiatives and activities

British Film Institute
Founded in 1933, a charity that combines cultural, creative, and industrial roles, bringing together the BFI National Archive and BFI Reuben Library, film distribution, exhibition and education at BFI Southbank and BFI IMAX, publishing and festivals

Broadcast Cable Financial Management Association
A nonprofit professional association dedicated to the interests and needs of business and finance executives in the media industry

Broadcast Film Critics Association
The largest film critics association in the United States and Canada representing over 250 television, radio, and online critics and giving the critics choice movie awards each year

Broadcasters’ Foundation
The Broadcasters’ Foundation of America provides financial assistance to radio and television broadcasters who are in acute financial need due to illness, advanced age, death of a spouse, accident or other life altering misfortune.

Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI)
BMI was founded in 1939 to protect songwriters and the public performances of their music. It operates on a nonprofit basis and is the largest music rights organization in the US

California Film Commission
Works to enhances California’s status as a leader in motion picture, television, and commercial production, and is a one stop office for filmmakers supporting productions of all sizes and budgets, offering services such as TV tax credits, an extensive digital location library, free online permitting, low-cost use of state properties for shooting locations, and production assistance

California Lawyers for the Arts
Provides the creative community with education, representation, and dispute resolution

Canadian Media Production Association
A trade association for Canadian independent producers, representing over 350 companies engaged in the production and distribution for English-language television programs, feature films, and digital media.

Canadian Society of Cinematographers
The purpose of this organization is to promote the art and craft of cinematography and to provide tangible recognition of the common bonds that link film and video professionals

Casting Society of America
Created in 1982 with the intent of establishing a recognized standard of professionalism in the casting field and providing its members with a support organization to further their goals and protect their common interests

The Caucus for TV Producers, Writers and Directors
Established in 1977, the Caucus provides a forum for Hollywood talent to network, as well as works to elevate the quality and diversity of television 

Chicago Film Critics Association
A nonprofit organization, which maintains professional, charitable and educational goals including the Chicago Film Critics Awards, Critic Roundtables, and Industry & Rights issues

Cinema Audio Society
Formed with the purpose of sharing information with Sound Professionals in the Motion Picture and Television Industry.

Consumer Electronics Association
Unites 2,000 companies within the consumer technology industry, allowing members to tap into member-only resources such as market research, networking opportunities with business advocates and leaders, educational programs and technical training.

Costume Designers Guild (CDG)
Represents costume designers, assistant costume designers, and costume illustrators working in motion pictures and television commercials

Dallas–Ft. Worth Film Critics Association
An organization of 30 print, radio, television, and internet journalists from Dallas-Ft. Worth-based publications who give out the Dallas-Ft Worth Film Critics Association Awards each year

Denver Film Critics Society
Formed to provide the greater Denver area a unified and diverse opinion on film and its industry, DFCS represents all sectors in media including print, radio, television, and online outlets and provides a platform for national and international recognition for achievements in film through its presentation of its annual awards

Detroit Film Critics Society
A group of 20 film critics who write or broadcast in the Detroit area as well as other major cities within a 150 mile radius of the city, and present the Detroit Film Critics Society Awards each year

Directors Guild of America (DGA)
The guild seeks to protect directorial teams’ legal and artistic rights, contend for their creative freedom, and strengthen their ability to develop careers

Directors Guild of Great Britain
An organization for directors across all forms of media including film, opera, radio, television, theatre, animation, and multimedia, and offers them opportunities to meet, share, and exchange expertise and skills at a wide variety of events

Directors Guild of Canada
A national labor organization that represents over 3,800 creative and logistical personnel in the screen-based industry covering all areas of direction, design, production and editing

Dramatists Guild of America
Advances the interests of playwrights, composers, lyricists and librettists writing for the living stage

Entertainment Industry Foundation
A leading charitable organization of the entertainment industry that harnesses the collective power of the industry to raise awareness and funds for health, educational, and social issues

Entertainment Resources & Marketing Association
For over 20 years ERMA has served Hollywood as the link between brands and the silver screen, providing members with current news, networking & educational events and an interactive database that connects brands with placement opportunities

European Film Academy
The European Film Academy unites 2,800 European film professionals with the common aim of promoting Europe’s film culture

Film Board Berlin – Brandenburg
An organization aimed at helping make Berlin a premiere place for filming

Film Independent
Film Independents mission is to champion the cause of independent film and support a community of artists who embody diversity, innovation, and uniqueness of vision

Film Works
A California-based outreach campaign sponsored by non-profit FilmL.A. focused on keeping the film and entertainment industry in California as a thriving part of the California economy

Filmstiftung NRW
The financially strongest state film funding institution in Germany. The Filmstiftung NRW funds films for both cinema and television in all phases of creation and exploitation, with the goal of promoting film and media culture and business activities in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia

Filmmakers Alliance
A community of film artists dedicated to the advancement of true independent film through community action

Florida Film Critics Circle
The FFCC is established to recognize outstanding work in film and maintain the highest level of professionalism among film critics in Florida

Frameline Online
A non-profit directed toward supporting LGBTQ film which hosts the Frameline annual international LGBT film festival in San Francisco

Georgia Film Critics Association
Created with the intention of promoting film criticism and the film industry within the state of Georgia

German Federal Film Board
Enforcing measures to promote German cinema and to improve the structure of the German film industry, and supporting national economic affairs of the film industry in Germany.

Hollywood Radio and Television Society
An information and networking forum that brings together leading industry executives and companies representing broadcast and cable networks, studios, talent and management agencies, producers, legal and financial firms, new media companies, and more to address issues that are relevant to the ongoing success and future of the industry

Houston Film Critics Society
A nonprofit, unincorporated voluntary organization of print, broadcast, and internet film critics based in the greater Houston metropolitan area that meet its membership criteria, with goals of encouraging film criticism, and increased public awareness and appreciation of cinematic excellence

Indiana Film Journalists Association
An organization of journalists dedicated to promoting quality film criticism in the Hoosier State

The Independent
A source of information for independent, grassroots, and activist media-makers, providing inspiration and information for their films and video projects, as well as creating connections to the larger independent media community

Independent Filmmaker Project
The United States oldest and largest organization of independent filmmakers, and also the premier advocate for them

The Independent Film and Television Alliance
A trade association of the independent motion picture and television industry and the voice and advocate for the independents worldwide

International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE)
The largest union representing workers in the entertainment industry, with members working in all forms of live theater, motion picture and television production, trade shows and exhibitions, television broadcasting, and concerts as well as the equipment and construction shops that support all these areas of the entertainment industry

International Documentary Association
A nonprofit that promotes nonfiction filmmakers, and is dedicated to increasing public awareness for the documentary genre, with programs in areas such as advocacy, filmmakers services, education, and public programs and events

International Federation of Film Critics
An association of national organizations of professional film critics and film journalists from around the world for the promotion and development of film culture.

A company that funds, presents, and promotes award-winning documentaries and dramas on public television and cable

Kansas City Film Critics Circle
The second-oldest professional film critics association in the United States

Las Vegas Film Critics Society
A nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement and preservation of film, which is composed of selected print, television, radio, and Internet film critics in the Las Vegas and Reno areas

London Critics’ Circle
An organization which aims to promote the art of criticism, uphold its integrity in practice, foster and safeguard members’ professional interests, provide opportunities to meet, and support the advancement of the arts

Los Angeles Film Critics Association
Comprised of Los Angeles based professional film critics working in the Los Angeles print and electronic media, LAFCA gives film awards each year, hosts numerous film panels and events and donates funds to various Los Angeles film organizations

Motion Picture Association of America
The voice and advocate of the American motion picture, home video, and television industries in the United States and around the world

Motion Picture Editor’s Guild
A national labor organization currently representing over 7,300 freelance and staff post-production professionals

Motion Picture Licensing Corporation
An organization specializing in motion picture copyright compliance, supporting legal access across five continents and more than 20 countries, representing over 400 producers and distributors from major Hollywood studios to independent and foreign producers

Motion Picture Sound Editors
Created to achieve by organization and mutual endeavor the improvement of prestige and recognition of its members through education of the importance of the sound track

National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians, a sub-union of the Communications Workers of America (CWA) Union, uses collective bargaining, contract enforcement, job training, political activity and organization to improve wages, working conditions and job security.

National Academy of Television Journalists
Founded with the sole purpose of working with newly graduated journalism school students and assist them as they enter the world of television news

National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture
Fosters and fortifies the culture and business of independent media arts through dialogue, collaboration, research and advocacy

National Association of Broadcasters (NAB)
The voice of the United States radio and television broadcasters. The NAB advances the interests of its members in federal government, industry and public affairs, improves quality of broadcasting, encourages content and technology innovation and spotlights the important and unique ways stations serve their communities

National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE)
Provides members with valuable information and resources, serves as a catalyst for idea sharing, provides members with 24/7 access to accurate databases of global information, and provides networking opportunities for professional enhancement

National Association of Theater Owners
The largest exhibition trade organization in the world representing more than 30,000 movie screens in all 50 states, and additional cinemas in 50 countries worldwide

National Cable & Telecommunications Association
The principle trade association for the United States cable industry, representing cable operators. It serves over 90 percent of the nations cable television households and more than 200 cable program networks

National Music Publishers Association
The largest United States music publishing trade association with over 3000 members. It’s mission is to protect, promote, and advance the interests of music’s creators

National Society of Film Critics
A film critics association with many leading film critics among its members, with the purpose of promoting the mutual interests of film criticism and filmmaking

Nevada Film Critics Society
An organization made up of various members of the reviewing press in all fields including print, online, radio, and television that critique films

New York Film Critics Circle
An organization of film reviewers from New York based publications that exists to honor excellence in U.S. and world cinema

Online Film Critics Society
The largest organization for critics whose work appears primarily on the Internet

Oklahoma Film Critics Circle
A group of film critics in Oklahoma who annually vote on the top films of the year

Organization of Black Screenwriters
A nonprofit organization with members in the Los Angeles area, all across the United States and around the world, with the goal of developing great writers and empowering members with intense training, hands on experience, expansive resources, and extensive industry exposure

Phoenix Film Critics Society
An organization of film reviewers from Phoenix, Arizona based publications

Producers Guild of America (PGA)
A nonprofit trade group that represents, protects, and promotes the interests of all members of the production team in film, television, and new media

Professional Lighting & Sound Association (PLASA)
The lead international trade association for those who supply technologies and services to the event, entertainment and installation industries

Radio-Television Digital News Association
An organization exclusively serving the electronic news profession, consisting of more than 3,000 news directors, new associates, educators and students

San Francisco Film Critics Circle
An organization comprised of critics from Bay Area publications, who provide reviews and critiques of film and cinema

Satellite Broadcasting & Communications Association
The national trade association representing all segments of the consumer satellite industry committed to creating value-added programs to improve the long-term growth and sustainability of our member companies through ember benefits, skills assessment, and training

Screen Actors Guild / American Federation of Television and Radio Artists
An organization that represents over 165,000 actors, announcers, broadcasters, journalists, dancers, DJs, news writers, news editors, program hosts, puppeteers, recording artists, singers, stunt performers, voiceover artists and other media professionals

Screen Composers Guild of Canada
A national association of professional music composers and producers for film, television, and new media, with the vision to promote the music, status and rights of film, television and media composers in Canada and to improve the quality of music in film, television and new media and the status of music score composers through promotion, education, and advocacy

A performing rights organization, with headquarters in Nashville and offices in New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Miami, and London, designed to represent songwriters and publishers and their right to be compensated for having their music performed in public

Set Decorator’s Society of America
The only nonprofit organization dedicated to the support of the past, present, and future the set decorating profession, with members such as qualified set decorators of motion pictures and television including commercials and music videos, as well as business members who provide furnishings, materials, and professional service to the trade

Society of Broadcast Engineers
An organization devoted to the advancement of all levels and types of broadcast engineering. It provides a forum for the exchange of ideas and the sharing of information to help broadcast engineers to keep up with the changing industry

Society of Motion Picture and Television Art Directors (Art Directors Guild)
A local union which exclusively represents employees of the entertainment industry including Art Directors, Graphic Artists, Illustrators, Matte Artists, Model Makers, Scenic Artists, Set Designers, and Title Artists

Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers
A technical society for the motion imaging industry, with members including engineers, technical directors, cameramen, editors, technicians, manufacturers, designers, educators, consultants and field users in networking, compression, encryption and more

Society of Camera Operators
An organization dedicated to the advancement of the art and creative contributions of the camera operator in the motion picture and television industries

Society of Telecommunication Engineers
A membership organization for technical cable telecommunications professionals

Southeastern Film Critics Association
A professional organization of more than 40 film journalists working in print, radio, and online media representing the southeaster section of the United States

St. Louis Film Critics Association
An association of professional film critics operating in metropolitan St. Louis and adjoining areas of Missouri and Illinois, with the goal of serving the interests of local film critics, and to promote an appreciation for cinema both as an art form and for its societal, cultural and historical context and impact

Stuntmen's Association of Motion Pictures
An organization comprised of professionals that perform stunts with preparation, safety precaution, knowledge and experience.

Television Bureau of Canada
Primarily a resource center for members that include Canadian Television stations, networks, specialty services, and their sales representatives

Toronto Film Critics Association
An association comprised of Toronto based journalists, broadcasters, who specialize in film criticism and commentary

United Stuntmen’s Association
A professional stunt training organization that provides stunt training classes

United Stuntwomen’s Association
An association of working professional stuntwomen, co-coordinators, and second unit directors

Vancouver Film Critics Circle
An organization founded to help promote Canadian films and the British Columbia film and television industry, with a membership including professional (paid) critics for print, radio, online and television either based in Vancouver or with Vancouver outlets

Video Electronics Standards Association
An international nonprofit corporation that supports and sets industry wide interface standards for the PC, workstation, and consumer electronics industry

Visual Effects Society (VES)
An organization that represents a full breadth of visual effects practitioners including artists, technologists, model makers, educators, studio leaders, supervisors, PR/marketing specialists, and producers all in the areas of film, television, and commercials to music videos and games

Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association
An association comprised of professional DC based film critics with affiliates in television, radio, print, and the Internet that works to advocate freedom of expression in film and film criticism

Women in Film
An organization established with the purpose of empowering, promoting, and mentoring women in the entertainment and media industries

Writers Guild of America (WGA)
A labor union composed of thousands of writers who write the content for television shows, movies, news programs, documentaries, animation, and internet and mobile phones that keep audiences constantly entertained and informed

Writer’s Guild of Canada
A guild representing more than 2,100 professional English-language screenwriters in Canada

Writers Guild of Great Britain
A labor union composed of writers who write content for TV shows, movies, documentaries, cinema, etc

Writer’s Union of Canada
National organization of professional writers of books with over 2,000 members, founded in 1973 to work with governments, publishers, booksellers, and readers to improve the conditions of Canadian writers


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