These organizations provide support and resources for film professionals:
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- Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences
Although Academy membership is by invitation only, check out their resources like the Center for Motion Picture Study and the Student Academy Awards.
- Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
For people actively engaged in production or distribution of works for television, this is the association that gives out the Emmy Awards.
- Actors' Equity Association
Find information on joining the 40,000-member AEA, as well as locations of regional offices.
- American Association of Producers
Information on joining, as well as a database of members to search if you need help in staffing a show.
- American Film Institute
preserving the heritage of film, identifying new talent and
increasing understanding of the moving image as an art form.
- American Film Marketing Association
Provides the independent motion picture industry with marketing support.
- American Society of Cinematographers
Get advice from members and read articles from American Cinematographer magazine.
- Artists Rights Foundation
Dedicated to preserving artists works as they were made.
- Center for Independent Documentary
Many resources for the documentary filmmaker, including how to submit a proposal to the center.
- Directors Guild of America
Learn specific information about the benefits of guild membership, including the health and pension plans.
- Filmmakers Alliance
A Los Angeles-based collective offering mentorship, seminars and workshops.
- International Cinematographers Guild
Union for camera professionals.
- International Federation of Film Critics
Defends the rights and interests of professional film critics and the improvement
of conditions in which they carry out their work.
- Motion Picture Association of America
Serve as a global advocate of the American motion picture, home video
and television industries.
- Motion Picture Editors Guild
Union for motion picture editors.
- National Film Preservation Board
Established by the National Film Preservation Act of 1988.
- Screen Actors Guild
The SAG site offers membership information, news and hot topics like diversity and performers with disabilities.
- Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers
Supports efforts of engineers, film editors, technicians and production professionals.
- Society of Operating Cameramen
Nurtures excellence in the field of camera operation.
- Sundance Institute
Supports independent filmmaking.
- Writers Guild of America
Script registration and a free e-newsletter are two of the features the WGA site offers.