The Bardic Studio and KidzFlicks were privileged to enjoy extensive support from the guilds and associations of the Australian professional film industry. Click on the logos below to find out more about these important organisations. We encourage young filmmakers to learn about the professional guilds and associations that support the key creative areas reflecting their interests. Not only have these organisations worked hard to ensure Australian filmmakers have the opportunity to tell Australian stories but some of them also offer opportunities for child filmmakers.
The Australian Cinematographers Society was formed in 1958 for the purpose of providing a forum for cinematographers to further develop their skills through mutual cooperation. They have recently launched the CineKids membership for children and young people up to the age of 15. The ACS offers CineKids workshops, mentoring and annual Awards.
The Australian Directors Guild (ADG) is an industry association representing the interests of film, television and digital media directors, documentary makers, animators and assistant directors throughout Australia. ADG works to promote excellence in screen direction, to encourage communication and collaboration between directors and others in the industry, and to provide professional support for its members.
The Australian Screen Editors Guild (ASE) is a cultural, professional and educational organisation, dedicated to the pursuit and recognition of excellence in the arts, sciences and technology of motion picture film and televisual post production. It aims to promote, improve and protect the role of editor as an essential and significant contributor to all screen productions.
The ASE is a national organisation formed in 1996. It has members across Australia as well as overseas. The Guild is an association of professional screen editors and assistants working in a wide range of disciplines including: feature films, documentary, television, commercials, corporate video, short films, music video, multimedia, online content and education and training.
The Australian Screen Sound Guild (ASSG) represents the profession of screen sound in film, television, multimedia and other related audio industries. It was formed in 1988 in response to a desire for more communication between practitioners of the various craft areas of screen sound.
The ASSG aims to recognise and promote original and creative work, encourage high standards and to facilitate research into the techniques and technology of screen sound production. The ASSG also acts as a forum for creative development.
The Australian Writers’ Guild is the professional association for Australian performance writers including film, television, theatre, radio and digital media.
The Guild has over a 50 year history of representing the professional interests of Australian performance writers.
They fight to improve professional standards, conditions and remuneration for Australian performance writers; to protect and advance the creative rights of our members and to promote the Australian cultural voice in all its diversity.
The Australian Guild of Screen Composers (AGSC) is the national industry association for Australian composers working in the film, television and multimedia. Activities of the AGSC include the annual Screen Music Awards (presented in association with APRA), lobbying on behalf of composers, professional development seminars and educational initiatives.
The AGSC was first established in 1981 by Bruce Smeaton (Picnic at Hanging Rock) and Bruce Rowland (The Man from Snowy River). The current President is Guy Gross (The Adventures of Priscilla: Queen of the Desert) and Antony Partos (Animal Kingdom).
Women in Film and Television NSW is committed to improving the status of women, both on and off the screen, by supporting and advancing women working in the film, television and related screen industries. They are a membership-based non-profit organisation.
WIFT recognises the professional excellence achieved by women in all areas of the industry, providing a unique forum for communication, professional development and networking.
Screen Producers Australia was formed in 1956 and is a membership-based organisation that is made up of representatives from feature film, television and interactive production.
SPA unites the screen industry to campaign for a healthy commercial environment and supports the interests of businesses, large and small, in their production of feature films, television programs, interactive content and games across all genres and formats.
Screen Producers Australia organises an industry conference every year called the SCREEN FOREVER Conference. The event is Australia’s leading media and entertainment conference and the largest congregation of content creators, producers and people working in the screen industry. It provides business and governance information, insight, inspiration, networking opportunities and professional development.
The Australian Production Design Guild was established in 2009 as a non-profit organisation committed to:
raising the profile of stage and screen design.
highlighting the creative contribution made by the mise en scène.
drawing attention to professional standards.
encouraging young designers and associated professionals in the industry.
recognising excellence and outstanding achievements through annual awards.
granting APDG accreditation to outstanding Australian designers.