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Welcome to the Australian Film Society Federation Website. It aims to tell you everything you need to know about running a film society and to tell the world about you.

Every film society in the Federation has been given an entry on this site, none of them are perfect. Due to privacy concerns I didn’t include personal contact details that weren’t already on the internet.

But if you don’t like your entry I will change it.  Send your changes to me, either through the Tell us your program page  or (if you want to include photos) by emailing me directly on: president afsf @ gmail. com

I would like to thank Jonathan Sykes of the Deerubbin Dangar Island film society for his help with setting up this website. I though that it was great that two film societies can work together and swap information over a distance of 340 km, I hope this website will continue in the same way.

Please explore the site, You can subscribe for updates if you want to, and we would appreciate it if you could post links to us but most importantly, please leave comments. We want to hear from you. To start with give me your comment now. Just click on the “leave a reply” in the top left corner.  What do you want from this website? How do you want to use it?

A response to the misinformation spread by ACOFS

 We have received advice that a spam email from ACOFS and a new ‘NSW Federation’ is circulating among members.

A seperate email has gone out on this subject but the main points are worth repeating here:

1. Madman titles

You have always been able to access Madman titles through Amalgamated Movies, and you can still book them with Amalgamated (Google: www.amalgamatedmovies.com, or refer to recent issues of our IN FILM newsletter). Late last year we commenced discussions with Madman about booking their titles for our members, but with ACOFS and Amalgamated already in the field, we felt it was a bit overcrowded. Now that ACOFS have withdrawn the facility (without letting us know), we’ll be getting back to Madman. Watch this space.

2. DVD Rights

Because you are a legitimate film society, you are entitled to any concession that is made available by any participating distributor.  

The 1 January 2013 arrangement between ACOFS and Roadshow is not exclusive. We have exactly the same arrangement in place with Roadshow.

Amalgamated, Madman and other distributors have not changed their DVD/BluRay concessional rate, which is still $50 + GST ($5) = $55, regardless of membership.

If a film society can demonstrate to a distributor that it is not-for-profit, subscription based and doesn’t charge for admission, it is eligible to access that distributor’s DVD concessional rate, regardless of whether the society is a member of a federation or not. We have always been upfront on this point but societies benefit from the Federation doing the work on their behalf.

Film Insurance

The new film insurance scheme is taking shape and should be ready by the time the projectors start rolling early in the New Year. The big problem is how we strike a balance between being a mutual support group, and making sure our funds are properly protected. We have prepared a draft product disclosure statement, and all members who screen films are invited to participate in the process. So if you are screening 35mm or 16mm film, please let us know and we’ll send you a copy of the draft.

New DVD/BluRay arrangement

The new arrangement with Roadshow concerning DVD/BluRay non-theatrical screening rights starts on 1 January. Here’s how it works.

If your organisation has 32 or fewer members you will pay $40 + GST (total $44) per screening, a reduction of $11 on the present rate.

Societies with membership between 33 and 82 will pay $50 + GST (total $55), per screening (no change).

Larger societies will pay more, but still a lot less than theatrical rates. Those with memberships between 83 and 166 will pay $75 + GST per screening, while those between 167 and 332 will pay $100 + GST. Above 332 members the cost is subject to negotiation. The arrangement will run from 1 January until 31 December 2013, when it may be looked at again.

The above rates will apply to all film societies, provided they can prove they are not-for-profit, operate by subscription and don’t charge admission fees to non-theatrical screenings. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to phone or email (contact details at bottom of page 2). We still don’t know if other distributors are going to adopt these rates. When we find out, you’ll be the first to know.

The National Film and Sound Archive has a different scale of fees that was put in place only recently. So that won’t change for a while.