Associations, Organizations, Unions & Guilds


Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences
The AIAS is dedicated to the advancement and recognition of interactive arts. They conduct an annual awards show. Members must have 2 years continuous full-time experience on a design team or as a quality control executive.

Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences
Perhaps most widely known for producing the Oscar Awards, the AMPAS organizes educational and cultural activities in the motion picture industry.

Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
ATAS in the non-profit organization that produces the Emmy Awards. The organization focuses on the history and artistry of TV.

Affiliated Property Craftspersons (IA Local 44)

Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers
The AMPTP provides services to member companies in all aspects of employment in the film & television industry. It also serves as the bargaining agent for its member companies.

American Cinema Editors
Founded in 1952, this group focuses on the craft of film editing in the motion picture industry.

American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA)

American Society of Cinematographers
The ASC provides information on film festivals, awards, and new technologies for cinematographers.

American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers
The function of ASCAP is to protect the rights of its members by licensing and paying royalites for their work.

Art Directors Guild & Scenic, Title, and Graphic Artists (Local 800)

ASIFA-Hollywood (International Animated Film Society)
An international organization promoting and supporting the art of animation. Goals are to support animation education and increase public awareness and social interaction among animation professionals.

Association of Film Commissioners International
The AFC International serves as a liaison between the production industry and member film companies.

Association of Independent Commercial Producers (AICP-West)
Represents the voice of commercial production companies and suppliers. It also serves as a tool for developing industry standards and facilitates dialogue between members and the advertising community.

Association of Independent Creative Editors (AICE)
Represents the needs and interests of independent editorial companies doing post-production for commercials. The Los Angeles chapter has over 30 member companies.

Association of Interactive Marketing (AIM)
Trade association for interactive media.

Association of Movie Imaging Archivists
Focuses on the preservation of moving image materials.

Broadcast Music, Inc.
A performance rights organization, which supports writers and publishers in music, film and television.

California Directory of Local Secretaries and Business Agents  
District 2 of the I.A.T.S.E. represents Local IA Unions, whose members work in the entertainment industry in Arizona, California, Hawaii and Nevada. District 2 represents 67 locals, reflecting approximately 37,000 members.

California Film Commission
Dedicated to enhancing California's position as leader in motion picture & television production. Issues permits for filming on state-owned property and manages California filming incentive programs.

Canadian Film & Television Production Association
A non-profit trade and lobbying association which promotes and stimulates the Canadian media production industry. The CFTPA also manages crucial services on which Canadian film, television, and interactive media companies depend, and publish the country?s production industry directory, The Guide.

Casting Society of America
Organization for casting agents in all fields. Over 360 members nation wide.

Cinema Audio Society
Active members are Mixers. Associate members are Sound Editors, Technicians, Recordist and Microphone Boom Operators.

Costume Designers Guild (IA Local 892)
The COSTUME DESIGNERS Guild (CDG) is Local 892 of the International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employees (I.A.T.S.E.). The Guild represents COSTUME DESIGNERS, ASSISTANT COSTUME DESIGNERS and COSTUME ILLUSTRATORS working at the highest levels of skill and expertise in motion pictures, television and commercials. The CDG promotes and protects the economic status of its members while improving working conditions and raising standards for our craft.

Costume Society of America
Offers scholarship opportunities for students and they have demonstrations of mannequin making and dressing, display, conservation and preservation techniques.

Directors Guild of America
The DGA is the labor union which represents the interests of film and television directors in the United States motion picture industry. Founded as the Screen Directors Guild in 1936, the group became the DGA in 1960.

Entertainment Services and Technology Association (ESTA)
Trade association that provides services to member companies who are manufacturers and distributors of lighting goods.

Film Arts Foundation
Non-profit Bay Area based organization dedicated to the support of independent film and video makers.

Hollywood Post Alliance
A trade association representing professionals whose business involves the creation and finishing of motion pictures, television, commercials, digital media and other dynamic media content.

Note: IA stands for the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE). CWA stands for the Communications Workers of America.


Film Independent 
A not-for-profit organization which promotes independent film and film-making. Conducts frequent screenings, and provides resources, information and networking opportunities for its 4,500+ members.

Independent Film and Television Association (formerly AFMA)
Nonprofit trade association with 150+ companies. Concerned with production and distribution of independent English language titles internationally.

International Association of Audio Visual Communicators (AVC)
Organization composed of media producers, managers, & creative / technical people in industry, government, education, technical, promotional, and enrichment fields.

International Cinematographers Guild (IA Local 600)
International Cinematographers Guild is the union that represents Directors of Photography, Camera Operators and Assistants, Computer Graphics Specialists, Visual Effects Supervisors, Still Photographers and more - are part of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees.


International Documentary Association
Provides publications, benefits and networking on issues regarding film, video and multimedia.

International Game Developers Association
Promotes the high tech computer graphics used in both games and the entertainment industry.

International Sound Technicians (IA Local 695)

Makeup Artists & Hair Stylists (IA Local 706)

Media Communications Association International (ITA)
A networking association for those involved in video, film, distance learning, web design and creation, and all forms of interactive visual communication.

Media Human Resources Association - A Division of the Society for Human Resources Managers
Offers industry specific information sessions at the S.H.R.M. Annual conference. Provides a service called "media mail" which serves as a networking tool for members.

Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. (MPAA)
A trade association and advocate for the motion picture, home video and TV industries. Members include all major studios.

Motion Picture Costumers (IA Local 705)

Motion Picture Editors Guild (IA Local 700)

Motion Picture Set Painters & Sign Writers (IA Local 729)

Motion Picture Sound Editors
An organization for professional sound and music editors who work in motion pictures and television.

Motion Picture Studio First Aid Employees (IA Local 767)

Motion Picture Studio Grips (IA Local 80)

Music Video Production Association (MVPA)
Nonprofit trade association. Over 300 members; the majority are music video production and post-production companies.

National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS)
Fosters creative leadership in the recording field. They present the Grammy Awards.

National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture (NAMAC)
This organization provides media education, production, and preservation and advocacy services for individual media artists.

National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians (CWA Local 53)

National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE)
An alliance of media content professionals. Over 4,000 corporate members. They provide education, networking and technical guidance.

National Cartoonists Society NCS / Southern California Cartoon Society
Professional society for cartoonists. Prepares exhibits and provides aid to ill & needy cartoonists.

Producer's Guild of America 
The Producers Guild of America is the non-profit trade group that represents, protects and promotes the interests of all members of the producing team in film, television and new media. The PGA has over 4,000 members who work together to protect and improve their careers, the industry and community by providing members health benefits, enforcing workplace labor laws, the creation of fair and impartial standards for the awarding of producing credits, as well as other education and advocacy efforts.


Production Equipment Rental Association (PERA)
A global trade association with 200 members that promotes production equipment rental industry, with specialties in lighting, grip, audio, communication & staging equipment.

Screen Actors Guild

Script Supervisors & Continuity Coordinators (IA Local 871)

Set Decorators Society of America
Members are both union and non-union set decorators.

Set Designers & Model Makers (IA Local 847)
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SIGGRAPH - ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Graphics
Technical association specializing in computer and digital technologies. Their education committee provides information on career enhancement and activities relating to digital technology.

Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers
Offers standards, test materials and publications designed to assist its members in career enhancement.

Studio Electrical Lighting Technicians (IA Local 728)

The Animation Guild (IA Local 839)

Treasurers & Ticketsellers (IA Local 857)

United Scenic Artists (Local 829)

Video Electronics Standards Association
Provides a global network for promoting standards in higher technology.

Visual Effects Society 
Professional members working in visual effects. Goals: to promote awareness of visual effects industry, support technology research & development, and design & implement education programs.

Women in Film (WIF)
Committee to recognize and support unique visions of women in global telecommunications. 22 chapters world wide. 2000 members in Los Angeles, representing all facets of entertainment industry.

Writers Guild of America West

YLEM - Artists Using Science and Technology
Promotes the use of scientific images and advanced technological methods in art.