Austin is home to many great film organizations: from community groups who screen adventurous new works by directors from around the world, to monthly local filmmaker meet-ups, to trade organizations helping artists keep their productions on track.
AUSTIN FILM MEET
The Austin Film Meet is a support, networking, and collaboration group for indie film and media makers of all types and skill levels with the goal of encouraging a sense of community and pay-it-forward attitude within the group. Austin Film Meet hosts many live events including the Industry Open-Mic Mixer, which is typically held on the first Monday of the month at various venues in Austin. To further support the community, Austin Film Meet also teaches classes & workshops, hosts speakers & panels.
AUSTIN FILM SOCIETY
The Austin film Society (AFS) is a non-profit film society based in Austin, Texas. Founded in 1985 to exhibit independent, experimental, foreign and various other non-mainstream art films, AFS has grown from film exhibition to fostering independent filmmaking in Texas and has served as a cornerstone in building the film industry in Austin. The film society also owns and maintains Austin Studios, hosts the annual Texas Film Hall of Fame gala, oversees the Texas Filmmakers' Production Fund grant program, the AFS Cinema and Austin Public. The film society was founded by film director Richard Linklater, who currently serves on the board as artistic director.
AUSTIN. WOMEN. FILM.
Austin. Women. Film. is a monthly gathering of women that strives to foster a strong sense of community amongst the female members of the Austin entertainment industry via a classy happy hour. Mixers are aimed at creating a friendly and casual environment for our participants to both reconnect with past industry contacts and expand their network to include new ladies. Austin. Women. Film. is held the first Wednesday of every month at 6:00 pm. There are no monthly dues, no newsletters, no stress. Just community.
CINE-CLUB - ALLIANCE FRANCAISE D'AUSTIN
Through the Alliance Française d'Austin, Ciné-Club screens classic and contemporary French films at the Austin Studios Screening Room on the third Sunday of every month. Ciné-Club gives the Austin community access to French cinema in a curated, laid back atmosphere that also includes a mixer. Working with the French Ministry of Culture, Ciné-Club is able to bring in visiting French filmmakers to present and discuss their work.
Indie Meme promotes socially relevant independent cinema from south Asia, in an effort to influence social and cultural awareness and consciousness, and encourage and facilitate conversations around the issues the films address. Indie Meme offers screenings of independent cinema – feature, documentaries, short films, etc. from South Asia, including: India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan,Nepal, Bhutan).
NETWORK AUSTIN MIXER
The Network Austin Mixer is a networking get-together where people in the entertainment, film, music, and game industries can meet, forward their careers, and share ideas and information. Attendees are actors, filmmakers, screenwriters, producers, directors, agents, and crew members. Mixers are free and open to people who work in or are interested in film and media, and require no registration, cover charge or membership. Just show up.
TEXAS ASSOCIATION OF MOTION MEDIA PROFESSIONALS (TAMMP)
The TAMMP is a state wide organization consisting of freelance crew and commercial vendors who work in the motion picture, video and digital media industry throughout Texas. From educational seminars and networking opportunities to the production of a printed directory and the development of this web site.
TEXAS MOTION PICTURE ALLIANCE (TXMPA)
The TXMPA is a statewide non-profit industry advocacy organization for film, TV, commercial and video game makers. The goal of the TXMPA is to increase and improve production incentives legislation to grow the creative industries in Texas as well as keeping Texas competitive with other states.
TEXAS FILM COMMISSION
The Texas Film Commission provides resources that serve the film, television, commercial, animation, visual effects and video game industries of Texas. Serving the public since 1971, the Texas Film Commission supports our state’s global position as a premier production destination across all media industries. If you want to produce your next project in Texas, our industry-savvy staff is ready to connect you to Texas’ diverse locations, experienced workforce, support services, industry organizations and competitive production incentive program.
NATIONAL TRADE UNIONS
Although Texas is a right-to-work state, trade unions maintain a strong and talented presence. All recent Texas made films with a production budget of $1 million or greater were made with union crews.
DIRECTORS GUILD OF AMERICA (DGA)
The Directors Guild of America is a labor organization that represents the creative and economic rights of directors and members of the directorial team working in film, television, commercials, documentaries, news, sports and new media.
INTERNATIONAL ALLIANCE OF THEATRICAL STAGE EMPLOYEES (IATSE) - LOCAL 484
IATSE - LOCAL 484, Studio Mechanics of Texas is the labor union that represents 130,000 film and television technicians from Accounting to Costume to Props to Scenic artists and every artisan in-between.
Stephen F. Beasley - Business Agent, Local 484
4818 East Ben White Ste # 204
Austin, TX 78741
INTERNATIONAL ALLIANCE OF THEATRICAL STAGE EMPLOYEES (IATSE) - LOCAL 600
IATSE - Local 600, International Cinematographers Guild is the labor union that represents: Directors of Photography, Camera Operators and Assistants, Visual Effects Supervisors, and Still Photographers.
John Hilsman - Central Region Business Rep, Local 600
LOCATION MANAGERS GUILD INTERNATIONAL (LMGI)
LMGI's primary goal is to raise awareness of the contributions location professionals make to the creative process.
PRODUCERS GUILD OF AMERICA (PGA)
The PGA is trade group that represents, protects and promotes the interests of all members of the producing team in film and television.
SCREEN ACTORS GUILD-AMERICAN FEDERATION OF TELEVISION & RADIO ARTISTS (SAG-AFTRA)
With a regional office in Dallas, SAG-AFTRA represents approximately 160,000 actors, announcers, program hosts, puppeteers, recording artists, stunt performers and voiceover artists.
Trish Avery - Dallas–Fort Worth Local Executive Director, SAG-AFTRA
15110 Dallas Parkway #440
Dallas, Texas 75248
TEAMSTERS - LOCAL 657
The Teamsters - Motion Picture and Theatrical Trade Division represents workers in the motion picture industry largely responsible for trucking and for hauling freight for film productions but Teamsters can have other rolls too such the Locations department.
Frank Perkins - President & Business Manager, Local 657
San Antonio, Texas, 78239, USA
WRITERS GUILD OF AMERICA (WGA)
The WGA is a labor union composed of the thousands of writers who write the content for television shows, movies, news programs, documentaries, animation, and Internet and mobile phones (new media) that keep audiences constantly entertained and informed.