Membership puts you in contact with thousands of other enthusiasts in the UK and overseas. Hundreds of affiliated clubs offer one-to-one advice, an audience for your movies and the opportunity to join larger film-making groups. In addition to national and international events, our regions run their own movie festivals.
Advice on all movie and A-V matters, technical and creative, simple or complicated. Use our special - Music Advisory Service to help find the best music for soundtracks. Learn to make better movies. Members can access our Internet forum, where you will usually find someone with the answer to any problem.
Our unique copyright clearance scheme covers music used in non-commercial movies and AV sequences. Most music is covered by strict copyright laws, with stiff penalties for infringement, but we can provide members with inexpensive licences.
Our International Amateur Film Competition (BIAFF) attracts movies from around the world. Entrants receive written comments from a panel of expert judges. Award-winning movies may be chosen to represent the UK overseas. Many clubs and regions hold their own competitions. We also run the annual Peter Coles A-V (sudio-visual)Competition.
IAC - the Film & Video
Institute is devoted
to promoting amateurs working in all
film and A-V (audio-visual) formats.
Our Film and Video Library holds the world's largest collection of outstanding amateur movies. In addition to winners of national and international competitions, we have archive material going back to the earliest days.MEMBERSHIP CARD
Our membership card confirms amateur status and can be very helpful with obtaining permission to film in otherwise inaccessible places, at home or abroad.
Each Spring, our British International Amateur Film Festival (BIAFF) shows the best amateur movies and AV sequences from our competition. Your film could be shown in one of several cinemas or, perhaps, at the gala event where awards are presented. The Autumn Convention and AGM usually features a talk by an eminent film-maker, along with film shows/competitions and a programme of social events.
We provide a range of awards. Accomplished film-makers and audio-visual workers are awarded Licenciate, Associate or Master status. Members who have made an outstanding contribution to the movie movement are recognised with a Fellowship or a UNICA medal. (UNICA is an independent international organisation. It is a member of the UNESCO Council.)
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Take your time exploring this huge website. There is plenty of information to help whether you are a complete beginner or an advanced movie maker. Some starting points: