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Australian Council of Film Societies

Existing groups or individuals interested in starting a film society can request information and advice from the State Federations of Film Societies or ACOFS (the parent body). They provide information, advice and services that are not available to the individual. Among the benefits available through ACOFS and the Federations are:
  • A film insurance scheme to protect against loss or damage of film
  • Film distribution arrangements to reduce the cost of film hire and freight
  • A voucher system for the use of the AFI Research and Information Library.

Other services include film weekends, film appraisal screenings and the publication of newsletters.

The ACOFS Film Screening Handbook

ACOFS publishes the ACOFS Film Screening Handbook, a comprehensive 96 page guide to forming and running a film society. It also contains valuable information for groups or organisations screening films non-commercially, including where to obtain films and the technical aspects of good presentation. Please contact the Federation in your State for a copy.

ACOFS also publishes the National Feature Film & Video Catalogue, the most comprehensive listing of feature length films available on 16mm and VHS in Australia which is a little out of date but could be useful as a reference. Contact John Turner President of ACOFS for a copy.

Contact Details

Australian Council of Film Societies

President: John Turner
20 Craithie Avenue
Park Orchards VIC 3114
Tel (03) 9876 1128
email JOHNTURNER10@telstra.com

Secretary: Beris Bradford
PO Box 615
Miranda NSW 2228
Tel 0403 863 354
email email: beris_cinema@yahoo.com.au 

Federation of NSW and Associated Film Societies

Membership: Beris Bradford
PO Box 615
Miranda NSW 2228
Tel 0403 863 354
email email: beris_cinema@yahoo.com.au

Federation of Victorian Film Societies

President: John Turner
20 Craithie Avenue
Park Orchards VIC 3114
Tel (03) 9876 1128
email JOHNTURNER10@telstra.com

WA Federation of Film Societies

Secretary: Paul Sofilas
4 Watson Avenue
Augusta WA 6290
Tel (08) 9758 1920
email oceans2meet@hotmail.com

SA Federation of Film Societies

Acting Secretary: David Donaldson
17 Labrina Avenue
Prospect SA 5082
Tel (08) 8344 7055
email safedfilmsoc@dodo.com.au

Tasmanian Federation of Film Societies

Treasurer: Jean Makin
PO Box 553
Ulvertone TAS 7315
Tel (03) 6425 2060
email gjmakin@southcom.com.au

 
 
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