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  • ACE is an honorary society of film editors dedicated to the advancement of the craft. This site features membership and magazine subscription information, an organization history, and internship and competition details.

  • National arts organization devoted to film, television and video, serves as a point of national focus and coordination for the many individuals and institutions concerned with the moving image as art. Institute programs emanate from the AFI campus in Los Angeles and the AFI Theater in the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Website links to programs, training and education opportunities, festivals.

  • UK-based organization supporting film sound technicians. Provides a members list and a newsletter

  • Online edition includes selected articles, directories, register for email casting notices. ($10 subscription buys archived articles and the full monthly publication.)

  • The BBFC is the body responsible for the classification of films and videos for public distribution in the UK. Includes a history of the BBFC, an outline of the classification policy, details of recent decisions, comments on cases of particular public interest, information on submitting works for classification, and a database of works classified by the BBFC, including details of the final classification, the running time of the work, whether or not cuts were made before classification, the distributor of the work, and information on the director and principal cast members.

  • This well written, progressive "academic/popular hybrid of movie analysis, history, and commentary", looks at classic and commercial, independent, exploitation, and international film from a wide range of vantage points from the aesthetic to the political. Bright Lights Film Journal is indexed in Film Literature Index, International Index to Film Periodicals, and Media Review Digest. No search function, but fully archived.

  • Organization which exists to promote greater understanding and appreciation of, and access to, film and moving image culture in the UK. Features information on exhibitions, collections, production and education, and describes the Museum of the Moving Image and the National Film and Television Archive.

  • CSA is an organization of professional Casting Directors from all fields. Provides industry related links to PERFORMING ARTS UNIONS AND GUILDS , ELECTRONIC CASTING LINKS and OTHER FILM, TELEVISION AND THEATRE LINKS

  • Selected articles, a sample of the print publication

  • From the Hollywood Film Institute - Provides several free guides to filmmaking, directing, and screenwriting. Offers information about its two day film school.

  • Member information, news, magazine. Links to studio, distributors, reference, publications, and member home pages.

  • Documentary filmmaking, including grant seeking. Links to scores of official pages of documentary films, resources for finding films and videos, and reviews. Excellent resource for a topic not generously covered on the internet.

  • Library of Congress collection

  • A resource for independent filmmakers, from San Francisco -- festivals, job listings, FAF Business Directory , grants, a Production and Post-Production Facility, and the FAF Library, a resource guide listing links to exhibitors, funders, training programs and other resources for film, video, and multimedia artists.

  • Online companion to the print publication from the Film Society of Lincoln Center. provides sample articles, which are archived and searchable, as well as links to the organization's sponsored events.

  • Motion picture and television music. Searchable, with selected feature articles from the print version.

  • Information on all Film Society's programs and events, ranging from screenings at Walter Reade Theater to summaries of major events such as the New York Film Festival

  • The magazine of independent film offering a weekly newsletter.

  • Site written by Tim Dirks. Though the author has no formal film training, this site offers a wealth of history, trivia, and resources for information about classic films.

  • A personal site, but very well researched and apparently thorough. Listed in chronological order each entry includes a cast list, song list, and synopsis as well as notes from reviews and encyclopedic works

  • HBO
  • IFP was founded in 1979 on a belief that a truly vital American cinema must include the personal, idiosyncratic, and sometimes controversial voices of filmmakers working outside of the established studio system.

  • Actual students of film schools and programs contribute critiques and reviews of their experiences.

  • Gathers reviews from respected critics and publishers on current films, DVDs, television shows, and movies, and rates them on a percentage basis. Links to reviews used to arrive at the ratings are provided.

  • MGM
  • The people that rate the movies.

  • British film reviews, links to European resources including additional review sites.

  • NFPF is the nonprofit organization created by the U.S. Congress to save America's film heritage. Working with archives and others who appreciate film, the NFPF supports preservation activities nationwide that ensure the physical survival of film and improve access to film for study, education and exhibition.

  • The New York Film/Video Council is the oldest continuously operating non-profit organization serving the non-theatrical and independent film and video community in New York City. Monthly programs include screenings, seminars and panel discussions on topics such as: production funding, new media technologies, distribution, exhibition, as well as a variety of issues facing film and video producers. Site includes calendars of events, and interesting and diversifies links to all aspects of film production. Of particular interest may be the international film

  • Nonprofit, professional membership organization for women working in the film and television industries.

  • Publication directed toward the producer. Includes interviews, profiles, book reviews, articles regarding financial issues, technology, film history, and features. NOT searchable.

  • Full text of selected articles. Archived to 1997.

  • An international guide to archives, compiled by the Library of Congress.

  • Film and media related websites in Canada, from the Department of Film Studies, Queen's University, Kingston, Canada.

  • Scours the internet for reviews of films and games, from the amateur to the professional, and uses the aggregate data to determine if the review is positive or negative. Links to full-text reviews are provided. Reviews can be limited to the New York area, to respected critics, or to critics belonging to film critic societies.

  • TNT's online movie and entertainment magazine. Reviews, feature articles, interviews, statistics and chat rooms.

  • "Entertainment Reviews for Parents," . . . clinical analysis of films. Reviews the film with explanation of MPAA rating and suitability for various age groups

  • About screenwriting: features, columns, interviews and how-to's. links to full text screenplays. Archives are indexed by category, but not searchable.

  • Job listings in all phases of film and television, from administration to web development. Also lists jobs by company, job category, location and by posting date.

  • Reviews, interviews, calendars. Archived and searchable.

  • Comprehensive list of links to international film festivals. Look here for more obscure listings -- Cannes is not on the list, but the Sarajevo Film Festival is. Searchable database. A little hard to navigate, but worth it for the scope of site-generated information. Daily coverage of major festivals worldwide. Festival calendar. Selected film reviews (of festival winners) and reportage. NOT always linked to festival home pages, but look for the URL's in the summary text.

  • Entertainment classifieds for performers and technicians. "How to break into the 'biz'" guides as well.

  • Non-subscription edition offers headline news, searchable classifieds, production listings, and reviews. (subscription yields access to full articles and archives)

  • The Institute, the Festival, the film programs, the theater, the college and more. .

  • Containing over 220,000 films and television programs, and 27 million feet of newsreel footage, we are the largest university held moving image archive in the world. (University of California, Los Angeles)

  • Women In Film is a professional organization founded in Los Angeles in 1973 with the commitment to recognize, develop, and actively promote the unique visions of women in the global communications industry.

  • Articles, tutorials, essays and opinions from industry professionals. Created to develop writer-driven projects and promote them to the studios.

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