Why to become a member?
Its regular members may include the individual and companies active in the production of fictional, animated, documentary, experimental, or commercial films, TV programmes, or photographs, and post-production companies, visual effect studios, equipment rental companies, and other companies, including hotels, restaurants, and rent-a-car companies, catering and transport companies, insurance and legal services, etc. Besides regular members who take active part in the activities of the Association, there exist the categories of associate members and honorary members which are described in more detail in the Statutes of the Association.
All interested individuals and legal entities may send their membership application to firstname.lastname@example.org directly or through other members of the Association, attaching the CV or an extract from the Business Register Agency, whatever is applicable, and recommendation by two members of the Association is required. The Management Board will decide on the membership application and, to become full members, all new members will pay an entrance fee amounting to EUR 60 and annual membership fee. The level of annual membership fee will be defined by the Management Board. For 2016 it amounts to EUR 100 for the individuals and EUR 250 for companies. New members shall be given opportunity not to pay the membership fee for their first year of membership and in this period they will then have the status of observers, which means they will not have the right to vote or to be elected a member of the Management Board.
Considering that SFC is a formal membership-based organisation, its members directly influence the structure and priorities of the organisation. The reason for the existence of the Association is to meet the needs of its members and thus its members need to be actively involved to ensure that it is successful in the development and implementation of the activities that promote the interests of the industry.
The members have the right to vote and be voted for the members of the Management Board, but primarily to take active part in the activities of the Association by participating at the annual general meeting and in working groups, as well as in all activities that the Association undertakes in view of achieving the goals of overall film sector.
The privileges of the members of the Serbian Film Commission:
With over 30 thousand hits a year, FilminSerbia website is among the most frequented websites addressing the issues of film production in Serbia. It enables you to fully present your services and references, and there is also a showreel which helps you to directly and properly communicate with the film professionals interested to work in Serbia. All viewers of the profile may contact the company in question directly or visit its website. A newly redesigned website has been launched with modern technical possibilities of website search and presentation which are now available.
In 2012 SFC launched a new portal devoted to the promotion of Serbian locations in towns and municipalities covered by the Film Friendly Program. SFC members enjoy free access to the extensive gallery of photographs, contacts for obtaining the permits for specific locations, and “My projects” - an option to create a selection of locations for a specific projects. Location data base counts more than 450 locations with over 4000 photographs and has been updated on a daily basis.
SFC is the first point where foreign clients come to obtain information about the production capacity in Serbia. If your company provides a service that is mentioned in a query and this service is included in its profile, you will be forwarded the contact and, at the same time, the foreign client will be referred to you. All this will be done following the “golden rule” - on equal terms for all members of SFC.
The costs of individual appearance at markets and festivals can be financially exhausting, but membership in SFC offer you the opportunity to appear at a stall branded ‘Film in Serbia’ at much lower costs or no costs at all. Even when you are not able to be physically present, the presence of SFC promotes all its members and presents their businesses to foreign clients, distributes promotional materials, establishes and maintains contacts with clients when you are not able to do it.
As an independent body composed of the professionals from the industry, SFC can have a say in the issues of interest for the industry, in solving the problems and building partnerships with public institutions. It builds a reputation of an unbiased body that speaks for more than 80 representatives of the industry. We are therefore here to make sure that your arguments are heard and to jointly appear before the institutions, services, and public companies with regard to the matters of logistic organisation of the production or preparation of production, thus making it easier for you to focus on satisfying the needs of your clients.
The concentration of film industry through SFC facilitates the establishment of partnerships with the companies which are suppliers of the services important for the business activity of film companies (catering, courier services, hotels and restaurants, public institutions, etc.). Thus, SFC makes this segment of the business easier for its members by providing for them direct contacts, favourable prices, free consultancy, or services. For a precise list of sponsor benefits, please contact SFC office any time.
The goal of SFC is to build the economic sustainability of international productions in Serbia, encourage the creation of new jobs and the employment of local businesses in film, TV, and commercial production. Our role is to give the foreign clients best possible recommendations and professional advice while at the same time promoting our members and Serbian locations.
Through active cooperation with its members, SFC strives to create and organize trainings in the areas of film production that are not covered by formal education or that concern film production but are not its core component. Thus far we organised following trainings: Training for location managers, Training for casting directors and actors, Movie Magic Budgeting and Scheduling, 1st Assistant Director Training, ICA courses for colorists, Training for casting on camera, Marketing, selling and distributing training... Also, we organized workshops "From the script to the film" aimed at screenwriters as well as Storyboard workshop.
Educational programmes are organised by SFC, but SFC also recommends the educational programmes organised by other institutions abroad.
Seemingly small but significant benefit that enables you access to contacts and leads in the largest online database of film industry, absolutely free.
Another seemingly small privilege that keeps you informed about the development at the very heart of the film industry.
Each member gets a set of ‘Film in Serbia’ branded marketing materials to give out to its partners. This means that you will be able to have available, without any further expenses, high-quality material that confirms the seriousness of the industry. Enabling you take the advantage of joint acquisitions and thus save on costs, SFC is always ready to offer the possibility of cobranding the promotional material with the members.
SFC prepared the ‘Welcome Book’ for the clients and teams coming to Serbia so as to make it easier for them to stay and find their way around town. All members may get this brochure free of charge for their guests and clients.
Joint acquisitions for a number of members who have a need for licensed professional software may provide for savings in the price of software. SFC makes this easier by organising the selection process and negotiating with software distributers.
ACB Insurance Broker Company has been SFC’s member and its members’ partner for many years. Being the insurance brokers, they can give advice, negotiate and shape different insurance packages for filming purposes. Thanks to the cooperation we have, since last year we have a possibility to obtain public liability insurance policy at almost negligible costs. ACB is the representative of AON for Serbia which means that it can offer policy options that otherwise are not available on local insurance market.
KPMG auditing firm has for many years been a partner of the Serbian Film Commission and film industry globally. It has thus far provided consultancy services in obtaining different opinions about tax treatment of film production, and in drafting the regulation concerning the incentives for foreign cinematographic endeavours in Serbia.
Print advertising in industrial magazines attracts new visitors to the website and contributes to the visibility of the members presented in it. So, there is a clear advantage in participating in joint advertising since it will enable each individual company to save on presenting itself to international markets.
SFC is devoted to building contacts with all types of media, in the country and abroad. About 50 announcements a year in local printed media, articles in LA Times, Reuters, Screen Daily, Variety, Locations Magazine, and appearance in national and regional TV and Radio programmes. SFA provides for its members assistance in preparing and distributing press releases (in Serbian and English), support in organising media conferences, preparing press material, and organising media events, all at very favourable prices.
Thanks to its partners, SFC members can obtain legal advice and get a discount on lawyers’ fees: 50% for individuals (freelancers), and 25% for companies.