DFA members will gain access to a network of related industry bodies and other documentary filmmakers, both established and aspiring. The DFA will also act on behalf of the interests of documentary filmmakers as a collective. This will include training and development, local and international broadcast and distribution, local audience development, gaining knowledge of global audiences, promoting proper audience research, job creation and administrative, contractual, intellectual property and financing advice. Members are eligible for several benefits from suppliers and other bodies. All Members are listed in the members directory on the website.
FULL MEMBERS (includes MY TOWN and Bursary Members)
Documentary filmmakers and aspirant documentary filmmakers are eligible to become members of the DFA provided they agree with the core objectives of the association and the standard Code of Conduct the association may promulgate from time to time. Full members must be individual documentary filmmakers as no companies may join as members. Full membership may be subject to review by a membership committee. Such members have one vote each at AGMs and other special meetings.
Any individual, organisation, society, company, close corporation or similar body that works in conjunction with documentary filmmaking may join as an affiliate member. These members will have no voting rights, but will receive all the correspondence from the organisation and may make presentations to the members at an AGM or other general meetings.
From time to time qualifying individuals will be invited to join as honorary members as a tribute to their contribution to documentary filmmaking.
To offer new documentary filmmakers the opportunity to participate as DFA members, membership bursaries are available. The selection criteria are based on a fair regional representation and an individual’s passion to contribute to documentary filmmaking. Bursary Members have all the rights of Full Members. To apply, please complete the relevant section of the Membership Form.
*Subject to Member agreeing to work one day to assist the DFA on a project or event.
Membership cycles are annual and commence immediately after the mid-year AGM until the following year’s AGM.
*New Members who join in either category after the 1 January and before 30 June pay half price.