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Valuable resources for your film society

Fact Sheet #1 – 16mm films from ACMI

How to access the French, Chinese & Russian Embassy Collections held at ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image) in Melbourne

Fact Sheet #2 – Borrowing from the NFSA

Guidelines on borrowing films from the Screen Loans Collection (SLC)* at the National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA)
*  Formerly “Non-Theatrical Lending Collection” or “NTLC”
__(Updated June 05 2015)

Fact Sheet #3a – How to Obtain your DVDs & Get Screening Rights

Explains the three key steps involved in getting non-theatrical screening rights for your film society before you screen a film. (Updated November 13 2022)

Fact Sheet #3b – DVD Distributor Contacts

This is for film societies who are members of an ACOFS affiliated state Federation. It details all DVD distributors co-operating in the ACOFS agreement, the studios they cover and how to contact each distributor. (Updated August 04 2023)

Fact Sheet #3c – DVD Agreements – Info for Distributors

Useful information for distributors who would like to collaborate with ACOFS to reach the film society movement of Australia with their film catalogue.

Fact Sheet #4 – How to Start a Film Society Federation

Some of the basics to consider

Fact Sheet #5 – Public Liability Insurance

Obtaining appropriate, competitively priced public liability if your film society needs it.

Projectionist’s Reference Manual

Each of 16 chapters is downloadable as a PDF file

The Film Society Handbook

(Originally published in 2000)

Each of 18 chapters is downloadable as PDF file

Norwegian Film Collection 2012 – 2021

Includes: Feature films & shorts for adults, teenagers & children + several documentaries.
Available now to registered Film Societies at no charge by special arrangement with the Norwegian Embassy.

Available in both BluRay and DVD.

  • Norwegian Film Collection 2020 – 2021 (click here)
  • Norwegian Film Collection 2019 – 2020 (click here)
  • Norwegian Film Collection 2017 (click here)
  • Norwegian Film Collection 2015 – 2016 (click here)
  • Norwegian Film Collection 2012 – 2013 (click here)
  • Booking form (click here)
  • Guidelines for booking films (click here)
  • Your contact at the Embassy in Canberra is
    Merete Aarhaug. Phone: 02 6270 5715. Email: