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North America (International) Multicultural Filmmakers Society
Approved by the Board of Directors on February 22, 2014.
Article 1: Name of the association: North America (International) Multicultural Filmmakers Society; abbreviated: NAIMFS
Article 2: This association is composed of film and television professionals and film enthusiasts. NAIMFS is an international and non-profit organization.
Article 3: Our mission is to gather all film professionals, organize film seminars, stimulate the development of the film industry, and strengthen the cooperation of film production between nations. NAIMFS complies with laws, regulations and respects social morality.
Article 4: NAIMFS is officially registered as an international society in BC, Canada. NAIMFS follows the guidance under the supervision of the provincial government.
Article 5: NAIMFS is located in Vancouver, BC, Canada.
Article 6: The business scope of NAIMFS:
a) Offer various types of film and television festivals. Close interaction with film professionals, film theory seminars and academic researches, sharing experiences and ideas of creation, and stimulating the development of film art.
b) Organize events, which are related to judging or selecting outstanding films, film reviews, seminars, workshops, and etc. Improving the quality of our team and promoting the prosperity of the film industry.
c) Promote the interaction and cooperation between overseas filmmakers.
d) Institutions support for promoting film industry and educating film enthusiasts and talent. NAIMFS provides assistance to those film enthusiasts who have financial problems.
e) Maintain legitimate rights for the film industry; satisfying the request of members.
f) Provide academic concerns and assistances to outstanding filmmakers.
Article 7: NAIMFS offers individual membership.
Article 8: Requirements of becoming a NAIMFS member:
a) Comply with the laws and regulations of the country. Follows the rules and regulations of the NAIMFS.
b) Film enthusiast (individual or group).
c) Over the age of 18 and have a stable physical health.
Article 9: Procedures of becoming a member:
a) Complete the Member Application Form.
b) Applications must be approved by the Board of Directors. VIP member applicants must also submit a reference letter and receive the approval of the President.
c) Follow all rules and regulations, and pay membership fees.
d) Membership card will be issued.
Article 10: Types of Membership:
- Free Membership. For high-school and post-secondary students and seniors over the age of 60. Required to volunteer at the NAIMFS for 100 hours.
- Basic Membership. Annual fee of $50 CAD. For film enthusiasts who wish to get involved with the film industry and interact with global filmmakers. Basic members are offered a FREE try-out lesson by the Canadian Film and Television Institute(CFTI).
- Intermediate Membership. Annual fee of $150 CAD. For film enthusiasts who’ve participated in at least three film or television productions. Intermediate Members are be offered two FREE try-out lessons by the Canadian Film and Television Institute(CFTI).
- Senior Membership. Annual fee of $300 CAD. For film enthusiasts who’ve participated in at least five film or television productions, and who’ve played at least three significant roles in film or television productions.
- Senior Members are be offered three FREE try-out lessons by the Canadian Film and Television Institute and have the opportunity to participate seminars or events held by NAIMFS. (CFTI).
- Free entry fee for single film or TV series entry
- 30%off for entrance tickets of Canada International Film and Television Festival
- VIP Membership. Annual fee of $500 CAD. For film enthusiasts who’ve participated in at least ten film or television productions, played at least five significant roles in film or television productions, and who’ve been awarded at least two individual film awards. Required to submit 1 to 2 recommendation letters from a film industry professional.
- VIP Members are offered three FREE try-out lessons by the Canadian Film and Television Institute and have the opportunity to participate seminars or events held by NAIMFS. (CFTI).
- Free entry fee for 5 film or TV series entries
- 30%off for entrance tickets of Canada International Film and Television Festival
- A FREE Award Ceremony entrance ticket for Canada International Film and Television Festival
- NAIMFS will deliver updated news to all members and regularly invite members to participate into seminars and events according to types of membership.
Article 11:Membership Rights:
a) Members have the right to supervise and criticize work groups and staff.
b) Members have the right to join and leave the NAIMFS at their own will.
c) NAIMFS provides members with legal advice and assistance.
a) VIP Members: Gratuitous financial support for film and television productions (for 1 to 2 productions, depending on the investment; certain conditions apply); Voting right on the film festival Jury President; Free admission to member workshops, parties, and gatherings.
b) Seniors Members: Gratuitous financial support for film and television productions (1 to 4 productions; certain conditions apply); Voting right on the film festival Executive Committee President; Free admission to member parties and gatherings.
c) Intermediate Members: Free admission to member parties; Free reviews of the script by industry professionals; Financial support for film and television productions; Interaction opportunities with overseas filmmakers; Voting rights during NAIMFS activities and events; Opportunity to participate in a three-month class at the Canadian Film and Television Institute.
d) Basic Members: Free admission to member parties; Interaction opportunities with overseas filmmakers; Voting rights during NAIMFS activities and events; Opportunity to participate in a one-month class at the Canadian Film and Television Institute.
e) Free Members: Free admission to member parties; Interaction opportunities with overseas filmmakers; Opportunity to participate in a 15-day class at the Canadian Film and Television Institute.
Article 12: If a member shall wish to leave the NAIMFS, he/she must submit a Letter of Withdrawal and return their Membership Card. If a member fails to pay his/her annual membership fee within a year, the NAIMFS has the right to remove their membership status. If a member violates any of the NAIMFS’s rules and regulations, he/she will have their membership status removed after the decision is made by the Board of Directors.
Article 13: NAIMFS’s highest authority is the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors is responsible for:
a) Formulation and amendment of the constitution.
b) Elect and dismiss deputy director, director, and secretary-general.
c) Inspect all board and financial reports.
d) Formulation and modification of the membership fees.
e) Decision-making of significant matters.
Article 14: Resolution is passed only if over half of the Board of Directors approve.
Article 15: Re-election of the Board of Directors takes place once a year. In 3 years, re-elections will take place once every 3 to 4 years. If an executive director has the intension of postponing the election, he/she must receive the approval of other board members and receive the approval of the registration management of BC, Canada. The extension period is generally up to one year.
Article 16: The executive committees of NAIMFS are the executive members of Congress. The executive committee is the representative body for all NAIMFS members.
Article 17: The chairman of the board will be employed until the age of retirement. The chairman of the board can submit a written letter regarding to his/her physical condition or other issues for resignation during his/her tenure. The Board of Directors must reach consensus and approval. The chairman will be honored as honorary lifetime Chairman.
To ensure that we are a professional and non-profit organization, to prevent directors from deliberate expansions of commercial purposes, the chairman of the NAIMFS is eligible to nominate successors after resignation or retirement. If votes of the Board of Directors are not consistent, the current chairman is able to exempt specified powers. The next chairman candidate must be approved by the Board of Directors before implementation. Candidates must be appointed by the current chairman.
a) Deputy director, director, secretary-general requirements:
b) Have good reputation and influence in the field.
c) Maximum age: 68 for males, and 65 for females. Special contributors need to be appointed by the Board of Directer; maximum age of 70.
d) Stable physical condition. Dedicated to the association and persistently completes his/her jobs.
e) Has not been deprived of political rights and have not received criminal punishment.
f) Has the capability for civil acts.
Article 18: Re-elections for the deputy directors, directors, and secretary-generals are once a year. In the first year (2014), the chairman might have the majority to chafe their minds because candidates for the position of deputy director, director, and secretary-general might have more contribution to the association. After two years (2016), the Board of Directors will have the power to replace and dismiss a deputy director, director, or secretary-general, if necessary.
In the first three years, all deputy directors, directors, and secretary-generals are only allowed to serve for one year. In the fourth year, previous deputy directors, directors, and secretary-generals must participate in re-elections to endure the stability of the association. The service period will be extended to four years but they shall not serve more than 2 consecutive terms.
Asset Management & Principles:
Article 19: Financial sources:
a) Start-up funds are provided by the Board of Directors in advance. The association must return the start-up capital advances including interests payments.
b) Membership fees.
d) Financial support from the government.
e) Funds for organizing events.
g) Other legitimate income.
Article 20: NAIMFS collects membership fees according to types of membership (membership criteria may be changed after the confirmation of the association).
Article 21: NAIMFS funds must be used for business purposes; funds shall not be distributed among members.
Article 22: NAIMFS establishes a completed and precise financial management system.
Article 23: NAIMFS has qualified accountants. When accountants resign or take charge in another position, he/she must take over the handing-over procedures.
Article 24: NAIMFS asset are financially assisted by the government and donations. Funds must be supervised and the uses of fund are published to the public in proper ways.
Article 25: NAIMFS asset are not allowed to be occupied by individuals or other organizations.
Article 26: Staff must be paid according to non-profit organization standard announced.
Article 27: The Board of Directors, including, the chairman, vice-chairmen, executive directors, and secretaries, are paid according to non-profit organization standard announced.
Amendment of the Constitution:
Article 28: The majority of the board must approve the amendment of constitution before implementing.
Article 29: The Board of Directors must receive the approval of the provincial government before implementing an amendment to constitution.
Article 30: Termination must be approved by the Board of Directors and the BC government.
Article 31: NAIMFS shall clear all debts and deal with all the financial issues before termination.
Article 32: The termination of the association after the approval by the provincial government.
Article 33: Remaining property after the termination must be supervised under the provincial administrative. Funds must be used for the purposed of business related developments.
Article 34: All rights reserved by the North America (International) Multicultural Filmmakers Society.
Article 35: The constitution will be in effect from the date of approval by the BC provincial government.
February 21, 2013