Entering a film competition creates a binding contract between the film maker and the competition organiser and it is important to understand the competition’s terms and conditions.
Film makers sometimes choose to base their stories on real events and real people. Documentaries are one example of film makers telling the stories of real people.
If you are filming on private property or in a public space (such as a park or council land), you may need a film location release. This information sheet when and why a film location release is important. Information is also provided on which parties should be contacted to obtain…
This Artwork Licensing Intellectual Property Toolkit has been developed specifically for Indigenous Art Centres and includes template policies and agreements which cover licensing, Intellectual Property and Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property (ICIP).
This sample Cultural and Intellectual Property Policy for Media, Filming and Photography should be used by an Indigenous Art Centre as a best practice policy in relation to any filming or photography at the art centre.
This sample Cultural and Intellectual Property Policy for Media, Filming and Photography should be used by an Indigenous Art Centre as a best practice policy in relation to any filming or photography at the art centre. It applies to all filming and photography whether by visitors such as tourists or…
This sample CAST & CREW AGREEMENT (WITH DEFERRED FEES) should be used when a producer (Producer) is engaging cast or crew members (Contractor), as independent contractors rather than employees, for the production of a very low (or no) budget film or video. It is for the situation where the producer…
This sample Copyright Licence for Collecting Institutions agreement should be used when a museum or other institution holding a collection of artefacts or artworks, including cinematographic or multimedia works or works of artistic craftsmanship or other copyright materials, wishes to make and publish a digital copy of a work for…
A contract is an exchange of promises ("something for something") that is legally enforceable. Contracts can also be called "agreements".
This comic provides information about what to do when someone infringes your copyright.
This comic provides information about how your moral rights might be infringed and what to do about it.
This checklist outlines the main legal issues a short filmmaker or producer should consider when making their short film. It is recommended for use by short filmmakers who are entering their films into a short film competition.
Corporate sponsorship is assuming an increasingly important role in the arts. This guide outlines the different forms of sponsorship that an artist or arts organisation may need to seek from a commercial organisation and what should be included in a sponsorship agreement.
This resource includes information on partnerships, including key issues to be considered within a partnership agreement, and a checklist for business partnerships.
Recent police closure of the sexually explicit French film Baise Moi and the ensuing community debate reminds us of the severity of censorship and importance of sensible classification regimes within society.
James Heller discusses digital fingerprinting and gives some quick tips for protecting your film on the internet
Erin Mackay explains the scope of a director's copyright interest now that the Copyright Amendment (Film Directors' Rights) Act 2005 (Cth) has come into effect.
Arts Law helps all sorts of artists at every stage of their careers. Here, artist Alexia Sinclair, writer Robert Drewe and The Lovely Days give an insight into the importance of knowing your rights and getting all the legal stuff sorted.
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Tanya Hendy is a filmmaker who approached Arts Law for advice about including an excerpt of an instrumental version of a very well-known 80’s pop song in her film.
Since the first Festival in 2005, Little Big Shots has become an iconic annual event. This international children’s film festival held in Melbourne is operated by a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to 'enhancing the media literacy of young people, fostering children's creativity and showcasing the very best in filmmaking for, by…
Switchflick Productions is the brainchild of Sophia Himi and Vivian Wong (pictured above; reproduced with permission), co-directors who produced a documentary about a renowned Former First Lady in Southeast Asia. The duo contacted Arts Law in relation to issues they were having with securing archival images and footage from the…