The Society of Australian Cinema Pioneers was founded by Stanley N. Wright on November 29, 1933. It now has more than 2200 members nationally. Each State has its own Branch Committee and State President. The 69th National President in 2010 will be Ross Entwistle. The 2009 Cinema Pioneer of the Year is ICAA board member and much respected head of programming for Wallis Cinemas - Bob Parr.
Membership of The Society Of Australian Cinema Pioneers requires that applicants have been employed on a FULL TIME basis in - The Cinema Exhibition and/or Distribution Industry, or The Production of Motion Pictures for Cinema Exhibition,
for a period of 20 years or more, and can provide proof of their service.
Motion Picture Benevolent Fund
The Motion Picture Industry Benevolent Society of New South Wales was founded in November 1931. During the 78 years of its existence, the M.P.I.B.S. has provided financial and emotional support to hundreds of past and present members of the Motion Picture Cinema Industry (and their families) who have fallen on difficult times.
The M.P.I.B.S. is a Registered Charity under Section 16 of the Charitable Fundraising Act of 1991. The current Chairman of the M.P.I.B.S. is Murray Forrest.
Financial assistance is given to the Society’s beneficiaries (at various levels - each according to his or her individual need) by way of regular monthly relief payments, “Winter Comfort” and “Christmas Cheer” disbursements, Private Health Fund payments, quarterly Gas, Electricity and Telephone subsidies, Birthday gifts, Special Hospital Treatments, Pharmaceutical expenses, and substantial contributions towards the cost of beneficiary’s Funerals.
Any aid given to the Society’s beneficiaries is strictly confidential, and is made by the Council of the M.P.I.B.S. on the recommendation of The Chairman of Investigation and Relief, Tom Jeffrey AM, whose contact number is 02 / 9386 4100.
The Society’s main fundraising activity during the year is the Chairman’s Annual Appeal. Donations to this Appeal, which are gratefully received and are Tax Deductible for donations of $2 or more, can be made by Cheque or Money Order (made payable to the Motion Picture Industry Benevolent Society) and sent to the Secretary / Treasurer, Bruce Leonard, at 9 Collins Crescent, Lapstone, NSW, 2773.