ADG members includes directors of feature film, television, documentary, animation, commercials, music videos, shorts, light entertainment, reality and all digital media. Students and screen practitioners from a variety of disciplines make up our Associate membership base. 

Current ADG Members are able to log in using email address and a chosen password. Through this membership portal, member can update contact information and login details; and access members only resources.

Please note: It is up to ALL MEMBERS to ensure that their membership is up to date and their fees are paid when due. Your membership will be considered Lapsed for 2 months following the date your membership status is no longer current, and Expired past that point when you will no longer be a member of the Guild and unable to access its resources. 

If former members wish to have their membership reinstated, they will be required to go through the application process again meaning they have to resubmitt application and pay joining fee. 


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  • Membership applicant is governed by ADG Membership Policy. Click here to download the full ADG Membership Policy.

  • ADG Membership is open to anyone who is employed, or likely to be employed on any contractual, weekly, daily or other basis of employment as Screen Directors in connection with motion picture film, video, digital media and technologies, television, art and entertainment, music clips, animation, commercial advertising who have exhibited, published, broadcast or communicated to the public in any medium. 

  • The Membership is open to Screen Directors who normally reside in Australia. 

  • The ADG only provides services to Screen Directors who join the guild - which include legal advice, discounts on events and at cinemas, contract advice, advocacy and representation.

  • Screen Directors are not automatically entitled to a membership with the ADG. Screen Directors are required to submit individual application and each application may be subject to further review by ADG.

  • ADG Membership is not transferable. 




  • Information, access and professional advice about industrial issues

  • Regular promotions and giveaways in our eNEWS, Facebook page and Screen Director e-zine

  • Access to ADG Recommended Directors Feature Film Agreement

  • Access to IR resources including Rate Cards and Codes of Practice

  • Eligibility to enter the annual ADG Awards*

  • Networking opportunities

  • Connections with international directors guilds

  • Discounts on all ADG organized events

  • Discounts at film industry business and industry events, selected cinemas, theatres, bookshops etc

*Eligibility to different categories of the ADG Awards depends on membership level


For Full Members Only:


  • Voting rights at annual AGM (Annual General Meeting) and eligibility to nominate for the ADG board

  • Access to industrial and legal advice for individual directors (1 hour free legal advice and if needed continuing legal advice from a qualified entertainment lawyer)

  • Waiving of the 10% ASDACS (Australian Screen Directors Authorship Collecting Society) membership fee on collection of royalties

  • Right to participate on policy sub-committees


A full list of ADG membership benefits can be downloaded here.

Membership Types

Full Membership

Full Membership is open to any screen director with a minimum of twenty minutes of credited screen time. In the case of directors of music clips, advertising, animation, or any other medium where each work is of short duration, ADG takes a flexible attitude to the screen time requirement. Applicants must include a resume listing their credits and a reference from a screen industry practitioner for the ADG Board to review before they are invited to become full members of the ADG. Application process can take up to 2 months since all applications will be assessed in ADG Board meeting. Please consider this time frame before applying. 

Associate Membership

Associate Membership is open to all individual, industry professionals working in any area of film and television production and those sympathetic to the aims and objectives of ADG. Associate membership is also open to emerging filmmakers who have not yet acquired their twenty-minute screen time required to join as a Full Member. Associates are eligible for all membership benefits, except industrial and legal advice, participation on policy subcommittees and voting rights. 

Associate Student Membership

Student Membership is only available to full time students. Applicants must enclose a copy of their current student identification card.

Associate Retired Membership

Retired membership is only available for Screen Directors above 60 years old who are no longer actively contracted as screen directors.

Membership Fees


New members and expired members must pay joining fee + annual fee. Existing members (current and lapsed members) only need to pay annual fee upon renewing their membership.

Members are required to ensure that the annual fee is paid before / on the due date to maintain their membership status. Members who unable to pay the annual fee in time, will considered as lapsed member. After two (2) months period, lapsed members who are still unable to renew their membership, will be considered as expired members. Expired members will require to reapply for membership if they wish to rejoin the guild which also mean to pay joining fee again.

Fee listed below is the current fee as per 1 July 2017

ADG Membership Fee as per 1 July 2017 


Production Levy

The ADG Production Levy is a legitimate budget item, and is eligible for QAPE under the Producer Offset. The levy is inclusive in the standard A-Z Screen Australia budget as SPA / ADG levy as a separate item under the finance/marketing section.

Benefits for Directors

  • Complimentary membership for the year the levy is received
  • Complimentary entry into ADG Awards (all eligible categories)
  • Promotion of production and screenings in ADG eNEWS
  • Featured Production report in eNEWS

ADG Production Levy

0.25% of production budget exclusive of indirect costs (Finance, Insurance, Legals, brokerage, marketing) payable on first day of principal photography. Legitimate expense listed in Screen Australia A-Z budget form is eligible for QAPE under the Producer Offset.