Professional association for the film and music industry

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The Association of the Film and Music Industry (FAMA, Film and Music Austria ) is a public corporation . It is part of the trade and craft division in the Austrian Chamber of Commerce and represents the interests of its member companies in the film and music industry. Until 2011, the association was incorporated in the Industry section, through the reclassification into the Trade and Crafts division, the self-name was changed from "FAFO" (Association of the Audiovision and Film Industry in Austria) to its current form.


Membership is mandatory by law and takes place upon receipt of a trade license for:

  • Production, duplication and pressing of sound and image carriers (pressing plants) with the exception of the activities of book, art and music publishers (e-books)
  • Film production
  • Production of film material
  • Operating a music label consisting of the production of sound recordings and the processing thereof
  • Technical transfer (i.e. development, copying and dubbing) and synchronization of audiovisual productions, dubbing onto carrier material of all kinds, as well as editing and post-processing and digital image and sound design for moving images, excluding the activities reserved for professional photographers
  • Operation of film studios
  • Film rental and distribution regardless of the carrier material, with the exception of video libraries
  • Operation of a music or film publisher, consisting in the acquisition and granting of exploitation rights or usage permits for film and / or music productions (with the exception of music publishers)
  • Operation of a recording studio

As of January 2012, FAMA had almost 4,400 member companies. In 2010 these employed 3,759 white-collar workers and 151 manual workers. Compared to 2004, a clear increase in the number of member companies can be seen (then: 2,800). The number of employees, however, decreased slightly (2004: 4,047 salaried employees and 294 manual workers, who generated an industry turnover of € 1.13 billion).


The task of FAMA is to secure and favor the Austrian location for film and music companies. As a representative of the entrepreneurs, FAMA advocates better economic framework conditions (e.g. taxes) for its members.

As part of the social partnership, FAMA negotiates the collective agreements of filmmakers and non-filmmakers together with the employee representatives (trade union) as an employer representative.

In addition, FAMA publishes various statistics and annual reports every year, such as the film industry report or various production and employment statistics.


FAMA has different specialist committees that are responsible for the various branches and professional groups:

  • Feature film, television film, short and documentary film
  • Economic film
  • Commercial
  • Team rental
  • Film distribution and distribution
  • Recording studios
  • Music industry

FAMA is represented in every Austrian federal state by the respective specialist representatives.

Film rating and awarding of awards

The Joint Film Evaluation Commission of the Länder (GFBK), founded in 1962, is represented in business by FAMA. The evaluation committee itself is composed of two representatives from each Austrian federal state and decides on the rating of the films to be shown in Austria. Depending on the decision of the commission, the rating “particularly valuable”, “valuable”, “worth seeing” or none is awarded. Cinemas showing rated films receive tax reductions.

With the “ Austrian Ticket ” and the “ Golden Ticket ”, the Association of Film Distribution and Distribution Companies and the Association of Cinema, Culture and Entertainment Companies (both part of the FAMA) have been awarding prizes every year since 1983 to the films with the most admissions in Austria . The "Golden Ticket" is awarded to every film, regardless of its origin, that reaches more than 300,000 viewers in Austria within 18 months. Films that reached more than 600,000 viewers during this period receive the “Super-Golden Ticket” and, if more than one million cinema visits, the “Diamond Ticket”. Until 2007 this award was given under the title “Austrian Film Prize”. In the course of the creation of a prize for Austrian films by the Academy of Austrian Films , this designation was given up. In 2011, the first Austrian Film Prize was finally awarded, which is not determined by ticket sales, but by the members of the academy using a secret voting process.

See also

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. - RIS, Federal Legal Information System
  2. Golden Ticket on (Austrian Chamber of Commerce)