London, UK, 7 November 2016
The British Kinematograph Sound and Television Society (BKSTS) is celebrating its 85th anniversary by rebranding and relaunching itself as the International Moving Image Society (IMIS). The Society has seen the evolving nature of the industry and has decided this new brand is better aligned to address current changes in the industry as well as future developments.
The Society is not only looking towards encompassing traditional formats like feature films, television, short films, commercials, and music promos but also non-traditional formats such as virtual reality, interactive mediums, gaming, mobile video, web series and more.
In addition, the Society has laid out it’s aims to inspire, train, educate, and connect all members of the industry, whether at entry or professional level, around the world. The Society plans on accomplishing this through its new website www.societyinmotion.com where it will develop original content for every phase of development from conception, through production, and all the way through exhibition and archiving. Further, the Society plans to offer new seminars and events open to members and the public, training courses, opportunities for online and in-person networking, and expand its accreditation programme. The Society aims on building a strong alliance with other societies, guilds and associations, both in the UK and around the world, in order to fulfil its mission.
The Society is best known for its series of monthly lectures covering all aspects of the industry ranging from technical to creative. The Society has also had a rich history of providing wall charts that illustrate best-management practices for areas of the industry as well as technical resources. The Society is a partner to Cinema Technology Magazine with members who regularly contribute to the publication.
About the BKSTS
The BKSTS is a non-profit member-based organisation that was formed in the late 1920s as the ‘London Branch’ of the Society of Motion Picture Engineers (now known as SMPTE) until 1930 when it split to form its own organisation. In 1931 the Society began by accrediting the London Polytechnic (now the University of Westminster) in 1932. It has grown and evolved over time to meet the changes of the industry such as the shift from employment to freelancing as well as film to digital. It is in this respect that the Society has decided to evolve itself again into the International Moving Image Society. The Society has members in over 20 countries and plans to expand its base to many more.