Appeal to help screen industry people who are in need

The Motion Picture Industry Benevolent Society (MPIBS) is calling on the Australian film industry to help those in need through its annual appeal letter.

The cinema exhibition, distribution, production and post production sectors are being asked to donate money to those in need.

Now in its 87th year, the non-profit MPIBS provides financial and emotional assistance to industry colleagues who have fallen on difficult times.

Since its inception in 1931, more than $4.5 million has been dispensed to hundreds of beneficiaries, including cash supplements to government pensions, a quarterly subsidy for gas, phone or electricity, medical aids such as wheel chairs and breathing apparatus, help with funeral expenses and annual “winter comfort” and “Christmas cheer” payments.

“Despite the generous support we receive from cinema exhibition and distribution companies and members of the film production and post production sectors, it is absolutely vital the MPIBS seek continuing financial support to enable the essential work of the Society to continue,” said MPIBS chairman Murray Forrest.

Donation cheques or money orders should be made payable to:


Bruce Leonard, Secretary/Treasurer, MPIBS, 9 Collins Crescent,   Lapstone   NSW   2773.

Donations can also be made by direct deposit to the MPIBS’s ANZ account:

BSB: 012-010    Account Number: 86 43764. Account name: Motion Picture Industry Benevolent Society

Donations of $2 or more are tax deductible.