Interested In Joining The FFCC?
If so, see below for bylaws and membership criteria. If you believe you qualify, contact Chairman Bill Gibron.
The Florida Film Critics Circle is established to:
- recognize outstanding work in film,
- further the cause of good movies generally, and
- maintain the highest level of professionalism among film critics in Florida.
1. To be considered for membership, a candidate must:
a. be nominated by a member in good standing,
b. be a critic who regularly reviews movies for a publication (or publications) based in Florida, or a critic who lives in Florida and who regularly reviews movies for an online service, and
c. work independently of the movie industry. That is, the candidate must not attend junkets at the expense of movie companies, earn income from movie companies, accept lavish gifts from movie companies, etc.
2. A candidate who meets requirements a, b and c and publishes at least 70 movie reviews per year in a Florida-based publication (or publications) with a circulation of at least 100,000 may be accepted for membership by a simple majority of members who choose to vote. A candidate who meets requirements a, b and c and publishes at least 70 movie reviews per year online and/or in a Florida-based publication (or publications) with a circulation of less than 100,000 may be accepted for membership by a 2/3 majority. A critic who meets requirements a, b and c and who publishes fewer than 70 movie reviews per year online and/or in a Florida-based publication (or publications) may be accepted for membership by a 3/4 majority.
3. If a candidate meets all other requirements for membership but writes in a language other than English, the writer is eligible to join the FFCC if he/she has been employed for five consecutive years as a film critic. However, the applicant’s ability to join is still subject to and dependent upon a vote by the full membership.
4. Membership balloting will be secret if held in person and confidential if held by phone or e-mail.
5. A member who does not vote for the awards is placed on inactive status for a year. If that member does not vote for the awards for a second year in a row, the membership ends. The former member is free to reapply at any time.
6. Members in good standing who are no longer reviewing but wish to remain in the FFCC may request “Emeritus” status. Criteria for receiving Emeritus status is as follows: 1) You must have served as the Chairperson for a minimum of two years; OR 2) You must have been a member in good standing for at least four (cumulative) years. Emeritus members do not have voting privileges of any kind, but will be listed on the official FFCC roster and be invited to participate in the discussion of all matters pertaining to official FFCC business, including but not limited to year-end awards nominees and prospective applicants. Additionally, Emeritus members may officially nominate prospective applicants to the FFCC.
7. The deadline for membership in a calendar year is August 1st. All applications submitted after August 1st will be reviewed the following January.
1. Each year, the awards ballot will include this item: “Vote ‘yes’ or ‘no’ on whether the current chairman of the FFCC should continue in that post.”
2. However, if there is more than one candidate for chairman in a particular year, the candidates will be presented on the awards ballot and a simple majority will determine the outcome. If a simple majority is not achieved on the first ballot, the lowest-scoring candidate will be eliminated for consideration and another vote taken.
3. The officers are chairman, vice chairman and any other posts that are added at the discretion of the chairman.
4. If an officer drops out, the chairman may appoint a replacement. If the chairman determines that an additional officer is needed, the chairman may appoint one. If the chairman drops out, the vice chairman will assume the office of chairman and may appoint a replacement vice chairman.
1. At the end of each calendar year, the FFCC will vote for awards for outstanding achievements in the films of that year.
2. As a rule of thumb, the eligible films will be those considered eligible by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. However, if a worthy film is nominated that the academy does not allow, that film may be included for consideration at the discretion of the chairman.
3. The standard categories are Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress, Best Ensemble, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction/Production Design, Best Visual Effects, Best Score, Best Foreign-Language Film, Best Animated Film and Best Documentary. There are also the Pauline Kael Breakout Award and the Golden Orange for Outstanding Contribution to Film.
4. Members may also make nominations in whatever other categories they deem appropriate.
5. The procedures and mechanics of voting will be left to the discretion of the chairman. If the vote is taken at a meeting, a simple majority is desirable in each category. If the vote is taken long-distance, the prizes may go to the nominees with the strongest support in each category.
1. Membership rules may be amended by a 3/4 majority of members voting. Other bylaws may be amended by a simple majority.
2. Decisions regarding the FFCC not explicitly covered in these bylaws may generally be made by the chairman. Major decisions may be made by the chairman with the approval of a majority of the officers.