The Yamatai National Film Institute, also known as simply “The Institute” is an honorary organisation tasked with the safekeeping and advancement of the arts and sciences of Motion Pictures.
|Key People||Likima Hoti (Chairman), Hirithi Kenji (Head of Actor Branch), Louis Handker (Nepleslian, Head of Director Branch), Henry Dillon (Nepleslian, Head of Writers Branch), Miri Kana (Head of Producers Branch), John Willis (Nepleslian, Head of Technicians Branch)|
|Headquarters||Lotus Tower, Hoshiutsu Studios, Planet Yamatai|
The YNFI began shortly after the establishment of Universal Cinematics, with the head of Universal, Jogothi Maio. He had been in consultations with several leading directors and producer at the time, as well as Likima Hoti, director of the Yamatai Association of Film Producers. The purpose was to create a organization in which the unions could connect, as well as settle disputes and promote the industry.
In YE 04, the YNFI was finally devised, with Hoti settling as chairman of the Board of Directors. Longtime producer and head of the Yamatai Film Workers Rights Group, Herika Mono, was elected as first president. An annual banquet was discussed, as well as the division of the organisation into five branches: Actors, Directors, Writers, Producers and Technicians. Later, the YNFI was formally introduced at the first annual banquet at the Empress Hotel in Geshrinopolis.
A first committee was formed in YE 06 to review the film industry for several “Awards for Special Achievement”, which were handed out between YE 07 and YE 10. Shortly after that, the board agreed to host an official ceremony in YE 11, the Golden Lotus Awards, in which a total of 12 awards were granted. The Institute would call another 9 awards in YE 19, and again in YE 22 and YE 32. In YE 25, three special achievements were separated from the Golden Lotus Awards, and are since then rewared in the Imperial Honour Awards.
In YE 21, the YNFI created the so-called Stellar Awards, to commemorate achievements in the Television industry. Since then, the branches also vote for the winners of those awards. Since the creation of the Yamatai Arts & Music Institute in YE 16, the Institute keeps close contact with the Art Insitute, mostly for oversight of YAMI's Marble House Awards and Soul Awards, commemorating the Theatre and Music industry, respectively.
The first headquarters of the organisation was close to the main film studios in downtown Geshrinopolis. With the destruction of the city, and the rebuilding into Kyoto, the YNFI has since relocated to the new film studios at Hoshiutsu Studios, residing in the Lotus Tower, named after the famous awards.
Since YE 27, YNFI has been working close with the Yamatai Department of Education, to provide high school and university scholarships for careers in the Film industry. In one such instance, the University of Film Arts & Sciences on Asura III (UFAS, also known as Asura Film University) , which has become the main film education in the Yugumo Cluster since it's completion in YE 35. Another successful effort was with the creation of the Independent Film Maker Society(IFMS) in YE 27, which serves to protect independent film makers from being overwhelmed by the 'big film' companies.
The complete outline of the YNFI's 5,258 members is a “closely guarded secret”, with most of the people only seeing the board of directors. Membership into the YNFI comes from invitation by the board itself. Most members are invited by either owning an Golden Lotus, or by sponsorship of two consecutive members. Sponsorship is only allowed from the same branch. Several multi-winners, such as director Taketa Mishu and actress Elisabeth Vanders are known members, as well as sound editor Benjamin Bartolomeus. It is strictly forbidden to nominate or vote on themselves, though.
Although membership is obtained throughout the year, most of the invitations are send in April, a month after the annual Golden Lotus Awards. These invitations are made public, but the official entrants are not known. Membership in the YNFI is for life, although members are allowed to resign. Writer Ikama Yojo is known to have resigned after twenty-seven years of membership.
The members of the YNFI have been criticised lately, coming from an report in YE 36, examining 4,000 of its 5,258 members, that 89% are white, 82% is male, and 73% is Minkan. Nevertheless, 3 of the 7 in the board of directors are Nepleslian. However, a subsequent research in YE 39, examining the entirety of 5,258 members, showed that 36% is female, and 29% is in fact Nepleslian, and a further 3% is Abwehran.
The complete assembly of members convene every year to choose, alongside the Board, the nominees and winners of the annual Golden Lotus Awards, as well as the Stellar Awards and Lion Pride Awards. The board also chooses the nominees and winners of the Imperial Honour Awards every two years.
There are 5 branches in the Institute, further broken down into a total of 14 sub-branches:
There are a total of seven members of the board of directors, mainly the five heads of the branches, the chairman, and the president. The heads of the branches are chosen from among a panel of six members within each individual branch, chosen from the sub-branches and elected for a period of twelve years, unless resignation or revocation comes first. The president is chosen from all members, elected for a two year period, with a maximum of four re-elections. The chairman is chosen for life.
The heads of the branches act as the main leader to the Board, who finalise all decisions in the organisation. The chairman acts as the head of the Board, alongside the president, who acts as the main leader of the organization. Since it's inception, co-founder Likima Hoti has been chairman of the Board, while there have been a total of eight presidents up to YE 38. Of these, one has died in office, and two resigned their duties after a full term.
The following is a list of all presidents of YNFI since YE 04:
The YNFI has a number of special-made lists of films, actors, and crew, who are considered as the 'Best' or 'Most Notable' of all time. The lists are written by the Board of Directors, however each member has an equal vote to nominate the films or persons of their choosing. The list differ in their awards in that they are informal lists, and only show the general crediting of the Institute. Nevertheless, the lists are a positive influence for the films and persons included, although the films and actors are almost all previous Golden Lotus and some even Imperial Awards winners.
The best known of these lists are the 'Best Films of All Time', which is renewed each five years and was first made in YE 22, which lists the Ten 'Best Films' released up to that point. It is not uncommon for a film to make one list, but loose the next edition, and also, several film have been on the list since its first creation. The films are chosen from a number of factors, including acting, direction, writing, and effects, as well as the number of awards that they received.
The list looked as followed in its fourth edition in YE 37, with the release year and previous rank:
The 'Most Notable Actors' list ranks the six best rated actors every four years, with the first edition being made in YE 18. The list looked as followed at it's fifth edition in YE 38, with sex and previous rank:
The 'Most Notable Directors' list is similar to the 'Actors', and ranks the seven best rated directors every four years, the first edition being made in YE 19. The list looked as followed at it's fifth edition in YE 39, with previous rank:
The lists are limited to living individuals, except the 'Honoured Members' list, which is specifically for deceased people, ranking the top seven 'most notable' deceased film celebrities or crew. It is chosen every ten years by the Board of Directors only, the first being made in YE 16. The list looked as followed at it's third edition in YE 36, with year of death, profession and previous rank:
The 'Best Film Studio' was a somewhat contested list of the YNFI, that no longer exists due to concurrence and legal reason. The important court case YAMI vs Stardust Pictures, in YE 32, was the main reason the list was foreclosed. The only two editions, in YE 30 and YE 32 ranked the top five 'best' film studios, and was based on the studio's output, ranking, and general strategy. The list looked as followed in it's second and last edition, with previous rank:
This page was originally created on 2016/07/13 07:49 by Yoerik. This article was inspired by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, or AMPAS. All credit goes to them.