SWA Membership

Membership of the Screenwriters Association is meant for screenwriters (including writers and lyricists writing for films, TV, audio formats, digital media or any new media), who reside within the boundary of the Union of India and are above 18 years of age*.

BECOMING SWA MEMBER

One can become a SWA member by submitting the duly filled SWA Membership Form along with the required documents and applicable fees at SWA Office, OR by sending the same through post. SWA Membership is approved only upon the verification of all the mentioned documents.Time Taken: 10-12 working days

SWA MEMBERSHIP TYPES

  • REGULAR MEMBER

    The following can become a Regular Member with SWA:

    • Writers who have had their work released as a Feature Film (minimum of 70 minutes) in a cinema hall for ticketed viewing, with the credit of either Story, Screenplay, Dialogue, Lyrics or Written by.

    • Writers whose work as a Feature Film (minimum 70 minutes) was screened at any film festival, in India or abroad, with a FIAPF accreditation.

    • Writers who have had their work released as a Feature Film (minimum 70 minutes) or as a Web-Series on a Digital Platform with the credit of either Created by, Story, Screenplay, Dialogue, or Written by (with a minimum of 70 cumulative minutes being credited to them).

    • Writers who have written either a serial, show, or programme released on satellite TV (with a minimum of 70 cumulative minutes being credited to them) with the credit of either Created, Story, Screenplay, Dialogue, Written by.

    • Writers who have written the lyrics of at least three songs which have appeared in a released Feature Film, or in a TV serial, or in a web-series with the credit of lyricist or songwriter.

NOTE:

1. Lyricists whose work has only been published on the internet or on any other digital media (but not in a series or a film) will not be eligible for Regular Membership, but will remain as Associate Members. Once they receive a credit for at least three songs in either a Feature Film, or a TV show or a Web-Series on a recognised New Media Platform with a paid subscription model, they may apply for Regular Membership. New Media Platform writers should have a Feature Film/Serial/Video Film (of collective duration of 70 minutes) released under a contract with a producer who is the member of any of the four Producers’ Associations* or any other producers’ association subject to verification. *Producers’ Associations shall mean and include the Western India Film Producers’ Association (WIFPA), the Indian Motion Picture Producers’ Association (IMPPA), the Producers Guild of India, and the Indian Film and TV Producers’ Council (IFTPC).

2. Non-fictional work/show/programme including reality shows, talk shows, documentaries etc. can be registered with the SWA. However, same shall not be considered as eligibility criteria for Regular/Life membership.

  • LIFE MEMBER

    Any Regular member or a person eligible to become a Regular member can become a Life Member and would not require paying the monthly subscription thereafter.

  • ASSOCIATE MEMBER

    The following can become an Associate Member with SWA:

    • Writers who have been professionally engaged, via a written legal contract, by a Producer#/Director*/Writer^ to write/co-write the Story, Screenplay or Dialogue or to write the Lyrics for two songs of a feature film/s (of a minimum of 70 minutes) or a TV show (cumulatively a minimum of 70 minutes) or film (of at least 70 minutes) in the digital media, or lyrics for two songs in music videos, with the first fee instalment, as per the contract, having been credited to the writer’s bank account.

      #Producer – Indian Production House/Record Label/Independent Producer registered with a recognized Producers Association or with the Copyright Society for record labels, screenwriters or lyricists in India.

      *Director – Members of IFTDA or any recognised Directors’ Association.

      ^Writer – Regular/Life Members of SWA or of any of the other four screenwriters associations in India, viz. The Telugu Cine Writers Association (Hyderabad), The South Indian Writers Association (Chennai), The FEFKA Writers Union (Ernakulam) and The Cine Writers Association of West Bengal (Kolkata).

    • Writers who have received the credit of ‘Additional Writer’ or ‘Associate Writer’ in a released work in any of these formats are also eligible for membership in this category.

    • Applicants who have completed a Degree, Diploma or Certificate course, of a minimum of one year, in screenwriting or with screenwriting as the major subject from any university, or institute affiliated to a university, or any government recognised institute.

    NOTE: Non-fictional work/show/programme including reality shows, talk shows, documentaries etc. can be registered with the SWA. However, same shall not be considered as eligibility criteria for Associate membership.

    The duration of Associate membership shall be three years, by the end of which period their membership will expire, unless they make themselves eligible for Regular membership, and upgrade themselves to that category. If they fail to do so, despite receiving a notice from SWA, then their Associate membership will be cancelled. If they wish to seek membership of SWA again, they can do so in the appropriate category by following the prevalent rules at that time. Associate members shall be allowed to renew their membership only once. After that, s/he shall have to apply with a new contract from a producer.

  • FELLOW MEMBER

    Any person who has a passion for screenwriting is eligible for Fellow membership.

    • A Fellow member will be allowed to register his/her work at SWA. However, s/he will not be able to attend SWA AGMs or vote or stand for SWA elections. S/he can attend SWA events like seminars, conferences, workshops, etc., that are open to other members.

    The duration of Fellow membership will be three years, within which period s/he will either get himself/herself upgraded to Associate or Regular/Life category, or else the Fellow membership will expire. If s/he wishes to become a Fellow member again, s/he will have to reapply afresh for it by fulfilling all the application protocols.

NRI/FOREIGN NATIONALS

Any NRI/Foreign nationals including Person of Indian Origin and Overseas citizen of India, who are writers and are working in India, will be eligible to become a Fellow NRI/Foreign Member. However, they can’t upgrade to any other membership category.

SWA MEMBERSHIP UPGRADATION

As and when a Fellow member becomes eligible for Associate/Regular Membership, or if an Associate Member becomes eligible for Regular membership, then it is MANDATORY for him/her to upgrade to that category. If the person does not apply for that appropriate category, her/his membership is liable to be cancelled.

If any member with valid SWA membership wishes to upgrade her/ his membership to another category, then s/he has to pay a membership Upgradation Fees equivalent to the difference between the Admission Fee of the existing membership category and that of the desired membership category, subjected to the approval of writing proof. Members with expired membership will have to take Re-admission in their exitsing membership category and then apply for Upgradation to the new category.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS

  • For LIFE, REGULAR, ASSOCIATE and FELLOW MEMBERSHIP
    1. Duly filled SWA Membership Form

    2. Address Proof
      (Xerox Copy of any one of these: Electricity Bill/Ration Card/Aadhar Card/Driving License/Passport/Leave & License Agreement)
      Self-Attested OR Verified against original documents

    3. ID Proof
      (Xerox copy of any one of these: Pan Card/ Voter ID/Driving License /Passport /Aadhar Card)
      Self-Attested OR Verified against original documents

    4. Two (2) Passport Size Photos

NOTE: In addition to 1, 2, 3, 4 you will require appropriate ‘Proof of Writing Credits’ for Associate and Life/Regular Membership, respectively, as defined above.

SWA MEMBERSHIP FEES & PENALTY**

ADMISSION & RENEWAL
Membership Type Admission Fees Validity Renwal Fees
Life Member INR 21,000/- Total & Lifetime N/A
Regular Member INR 7690/- 1 Year INR 120/-
Associate Member INR 4286/- 3 Years INR 72/-
Fellow Member INR 3286/- 3 Years INR 72/-
Fellow NRI/Foreign Nationals Category removed Category removed Category removed
OPTIONAL CHARGES
SWA Membership Form (hard copy) INR 10/-
SWA Membership Card (Post-Renewal) INR 50/-
Postal Charges (sending SWA Membership Card in Mumbai) NIL
Postal Charges (sending SWA Membership Card outside Mumbai) INR 70/-
Postal Charges (sending SWA Membership Card outside INDIA) INR 300/-
UPGRADATION
Upgradation Type Fees
Fellow TO Associate INR 1,000/-
Fellow TO Regular INR 4,500/
Fellow TO Life INR 18,000/-
Associate TO Regular INR 3,500/-
Associate TO Life INR 17,000/-
Regular TO Life INR 13,500/-
PENALTY
(ONLY FOR REGULAR MEMBERS)

As soon as any Regular Member’s membership validity (as printed on the SWA Membership Card) expires, he or she must renew it. Failing to do so shall result in the following penalty

Months post-validity Penalty
0 – 6 NIL
6 to 18 INR 500/-
18 to 24 INR 1000/-
After 24 (Apply for Re-Admission)


SCRIPT REGISTRATION (OFFLINE) TIMINGS AT SWA OFFICE

With effect from January 01st 2020, the timings for Script Registration (offline) at SWA office will be Tuesday and Friday, from 02.00 PM to 05.30 PM.

PAYMENTS

  • Cash (only at office)
  • Cheque/Demand Draft/Money Order (In the name of ‘Screenwriters Association’)
  • Online Payments (to be launched soon)

*In exceptional cases, subject to the approval of the Executive Committee, membership of the Association may also be given to a person who has not attained the age of 18 years.
**The Executive Committee reserves the right to revise the fees.