I.A.T.S.E. Local 477
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Becoming an I.A.T.S.E. Local 477 Member
May 16, 2024

 Any Florida resident may petition to join our local as a new member or by transfer from a different IA local.  Employment in the industry is reliant upon your individual skills, the effort you put into building personal business relationships, the strength (and accuracy) of your resume, and your overall reputation within the local community.  It is for this reason that Local 477 strongly recommends that people who are considering submitting an application for membership have an existing relationship with a party that has indicated that they will be able to hire the new member for union work.

There are 3 ways to join IATSE Local 477:

  1. New Member - $1150
    • Demonstrate that you have worked in your job classification within the past 12 months on productions which took place in the State of Florida. 
  2. College or Organized - $600
    • Provide documentation that you have graduated from a college-level Florida film school program (Bachelors or AA degree) within the past two years.
    • Join Local 477 when working on a non-I.A.T.S.E. production at the time that it becomes organized (“goes Union”). If you help an organizing effort,your application may receive special consideration.
  3. Transfer In
    • Request a "Transfer Card" from your current local. They will fill it out and send it to Local 477. A transfer card is valid for 90 days, so all of the following requirements must be completed within that time-frame or the transfer card will expire and a new one will need to be requested from your current local.

Proof of Residency Requirements

A valid copy of one of the following items MUST be provided:

  • Valid Florida Drivers License with issue date of 18 months or longer, or
  • A valid State of Florida ID accompanied by a (MVR) motor vehicle report showing 18 months of residency, or
  • Valid Florida Drivers License accompanied by one of the following showing 18 months of residency:
    • Federal Tax Return
    • Vehicle Registration
    • Voter Registration
    • (MVR) motor vehicle report

Required Fees

  • New Members - $1150
    • $100 Processing Fee
    • $150 Training Fee
    • $750 Initiation Fee
    • The purchase of two (2) Quarterly Stamps, $75 each, $150 total.
    • Any outstanding balances (For returning members)
  • College or Organized - $600
    • $100 Processing Fee
    • $150 Training Fee
    • $50 Initiation Fee
    • The purchase of four (4) Quarterly Stamps, $75 each, $300 total.
  • Transfers - $825
    • Copy of "Transfer Request Card" from current Local.
    • $150 Training Fee
    • $375 Transfer Fee
    • The purchase of four (4) Quarterly Stamps, $75 each, $300 total.

Membership Application Packet

Applicants must ensure the membership application packet is fully completed in accordance with the requirements. Submission options include printing and scanning the filled form, mailing a printed copy, or submitting it digitally. When printing, DO NOT to print double-sided, and please use black or blue pen. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. Compliance with these instructions is mandatory.

General Requirements

  • All forms requested in the membership packet must be fully completed and signed:
    • I.A.T.S.E. Application for Membership
    • Personal Information Form
    • Authorization for Representation
    • Authorization for Dues Check-Off.
  • A verifiable resume. Including three industry references (at least one from Local 477) with contact information.
  • If applicable, a list of any other I.A.T.S.E. locals of which you are currently a member; from which you have taken an Honorable Withdrawal, are retired, or have been expelled; or to which you have applied in the past and the status of that application.
  • Payment for full amount of fees by check or money order payable to I.A.T.S.E. Local 477. Payment can also be made via PayPal.
  • Any licenses or professional certifications that we may require (EMT, Paramedic, State of Florida teaching certificate, powder license, etc.).
  • If applying under the Florida Film School Graduate program, include a copy of your diploma showing graduation within the previous two years
  • If applying as someone working an "organized" production, provide a copy of a call sheet with your name on it for the production that was organized.

To access the required forms, Download Here:

 I.A.T.S.E. Local 477 Membership Application.pdf

Submit your application by email to staff@ia477.org.

If you DO NOT submit all fees with your application it will be considered incomplete. If you have any questions about how much is due with your application, please call the office.

Pay your application fee here.

After Submitting An Application

The current list of potential new members are submitted to our current executive board for a vote in the next executive board meeting.

  • Applications turned in at least 15 days before the next executive board Meeting shall go before the executive board for a vote.
  • Executive board meetings take place every month.
  • Each pending member will be notified within five (5) days of the results of the vote.
  • Applicants who are not voted into membership will be notified in writing and a refund will be issued (with the exception of the non-refundable $100 processing fee).
  • Refunded fees are processed within five (5) business days of the vote.
  • The Member Obligation (swear-in) shall be administered within six months (180) days from the date of notice of acceptance into Local 477.
  • The pending member’s application may be declared null and void, with forfeiture of all monies paid, if the Member Obligation is not administered in time.

Submit your application by email to staff@ia477.org.

The members of Local 477 thank you for considering joining our Local. Should you have questions that have not been addressed on this page, feel free to call President Chris Ranung at (904) 806-6369 or contact him via email at chrisranung@ia477.org.

See also:


More Information:
Honorable Withdrawal Policy
Readmission Rules and Procedures
I.A.T.S.E. Local 477
4101 Ravenswood Road, Suite 108-109
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33312

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