The Subtitlers’ Association (SUBTLE), initially related to the e-group Subtitlerbase, was created in 2006 with the purpose of finding solutions to the problems met by the professional subtitlers. Also, the non-profit organisation represents the rights of its members and aims at promoting subtitling as a specialised profession. Joining the association can be done through an online application form and there are 3 types of membership: Professional Member, Student Member and Friend.
- interlingual subtitling is not yet a profession with a recognized representation, but simply treated as a job any translator can do – even though it is highly specialized and requires additional skills
- globalization is forcing us to leave the profession as companies turn to cheap non-expert providers elsewhere
- the art of subtitling is one which has long been under-appreciated and misunderstood
- quality standards are at risk
We need to
- gain professional recognition
- work towards getting our profession regulated
- promote fair rates and working practices for professional subtitlers
- create a seal of quality or approval so that clients can be assured of our competence as professionals.
In light of the deterioration of subtitlers’ working conditions as well as the quality of subtitles in films and programmes, we, as professional subtitlers, feel that the only way to reverse this trend is to act together to achieve our aims. This will benefit everybody involved in the creation and enjoyment of subtitles, as well as film-makers:
- As subtitlers, we will gain acknowledgment for our skills, experience and professionalism and will therefore be rewarded accordingly, so that we can continue to provide the best service to clients.
- Audiences will be able to enjoy the programmes and films to the full, knowing that they are getting good value and that their languages are not being mangled on the screen.
- Companies involved in film and TV production will secure their markets by assuring quality for the continual enjoyment and appreciation of their products.
This is where you come in! To achieve the above, a collective effort is needed. We need all the help and support we can get to find a way out.
Claiming back costs of becoming a member
Most people don’t know that they can reclaim tax on their memberships.
You can reclaim tax you pay on fees or subscriptions to some approved professional organisations – but only if you must have membership to do your job or it’s helpful for your work.