Our mission is to champion creative independence in visual storytelling and support a community of artists who embody diversity, innovation and uniqueness of vision.

Who We Are

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 10: The cast of 'Dear White People' Angel Lopez, Ann Lee, Effie T Brown, Julia Lebedeb, Lena Waithe, Justin Simien and Chad Burris Nominee pose for a portrait at the 2015 Film Independent Spirit Awards Nominee Brunch at BOA Steakhouse on January 10, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Patey/Getty Images)

We help filmmakers make their movies, build an audience for their projects and work to diversify the film industry. With over 250 annual screenings and events, we provide access to a network of like-minded artists who are driving creativity in the film industry.

What We Do

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 15:  A general view of atmosphere at the Film Independent at LACMA screening and Q&A of "Kroll Show" at Bing Theatre At LACMA on January 15, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Araya Diaz/WireImage)

We produce the Film Independent Spirit Awards, recognizing the finest achievements of American independent filmmakers, the LA Film Festival, showcasing select new works from emerging and established independent storytellers, Film Independent at LACMA, a year-round, weekly program that offers unique cinematic experiences including the acclaimed Live Read series.

Our Artist Development program offers free labs for selected writers, directors, producers and documentary filmmakers and presents year-round networking opportunities. Project Involve is our signature program dedicated to fostering the careers of talented filmmakers from communities traditionally underrepresented in the film industry.

Anyone passionate about film can become a Member, whether you are a filmmaker, industry professional or a film lover.

Our History

Dawn Hudson, Samuel L Jackson & others - 1995

In 1981, Gregory Nava and a small band of directors, writers and producers began gathering regularly to share creative ideas and discuss ways to increase resources for independent filmmakers.

The non-profit member-driven organization Independent Feature Project (IFP)/West soon emerged from these meetings with the mission to cultivate the careers of independent filmmakers, build larger audiences for independent film and champion diversity in the entertainment industry. National recognition quickly followed when the organization took on production of the Independent Spirit Awards in the late 1980s and assumed ownership of the Los Angeles Film Festival in 2000. In time, IFP/West became Film Independent—a more accurate banner for the spectrum of services the organization had expanded to include.

Today, Film Independent encompasses a broad community of individuals who appreciate and sustain artist-driven filmmaking.