At Film Independent, Members enjoy over 250 events per year that benefit both film lovers and filmmakers alike. The following benefits are available to all Members beginning at just $95/year. Take a look around and join the Film Independent community today.

General Membership Benefits:
For film lovers (all Members receive these benefits)
For filmmakers (all Members receive these benefits)

Filmmaker Pro Membership Benefits:
If you’re a serious filmmaker in any phase of production, take your project one step further and try our Filmmaker Pro Membership.

Arts Circle Membership Benefits:
Members of Film Independent’s Arts Circle include individual and corporate benefactors who recognize the importance of supporting artist-driven, original filmmaking. Learn more about the Arts Circle.

Film Lovers

✔ Los Angeles Film Festival

Film Independent produces the world class Los Angeles Film Festival each June. Members enjoy exclusive benefits, including:

  • Members-Only priority pre-sale period
  • 10% off all Passes and ticket packages
  • $2 off individual tickets
  • Members-Only Reception
  • Members-Only Screening of a surprise film

✔ Spirit Awards: Only Members Vote

The Film Independent Spirit Awards, in existence since 1987, is an exclusive celebration of the highest regarded independent films of the year. Only Members vote to determine the winners. During voting season, Members have the opportunity to receive select DVD screeners for voting consideration, attend over 30 free screenings of all nominated films and participate in a raffle to win 2 tickets to attend the show! PLEASE NOTE: Screener benefit available only to current Members as of December 4, 2015.

✔ Free Member Screenings

In addition to free screenings of all Spirit Award nominees, Film Independent produces a minimum of (12) free screenings a year for Members +1 guest. These new, rare, and classic films frequently include Q&A with cast and crew and provide Members with an exclusive peek into the realm of artist-driven film.

✔ Film Independent at LACMA

Film Independent at LACMA is a year-round, weekly film series that offers unique cinematic experiences for the Los Angeles creative community. Members have the opportunity to select tickets one week in advance of the general public.

Pricing breaks down as follows:

  • Free Members-Only Screenings: Members +1 guest
  • Repertory Screenings: $5 Members/$10 General Public
  • Live Reads: $25 Members/$50 General Public
  • An Evening With…: $15 Members/$25 General Public
  • Free Screenings: Open to the general public


✔ Film Education (FREE)

Every month Members enjoy a variety of FREE case studies, film festival orientations, tailored networking events, technical discussions, and more.

✔ Filmmaker Toolkit (FREE)

Film Independent is a leader in providing in-demand resources for filmmakers by consulting regularly with film professionals. It’s just one click away — Members can login to our website and find current lists of Financing and Sales Agents, Case Studies, Sample Releases, Location Agreements, up-to-date filmmaking FAQ and more.

✔ Job Board (FREE)

Crewing up? Members have the opportunity to post and view filmmaker-friendly job opportunities any time.

✔ Member Connect (FREE)

Members can search our community by profession and experience level, post head shots and make professional inquiries.

✔ Message Board (FREE)

Here’s where Members can share information about their latest film projects, release dates or accolades, receive notices from Film Independent on surprise free screenings and professional opportunities, plus–learn about what other Members are up to.

✔ Filmmaker Events (Members-only Rates)

  • Film Independent Forum
  • Directors Close Up
  • Monthly Classes & Workshops

✔ Casting Services (Members-only Rates)

Members can reserve casting space at the Film Independent offices Monday-Friday, 10:15 am-6:00 pm. Service includes: Check-in desk, seating for actors, wi-fi, and project signage.

Rates: ½ Day Session: $40
Full Day Session: $60

✔ Filmmaker Resources Guide (Members-only Rates)

Members save on production support services provided by over 50 vendors that cater to independent filmmakers.

✔ Submissions (Members-only Rates)

Members receive the following rates on submissions to Film Independent’s Artist Development Programs, Spirit Awards, and Los Angeles Film Festival:

  • Artist Development Programs (Directing Lab, Producing Lab, Screenwriting Lab, Documentary Lab, Fast Track, Project Involve):
    $45 Members/$65 Non-members
  • Spirit Awards
    Regular Deadline: $350 Members/$400 Non-members
    Final Deadline: $425 Members/$475 Non-members
  • Los Angeles Film Festival
    Members receive $5 off submissions for Features, Shorts, and Music Videos.

If you’re a serious filmmaker in any phase of production looking to take your project one step further, try our Filmmaker Pro Membership.