General Membership

Film Independent Members enjoy access to over 250 annual events and screenings, plus an array of services.

COVID-19 Update

Social distancing continues… how does that impact Film Independent Memberships? To learn more, take a look at our At-Home Benefits page.

General Member Benefits

At Film Independent, we proudly serve the film community with over 250 year-round events and screenings, and an array of valuable services. The following benefits are available to all Members starting at just $95/year. Take a closer look and become a General Member today, or…

Double up at a discount! Save 10% when you choose a 2-Year General Membership.

Film Independent Spirit Awards

Since 1987, the Film Independent Spirit Awards has celebrated the top achievements in independent film each year. Film Independent Members comprise the voting body that determines the award winners. Awards season benefits include:

  • Exclusive voting privileges
  • Screeners of select nominated films (eligibility requirements apply)
  • Access, with a guest, to the free Nominee Screening Series, featuring theatrical screenings of all Spirit Award-nominated films in Los Angeles
  • Invitations to attend additional awards season screenings

Members must be current as of December 5, 2019 to be eligible for 2020 Spirit Awards voting privileges and benefits.

Film Independent Presents

Film Independent Presents is a year-round film and event series that offers unique cinematic experiences for the creative community in LA. Benefits include:

  • Free Members-Only Screenings (+1 guest)
  • Discounted rates for paid events
  • Priority registration period for all select events

Applications & Submissions

Members receive special rates and deadlines on submissions to Film Independent’s Artist Development Programs and the Spirit Awards.

  • $20 off Artist Development submission fees, plus extended deadlines
  • $50 off Spirit Awards submissions fees (regular and final deadlines)

Film Education Events

Film Independent produces weekly conversations, case studies, education and networking events that are free or discounted for Members, as well as popular annual events such as the Film Independent Forum and Directors Close-Up. You get:

  • Access to advice and expertise from successful filmmakers and industry professionals
  • Monthly classes and workshops designed to build skills and further your career
  • Monthly classes and workshops available to watch on demand
  • Up to 25% off Film Independent Forum passes
  • 20% off Directors Close-Up passes

Casting Services

Please note: Screening Room rental and casting services are unavailable until further notice as we observe the recommendations of the CDC in regards to the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Members can reserve casting space at the Film Independent offices Monday through Friday, 10:30 am – 5:00 pm. In addition to casting rooms, services/amenities include a check-in desk, seating for actors, WiFi and project signage. Parking not included.

  • Half-day session: $40
  • Full day session: $60

Online Member Services

Members can create a profile at to gain access to a number of online resources, including:

  • Member Deals; savings of 20% or more on resources and services for film professionals and enthusiasts
  • Message Board; post and search for job opportunities, share success stories and meet the community online

Don’t forget…

If you’re a serious filmmaker in any phase of production, you can take your projects further by becoming a Filmmaker Pro.

If you just love movies, you can elevate your film-going experience with a Film Lover Membership.

If you’re interested in involvement at the highest level, consider Film Independent’s Arts Circle. Arts Circle Members include individuals, foundations and companies dedicated to supporting artist-driven, original storytelling.