Member Benefits

At Film Independent, Members enjoy over 250 events per year that benefit 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.


Spirit Awards: Vote for Independents

Since 1987, the Film Independent Spirit Awards has been 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 screeners for voting consideration, attend over 30 free screenings of all nominated films and participate in a raffle to win two tickets to attend the show.

LA Film Festival

Film Independent produces the world-class LA 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
  • Invitation to Members-only reception
  • Invitation to Members-only screening of a surprise film

Free Member Screenings

In addition to free screenings of all Spirit Award nominees, Film Independent produces select free special engagement screenings for Members +1 guest. These new, rare and classic film screenings frequently include Q&As with cast and crew and provide Members with an exclusive peek into the realm of artist-driven filmmaking.

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
  • An Evening With…: $15 Members | $25 General Public
  • Free Screenings: Open to the general public; Members always have the opportunity to buy tickets first


All Film Independent Members receive the following benefits:

Film Education (FREE)

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

Job Board (FREE)

Crewing up? Post and view filmmaker-friendly job opportunities any time.

Member Connect (FREE)

Search our community by profession and experience level, post headshots and make professional inquiries.

Message Board (FREE)

Share information about your latest film projects, release dates or accolades; receive notices from Film Independent on surprise free screenings and professional opportunities and 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

Submissions (Members-only rates)

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

  • Artist Development Programs (Directing Lab, Producing Lab, Screenwriting Lab, Documentary Lab, Fast Track, Project Involve):
    $45 Members/$65 Non-members
    Members-only extended application deadline
  • Film Independent Spirit Awards
    Regular Deadline: $350 Members/$400 non-members
    Final Deadline: $425 Members/$475 non-members
  • LA Film Festival
    $10 off feature-length film submissions
    $5 off short film submissions
    Members-only extended submission deadline

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

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.