General Membership

Film Independent Members enjoy access to exclusive events, screenings, resources and more.

General Member Benefits

Film Independent Members are filmmakers, film industry professionals and film lovers that share a passion for artist-driven visual storytelling.

We proudly serve our community with an array of events, including exclusive screenings, conversations, classes and more, plus valuable resources and services. The benefits listed below 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.

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Now, let’s get to the good stuff…

Film Independent Spirit Awards

For nearly 40 years, the Film Independent Spirit Awards has celebrated the top achievements in independent film. Film Independent Members comprise the Spirit Awards voting body and each year, they vote to determine the winners. Awards season benefits include:

  • Exclusive Spirit Awards voting privileges
  • Screeners of select nominated films (eligibility requirements apply)
  • Invitations to attend special awards season screenings and Q&As

Please note: Members must be current as of December 18, 2023 (January 5, 2024 for Arts Circle, Film Lover and Secret Members …shhh…) to be eligible for 2024 Spirit Awards voting privileges and benefits.

Film Independent Presents

Film Independent Presents is our year-round series featuring exclusive screenings of exciting new films and TV series, in-depth conversations with filmmakers, one-night-only live events and more. Events take place in person in Los Angeles, with online offerings throughout the year. Benefits include:

  • Free Members-only preview screenings and events every month
  • Guest invitation (+1) for most screenings and Q&As
  • Discounted rates for paid events
  • Priority registration period for select special events


Applications & Submissions

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

  • $20 off Artist Development submission fees + extended deadlines
  • $50 off Spirit Awards submissions fees + extended deadlines


Film Education Events

We regularly offer filmmaker-focused conversations, case studies, classes and networking events that are free or discounted for Members, as well as popular annual events including the Film Independent Forum and Directors Close-Up. These events take place in person in Los Angeles, with featured online elements when possible. Members get:

  • Free access to monthly workshops, discussions and professional development opportunities (normally $15/session for non-Members)
  • 20% (or more) savings on Film Independent Forum passes
  • 20% (or more) savings on Directors Close-Up passes


On Demand Content & Online Resources

By creating a profile at, Members can access a number of online resources and benefits, highlighted by our full library of On Demand content. Intrigued? We’ve got a selection of popular recent events ready for you to watch now. Benefits include:

  • On Demand Content – Nearly every online event we produce is made available to watch within 48 hours, plus catch up on any events you may have missed
  • Member 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, take your project further by becoming a Filmmaker Pro.

If you truly love film, elevate your cinematic experience with a Film Lover Membership.

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