Directors Close-Up

Conversations with filmmakers, moderated by filmmakers, for filmmakers and film lovers.

February 1 – March 1, 2023

The Directors Close-Up, our signature program focusing on the art and craft of directing, returns this year to celebrate the directors, writers and creators nominated for the 2023 Film Independent Spirit Awards.

Our 2023 Directors Close-Up boasts yet another impressive lineup of storytellers from around the globe. Following the success of last year’s series, we’ve retained a format featuring ten sessions – each devoted to a different Spirit Awards category – along with some special guests from outside the indie realm.

DCU will take place over the course of one month, beginning with seven online events, followed by three in-person events at our new home, the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, in partnership with Film Independent Presents.

Take a look at the official Directors Close-Up Schedule for more details, and remember to check back for updates including newly announced panelists, moderators and more.

DCU at the Wallis

Tickets are available now for all three Directors Close-Up events taking place at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills. Get the details and grab your tickets (before they run out!) using the links below:

Sunday, February 26Guillermo del Toro and Mark Gustafson
Tuesday, February 28Shrinking with Creator Jason Segel and Team
Wednesday, March 1The Spirit of Independence


Film Independent is committed to hosting events that are accessible. For inquiries regarding accessibility, or to request an accommodation, please contact us at or 323 556 9305.

Please note: If you are joining or renewing, please allow up to one business day for your Membership to be processed. Individuals who purchase passes after 8:00 am PT on February 1 are not guaranteed live access to the first virtual event of the series. Masks are recommended for in-person events, but not required. All aspects of the Director’s Close-Up series (schedule, format, participants, etc.) are subject to change without prior notice.