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.

Directors Close-Up series passes are on sale now.

With a DCU series pass, you’ll hear acclaimed directors and creators from independent film, documentary and television discuss their creative and collaborative processes, and how they each bring their personal vision to the screen.

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.


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


Directors Close-Up passes grant access to all ten sessions in the series, including seven live online events, plus three live in-person events at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills.

Directors Close-Up series passes are on sale now.

Film Independent Members receive a significant discount on DCU passes. For Arts Circle Members, series passes are free.

$150 for Non-Members
$120 for Film Independent Members
$99 for Filmmaker Pro Members
FREE for Arts Circle Members

Not a Member? Join now.

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.