Film Independent Forum

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2023 Film Independent Forum

September 29-30

Directors Guild of America, Los Angeles

The Film Independent Forum is designed to inspire and empower filmmakers by providing them the tools and connections needed to get their projects made and seen.

The 2023 Forum will take place entirely in-person at the DGA in Los Angeles, offering a communal experience filled with screenings, panels, workshops, one-on-one meetings, networking opportunities and receptions. Head to the Forum Schedule page for more details, including this year’s program, speakers and panelists, and info about our popular Industry Connect sessions.

Through an array of dynamic sessions, you’ll explore best practices for financing, producing and distributing both film and TV, and delve into the skills and formats providing exciting opportunities for creative experimentation and success.

Plus, experience a keynote from filmmaker and Film Independent Fellow Justin Simien (Haunted Mansion, Dear White People); the LA Premiere of Frybread Face and Me, including a conversation with director and Film Independent Fellow Billy Luther; the presentation of the inaugural Changemaker Award to Film Independent Fellows Smriti Mundhra, Pamela Ribon and Kim Yutani; and a screening of Fair Play, followed by a conversation with EP Ram Bergman.

Forum passes are on sale now to Members and the general public.

Film Independent Members receive a significant discount on passes, which are FREE for Arts Circle Members, $149 for Members and $189 for Non-Members.

Not a Member? Join now.

Coming in from out of town?

Mondrian Hotel Los Angeles is offering discounted room rates for Film Independent Forum attendees. Mondrian LA offers luxurious guest rooms with modern amenities and stylish décor. Follow this link to book now.


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.

Header image photo: Lexus Gallegos