Benefits of Membership & FAQs

When you join the IFGA, you are joining a community of professionals, of seasoned pros, of up-and-comers, of creative artists, of screenwriters, of actors, of crew, and of filmmakers who have either chosen to work outside of unions, or have not yet qualified for the appropriate union.

The Independent Filmmakers Guild of America is for people working in the industry on their own terms, united by common goals, looking for a supportive community with common interests.

A guild, by definition, is an association of people for mutual aid or the pursuit of a common goal. Independent, by definition, is to be free from outside control; not depending on another’s authority.

We offer a unique opportunity to network and connect with other filmmaking professionals. As a member of the IFGA, you can use the Official IFGA Seal on your productions and marketing materials, and you can add the IFGA acronym after your name to let people know you are an active member of this professional community. 

The IFGA was founded by independent artists striving to make this world work without the luxury or requirement of joining a union.

We wanted to bring people together in a networking forum, offer a variety of services and help artists navigate their way through the indie production world.

As our membership grows, so will the offerings. We look forward to watching the members grow, connect, and expand their professional network. 

You can learn about some of our founding members here!

As a member of the IFGA, you will be able to submit as many scripts as you like to our Script Registry. Additionally, you’ll have access to the private forum, the private Facebook Group, entry into the Annual IFGA Awards, access to our Knowledgebase, Advisory Board Insight, Online Courses, and more!

We are also putting together a Best Practices and Ethical Production Guidelines Manual, which will be free to members to aid in the production process.

We are continually looking at ways to help our membership and expand our services.

The IFGA provides multiple ways for members to network and connect through forums and groups. We are working on our IFGA Manual as well, to help members navigate the precarious waters of being an independent artist.

We also try to have a monthly Zoom meeting where we either have a guest speaker, do a meet and greet, or conduct an IFGA Q&A.

As we grow, we are also hoping to start an online mentorship program to help filmmakers through the production process.

We also supply a variety of IFGA-provided services at discounted rates including Digital Cinema Package (DCP) creation and Quality Control packages to help you ready your movie for distribution.

We have partnered with an insurance broker specializing in associations, helping members find comprehensive coverage (health, dental, vision, etc.) putting your options into one place to help you navigate the world of freelance health insurance. 

We have also added another health care service that provides concierge-style care for benefits available online (including many prescription needs and medical services that do not require in-person visits).

We are very excited to have our first partner to help provide members with access to critical business insurance such as liability, errors and omissions, worker’s compensation, equipment protection, and commercial auto.

With our partner insurance company, you can have a plan in place the same day and be on your way to shooting your project with the right insurance in hand. 

We have added recent legal services, such as contract reviews, provided by an association member who is also an Entertainment Attorney.

As we grow, we will also be providing access to member and affiliate-provided services to help our members.

F.A.Q. #1: Why do we need a professional association?
 
Because there isn’t one directly for independent and freelance filmmakers. All major industries have associations. This is an effort to bring independents together through a like-minded community with an array of resources (including access to health insurance).
 
F.A.Q. #2: Is this a union?
 
No, it is not. Nor will it ever be. This is a professional association that provides community and resources for freelancers who A) do not qualify for a union, or B) choose not to join a union but would still like some of the benefits, such as access to business and health insurance, and a community of professionals; or C) are in a union but are looking for additional resources and/or community.
 
F.A.Q. #3: What is the difference between a labor union and a professional association?
 
This is a question we get asked frequently. And it deserves its own detailed page and explanation. Read more here!
 
What exactly is a professional organization? This is one of the most common questions we get. Professional associations/organizations are vital to most major industries. 
 
“A professional organization, sometimes referred to as a professional association or professional body, exists to advance a particular profession, support the interests of people working in that profession and serve the public good. It facilitates innovation, communication and connection” (Indeed.com).
 
 
F.A.Q. #4: How do you feel about other unions and/or the WGA and SAG/AFTRA strikes?
 
We support them, and we hope their members get what they want (and rightfully deserve). However, before, during, and after the strikes, indie filmmakers and freelancers will still be indie filmmakers and freelancers needing community, support, and resources.