Film Independent

Film Independent

5670 Wilshire Blvd, 9th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 556-9392

Daniel Cardone
Artist Development & Fiscal Sponsorship Coordinator

Year organization became a 501(c)(3): 1984
Year of first fiscal sponsorship: 2017
Number of sponsored projects: 200

Fiscal sponsorship fee:
7% standard, 5% Film Independent Fellows

Eligibility criteria:

  • Aligned mission values

Types of projects or services we sponsor:

  • Arts and culture
  • Children, youth and families
  • Disaster relief
  • Drug treatment
  • Economic development
  • Education
  • Environment/sustainable growth
  • Faith-based/religious
  • Festivals and events
  • Health/nutrition
  • Housing International development
  • Mental health
  • People or communities of color/minorities/LGBTQ
  • Political advocacy/social justice
  • Social services
  • Transportation
  • Women
  • Youth Development
  • Other: The program is open to independent narrative and documentary projects touching on a wide range of subject matter. Projects of any length and at any stage of development are welcome to apply. Film Independent supports other types of projects and like-minded organizations that further our mission.

Services we offer projects:  

  • Other: Film Independent’s Fiscal Sponsorship program administers funds for filmmakers while offering them the freedom to manage their own projects. We provide individual consultations with industry professionals, along with fundraising strategy support from our experienced staff.

Based on Fiscal Sponsorship: 6 Ways to Do It Right: Our model(s) of fiscal sponsorship are:

  • Model C, Preapproved Grant Relationship

Organization description:
Film Independent’s mission is to champion creative independence in visual storytelling and support a community of artists who embody diversity, innovation and uniqueness of vision. Our Artist Development program offers free labs for selected writers, directors, producers and documentary filmmakers, and presents year-round networking opportunities. Project Involve is our signature program dedicated to fostering the careers of talented filmmakers from communities traditionally underrepresented in the film industry.