What is the Low Budget Agreement?
The Low Budget Agreement allows writers to write and sell a narrative feature-length screenplay under the protection of the Writers Guild if the theatrical film’s budget is at or below $1.2 million. The best time to contact the Guild is before a screenplay is going to be purchased or when a writer will be hired to write a screenplay.
How does it work?
Read a financial summary of the Low Budget Agreement and the Documentary Screenplay Contract.
Please note: The Low Budget Agreement is only used when requested by the Writer. The Company must also file required Low Budget Agreement documents and Signatory paperwork.
If the Agreement’s terms are included in a personal agreement but no additional Low Budget Agreement documents are filed and approved by the WGAE, then the Writer is NOT ensured that the Low Budget Agreement will apply to the project.
What are the benefits?
By working under the LBA, writers may receive:
- Premium health care coverage;
- Pension plan earnings;
- Residual payments when the writer’s work is rebroadcast on television and distributed on DVD and other media;
- and qualification for WGA membership and the benefits that most film and television writers have known for decades.
How do I file a Low Budget Agreement for a theatrical film project?
Download the Low Budget Agreement filing documents then contact us for additional information.
What else do I need to know?
If your low-budget narrative screenplay meets certain criteria, you may be eligible to join the Indie Film Caucus – a forum for professional writers in the field of independent film who are fully focused on independent film careers, as well as those who are making a single independent project. The Indie Film Caucus holds 3-4 meetings annually and hosts many other events throughout the year.
Who should I contact?
If you are filing documents, contact the Signatories, Contracts, and Agency Administrator Rochelle Rubin at 212-767-7837 or via email.
Writers who are filing LBA documents may also be eligible for membership in the Guild’s Indie Film Caucus.
Become a Guild Signatory
The WGA Low Budget Agreement requirements are not the same as the Guild’s Signatory documents and process. If you would like to become a Guild Signatory Company, find out how.
If you have Signatory questions, contact Signatories, Contracts, and Agency Administrator Rochelle Rubin at 212-767-7837 or via email
The Low Budget Agreement is only used when requested by the Writer, and the Company must also file required Low Budget Agreement documents and Signatory paperwork.