Indie Film Caucus

The goal of the WGAE Indie Film Caucus is to provide a forum for professional writers in the field of independent film. Outreach and engagement focuses on filmmakers who have presented work as an official selection at film festivals and/or have achieved theatrical or online distribution.  We are committed to supporting filmmakers working east of the Mississippi.

The Indie Film Caucus serves the needs of those filmmakers fully focused on an indie film career, as well as those who are making an individual project.  Indie Film Caucus members are encouraged to have their projects produced under the WGAE Low Budget Agreement.

WGAE offers a Low Budget Agreement for narrative theatrical films and the Documentary Screenplay Contract for theatrical documentaries. These contracts are designed to meet the demands of the low budget film business as well as ensure rights and benefits for writers of films budgeted at $1.2 million or below.  Both WGAE members and non-members may request these contracts.

For more information on the benefits of having your independent film WGA covered, please contact Jenna Bond, Member Services Manager, by email or at (212) 767-7887.

The WGAE Indie Film Caucus holds 3-4 meetings annually and hosts events throughout the year.

Recent events:

  • 2017 Tribeca Film Festival Writers Reception
  • Seed & Spark Crowdfunding Workshop

WGAE LOW BUDGET AGREEMENT

The WGAE is committed to increasing independent and low budget screenwriters’ status and influence within the film industry. We seek to expand writers’ coverage through the use of the WGA’s Low Budget Agreement and Documentary Screenplay Contract for films budgeted at $1.2 million and below. These agreements were revised in 2013 to include certain work-for-hire situations, reduced upfront payments, and a flexible deferment definition.

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. Are you interested in filing a Low Budget Agreement for a theatrical film project?

For information on how to join the WGAE through use of the WGA Low Budget Agreement, download our flyer.

Please contact us for additional filing information. If you are filing documents for a WGAE Member, reach Rochelle Rubin at (212) 767-7837 or rrubin@wgaeast.org. For projects involving Non-WGA writers, please reach Jenna Bond at (212) 767-7887 or jbond@wgaeast.org.

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. 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, the Writer is NOT ensured that the Low Budget Agreement will apply to the project.

The WGA Low Budget Agreement requirements should not be confused with the Guild’s Signatory documents and process. If you would like to become a Guild Signatory Company, find out how here. If you have Signatory questions, call (212) 767-7837 or e-mail rrubin@wgaeast.org.

Documentary Films

The Documentary Screenplay Contract allows writers to write or sell a theatrical documentary screenplay under the protection of the Writers Guild of America, East, while deferring all or part of their writing fees.

For more information, reach Jenna Bond at (212) 767-7887 or jbond@wgaeast.org.

Indie Film Caucus

The Independent Writers Caucus is dedicated to raising writers’ status and influence within the low budget and independent film community, expanding writers’ coverage in low budget/independent films through the use of the WGA’s Low Budget Agreement and the MBA, and increasing emerging writer/filmmaker membership in the WGAE.

The WGAE encourages eligible emerging and established screenwriters to join the community of Guild writers through the Independent Writers Caucus (IWC).

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