WGAW Independent Film

The WGAW 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 and a new deferment definition!

The Low Budget Agreement - Click here for the Low Budget Agreement’s current terms and 2014 Low Budget Agreement filing documents. 

Both Guild Members and non-Guild Members writers may use the Low Budget Agreement with the Guild’s approval. This 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. Please note that a Low Budget Agreement must be requested by the Writer, and the Company must also file required Low Budget Agreement documents. The request and the documents must be reviewed and approved by the WGAW. If the Agreement’s terms are included in a personal agreement but no additional Low Budget Agreement documents are filed, the Writer is NOT ensured that the Low Budget Agreement will apply to the project. The Guild’s Signatory documents and process should not be confused with the WGA Low Budget Agreement requirements.

Both Members and Non-Members should call the WGAW Independent Film Line at (323) 782-4731 or email regarding this Agreement.

Documentary Films

The Documentary Screenplay Contract - Click here for the Documentary Screenplay Contract’s current terms and 2014 Documentary Screenplay Contract filing documents.  

This contract allows writers to write or sell a documentary screenplay under the protection of the Writers Guild, while deferring all or part of their writing fees. For more information go to Documentary Film and Nonfiction Programming. Please note that a Documentary Screenplay Contract must be requested by the Writer and the Company must also file required Documentary Screenplay Contract documents. The request and the documents must be reviewed and approved by the WGAW. If the Contract’s terms are included in a personal agreement but no additional documents are filed, the Writer is NOT ensured that the Documentary Screenplay Contract will apply to the project. The Guild’s Signatory documents and process should not be confused with the WGA Documentary Screenplay Contract requirements.  

Both Members and Non-Members should call the WGAW Independent Film Line at (323) 782-4731 or email regarding this Contract.

Click here for information on how to join the WGAW through the WGA Low Budget Agreement. 

The Independent Writers Caucus

The Independent Writers Caucus was formed in the Fall of 2002 with the goals of 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 WGAW.

The WGAW encourages eligible emerging and established screenwriters to join the community of Guild writers through the Independent Writers Caucus (IWC). For information about joining the Independent Writers Caucus go here.

Film Festivals and Film & TV Organizations

For a list of film festivals and film and television organizations, go here.