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, reduced upfront payments, and a flexible deferment definition.

Read a financial summary of the Low Budget Agreement and the Documentary Screenplay Contract.

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. Are you interested in filing a Low Budget Agreement for a theatrical film project? To obtain the Low Budget Agreement Filing Documents, go here.

Learn how to join the WGAW through use of the WGA Low Budget Agreement.

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 West, while deferring all or part of their writing fees.

For more information, go to Documentary Film and Nonfiction Programming.

THE INDEPENDENT WRITERS 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 WGAW.

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

Find information about joining the Independent Writers Caucus.

FILM FESTIVALS AND FILM & TV ORGANIZATIONS

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

CONTACT US

If you have questions about WGAW Independent Film, call (323) 782-4731 or email: WGAW Independent Film.