What is an Independent?

An "independent film or television program” is financed primarily outside of the six major U.S. studios. IFTA's Members, and the independent production and distribution industry generally, are creative and entrepreneurial, committed to raising the funds to make the film or program that they – not a team of studio executives – have chosen and to direct its exploitation around the world. IFTA's Members constitute the majority of the world’s most important companies in the independent film and television industry.

Independents produce at least 500 films and countless hours of television programming each year generating more than $4 billion in revenues annually. The number of independent productions each year – more than 70% of film production in the United States alone – creates considerably more job opportunities worldwide than the majors. The six major U.S. studios have gradually become more marketing and distribution specialists in the U.S. marketplace than production entities.