IFTA® is the trade organization that unites the global Independents and ensures that our industry's voice is heard and well represented. Our diverse Membership spans all continents and more than 20 countries, giving us insight and influence around the world. IFTA uses its prominent seat at the international table to further establish the importance and uniqueness of the independent film and television industry, both economically and culturally.
IFTA Member companies are a global community of entrepreneurial creators as diverse in size and business as the content they finance, produce, acquire, and distribute. Our Members are behind many of the world's most prominent films, including 22 of the last 32 Academy Award® winners for Best Picture. Collectively, IFTA Members produce and/or distribute thousands of independent films, including 70% of the films in the U.S., and countless hours of content.
Since 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic has had dramatic and long-lasting effects on our industry. IFTA works nonstop to protect Members' livelihood and their ability to compete in this new marketplace, arming them by with the tools, legal and research resources, licensing and marketplace expertise, community support, and day-to-day efficiencies, and seeking government intervention where needed.
Independents are companies that organize the financing, production, and exploitation of films and television programming relying primarily on outside sources and on third party distributors in each territory and for each medium in which the project is distributed. It is the prevalent model around the world. IFTA Members include such companies as:
As our industry continues to face the most challenging time in our history, Members rely on IFTA for support and to keep up with the rapidly changing marketplace.