Membership + Filmmaker Services

For over 40 years, Chicago Filmmakers has supported filmmakers and digital media artists in the creation of independent film and video projects through fiscal sponsorships, production grants, networking events, and a collaborative filmmaker Co-Op. Whether you’re emerging, established, or just dabbling in a new art form, we are here to help connect you with equipment, information, and opportunities designed to help you hone your craft and tell your stories.

For general inquiries about Co-Op Membership or filmmaker services, please contact Sophie Mannaerts, Program Manager by email or by phone at (773) 293-1447.

Become a Member now!


For just $50 per year, Co-Op Members receive exclusive benefits from access to equipment rental and editing suites to discounts on classes and screenings. Your Co-Op Membership also gets you FREE access to our bi-monthly Filmmaker Meetups, which have featured special guests such as Joe Swanberg (Drinking Buddies, Happy Christmas), Demetra Diamantopoulos (Shameless, Jupiter Ascending), and David E. Simpson (Milking the Rhino, Life Itself).


Meetup Events

No events are scheduled right now.

Equipment Rental

Co-Op members and students enrolled in our production-based courses have access to discounted equipment, facilities, and editing suites to help make their creative endeavors successful. We offer an array of resources including HD video as well as digital and various format film cameras, all with support and accessories. Lights, microphones, audio recorders, and grip equipment are also available for check out. Click here for a list of available equipment.