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Important Update

Film Forum is now 100% open!
To avoid lines and delays, we suggest you arrive at least 20 minutes before showtime.
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Individual Giving

Board members Vivian Ostrovsky and Ethan Hawke

A nonprofit cinema since 1970, Film Forum has flourished for nearly 50 years, presenting independent film premieres and an ambitious repertory program. The generosity of our supporters is critical to our endurance. Our donors and members contribute 47% of our $5.1 million operating budget each year. All donations go directly toward putting films on our screens. You can give through the following ways:

Individual Giving: Twice a year, we ask donors in the spring and winter to make modest gifts to support our programs. Donate Now

Major Giving: Gifts $5,000 and above afford donors a VIP card – giving free admission for 2 to all screenings each year. Donate Now

Planned Giving: Please consider Film Forum in your estate planning with a tax-deductible bequest. Contact Chad Bolton, General Manager, at (212) 627-2035 x214 or for more information.


  • Donors who itemize returns may deduct 100% (up from 60%) of their 2021 adjusted gross income.
  • Donors who do not itemize returns may take an additional above-the-line deduction for gifts up to $300.
  • Donors aged 70½ or older may make a gift directly from their IRA plans for as much as $100,000.
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