Autograph Collection's experiential cultural program celebrates and supports the creation and wider distribution of independent film – an art form that shares Autograph Collection Hotels’ ethos of championing individuality, creative expression, and diversity.

There is an inherent synergy between independent film and Autograph Collection Hotels – Indie filmmakers and screenwriters tell stories that inspire, provoke, and connect us; while immersive storytelling is part of our DNA, enabling travelers to connect to their destination in a memorable way.

Autograph Collection is thrilled to support this dynamic and important industry with partners who champion individuality and diversity, and empower storytellers to do the same.

Learn more about the initiatives that make up the Indie Film Project below.


Guests of Autograph Collection hotels in the U.S. and Canada can now stream a curated selection of indie films during their stay. These critically-acclaimed indie films are curated to reflect our appreciation of art, culture, cuisine, design and travel, amongst other themes.

Titles available to stream include Exit Through the Gift Shop about acclaimed street artist Banksy; Soul, featuring Michelin stars chefs Eneko Atxa and Jiro Ono; Floyd Norman: An Animated Life, starring Scarlett Johansson; and The People Garden, starring Dree Hemingway and Francois Arnaud.


Because every great film begins with a great screenplay, Autograph Collection Hotels has committed to supporting emerging screenwriters — who express diversity, individuality and an independent spirit — to take residence at Autograph Collection Hotels around the world to spark inspiration for their next project.

Screenwriters Liz Hannah, Minhal Baig, April Prosser and Christopher Salmanpour were chosen for Autograph Collection Hotels’ inaugural screenwriters in residence program.


Born out of passion for craft, vision and individuality, The Autograph Collection Short Film Award was created to discover new talent and accelerate the development of the next leading independent filmmakers. It is the latest in a series of innovative programs to help young talent flourish and support the full lifecycle of indie filmmaking: from screenwriting to screening.


Franklin Leonard is the Founder and CEO of the Black List, the yearly publication highlighting Hollywood’s most popular unproduced screenplays. The Black List has catalyzed writer/producer partnerships that have resulted in the production of over 333 films, grossing over $26 billion in box office worldwide. Black List movies have won 48 Academy Awards from 241 nominations, including four of the last eight Best Picture Oscars and nine of the last eighteen Best Screenplay Oscars.