Indie film is a term that has been used to describe films made outside of the Hollywood studio system. The term “indie” comes from the word “independent,” which means it is not dependent on major corporate funding and is usually produced with smaller budgets and lesser known actors, but just as much creativity and passion. It’s no coincidence that indie films often speak to audiences in more personal ways than mainstream movies do.
The popularity of these types of movies continues to grow, especially among millennials who want their voices heard through independent filmmaking. A movie can be considered “indie” if it was made outside of Hollywood studios or with less than $1M budget (although this rule isn’t set in stone). Some examples are Napoleon Dynamite, Lars and the Real Girl, and American Psycho. Most indie films are released online (to avoid paying major fees) or at small screenings around the country.