Frequently Asked Questions

What is Fresno Filmworks?

Fresno Filmworks is a community-based, nonprofit organization with a 18-member board. We have more than 25 business sponsors, more than 300 individual sponsors, and nearly 900 direct-mail subscribers to our monthly newsletter, Clips.

What does Fresno Filmworks do?

We bring first-run, high-quality independent and international films to Fresno’s historic Tower Theatre on the second Friday of each month. We also present the annual Fresno Film Festival each spring and support other community film events. All showings are open to the public.

Why is Fresno Filmworks needed?

No commercial theater in the Fresno/Clovis area has consistently offered a regular series of world-class independent movies to central San Joaquin Valley film lovers. Fresno viewers often have to drive to Los Angeles or San Francisco to see the many exciting, prize-winning films that never reach local screens.

How did Fresno Filmworks get its start?

A group of local film lovers founded Fresno Filmworks in 2001. Fresno Filmworks began showing films at the Fresno Art Museum in March 2002 and moved to the Tower Theatre three months later.

How can I find out more information?

You can subscribe to our monthly newsletter, Clips, for information on upcoming films, movie reviews and related articles, a community film calendar, and more. Sign up at the Information Table during one of our screenings. Or, send your name, mailing address, phone number, and e-mail address — plus a check for $12 to set up your subscription to:

Fresno Filmworks
PO Box 4555
Fresno, California 93744

What can I do to help?

  • You can volunteer to help with our monthly screenings, annual festival, or other activities. Contact Gloria Burrola at for details.
  • You can become an Individual Sponsor at the $25, $50, or $100 levels by mailing your check to Fresno Filmworks, P.O. Box 4555, Fresno, CA 93744. Individual sponsors at the $50 and $100 levels receive complimentary tickets to one or more films. All Individual Sponsors receive a subscription to Clips.
  • You or your business can become a Screening Sponsor or a Festival Sponsor at the $250, $500, or $1,000 levels and receive a variety of sponsorship benefits. To become a Screening Sponsor, contact Joy Quigley at (559) 269-6903 for details. To become a Festival Sponsor, contact Claudia Arguelles-Miller at (559) 999-9818 for details.
  • You can attend our monthly film screenings and annual festival! Joining us at the Tower Theatre is the best way to support Filmworks.

Every second Friday of the month, Fresno Filmworks screens first-run independent and international movies at the historic Tower Theatre.