Become A Rooftop Films Member!

Annual memberships are the lifeblood of our organization and a great way for you to save money and have special access to our screening events all while supporting independent filmmakers and their work.  Benefits include discount tickets, early access to tickets, priority entry, and invitations to exclusive member events, virtual film programming & special screenings all year long.

In this unprecedented time, Rooftop Films launched two premier drive-in theaters in New York — the Brooklyn Drive-In on the pier at Brooklyn Army Terminal in Sunset Park, and the Queens Drive-In on the grounds behind the New York Hall of Science in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. We have been thrilled to be able to further our mission and continue bringing films to audiences in a safe and accessible way.

2021 will mark the 25th anniversary of Rooftop Films’ Summer Series and we couldn’t be more excited to celebrate with you!  We’ll be hosting a variety of screenings next year — at the drive-ins and hopefully at in-person walk-up events again too — including the latest independent films, plus new and classic studio films. We’ll be announcing our programming in the new year so please stay tuned! 

In the meantime, please consider a Rooftop Films membership for yourself or as a gift for the film lover in your life. A full list of member benefits and levels is listed below.  

Click here to become a member or renew your membership today! 

If you have any questions, please feel free to email memberships@rooftopfilms.com. Thank you.

Membership Levels


Community Member

$40
  • 2 free tickets (two individual tickets; a $32 value) to any in-person walk-up screening
  • 15% off all tickets for 2021 season (limited to 2 tickets per in-person walk-up event or 1 car per drive-in event)
  • Early access to all events
  • Access to members-only virtual programming (year round)

Supporting Member

$75
  • 4 free tickets (four individual tickets; a $64 value) to any in-person walk-up screening
  • 50% off all in-person walk-up tickets for 2021 season (limited to 2 tickets per event)
  • 15% off all drive-in tickets for 2021 season (limited to 1 car per event)
  • Early access to all events and invitations to special off-season screenings
  • Access to members-only virtual programming (year round)
  • Tote bag

Contributing Member

$135
  • 8 free tickets (eight individual tickets; a $128 value) to any in-person walk-up screening
  • 50% off all in-person walk-up tickets for 2021 season (unlimited)
  • 15% off all drive-in tickets for 2021 season (unlimited)
  • Early access to all events and invitations to special off-season screenings
  • Access to members-only virtual programming (year round)
  • Tote bag

Friend of Rooftop Films

$250
  • 2 free tickets to every in-person walk-up screening for 2021 season (two individual tickets; a $32 value per event) 
  • 50% off all in-person walk-up tickets for 2021 season (unlimited)
  • 15% off all drive-in tickets for 2021 season (unlimited)
  • Early access to all events and invitations to special off-season screenings
  • Access to members-only virtual programming (year round)
  • Tote bag

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Members Enjoy…


One-of-a-kind events

More than a film festival, Rooftop Films screenings are innovative, once-in a lifetime film events. We’ve refreshed the old traditions — turning the drive-in into an urban phenomenon, making a film festival feel like a vibrant, thrilling party, and bringing independent film to new audiences throughout NYC. You will experience the latest works by rising directors, future stars, and acclaimed auteurs — filmmakers who are taking chances and redefining the form.

Innovative Programming

Rooftop Films makes unique events out of each and every one of the film screenings we produce. Rooftop shows films which tell us about where and how people live today, and we are committed to including stories and storytellers that are underrepresented in independent film. We screen narrative, hybrid, and documentary films which are daring and unique. We screen films of all genres, from comedies and dramas to experimental, animated and political films and the works of experienced professionals, long-time amateurs and first-time filmmakers alike. We craft short film programs thematically and build them as if they are a carefully-planned mixtape, featuring highs and lows, evoking laughs and gasps in equal measure. Because of that, our short film curation is acclaimed worldwide. We are proud of the film community we have built and look forward to welcoming filmmakers and members every year!

Beautiful Outdoor Venues

At Rooftop we strive to present films in exciting and innovative ways. A film framed by the city skyline becomes more than just a film, it becomes part of the neighborhood. We try to match films to venues; we’ll seek out idyllic spots along a canal for a romantic film, mount a screening of a documentary about industry atop the roof of a 100-year-old factory, or bring back a drive-in theater to NYC for the first time in decades for the whole family to enjoy. The result is that the films take on new meanings in these unique environments.

Year-Round Member Screenings and Events

As a Rooftop Films member, not only will you receive access to more than 40 Summer Series events plus our special drive-in screenings, you will also have exclusive access to our virtual programming, and be invited to members-only pre-screening receptions, VIP screenings and sneak preview events year-round.

Live Music

Live music has always been an integral part of the Rooftop Films experience. Alongside our films, we highlight a wide spectrum of music, sound, and styles with performances throughout each season by both emerging and established artists from all over the world. We are proud to introduce audiences to the most current and dynamic new artists and bring a new crop of unforgettable live performances to the rooftops.

After-Parties

We create post-screening energy and enthusiasm by putting together after-parties for many of our screenings so you can celebrate the works you have just seen with the filmmakers, stars, bands, and one another.

Membership FAQs


How do I buy a membership?

To pay by credit card, simply select the type of membership you’d like, click “purchase” and enter your credit card information. To pay by check, mail along with a check payable to “Rooftop Films” to:

Rooftop Films
232 3rd Street
E-106
Brooklyn, NY 11215

Once you have purchased your membership, we will contact you to confirm the name you would like your membership to be under. Membership benefits are only valid for the person whose name is on the membership. If you are unable to use your membership in your name and would like to transfer it to another person, you can do so on a one time basis by emailing memberships@rooftopfilms.com.

What does “Guaranteed priority entry with ticket” mean?

All Members who have tickets receive priority entry via the member line. Members receive priority entry when doors open (usually 8:00pm).

How do I reserve my Member Tickets?

Each member receives a unique member code. Once you become a member we will send you detailed instructions on how to reserve member tickets.

What if a show is sold out? Can I still get in as a member?

You are not guaranteed entry to any show unless you reserve a ticket.

Can I buy a membership as a gift for my friend or family member who lives in New York City?

Yes, absolutely! Simply click here.

What if I’m moving away from New York City, and I won’t be able to use my membership for the rest of the summer. Can I cancel it and get a refund? Can I give it to my friend?

Memberships cannot be cancelled or refunded. However, you can transfer your membership to another person on a one time basis if you are moving out of town or are unable to take advantage of your membership for some other reason. Please email memberships@rooftopfilms.com to transfer your membership.

If I join today when will my membership expire?

Memberships are valid for one calendar year from date of purchase.

How do I find out about upcoming shows?

Please visit www.rooftopfilms.com for all information on upcoming shows.

Is my membership fee tax deductible?

Yes, your membership fee is fully tax deductible, minus the cost of your Rooftop Films merchandise, if applicable. If you would rather not receive merchandise, please email memberships@rooftopfilms.com.

What is my membership worth?

Memberships provide up to a $1755 value, but the membership itself has no cash value.

Can I also make a donation to Rooftop Films?

Absolutely. To make a 100% tax deductible donation to Rooftop Films, please visit our donation page.

I have a different question altogether.

No problem! Give us a call at 718-417-7362 or email memberships@rooftopfilms.com.

Rooftop Films Inc. is a 501(c)3 public charity; all contributions are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.