Our Story

Created in 2018, Film Daze is an independent publication and media outlet that provides a platform for the unheard, and underrepresented voices of the film community. Voicing our perspectives on visual media (both film and TV), we seek to challenge the reader’s expectations of what media can convey – past and present. The visual medium elicits strong emotions, and our community of young, diverse writers embraces this climate in sharing with you their passion and unique perspectives on what makes this medium so important to us all.

Film Daze prides itself on not running ads, clickbait pieces that lack any substance, or being bought out by a company that dictates our every action, but by staying independent we limit our sources of annual income. We are still a small site in comparison to the big outlets that have been around for decades, but our content speaks for itself. Featuring insightful essays, immersive reviews, and new points of view by diverse writers from all over the world, we are able to shine like a beacon in the film community.

Why You Should Subscribe and Consider becoming a Film Daze Patron

By subscribing to our weekly newsletter you gain access to a curated array of featured essays, film recommendations (Film of the Day and Double Bills included), along with sneak peeks of the Film Daze Digital Magazine, all for free! For those worried about privacy, we can promise that your data will be safe, kept private, and not be sold off to any third parties. Our only goal is for you to enjoy our content and explore more of what makes cinema so important to us all.

But in order to keep providing a place of growth for new and upcoming writers we need your support, we may not be able to pay a living wage for our dedicated staff and wonderful guest writers yet, but believe our writers should be compensated no matter. Most of our staff and guest writers are either full-time students or work full time that write about film and television simple because of their love and obsession for the craft. For some, we are their first major byline outside of their own personal website/blog, and for others, we are the first site to offer them pay. By accepting their pitches, editing their pieces, and giving our thoughtful feedback we become our writers’ biggest fans and witness first hand the experiences of a writer who wishes to share their thoughts with the world.

Support Independent Film Criticism

Becoming a Film Daze Patron not only allows us to continue our mission of providing a platform for the unheard and underrepresented voices of the film community, but it also gives you exclusive content that can be found nowhere else. By subscribing on either our Patreon or Paid Substack Newsletter readers gain access to the monthly Film Daze Digital Magazine (as seen below), exclusive essays, and film recommendations that can’t be found on our website or free subscription plans. Each issue is revealed before the month it is published and each piece within the magazine is published throughout the month to allow every writer to shine in the spotlight, and to make sure our readers can fully enjoy each and every piece.

But what’s the difference between Patreon and Substack? The only difference between supporting us on Patreon vs Substack is the platform, as the price for our regular monthly subscription is still $5 and $8 and above for people who wish to become a Film Daze Sponsor on both platforms, though it should be noted that if you support us on Patreon you should consider signing up for the free version of the newsletter. We also provide annual subscriptions for a significant discount on both, though the Patreon is priced a little higher to account for the extra content compared to the Substack counterpart. This leads to us explaining the difference between a regular paid subscription/patronage versus becoming a Film Daze Sponsor.

Film Daze Sponsors are our biggest and most generous supporters!

  • At this point, you are the MVP, and we want our readers to know it! Your generous donation will be vital in maintaining our monthly magazine, funding our enthusiastic and hardworking writers, editors, and designers to bring you the best content our diverse team can offer.

  • Your name will be featured on our special "thank you" page in the digital magazine and our upcoming thank you page on our home website to display our gratitude (and make the other readers jealous!)

  • Access to special feature essays and content from staff, guest writers, and more.

  • Access to a specially designed PDF of the monthly Film Daze Magazine (as seen below)

With your support, you can make a dream a reality by allowing us to continue our growth as not only a publication but as writers.

​The Film Daze Team