This isn't necessarily always true, but books are usually written entirely by one person with little or no input from anybody else. Okay, there may be an editor in there, certain ideas may have been talked over with friends or relatives, etc. But for the most part a book is one person's creation.
When it comes to films, even very small films, there's usually some sort of team effort involved. It's extremely rare for just one person to pick up a camera, write the script, film himself or film his surroundings, etc. In almost all cases, he (or she) needs to recruit people to be in the film, needs to recruit someone to do the filming or the lighting or help with the script, etc. In other words, there's some collaborative aspect to it that doesn't exist when writing a book. Again, this isn't always true and nowadays the technology is getting so advanced that films can be made by only one person. They end up on YouTube, two or three people glance at them and they're forgotten. But for the most part, I think, the one-person film is an exception and is given about the same amount of credit as the volume coming out of a vanity press. So I think the collaborative aspect counts for something because it diffuses the vanity to some degree at least. And convincing others to participate can take a fair amount of effort, as compared to someone just dedicating himself to his solitary writing project. So that may be a reason why it's automatically given more credit.
And another factor may be that the really small independent film is a burgeoning art form. I'm not thinking of independent films that still cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to make, I'm talking about the ones that are made for less than the price of a car. Its kind of a bold undertaking compared to just tapping away at a typewriter, something that possibly millions of people have attempted. There are still very few independent filmmakers so some credit is given to them for trying something different.
Anyway, those are my guesses as to why the same stigma doesn't exist.
· 9 years ago