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A&E Indie Films

A&E IndieFilms, the award-winning feature documentary production arm of A+E Networks, is a beacon for world-class documentary filmmakers and a trusted collaborator in creating critically acclaimed content with unprecedented access to remarkable stories.


Arena Cinelounge

Los Angeles premiere independent boutique cinema presenting the coolest new exclusive engagements, and special events.

Arena Cinelounge

ARENA CINELOUNGE is the premier boutique art house cinema located in the heart of Hollywood, presenting the best in new feature films every night of the week!

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Catapult Film Fund

Catapult Film Fund provides development funding to help story-driven and cinematic documentary films get off the ground.

Center for Asian American Media (CAAM)

The Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to presenting stories that convey the richness and diversity of Asian American experiences to the broadest audience possible. We do this by funding, producing, distributing and exhibiting works in film, television and digital media. For 37 years, CAAM has exposed audiences to new voices and communities, advancing our collective understanding of the American experience through programs specifically designed to engage the Asian American community and the public at large.

Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB)

CPB’s mission is to ensure universal access to non-commercial, high-quality content and telecommunications services. It does so by distributing more than 70% of its funding to more than 1,500 locally owned public radio and television stations.

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Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA)

Formed in 1925, DCA promotes arts and culture as a way to ignite a powerful dialogue, engage LA’s residents and visitors, and ensure LA’s varied cultures are recognized, acknowledged, and experienced. DCA’s mission is to strengthen the quality of life in Los Angeles by stimulating and supporting arts and cultural activities, ensuring public access to the arts for residents and visitors alike. DCA advances the social and economic impact of arts and culture through grantmaking, public art, community arts, and strategic marketing and development. DCA creates and supports arts programming, maximizing relationships with other city agencies, artists, and arts and cultural nonprofit organizations to provide excellent service to all residents and visitors in neighborhoods throughout LA.

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EJF Philanthropies

EJF Philanthropies is focusing on a creating a healthier food system through grants and impact investments. Additional grantmaking priorities include: improving child health in the Washington, DC region; supporting wildlife conservation; collaborating with other funders to support vibrant Jewish life in the United States; funding veterinary research and helping shelters care for sick dogs; and increasing opportunities for students in Washington, DC schools.

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Ford Foundation

We believe in the inherent dignity of all people. But around the world, too many people are excluded from the political, economic, and social institutions that shape their lives. Across eight decades, our mission has sought to reduce poverty and injustice, strengthen democratic values, promote international cooperation, and advance human achievement.

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HBO

HBO is home to the shows that everyone is talking about – from groundbreaking series, documentaries and sports to the biggest blockbuster movies available anywhere.

Hot Docs

North America's largest doc festival, conference & market. We also own & operate Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema in Toronto. #HotDocs19: April 25–May 5

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ITVS

We partner with filmmakers who bring untold stories to public broadcasting to make a difference in the world.

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Jonathan Logan Family Foundation

The Jonathan Logan Family Foundation supports organizations that advance social justice by promoting world-changing work in investigative journalism, the arts, the environment, education, equity and inclusion, and documentary film.

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Kanopy

The films that truly resonate with us do more than just entertain. They inspire us, enrich us, and challenge our perspectives. Kanopy ensures that these films reach viewers around the world.


We stream thoughtful entertainment to your preferred device with no fees and no commercials by partnering with public libraries and universities. Everyone from film scholars to casual viewers will discover remarkable and enriching films on Kanopy. Log in with your library membership and enjoy our diverse catalog with new titles added every month.


At Kanopy we believe in the power of film to bridge cultural boundaries and bring people together. Start watching today and expand your worldview with us.

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LEF Foundation

LEF is a private family foundation that funds creative endeavors in California and the New England region. LEF values strong aesthetics, entrepreneurial thinking, and a spirit of adventure in all of the projects it supports.

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MacArthur Foundation

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation supports creative people, effective institutions, and influential networks building a more just, verdant, and peaceful world. MacArthur is placing a few big bets that truly significant progress is possible on some of the world’s most pressing social challenges, including over-incarceration, global climate change, nuclear risk, and significantly increasing financial capital for the social sector. In addition to the MacArthur Fellows Program, the Foundation continues its historic commitments to the role of journalism in a responsible and responsive democracy, as well as the strength and vitality of our headquarters city, Chicago.

Mount St. Mary’s University in Los Angeles

They didn’t know our founders, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. Back in 1925, nothing — not even the steep climb up the rattlesnake-riddled wilds of the Santa Monica Mountains — could stop them. Ninety years later, our students, faculty and staff remain as unstoppable as our founding sisters. We're still fearless. Still dedicated. Still reaching higher. Mount Saint Mary's graduates know they that they can change the world. They know that they are {UNSTOPPABLE}.

MSNBC

Breaking news and in-depth analysis of the headlines, as well as commentary and informed perspectives from The Rachel Maddow Show, Morning Joe & more.

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National Endowment for the Arts

Established by Congress in 1965, the NEA is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the NEA supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America. Visit arts.gov to learn more about NEA.

National Geographic

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC GETS you closer to the stories that matter. Through the world’s best scientists, photographers, journalists, and filmmakers, National Geographic captivates and entertains a global community through television channels, magazines, children’s media, travel expeditions, books, maps, consumer products, location-based entertainment and experiences, and some of the most engaging digital and social media platforms in the world. A joint venture with 21st Century Fox, National Geographic reinvests 27% of proceeds to help fund the conservation and education efforts of the National Geographic Society.

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Oovra Music

Oovra is a music licensing company that represents the works of great composers exclusively. High-quality, highly original and neatly organized music that you can only find here. Our composers have scored some of the most important and moving stories of our time spanning the full range of human emotion. We offer simple licensing, representing 100% of all master recordings and compositions. We also love to collaborate and can customize our music just for you.

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Participant Media

Participant Media is the leading media company dedicated to entertainment that inspires and compels social change. Founded in 2004 by Jeff Skoll, Participant’s content combines the power of a good story well told with opportunities for real world impact and awareness around the most pressing global issues of our time. Participant’s more than 75 films, including Spotlight, Contagion, Lincoln, The Help, He Named Me Malala, The Look of Silence, CITIZENFOUR, Food, Inc., and An Inconvenient Truth, have collectively earned 52 Academy Award® nominations and 11 wins, including Best Picture for Spotlight. Participant’s digital entertainment division, SoulPancake (www.soulpancake.com), is an award-winning provider of thought-provoking, joyful, and uplifting digital content including such widely popular series as Kid President and The Science of Happiness and reaches an audience of nearly 9 million fans.

POV

POV (a cinema term for "point of view") is television's longest-running showcase for independent non-fiction films. POV premieres 14-16 of the best, boldest and most innovative programs every year on PBS. Since 1988, POV has presented over 500 films to public television audiences across the country. POV films are known for their intimacy, their unforgettable storytelling and their timeliness, putting a human face on contemporary social issues.

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Rockefeller Brothers Fund

The Rockefeller Brothers Fund advances social change that contributes to a more just, sustainable, and peaceful world.

RYOT

Immersive media. Emerging technology. Radical storytelling. RYOT is a next generation motion picture studio telling stories that move the world.

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Scrap Labs

Scrap Labs is the multidisciplinary graphics shop of Noah Smith. We focus on content creation in various forms including: illustrated story telling, motion graphics, and infographics.

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The Montalbán

Historic Hollywood theatre featuring live stage & musical performances, rooftop movies, film festivals, and comedy shows.

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WITNESS, Al Jazeera English

WITNESS is an award-winning documentary series from Al Jazeera English. Immerse yourself in stories beyond the headlines.

Wyncote Foundation

Wyncote Foundation, based in Philadelphia, was founded in 2009 with funds from the Otto and Phoebe Haas Charitable Trusts, at the direction of John C. Haas.  The Foundation is named after the town Wyncote, located in Pennsylvania, where John C. Haas and his wife, Chara, owned their first home and raised their family.