Ford Foundation Working with Visionaries on the Frontlines of Social Change Worldwide
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JustFilms partners with a variety of film, cultural, research and media organizations to help broaden the reach and impact of our work. Through regrant funds, many work to strengthen the field of social justice filmmaking a whole.

Our partners include:

Sundance Institute

Since 1981, Sundance Institute has evolved to become an internationally recognized nonprofit organization that actively advances the work of risk-taking storytellers by providing a space for artists to explore their stories free from commercial and political pressures.

JustFilms supports a regrant fund, and labs at the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program and Fund as a resource for independent documentary filmmakers around the world who are working on films focused on human rights and contemporary issues. We also provide general support for the New Frontier Program for artists innovating the art and form of storytelling, and for the Native American and Indigenous Program.

Tribeca Film Institute

The Tribeca Film Institute (TFI) is a nonprofit arts organization founded by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, and Craig Hatkoff in the wake of Sept. 11, 2001. It empowers filmmakers through grants and professional development and is a resource for and supporter of individual artists in the field.

We support a regrant fund, workshops, hackathons and research into new forms of digital storytelling. With TFI, JustFilms spearheaded the TFI New Media Fund for non-fiction, social issue media projects that go beyond traditional screens—integrating film with content media platforms including video games, apps, social networks and the Web.

The Independent Television Service

ITVS funds, presents and promotes award-winning documentaries and dramas on public television and cable, innovative new media projects on the Web, and the Emmy Award-winning weekly series Independent Lens on PBS.

We support Women and Girls Lead Global, a public-private partnership between USAID, the Ford Foundation and ITVS, working in collaboration with CARE. The three-year, nine-country, 30-film media project promotes gender equality and women’s empowerment worldwide, creating a 10-episode documentary film series each year about women and girls rising above dire circumstances to seek better lives for themselves, their families and communities.

BRITDOC Foundation

BRITDOC is a UK-based non-profit foundation empowering documentary filmmaking by enabling great films with global ambition, brokering new partnerships and helping to build new business models for filmmakers to deploy.

JustFilms supports the Good Pitch and Good Pitch Squared projects, originally created with Sundance Institute DFP and produced by BRITDOC, to bring together documentary filmmakers with foundations, NGOs, campaigners, philanthropists, policymakers, brands and media around leading social and environmental issues—forging coalitions that are good for all these partners, good for the films and good for society. BRITDOC’s Good Pitch project has been gaining momentum since the first international event in 2009, and now consists of hub events in cities across the world. It has brokered over $20 million in new resources, trained over 120 film teams and brought more than 2,100 organizations into conversation with filmmakers through its events and workshops.


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