BFI - A UK charity governed by a Royal Charter. Combines cultural, creative and industrial roles, bringing together the BFI National Archive and BFI Reuben Library, film distribution, exhibition and education at BFI Southbank and BFI IMAX, publishing and festivals.
Big Mouth Productions - Founded by Julia Pimsleur and Katy Chevigny to
produce social-issue documentaries by talented emerging filmmakers and to provide production services for U.S. and international clients.
Big Noise Films - Non-profit media collective producing politically and culturally challenging
Blaq Out - A video publishing company created in 2002 and dedicated to arthouse films on DVD.
Bullfrog - A leading U.S. publisher of independently-produced, environmental videos, broadly
defined to include programs on ecology, energy, agriculture, indigenous peoples, women's studies, genetics, marine biology, sustainable
development, community regeneration, economics, ethics, and conflict resolution.
California Newsreel - Produces and
distributes cutting edge, social justice films that inspire, educate and engage audiences. Founded in 1968, Newsreel is the oldest
non-profit, social issue documentary film center in the country, the first to marry media production and contemporary social movements.
Canyon Cinema - Canyon's collection of more than 3500 films traces the history of the
experimental and avant-garde filmmaking movement from the 1930s to the present. Canyon's primary activity is the distribution of
16mm films, videotapes, and DVDs by independent film artists.
Cinecittà Studios (Rome) - The largest film studio in Europe, spreading over an area of 100 acres with 22 stages, 2 permanent tents, 300 dressing rooms and offices, 21 makeup areas and an outdoor tank of 112,000 square feet.
Cinema Guild - Distributes documentary and fiction films (narrative features and shorts), offering
producers full service distribution in all markets, including educational, non-theatrical, theatrical, television, cable, internet, and
Cinemas hors circuits - A project to highlight the work of independent
publishers/distributors, cultural activists.
Cinema Libre Store - Online retailer of DVD movies, including socio-political
documentaries and independent feature films.
Cinema Libre Studio - A leader in the production and distribution of award-winning, high concept narratives and social issue nonfiction films. Headquartered in Burbank, CA, the team has worked on dozens of award-winning films, including the Sundance Audience Award-winning Fuel, The End Of Poverty?, Rachid Bouchareb's London River, and Oliver Stone's South of the Border.
Cinema Politica - A Montreal-based media arts, non-profit network of community and campus
locals that screen independent political film and video by Canadian and international artists throughout Canada and
abroad. CP is volunteer-run and all screenings are by donation.
Cinephil - Specializes in the sale of high quality Israeli and international films.
Clickzoom - Animated video production & event/conference filming in Dublin.
Corrugated Films - Works to build solidarity and understanding between communities of action
through the grassroots production and distribution of video, radio, and other forms of independent media.
Criterion - A continuing series of important classic and contemporary films, the Criterion
Collection is dedicated to gathering the greatest films from around the world and publishing them in editions that offer the highest
technical quality and award-winning, original supplements. Also see Eclipse series. Eclipse presents a selection of
lost, forgotten, or overshadowed classics in simple, affordable editions. Each series is a brief cinematheque for the adventurous home
viewer. Once a month, Eclipse will present a set of these films, usually from three to five titles, focusing on a particular
director or theme.
Earth Films - Educational video and media project that specializes in environmental and social
Edition Filmmuseum - A joint project of film archives and cultural institutions in the german-speaking part of Europe. Its ambition is to publish film works of artistic, cultural and historical value in DVD editions that both utilise the possibilities of digital media and meet the quality demands of the archival profession.
Film Chest Media Group - A privately-held media company with offices in New York City and Bridgeport, CT. Media content ranges from rare science fiction, horror, classic TV and action-adventure films to cult films, cartoons, to Oscar-winning classics like Orson Welles's The Stranger, for which FCMG recently completed their first of many HD restorations. Central to the operation is the 47,000 square foot facility purchased in 2010 in Bridgeport for storing, archiving, transferring and restoring Film Chest's library as well as providing the same services to studios, collectors and institutions in the industry.
Film Commune - A collective and online community of 5 like-minded filmmakers (aka "comrades")
who have joined together to promote their common interest in cinema, from production to exhibition.
GreenHouse Pictures - Occupation: Dreamland (directed by Garrett Scott and Ian Olds); pack, strap, swallow (directed by Holly Paige Joyner); The Perfect Life (directed by Sam Lee); and A Man Ain't Nothin' But a Man: The Living Legacy of John Henry (directed by Craig Rice).
HBO Movies - HBO has been producing highly acclaimed films since 1983.
Journeyman Pictures - Documentaries, news, and footage. Distributes and co-produces provocative and
original factual content, working with the top players in the industry. One of the leading independent suppliers of award winning stories
to the world broadcast market.
Kino Lorber - With a library of more than 700 titles, Kino Lorber, Inc. releases over 20 films per year theatrically under its Kino Lorber, Kino Classics and Alive Mind Cinema banners.
Les films du renard - Publishes, produces and
distributes films on DVD. Editorial choices go towards films made by independant film makers, who generally don't find themselves
in the classical distribution places of cinematographic culture.
Light Cone - A non-profit making organisation with the aim of promoting, distributing and preserving experimental cinema. Its remit covers the different historical forms, as well as contemporary research, both in France and abroad.
Magnolia Pictures - The theatrical and
home entertainment distribution arm of the Wagner/Cuban Companies, a vertically-integrated group of media properties co-owned by
Todd Wagner and Mark Cuban that also includes the Landmark Theatres chain, and the
high definition cable network HDNet. Magnolia's releases include Lars Von Trier's Melancholia, Andrew Rossi's New York Times Documentary Page One, Mark Pellington's I Melt With
You, Alex Gibney's Ken Kesey documentary Magic Trip, gospel documentary Rejoice and Shout, Blackthorn starring Sam Shepard, French thriller Point Blank, rakontur's Limelight, David Gelb's Jiro Dreams of Sushi, Anne Sewitsky's Happy,
Happy, Jo Nesbo's Headhunters, and many more.
Media Education Foundation - Produces and distributes video documentaries to encourage critical
thinking and debate about the relationship between media ownership, commercial media content, and the democratic demand for free flows of
information, diverse representations of ideas and people, and informed citizen participation. Also see Links and Resources.
Middlemarch Films - Founded in 1978 by Ellen Hovde and Muffle Meyer. Hovde and Meyer have worked with numerous professionals including the Maysles Brothers, Lorne Michaels, Mike Nichols,
Walter Cronkite, Penn and Teller, David Hockney and Twyla Tharp.
Milestone - Distributor of films by such masters of cinema as Alfred Hitchcock, Hiroshi
Teshigahara, Luchino Visconti, Pier Paolo Pasolini, F.W. Murnau, Orson Welles, and Luis Bunuel. Others are the work of some of the best
directors working today, including Takeshi Kitano, Jane Campion, Hirokazu Kore-eda, Alan Berliner and Philip Haas.
Moxie Firecracker Films - Founded by filmmakers Liz Garbus and Rory Kennedy co-founded Moxie Firecracker Films in 1998. Their films cover human rights issues, broader social ills, and extraordinary individuals who have greatly influenced their era.
P.O.V. - PBS's
documentaries with a "point of view."
Panik House Entertainment - Focuses on high-energy, wildly inventive genre films with a particular
spotlight on Asian Cinema.
Paper Tiger Television - Volunteer video collective. Through the production and distribution of our
public access series, media literacy/video production workshops, community screenings and grassroots advocacy PTTV works to
challenge and expose the corporate control of mainstream media.
Park Circus - Licensing and screening classic and back catalogue films. Park Circus has a
small home entertainment label where it releases titles, unavailable in the UK and Ireland, on DVD, Blu-ray and VOD. It also handles some international film sales and can
license titles to sub-distributors to re-issue in specific territories.
Parlour Pictures - Specialize in classic, foreign and independent feature films presented in
high-quality transfers. Launched in July 2006 with the brilliant road movie and crime drama, Wanda (1970).
Peoples Video Network (PVN) - Media activists with more than 50 public access shows across the
U.S. and hundreds of videos. PVN has sent correspondents to the Lacondon Jungle, Russia, Cuba, Korea, Puerto Rico, South Africa,
and Iraq - producing and editing videos about issues the corporate media will not touch.
PlanetGroupEntertainment - An international company registered in the Republic of Ireland, with corresponding offices and studios in Paris and New York that produces, co-produces and distributes filmed and digital print, documentary, and dramatic content.
Radical Films - Distribution of controversial political documentary films: Inside Red China (Mao Tze Tung, Chou En Lai), Three Cubans (Castro), No More War (Dr. Linus Pauling), HUAC-UnAmerican Activities Committee, Rosenberg A-Bomb Spy Case, American Narcotics Connection, and more.
Re:Voir - A video label for classic and contemporary experimental cinema. The collection currently
comprises over seventy titles, including films from the Dadaist, Surrealist and Letterist movements, as well as films from the American
avant-garde, film diaries, arthouse features, animated works and hand-painted films.
Revolver - Independent digital film delivery and marketing.
RUSCICO (Russian Cinema Council) - A a commercial association of Russian and foreign companies,
created for the purpose of realizing a complex program of restoring, remastering, replication and world distribution of a collection of the
best Soviet and Russian feature, documentary and animated films, as well as of film versions of the best ballet, opera and theatre
productions, in a DVD format.
Seagull Films - The only programming, distribution and promotional company in North America solely
specializing in art, independent and innovative cinema from contemporary Russia and the former Soviet Union.
Second Run - UK-based DVD company specialising in the release of important and award-winning films from all around the world.
SubCine - Artist-run and artist-owned collective of Latino independent film and video makers.
Challenging, experimental, and progressive film and video work. Screened on PBS, in the Guggenheim Museum, the Museum
of Modern Art, and at the Sundance Film Festival, among others venues.
Substream Films - Representing radically independent, no-budget filmmakers from around the
Wide Open Exposure - A production team based in Montreal made up of social justice
organizers and media activists. Works with educators to bring into the classrooms critical independent film and video on issues of social
and economic justice.
Zoetrope Studios - A complete motion picture production studio on the Web. It offers powerful
collaborative tools for writers, directors, producers and other film artists. Also provides a number of film-related discussion sections
and chat rooms.
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