Independent Film Distributors


Arab Film Distribution
Arab Film Distribution provides American and Canadian theaters, universities, colleges, museums and media centers with Arab films of high artistic and educational value.

Artistic License
Film distribution company seeking films with strong potential in the competitive market place. Primarily works with feature films, recent examples include Afterlife and Ratcatcher.     

ArtMattan Productions 
ArtMattan Productions distributes films that focus on the human experience of black people in Africa, the Caribbean, North and South America and Europe.

Bullfrog Films
An environmental right film company that exposes many excellent environmental and anti-nuke films that have been under-viewed because of their controversy.

California Newsreel
California Newsreel has over the years focused on developing media and audiences in order to broaden and deepen the discussion of selected social issues.

Cambridge Documentary Films, Inc. 
Cambridge Documentary Film distributes social issue documentary work to colleges, universities, churches, business organizations, community and religious groups, and individuals around the world.

Canadian Filmmaker Resource Centre
Canada’s oldest artist-run organization is a prime disseminator of experimental, gay, and lesbian titles from around the world.  

Canyon Cinema
One of the world’s leading distributors of experimental and independent film, Canyon is an artist-run organization dedicated to the support, promotion, distribution and preservation of motion picture film as an art form. 

The Cinema Guild
A for-profit distributor of nearly 500 titles representing a wide variety of independently produced films and videos, documentary and fiction, features and shorts, in all markets, including theatrical, semi-theatrical, television and home video.

Collective Eye Films 
Collective Eye is an educational film distribution company which represents compelling films that build bridges between cultures and provide unique perspectives by exploring the untold stories of our time.

Electronic Arts Intermix
A resource for art videos and alternative media, EAI’s collection spans an eclectic range of genres, styles, and themes, from performance-based and conceptual works to experimental narratives and CD-ROM projects.

Facets Multimedia, Inc.
Facets Multimedia is an arts organization based in Chicago, Illinois.  Facets also has the world’s largest and most unique collection of foreign, classic American, independent, experimental, documentary, cult, fine arts, and children’s videos and DVDs.

Films for the Humanities and Sciences 
The largest distributor of videos and CD-ROMs to schools, colleges, and libraries in North America. Represents every genre and style, but primary focus is documentaries. 

First Run/Icarus Films, Inc 
Distributors of documentary film and video in the U.S. and Canada, with a primary focus on non-theatrical markets. Took on the Fanlight collection of films on health issues a number of years ago. 

Frameline’s mission is to support, develop, and promote lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer visibility through media arts.    

Media Education Foundation
The Media Education Foundation produces and distributes documentary films and other educational resources to inspire critical thinking about the social, political, and cultural impact of American mass media.

Microcinema International
Microcinema International provides film, video and digital art to the International Microcinema Network, a syndicate of exhibition venues that program unique media in alternative venues around the world.

Milestone Films
The Milestone Film and Video collection ranges from the earliest days of cinema, to the golden age of the silents, to the postwar foreign film renaissance, to the new America independent features, documentaries  and foreign films.

New Day Films 
A national distribution cooperative of independent filmmakers making social issue films. Primarily work with colleges and universities, libraries, high schools, and community groups. 

Noodlehead Network 
Distributors and producers of videos made with kids. Specialize in videos on geography, video production, health and guidance issues for K-12 schools. 

Paper Tiger Television
A weekly public access series that analyzes and critiques issues involving media, culture, and politics.

The home video arm of PBS promotes PBD programming via direct-to-consumer distribution services that include: shopPBS, the PBS Home Video catalog, on-air direct response sales, and third-party catalog and special market outlets. 

Phoenix Learning Group
The Phoenix Film and Video media library contains over 5,500 educational videos plus DVDs, CD-ROMs. Laserdiscs, and multi-media programs for K-12 schools, colleges and universities, public libraries, museums, business & industry, staff development and other specialized markets.

Porchlight Entertainment 
An independent distributor of films and TV focusing solely on programs that promote positive values and/or are family-friendly.

Seventh Art Releasing 
Theatrical distributor with a video label and a full-time world sales unit, working mostly in docs. 

Strand Releasing
Independent distribution company that handles shorts and feature films, especially those with lesbian and gay themes.

SubCine is an artist-run and artist-owned collective of Latino issue film and video makers.

Third World Newsreel 
A nonprofit media arts organization that fosters the creation and dissemination of independent film and video made by and about people of diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds. Also work with social justice media.  

Video Data Bank 
A nonprofit that has assembled and distributes one of the largest collections of videos by and about artists to museums, galleries, alternative spaces, festivals, and in curricular programming.  

V Tape 
A distribution system for media works by artists and independents, strongly committed to the medium of video and media artworks.  

Women Make Movies 
The world’s largest distributor of films by and about women, is a non-profit feminist, multicultural media organization which provides services to both the producers and users of media by and about women. 

Zeitgeist Films
Since 1988, Zeitgeist Films has accumulated a collection of the best international cinema by working with the most talented and innovative filmmakers in the world.  Zeitgeist Films is a North American independent film distribution company based in New York.

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