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Primitivi

A “street TV” which, since 1998, has been accompanying, supporting, making, screening and distributing films in a rebellious, supportive and non-commercial way.

Primitivi is a local news medium that tells the story, relays it and brings people together, alongside those who are fighting for a Marseilles which is bubbling, indomitable and mixed.
Primitivi is a media that travels, to take our experience with us and bring back others.

Every year we produce several dozen short video chronicles that participate, in their modest way, in the writing of a reality, in the archiving of a popular memory, in a narrative of counter-propaganda against the liberal steamroller. Proposals to emancipate, to unveil imaginations, to support critical attempts at political and artistic expression.

We produce, with little means but with determination, long films that take the time to expose, deconstruct, argue, travel and make people talk.
We organise events and create situations to stay in touch: screenings in the warmth or in the open air, wall collages, crossovers and experiments with theatre, poetry, music, graphic design or street demonstrations, because the City is ours, and we have to use it to keep it.

Primitivi also seeks to put some theory into practice. Following in the footsteps of our fellow architects of Echelle inconnue, we have chosen to call “Doctorat Sauvage” an action-research device that questions and challenges our practices, our forms and those of our friends, in order to lay the foundations of a popular tele//vision.

Website: primitivi.org

Villon Films

Villon Films has been independently producing and distributing award-winning films since 1970. With a strong focus on socio-political documentary, the collection spans such issues as government, history, ecology, culture, health and science, biography, and the apartheid period of South African history.

Villon was founded by Peter Davis, who has written, produced, and directed more than seventy documentaries. His work has been shown on every major television network on the globe including CBC, CTV, BBC, CBS, NBC, Swedish Television, German Television, and NHK Japan

The collection includes biographies of spies such as CIA agent and Watergate conspirator E. Howard Hunt and U2 Pilot Francis Gary Powers, and of the World War II Foreign Service officers who were accused of “losing China”; a satirical history of the American annexation of the Philippines; and a sociological history of the Jewish experience in the Catskills.

The archive includes not only films, but also corresponding outtakes, photographs, audio cassettes, and manuscripts, all available for research and study. The South African material spans the period of the most intensive struggle for human rights in that country, and also includes historical footage dating from the beginning of the century. Among the documentaries held there are Remember Mandela!, In Darkest Hollywood, White Laager and Generations of Resistance.

Website: villonfilms.ca (NEW SITE COMING 2022)
Youtube: youtube.com/c/VillonFilms

Blunt Edge Films


Blunt Edge Films is the creative arm of Operation Emotion and aims to promote equality
within society for those who are marginalised, devalued and without a voice. We have had a
long association with the cooperative movement producing films that speak truth to power,
both here and in Eastern Europe.
Blunt Edge Films involves a range of creative professionals with a background in film
production. Blunt Edge Films provides creative opportunities and the technical knowhow
for men who have been sexually abused to tell their stories using film. We want to shine a
light into the penumbra world of sexual abuse to help prevent and eradicate this serious
problem within society.
Our work with film is about challenging the status quo as part of a wider approach to
making social change happen, by empowering working class communities to speak out.
We know that the stories of ordinary working people often lack opportunity but they are
the most engaging, they are rich in content and are full of inspiration.

Website: operationemotion.co.uk

Embaúba Filmes


Created in 2018, Embaúba Filmes is a Brazilian distributor headquartered in Belo Horizonte. The company is run by Daniel Queiroz, who comes from a previous experience of more than 10 years as a cinema programmer, and seeks to distinguish itself via the quality of its catalogue and by distributing films of great cultural and political relevance. In 2021, Embaúba released Seeds, a film by Éthel Oliveira and Júlia Mariano about black women entering politics across Brazil in the wake of the murder of Marielle Franco in 2018.

Website: embaubafilmes.com.br

Piensa Prensa (Think Press)

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Based in Santiago, Piensa Prensa (Think Press) is an alternative media organisation which produces and distributes a wide range of video content. In 2020, the group released the feature-length documentary, Estallido Social en Chile/Social Outbreak in Chile, one of the first long-form accounts of the uprising that began in 2018.

Website: piensaprensa.org

OPAL Santiago

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OPAL (the Press Office for Latin America) is a network of leftist media outlets across the region that describes its approach as ‘diametrically opposed to the editorial lines of the monopolized corporate media’. The OPAL chapter in Chile produces and distributes a wide range of video content, including via its OPAL Televisión initiative.

Website: prensaopal.cl

Media Education Foundation


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.

“Rectification of the system,” in Gore Vidal’s prophetic words, has never seemed so urgent. The specters of global climate change, dwindling resources, and endless war now haunt the very future of the planet and human civilization. Our ability to transform these current realities will depend on whether we are willing and able to imagine other possible futures. The project of the Media Education Foundation has always been informed by just this: the notion that language — and, by extension, images — define the limits, and possibilities, of human imagination and thought. Thestakes have never been higher, and the necessity for education never more crucial.

From films about the commercialization of childhood and the subtle, yet widespread, effects of pornography, pop-cultural misogyny and sexism, to titles that deal with the devastating effects of rapacious consumerism and the wars for oil that it drives, the Media Education Foundation offers resources designed to help spark discussion about some of the most pressing, and complicated, issues of our time, in one of the last independent spheres left in the society: the classroom. Its aim is to inspire students to think critically and in new ways about the hyper-mediated world around them.

Website: mediaed.org

Frameline


Frameline’s mission is to change the world through the power of queer cinema. As a media arts nonprofit, Frameline’s programs connect filmmakers and audiences in the Bay Area and around the world.

Founded in 1977, the San Francisco International LGBTQ+ Film Festival is the longest-running, largest and most widely recognized LGBTQ+ film exhibition event in the world. As a community event with an annual attendance of 60,000+, the Festival is the most prominent and well-attended LGBTQ+ arts program in the Bay Area. Frameline also presents year-round exhibitions, including Frameline Encore, a free film series highlighting diverse, socially relevant works. Year-round programs also include members-only sneak previews and special events, as well as special screenings and events featuring directors, actors and other queer media icons.

Established in 1981, Frameline Distribution is the only nonprofit distributor that solely caters to LGBTQ+ film. Frameline’s collection has over 250 award winning films that we distribute globally to universities, public libraries, film festivals, and community organizations. In 2008, we launched Youth in Motion, a program that provides free LGBTQ+ films and curriculum resources to middle and high schools in all 50 states. 2011 saw the creation of Frameline Voices, a digital showcase of free, streaming content highlighting diverse LGBTQ+ stories, with an emphasis on films by and about people of color, trans and gender-expansive persons, youth, and elders.

Since 1990, more than 150 films and videos have been completed with assistance from the Frameline Completion Fund. Grants are awarded annually and provide much-needed support to filmmakers for their final editing and lab work. Once completed, these films often go on to receive international exposure. Submissions include documentary, educational, narrative, animation, and experimental projects about LGBTQ+ people and their communities.

Website: frameline.org

EngageMedia

EngageMedia is a non-profit media, technology and culture organisation. EngageMedia uses the power of video, the Internet and open technologies to create social and environmental change. They harness old and new media to assist movements challenge social injustice and environmental damage, as well as to present solutions.

EngageMedia works with independent film-makers, journalists, technologists, campaigners and social movements to generate wider audiences for stories of social change, to intervene in the public discourse and to move people to action.

They demystify and provide strategies for the effect use of video distribution and engagement technologies; connect video makers and activists to media distributors and audiences; and form peer networks of media-makers, technologists and campaigners.

Website: engagemedia.org

Media Burn

Media Burn Archive collects, restores, and distributes documentary video and television created by artists, activists, and community groups. Its mission is to use archival media to deepen context and encourage critical thought through a social justice lens.

Website: mediaburn.org

World Wide Film Expedition

World Wide Film Expedition is a non-profit, 501c3, film production and distribution outfit. Its film work is on a volunteer basis, and it has no salaried employees. WWFE’s films and productions are available either at cost or free to educational, grassroots and non-profit groups and individuals.

Website: worldwidefilmexpedition.org

Gentle/Radical

Gentle/Radical is an artist-run project, we’re interested in change and our starting point is culture. From culture we connect politics, community and social justice, building projects from the ground up. We live in Wales. We believe in the power of small nations. And we want to create art from spaces of equity and solidarity. These are lofty ideals, easy to speak and harder to uphold in practice.

We started a grassroots Film Club back in 2004. Founded by our Director, the Film Club has been organising ground-up, accessible screenings for over 14 years, working in familiar community settings, and hosting spaces to talk about our lives, histories and struggles, through film. We show the best of international independent cinema to those who rarely access it, can’t afford it, or don’t feel arthouse or mainstream cultural spaces take them into account as audiences. We don’t like to use the term ‘world cinema’, but we do show films made by some of the most interesting and radical international film makers on the planet.

Website: gentleradical.org/projects/film-club

New Day Films


New Day Films is a unique, filmmaker-run distribution company, providing award-winning films to educators, community groups, government agencies, public libraries and businesses since 1971. Democratically run by more than 150 filmmaker members, New Day delivers hundreds of titles that illuminate, challenge and inspire. New Day was initially formed because the women’s movement had arrived and a group of independent filmmakers were unable to find a distributor for their feminist films—so they decided to create one.

Today, New Day members sustain the ideals that inspired the company’s formation in 1971 – partnership, great stories and changing the world – and curate its collection to encompass a wide range of subject areas. New Day functions as a participatory democracy whose organizational structure and business practices embody the values promoted by its films.

Website: newday.com

Eclectic Films

Eclectic Films is set up to produce and distribute film and video work of a distinctive and innovative nature that owes more to the artistic and aesthetic merits of a European cinematic culture rather than those of Hollywood. Eclectic Films believes that British cinema can and must be different; and that the difference must encompass a world cinematic view. It should know and appreciate the world’s most poignant film movements and embrace them, it must also welcome those defining filmic moments from the past and the present and be motivated by them. It must also have the confidence to inspire its audience to move forward. We believe the audience will understand and welcome a fresh cinematic view of the world, for it now knows that cinema is a view, not a reality or fantasy. Eclectic Films has been formed out of a shared interest in producing challenging and innovative works for the screen.

Website: eclecticfilms.co.uk

Frank Brazil

A UK distributor for films by independent documentary film makers and activists from India. We aim to encourage South to South conversations to facilitate the building of knowledge systems outside of western hegemony and are particularly interested in presenting rare and challenging work to a wider audience.

Website: frankbrazil.org

London Community Video Archive

London Community Video Archive (LCVA) was set up to preserve and share videos made by community groups in London between 1969 and 1985. When they were first produced and screened, the videos made a major difference to many communities, highlighting injustices and untold stories on issues ranging from housing, race, gender, ageing, local activism, sex and sexuality, as well focusing on specific areas of London.

With an overriding commitment to social empowerment and to combating exclusion, ‘Community Video’ dealt with issues which still have a contemporary resonance – housing, play-space, discrimination, youth arts. This rich heritage is now under threat of disappearing, both because of the physical decay and disintegration of half-inch reel-to reel-tape, and the ageing memories of the original ‘Community Video’ practitioners.

LCVA archives and activates this history so that it can be used as a resource for contemporary debates and activism.

Website: the-lcva.co.uk

First Pond Entertainment

First Pond Entertainment is a distribution firm for issue-driven documentaries and narratives depicting marginalized and underrepresented communities. Our aim is to bring international and alternative film content to audiences with increasingly diverse film tastes.

Website: firstpond.vhx.tv

Kran Film Collective

Kran Film Collective is a Brussels and Copenhagen based network of international visual artists and film makers from outside the traditional roam of filmmaking. The mission of the Kran Film Collective is to create a network that empowers its members to exchange experience and knowledge, expand their production and distribution possibilities, and showcase their works to the general public.

Kran Film Collective encourages films that can evolve, exchange, and revolutionize. It pushes for global social justice and awareness. Breaking with hegemonic media influences, Kran Film Collective wants to unite through creativity.

Website: kranfilm.net

Roma Visual Laboratory

This organisation is no longer active.

Founded in 2011 as a result of a higher education course development project, Roma Visual Lab(oratory) was designed as an innovative form of studying Roma images and functioned as a community film club based on student involvement and active participation. In the best tradition of engaged scholarship it became a place of cultural resistance by moving the classes into the unique cultural space of DocuArt Film Art Centre that is also open for the general public.

The Roma Visual Lab paid critical attention to the media and other sorts of visual representation of the Roma. It was based on the argument that the visualization of the Roma does not, at the same time, mean their visibility. In each edition (semester) it focused on different elements of Roma visibility and integrated the reactions or feedbacks of the students and the audience into the process of organizing its program. The university (BA and MA) courses connected to the Roma Visual Lab varied from one semester to the other and also incorporated new contents thereby following (or even advancing) the maturity process inherent in the work of the lab.

While its website recorded and archived all of the acts and events of the project, it hoped to be far more than just an archive: it was a way of accumulating reflexive knowledge and also a source of inspiration for those who were involved in the representation of social issues and the cultural interpretation of films.

Labournet.tv

Every day, around the globe, people are struggling against exploitation and discrimination. labournet.tv shows their working conditions, collective action and self-organisation in the struggle. To date, the website has over 600 films and videos that shed light on the conflict between labour and capital – and how it is related to different forms of oppression (based on “race”, gender, social status etc.)  The ever-growing selection of films aims to facilitate our understanding of past struggles and bring them to live so as to support current conflicts. All of which should serve as an example and as inspiration for our own political engagement. And as a message in a bottle for the struggles of tomorrow.

Website: en.labournet.tv

Iris Film Collective

Iris Film Collective

Iris Film Collective is a Vancouver-based group of independent artists creating, exhibiting and touring film-based works—single channel, expanded, sculptural, installation—with the goal of increasing the visibility and accessibility of experimental media art. Above all, our interest in ciné film—actual celluloid—at a time when this medium is shifting to a post-industry model, is of key interest in all our pursuits.

Website: irisfilmcollective.com

Take One Action

Take One Action

Take One Action celebrates the people and movies that are changing the world, from Argyll to Zimbabwe. We believe small actions lead to big ones, and that we all make a difference.

WE WANT more people to watch more world-class films about issues of social and environmental change and concern – more effectively and communally. WE CURATE films, opportunities and networks, in Scotland, with a global lens. We enable more people to make connections – tangible, individual and collective – between their lives and the extraordinary, international stories revealed on film (and over cups of tea). WE HOPE to inspire and empower more people to take creative, impactful steps to make the world a better place – bit by bit, and sometimes in landslides, changing the local, national and global behaviours which underpin a fairer and more sustainable world.

Website: takeoneaction.org.uk

visionOntv

visionOntv

visionOntv aims for the widest possible distribution of video for social change. We believe that there needs to be a strong and independent network of media projects, that can aggregate and distribute video content with such effectiveness and ease that it can compete with big media corporations.

visionOntv enables you to create and collate video: we create shows to put news in context, and collate the best social change video from around the world. We also curate it so that it can be found and enjoyed easily by anyone who wants to. There are currently 5 main channels of rapidly updating films, which are editorially controlled to ensure a good mix of quality content.

https://visionon.tv/

info@visionon.tv

Brave New Films

Robert Greenwald and Brave New Films are at the forefront of the fight to create a just America, and we want you to join us. Using new media and internet video campaigns, Brave New Films has created a quick-strike capability that informs the public, challenges corporate media with the truth, and motivates people to take action on social issues nationwide. We are an organization that can produce a hard-hitting three-minute video in less than 24 hours that exposes John McCain’s double talk, for instance, and receive 9 million views around the world.

From Real McCain exposés to calling out FOX News for overt media bias, from social to economic justice, our groundbreaking online campaigns are revolutionizing traditional grassroots politics. Using YouTube, bloggers, networking sites, and strategic partnerships with both national networks and local activists, we are reaching millions and getting results.

Website: bravenewfilms.org

California Newsreel

California Newsreel

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.

We are a leading resource center for the advancement of racial justice and diversity, and the study of African American life and history as well as African culture and politics. In 2006, we launched a new thematic focus for our work: the Global Economy, with an emphasis on the international division of labor. In the years ahead we look forward to continuing our traditions of innovation and responsible advocacy by providing films that help inform, educate and organize.

Website: newsreel.org

Cinema Libre Studio

Cinema Libre Studio

Cinema Libre Studio is an independent film studio that handles all aspects of production, post-production, international sales and domestic distribution.

We specialize in releasing “social issue” documentaries and provocative independent features; films that can make a difference.

Website: cinemalibrestudio.com

The Film Collaborative

The Film Collaborative

THE FILM COLLABORATIVE is the first non-profit committed to the distribution, education and facilitation of independent film. Launched in early 2010, TFC offers independent filmmakers a full range of education about distribution, distribution services and marketing services including sales representation, service theatrical releases, hybrid distribution, grassroots marketing, traditional marketing, digital aggregation, distribution consultation and contract consultation.

Website: thefilmcollaborative.org

Deep Dish TV

Deep Dish TV

For 23 years Deep Dish has been a laboratory for new, democratic and empowering ways to make and distribute video. It is a hub linking thousands of artists, independent videomakers, programmers and social activists. The network has produced and distributed over 300 hours of television series that challenge the suppression of awareness, the corruption of language, and the perversion of logic that characterizes so much of corporate media.

With humor, passion, creative flair and very low budgets, Deep Dish TV artists and producers have developed provocative video series exploring issues that profoundly impact our lives.

At the heart of the Deep Dish TV network have been the public access television stations, and now the public interest channels on the satellite networks: Free Speech TV on the Dish Network and LinkTV on DirecTv.

Website: deepdishtv.org

Echo Park Film Center

Echo Park Film Center

Echo Park Film Center is a non-profit media arts organization committed to providing equal and affordable community access to film/video resources via five channels: a neighborhood microcinema space, free and nominal cost education programs, a comprehensive film equipment and service retail department, a green-energy mobile cinema & film school, and a touring film festival showcasing local established and emerging filmmakers.

We feel it is imperative that more members of marginalized and underserved communities become active, empowered participants in the creation and dissemination of experimental, documentary and narrative film in order to truly reflect the many voices and visions that make up the fabric of contemporary American life. With a special focus on “at risk” neighborhood youth, the Echo Park Film Center programs and services are positive catalysts for opportunities and interactions though the medium of film.

Website: echoparkfilmcenter.org

Global Labor Film Festival

Global Labor Film Festival

The Global Labor Film Festival is an international network of organisations that focus on work, workers and worker’s issues. Each year in May, those organisations coordinate a global festival dedicated to this kind of work.

The Global Labor Film Festival also hosts The Labor Film Database, an archive of over 1,700 films and videos, searchable by title, director, actors and/or keywords.

Website: laborfilms.com

Icarus Films

Icarus Films

Icarus Films is a leading distributor of documentary films. Since 1978 the films in our collection have addressed key areas of political, social and cultural concern. We work with independent producers from around the world, to help innovative and informative films find their audiences. We release approximately 50 films a year, and now distribute 1500 titles to theatrical, non-theatrical, educational, home entertainment, online and television markets across North America.

The Icarus Films Home Video collection brings selected titles from our library to DVD, Blu-ray, and online platforms for the consumer market. These include landmark works by internationally recognized artists such as Chantal Akerman, Patricio Guzmán, Heddy Honigmann, Chris Marker, Bill Morrison, and Marcel Ophuls.

Website: icarusfilms.com

Paper Tiger Television

Paper Tiger Television

Paper Tiger has been creating fun, funky, hard-hitting, investigative, compelling and truly alternative media since 1981. The programs produced at PTTV have inspired media-savvy community productions and activism around the world. Through the distribution of our short documentary programs, media literacy/video production workshops, community screenings and grassroots advocacy, PTTV works to expose and challenge the corporate control of media. PTTV strives to increase awareness of how media can be used to affect social change, because a public that can strategically and creatively use the media is necessary for a more equitable and healthy democracy.

Website: papertiger.org

Casa de Cinema de Porto Alegro

Casa de Cinema de Porto Alegro

Casa de Cinema de Porto Alegre was created in December 1987, by a group of filmmakers who had been working together since the early eighties, in the south of Brazil. In its first phase, Casa de Cinema was a cooperative formed by 11 filmmakers, gathered in 4 different production companies, who came to share a space where they worked on the distribution of their films and also on the planning and production of their projects. In 1991, Casa de Cinema de Porto Alegre became an independent production company, with 6 members, maintaining the cooperative spirit and the intention of continuing to distribute and publicize the films produced by the original group.

Our partners and clients include television broadcasting companies such as brazilians TV Globo and RBS TV, British Channel 4 and german ZDF abd the HBO Latin America, the Rockefeller and the Macarthur Foundations, the distribution companies Columbia and Fox, the argentine producer 100 Bares, the non-governmental organizations Cladem, the Brazilian Landless Peasants’ Movement (MST), the Workers’ Party (PT) and the Brazilian Socialist Party (PSB).

Website: casacinepoa.com.br/en/the-casa

Third World Newsreel

Third World Newsreel

Third World Newsreel (TWN) is an alternative media arts organization that fosters the creation, appreciation and dissemination of independent film and video by and about people of color and social justice issues.

It supports the innovative work of diverse forms and genres made by artists who are intimately connected to their subjects through common bonds of ethnic/cultural heritage, class position, gender, sexual orientation and political identification. TWN promotes the self-representation of traditionally marginalized groups as well as the negotiated representation of those groups by artists who work in solidarity with them.

Ultimately, whether documentary, experimental, narrative, traditional or non-traditional, the importance of the media promoted by the organization is its ability to effect social change, to encourage people to think critically about their lives and the lives of others, and to propel people into action.

Website: twn.org

Women Make Movies

Women Make Movies

Established in 1972 to address the under representation and misrepresentation of women in the media industry, Women Make Movies is a multicultural, multiracial, non-profit media arts organization which facilitates the production, promotion, distribution and exhibition of independent films and videotapes by and about women. The organization provides services to both users and makers of film and video programs, with a special emphasis on supporting work by women of color. Women Make Movies facilitates the development of feminist media through an internationally recognized Distribution Service and a Production Assistance Program.

Website: wmm.com

Working Films

Working Films

Recognizing the power of stories to inspire and transform, Working Films builds partnerships between nonfiction media-makers, nonprofit organizations, educators and advocates to advance social justice and environmental sustainability, and support community-based change. We train and consult filmmakers in audience engagement and work with NGOs to use documentaries to enhance their programs, extend their reach, and move their missions forward. Our flagship program is Reel Engagement, which uses collections of award-winning media to address major issues of our time

Website: workingfilms.org

Palestinian Social Cinema Arts Association

The PSCAA was established in February 2008, and as of 2009 is an officially registered NGO in Palestine. Its main objective is to develop Palestinian cinema through three main projects; Palestinian Mobile Cinema, Annual Film Festivals and Open Air Cinemas. Our vision is based on an understanding and a need to use cinema arts as a social tool for social change and development. In addition to bringing cinema to the general public, our projects focus on training youth and creating opportunities for professionals in the media arts and film production industry in Palestine.

The Palestinian Social Cinema Arts Association (PSCAA) believes in the importance of cinema as a means to develop youth and spread the culture of non-violence, tolerance and reconciliation. Cinema is a unique form because it is able to transcend illiteracy; therefore it can be easily viewed and digested by everyone, regardless of age or education. This is particularly relevant to the isolated villages and camps that we have been serving since 2008.

Website: pscaa.wordpress.com

Fajr Falestine Film Collective

We are a group of artists who want to create experimental, absurdist and alternative narratives about the realities of life in the Middle East.

We want to find news ways to support, fund, distribute and make Arab cinema. We want to redefine the way that cinema is made and change the way we go about telling our stories, no longer repeating the same narratives over and over again but finding radical genre defiant new ways of talking about reality in the Arab world. We believe in the revolutionary power of cinema and storytelling to change the face of reality, to free of us from the way things currently are and to carry visions for new realities and ways of being and interacting with the world, a pathway to new visions and solutions.

Website: facebook.com/fajrfalestinefilms

Mosireen

Mosireen

Mosireen is a non-profit media collective in Downtown Cairo born out of the explosion of citizen media and cultural activism in Egypt during the revolution. Armed with mobile phones and cameras, thousands upon thousands of citizens kept the balance of truth in their country by recording events as they happened in front of them, wrong-footing censorship and empowering the voice of a street-level perspective.

The Mosireen workspace is open to everyone, regardless of their level of experience or ability to pay. We see a large part of our role as helping to network between a wide variety of initiatives and projects, especially those born out of a spirit of civic engagement. As well as connecting those with skills, we are also working to share our skills with others and have run free training courses for more than 250 people so far.

Egypt’s march towards the future its millions demanded did not end with Mubarak leaving power, it began.

Website: mosireen.org

subMedia.tv

SubMedia.TV

subMedia.tv is a video production ensemble, which aims to promote anarchist and anti-capitalist ideas, and aid social struggles through the dissemination of radical films and videos. Founded in 1994, subMedia.tv has produced hundreds of videos on everything from anti-globalization protests to films about shoplifting. Our films have been screened around the world in social centers and movie theaters and have been watched by millions on the internet. This site is a collection of videos from 2003 onwards.

Website: submedia.tv

Reel News

Reel News

Reel News is an activist video collective, set up to publicise and share information on inspirational campaigns and struggles – not just in this country, but across the world. We are doing this through producing a bi-monthly newsreel, made up of a number of videos short enough to use in union and campaign meetings.

Reel News will try and cover it all, from pensioners protesting against cuts in voluntary services, artists and musicians looking at the world in a different way, through strikes against privatisation, right up to the astonishing social movements in Latin America which have brought down governments through uprisings, mass direct action and general strikes. Reel News is intended as a two-way resource, so let us know about your campaigns. Better still, film them yourself and send us the video. We can also be commissioned to make campaign videos, and offer help on camera-work, video editing and other skills needed to make your own video.

Reel News is completely independent and non-aligned. We are completely against sectarianism in all its forms, anti-capitalist in outlook, against the anti-trade union laws and in favour of mass collective action in the workplace and on the streets to change society.

Website: reelnews.co.uk

TVPS

TVPS

This organisation is no longer active. 

TVPTS was born in March 2009 and was a member of the national network of media PTS (Workers Party for Socialism) party. It was the first online TV channel of the Argentina left and aimed to widely disseminate the experience of organisation and struggle of workers and youth, as well as being a channel for the expression of revolutionary debate and ideas.

Website: tvpts.tv

Active Distribution


An online distro for almost all things anarcho. Supplying collectives, radical bookshops and people with the kind of stuff you’re unlikely to find in Waterstone’s (and certainly shouldn’t be on amazon!).

Run by an anarcho / punk / vegan / bike crew who should have grown out of it by now, but are still at it – trying to educate the youths of today. Sadly, the kids are too busy poking each other on Facebook for a proper revolution!

Website: activedistribution.org

Alternative Cinema

alternative-cinema

This organisation is no longer active.

Alternative Cinema was the online intersection between the divergent subcultures of British independent, underground, experimental, protest, cult, Avant- Garde, DIY and Artist’s film and video. It was an event listings guide which covered the film club scene through to pop-up cinemas, microcinemas, gallery installations, local film festivals and pub screenings – the gate to the spectacular and subversive realm of alternative cinema.

Christie Books

ChristieBooks is an online archive run by the well-known Scottish anarchist, Stuart Christie, which hosts over 850 films and documentaries (as well as talks, music, publications etc.) with anarchist and libertarian themes.

Website: christiebooks.com

Cinéma Humain

Cinéma Humain specialises in the production of films, television programmes, digital content and educational campaigns that enhance public engagement with under-represented social, humanitarian and environmental issues. Our mission is to inspire change by connecting the creative and intellectual worlds through digital media production.

Website: cinemahumain.com

Cinema Politica

Cinema Politica is 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. We believe in the power of art to not only entertain but to engage, inform, inspire, and provoke social change. Cinema Politica is the largest volunteer-run, community and campus-based documentary-screening network in the world. All screenings are by donation.

Cinema Politica is committed to supporting alternative, independent, and radical political film and video, and the artists who dare to devote time, passion and resources to telling stories from the margins. We program works that feature under-represented characters and tell stories which confront and challenge conventional fiction and documentary narratives.

Website: cinemapolitica.org

Cinenova

Cinenova is a non-profit organisation dedicated to distributing films and videos made by women. Formed in 1991 from the merger of two feminist distributors, Circles and Cinema of Women, Cinenova provides the means to discover and watch experimental films, narrative feature films, artists film and video, documentary and educational videos.

Through national and international distribution, Cinenova acts as an agency for artists, educators, curators and their audiences. Cinenova is a source of very specific knowledge, a network and cultural community that engages directly with women’s film and video work, and with the question of how to make this knowledge more publicly accessible. Cinenova offers an extensive archive and expert advice relating to film and video directed by women, with a practice informed by its history as a key resource in the UK independent film and video distribution sector.

Website: cinenova.org

Contemporary Films

Contemporary Films was established in 1951 by Charles Cooper (1910-2001). The Coopers’ independence of mind and left-wing political views were often reflected in the films the company acquired – such as Frederic Rossif’s definitive film on the Spanish Civil War, To Die in Madrid.

In its current premises in north-west London, on the edge of Hampstead Heath, it houses one of the largest archives of left-wing film in Britain.

Website: contemporaryfilms.com

Exploding Cinema

The Exploding Cinema Collective is committed to D.I.Y.Cinema and film/video. We oppose the elitism, academicism, industrialism and obscurity of the traditional ‘Independent’ film/video sector and welcome contributions from all film/video/performance practises from the popular to the experimental. The Collective is committed to non profit-making collective practise, equality of opportunity, voluntary contribution and open access:

Anyone can show their work, anyone can join the collective; All decisions are made collectively at open meetings; All equipment, resources and information is held in collective ownership; ALL the money we make goes into improving our shows; We are not financed by state taxes.

Website: explodingcinema.org

Film & Video Distribution Database

From the late 1960s the London Film-makers’ Co-op, The Other Cinema, LVA, Circles, Cinema of Women, Film and Video Umbrella, Cinenova, London Electronic Arts, and Lux helped build the reputation of British artists’ and independent film and video at home and abroad. The Film & Video Distribution Database (FVDD) explores the histories of these organisations, their promotional initiatives, their distribution and exhibition activities, the inroads they made into television and galleries, the challenges they overcame to build audiences, and the arts funding landscape that could cause them to sink or swim (see Scope for more details).

Website: fv-distribution-database.ac.uk

James Agee Cinema Circle

The James Agee Cinema Circle is an association of national and international critics, historians and film scholars who are involved in print, radio, online and TV broadcast media and analysis.

We have come together to form the first progressive critics organization, in the belief that idealistic perspectives, voices and diverse ideological visions in film criticism that speak with social conviction and consciousness, are sorely lacking as a public platform.

Website: politicalfilmcritics.blogspot.com

Leeds Animation Workshop

Leeds Animation Workshop is a not-for-profit, cooperative company, which produces and distributes animated films and films on social and educational issues.

The organisation began in 1976 as a group of women friends who came together to make a film about the need for pre-school childcare. After completing WHO NEEDS NURSERIES? – WE DO! the group was formally established in 1978 as Leeds Animation Workshop.

Throughout its history the Workshop has been run by women, who have carried out all stages of the production process, from initial research to final distribution.

Website: leedsanimation.org.uk

LUX

LUX is an international arts agency for the support and promotion of artists’ moving image practice and the ideas that surround it. LUX exists to provide access to, and develop audiences for, artists’ moving image work; to provide professional development support for artists working with the moving image; and to contribute to and develop discourse around practice.

Founded in 2002 as a charity and not-for-profit limited company, it builds on a lineage of predecessor organisations (The London Filmmakers Co-operative, London Video Arts and The Lux Centre) which stretches back to the 1960s. LUX is the only organisation of its kind in the UK, it represents the country’s only significant collection of artists’ film and video and is the largest distributor of such work in Europe (representing 4500 works by approximately 1500 artists from 1920s to the present day). LUX works with a large number of major institutions including museums, galleries, festivals and educational establishments, as well as directly with the public and artists.

Website: lux.org.uk