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Why Film?

WHO WE ARE

We are driven by the belief that powerful visual stories can spur action around issues that affect the most vulnerable. Stories have the power to drive social change around climate change, health care, justice reform, human rights and other critical issues. We exist to help those stories take flight. Since 2005, we have supported close to 350 projects and put over $12 million into the field. And, we are not done yet.

WHAT WE DO

Our goal is to explore, support, and deepen the role of documentary film and other forms of visual storytelling in larger social change efforts. We do this through grant support focused on outreach and audience engagement, our Engagement Lab, funding partnerships and special initiatives that examine and support emerging trends in the field.

"The Fledgling Fund is an essential part of the independent documentary ecosystem."

- Beadie Finzi, Britdoc

  • White Paper: Impact Workbook
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  • Impact Story: Private Violence
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  • White Paper: Assessing Creative Media’s Social Impact
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  • Case Study: Out in the Silence
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  • Video Case Study: No Impact Man
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  • White Paper: Distribution to Audience Engagement
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  • Fledgling Perspective: What is Film Impact?
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  • Case Study: Lioness
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  • Impact Story: 15 to Life
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  • Impact Video: Including Samuel
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  • Case Study: Sin by Silence
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  • White Paper: Fledgling's Response to Impact Measurement Debate
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  • Impact Story: Food Chains
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  • Video Case Study: Deep Down
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  • Fledgling Perspective: Can a Film Inspire Change?
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  • Case Study: Escape Fire
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OUR IMPACT

To us, impact means supporting storytellers in their efforts to engage audiences and move them to action around issues affecting the most vulnerable.  The work we support is raising awareness, deepening engagement and strengthening the work of allied organizations. We learn from our work and share resources and lessons about the powerful role of visual storytelling with the field.