Friends & Partners


Partner Organizations

DocuClub is a film screening series of works-in-progress documentaries. Each month, a filmmaker presents a rough cut of their film. Afterwards, a moderator facilitates a discussion between filmmaker and audience. Constructive feedback from these sessions informs the finished film.

IFP (Independent Feature Project) is a not-for-profit service organization dedicated to providing resources, information and avenues of communication for its members: independent filmmakers, industry professionals and independent film enthusiasts. It is committed to the idea that independent film is an important art form and a powerful voice in society. It offers news on the industry, a filmmaker's library, forums, a networking center, and sponsors grants.

Shooting People
Shooting People is the world’s largest network of independent filmmakers, with over 35,000 members in the UK & US, dedicated to the support and promotion of independent filmmaking.

Peer Organizations

Lower Manhattan Arts League
The League is a network of 11 highly acclaimed downtown-based arts organizations that are setting a new standard for innovation, collaboration and community revitalization. The League includes: 3LD, Access Theater, Battery Dance Company, Blue Coyote Theater Group, The Children’s Museum of the Arts, DNA, DCTV, Dixon Place, The Flea Theater, HERE, and Soho Rep. In the tradition of fostering creative, accessible art, The League has launched Fall Downtown, which provides audiences one spot for discovering a variety of excellent arts events at affordable prices. The festival dovetails with The League’s Spring Downtown, and will continue semi-annually with Spring Downtown 2011.

The Alliance for the Arts
The Alliance for the Arts serves the entire cultural community through research and advocacy and serves the public through cultural guides and calendars. They publish information on the arts and cultural events in New York City as well as studies highlighting the importance of the arts to the economy and to education.

NYC Arts
This website from the Alliance for the Arts is a complete guide to cultural organizations and events throughout the city.

Women Make Movies
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 of all genres of and about women. Their internationally recognized distribution service is their primary program. They also have a production assistance program and lost cost media workshops that can focus on hands on technical training or the business side of the film industry. They have many feminist media links on their site.

Third World Newsreel
Third World Newsreel (TWN) is an alternative media arts organization that fosters self representational independent film and video by and about people of color and developing nations. They have a distribution program and curate film and video exhibitions. Every year they also have an intensive, highly selective, five month film and video production workshop that takes the applicant through all the production stages. They provide production and technical support with continual fiscal sponsorship of 25 projects.

Manhattan Neighborhood Network
MNN is responsible for administering the public access cable television services in Manhattan. Their purpose is to ensure the ability of Manhattan residents to exercise their First Amendment rights through the medium of cable television and to create opportunities for mutual communication, education, artistic expression and other noncommercial uses of video facilities on an open, uncensored and equitable basis. MNN offers access to video production equipment, holds various video production workshops for free, and funds grants to non-profit organizations and individuals.

Paper Tiger TV (PTTV)
PTTV is an open, non-profit, volunteer video collective. Through the production and distribution of their 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.

Bay Area Video Coalition
BAVC was launched in 1976 as a way to make emerging video technology accessible to independent mediamakers. Today, with that mission still at its core, BAVC has evolved into a media arts "teaching hospital."

Youth-based Organizations

EVC is a nationally recognized model of a media arts education program that makes a difference in the lives of some of the most hard-to-reach youth. EVC is dedicated to the creative and community-based use of video and multi-media as a means to develop the literacy, critical thinking, and work preparation skills of inner city youth.

Youth Channel
The Youth Channel is a channel that is programmed and governed by youth affiliated with the Manhattan Neighborhood Network. Anyone under 25 is encouraged to submit their video work to be broadcast on the network.

Video Resources

Video University
This site contains resources on many factors in video production. Also contains a detailed video and film distributors' list.

New York City Mayor's Office of Film
This site gives you bureaucratic guidelines to the legal procedure of shooting a film in New York.

New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA)
NYSCA is a funding agency that supports the activities of nonprofit arts and cultural organizations in New York State and helps to bring high-quality artistic programs to the public. NYSCA invites nonprofit arts and cultural organizations that meet basic eligibility requirements to apply for grants.

DCTV's Media Campaigns

Beyond Bullets
Beyond Bullets is DCTV's media campaign to increase awareness about our nation's gun violence epidemic, and to draw attention to the people who are working to prevent violence across the country against great odds.