The Film Collaborative

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The Film Collaborative
Non-profit organization
Industry Film Distribution
Founded 2010
Headquarters Los Angeles, California, United States
Products Independent Film

The Film Collaborative (TFC) is the first non-profit, full-service provider dedicated to the distribution of independent film, including narrative features and documentaries. Based in Los Angeles, The Film Collaborative services filmmakers worldwide by providing distribution guidance and support as well as theatrical, film festival and digital distribution of art house, independent and world cinema.


Launched in 2010, The Film Collaborative is a service-oriented, educational organization aimed at encouraging and enabling independent filmmakers to forge their own brands and directly reach audiences with their work.[1] TFC educates filmmakers about marketing and distribution options with the objective to eliminate unnecessary middlemen and break away from the restrictive contract terms that are prevalent in the film industry so that creators, rather than corporations, may profit from their own work. An ardent advocate of new media/digital distribution, TFC encourages filmmakers to use the global reach of the internet for digital marketing and forging an ongoing relationship with their audiences.

Festival Distribution[edit]

In 2010 TFC did festival distribution for films such as Eyes Wide Open, The Owls, Florent, A Small Act, The Adults in the Room, How to Start Your Own Country, An African Election and Undertow.

TFC’s 2011 slate included August, Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same, Facing Mirrors, Hit So Hard, The Invisible War, I Want Your Love, Leave It on the Floor, Mosquita y Mari, Revenge of the Electric Car, Shut Up Little Man!, Some Guy Who Kills People, Vito, Weekend, We Were Here and The Wise Kids.

TFC’s 2012 slate included A Fierce Green Fire, Interior. Leather Bar., Jobriath A.D., The New Black, A River Changes Course, Gayby, A Portrait of James Dean: Joshua Tree, 1951, Taking a Chance on God, Trans, United in Anger and Valley of Saints.

TFC’s 2013 slate included I am Divine, Born This Way, G.B.F., Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia, The Happy Sad, Kink, Pit Stop and Valentine Road.

TFC’s 2014 slate included Appropriate Behavior, Born to Fly, Boy Meets Girl, Cesar's Last Fast, Five Star, The Immortalists, Kidnapped For Christ, Out in the Night, Regarding Susan Sontag, Song From the Forest, (T)ERROR, To Be Takei and The Year We Thought About Love.

TFC’s 2015 slate included All About E, All Eyes and Ears, The Amina Profile, The Armor of Light, The Bad Kids, The Hunting Ground, I Promise You Anarchy, Landfill Harmonic, Naz & Maalik, The New Man, Out to Win, Portrait of a Serial Monogamist, Racing Extinction, The Royal Road, Salero, Seed Money, Tab Hunter Confidential, Those People, Uncle Howard and While You Weren't Looking.

TFC’s 2016 slate included AWOL, Boone, Cameraperson, Equal Means Equal, Forever Pure, Hooligan Sparrow, Hunky Dory, Icaros, Jewel's Catch One, The Last Laugh, Maya Angelou And Still I Rise, Out Run, A Song For You, Tower, Untouchable and Women Who Kill.

Collaborative Releasing[edit]

In late 2010, The Film Collaborative spearheaded the theatrical release of Javier Fuentes-León's ghostly love story Undertow (Contracorriente), which was Peru’s Official Selection to the Academy Awards® for Best Foreign Language Film that year. In 2012, they released Jonathan Lisecki's alternative parenting romantic comedy-drama Gayby and Aurora Guerrero's coming-of-age film Mosquita y Mari.

In 2014, The Film Collaborative's theatrical releases included Switzerland’s Official Selection to the 2015 Academy Awards® for Best Foreign Language Film, The Circle (Der Kreis), Born to Fly: Elizabeth Streb vs. Gravity,[2] Catherine Gund's documentary about the life and work of choreographer and action architect Elizabeth Streb, LGBT film historiographer-director Jeffrey Schwarz's I am Divine,[3] about the international drag superstar and John Waters' leading lady Divine, Darius Clark Monroe's Evolution of a Criminal[4] and The Hand that Feeds.[5]

In 2015, The Film Collaborative's theatrical releases included Jeffrey Schwarz's Tab Hunter Confidential,[6] Lyric R. Cabral and David Felix Sutcliffe's (T)ERROR,[7] which won the Special Jury Award for Breakout First Feature at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. TFC also released Parvez Sharma's A Sinner in Mecca, Song from the Forest, and 1971, which focuses on a break-in of an FBI office that occurred that year in Media, Pennsylvania to steal over 1000 classified documents.

Requiem for the American Dream, featuring famed historian Noam Chomsky, begain its release on January 29, 2016.[8] TFC released Nanfu Wang's documentary about a Chinese activist, entitled Hooligan Sparrow, on July 22, 2016.[9] The Film Collaborative, along with Emerging Pictures, will handle theatrical distribution for Landfill Harmonic (2016).[10] The film will open theatrically in North America on September 9, 2016. TFC partnered with Gravitas Ventures to release For the Love of Spock theatrically on Sept. 9, 2016.

In November, 2016, The Film Collaborative launched Collaborative Releasing as a new distribution initiative that combines film sales and licensing with a hybrid release plan.[11] TFC also rebranded its Theatrical Releasing services under the Collaborative Releasing umbrella.


Film Year Director World Premiere Major Awards Distribution / Services Genre Notes
Hooligan_Sparrow 2016 Nanfu Wang Sundance Best Social Impact Film, Documentary Feature (Greenwich International Film Festival), Spirit Award, Peabody Award[12] Festivals, Theatrical Documentary
195 Lewis 2017 Chanelle Aponte Pearson Rotterdam U.S. Grand Jury Prize—Narrative Special Mention Film (Outfest) Festivals Episodic
After Louie 2017 Vincent Gagliostro BFI Flare Festivals Narrative
All the Rage 2017 Michael Galinsky, David Beilinson, Suki Hawley DOC NYC Theatrical Documentary
A Bad Idea Gone Wrong 2017 Jason Headley Festivals Narrative
Behind the Curtain: Todrick Hall 2017 Katherine Fairfax Wright SXSW Festivals Documentary
Bending the Arc 2017 Kief Davidson, Pedro Kos Sundance Best Documentary (Greenwich)[13] Festivals Documentary
The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson 2017 David France Tribeca 2017 Programming Award for Freedom—David France and Victoria Cruz (Outfest) Festivals Documentary
ELIÁN 2017 Tim Golden, Ross McDonnell Tribeca Festivals, Theatrical Documentary Gravitas
The Fabulous Allan Carr 2017 Jeffrey Schwarz Seattle Festivals Documentary
The Feels 2017 Jenée LaMarque Seattle International U.S. Narrative Jury Prize, Best Actress—Ever Mainard (Outfest) Festivals Narrative
A Good American 2017 Friedrich Moser CPH:DOX / DOC NYC Theatrical Documentary
I Dream in Another Language 2017 Ernesto Contreras Sundance Audience Award: World Cinema Dramatic (Sundance)[14] Festivals Documentary FilmRise
Legion Of Brothers 2017 Greg Barker Sundance Theatrical Documentary Gravitas
The Light of the Moon[15] 2017 Jessica M. Thompson SXSW Audience Award, Narrative Feature (SXSW)[16] Festivals, Theatrical Narrative
More Art Upstairs 2017 Jody Hassett Sanchez Hot Docs Sales Documentary
Motherland[17] 2017 Ramona S. Diaz Sundance World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award: Commanding Vision (Sundance)[18] Festivals, Theatrical Documentary
No Man's Land 2017 David Byars Tribeca Festivals Documentary
The Opposition 2017 Hollie Fifer IDFA Festivals Documentary
Pornocracy 2017 Ovidie SXSW Festivals Documentary
Quest 2017 Jonathan Olshefski Sundance Grand Jury Prizes (Full Frame, RiverRun, Dallas, Ashland), Human Rights Award (Full Frame), Honorable Mention (Cleveland)[19] Festivals Documentary
The Reagan Show 2017 Pacho Velez, Sierra Pettengill Tribeca Theatrical Documentary Gravitas
Romeo Is Bleeding[20] 2017 Jason Zeldes San Francisco International Winner of over 20 Film Festival Awards Theatrical Documentary
Score 2017 Matt Schrader Hamptons International The Music Movies Award (Cleveland International)[21] Theatrical Documentary Gravitas
Signature Move 2017 Jennifer Reeder SXSW U.S. Grand Jury Prize—Best Narrative Feature Film: Jennifer Reeder (Outfest) Festivals Narrative
Small Talk 2017 Hui-chen Huang Golden Horse Film Festival, Berlinale Teddy Award (Berlinale)[22] Festivals Documentary
A Suitable Girl 2017 Sarita Khurana, Smriti Mundhra Tribeca Albert Maysles New Documentary Director Award (Tribeca)[23] Festivals Documentary
Supergirl 2017 Jessie Auritt Hamptons International Festivals Documentary FilmRise
Sylvio 2017 Albert Birney, Kentucker Audley SXSW Sales Narrative
True Conviction 2017 Jamie Meltzer Tribeca Special Jury Mention, Best Documentary Feature (Tribeca)[24] Festivals Documentary
Unrest 2017 Jennifer Brea Sundance U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award: Editing (Sundance), Audience Award (RiverRun International), Grand Jury Prize (Nashville)[25] Festivals Documentary
The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin 2017 Jennifer M. Kroot SXSW Audience Award Winner, Documentary Spotlight (SXSW), Best Documentary Jury Winner (Outshine Miami), Audience Award (Nashville)[26] Festivals, Theatrical, Sales, Digital Documentary
What Lies Upstream 2017 Cullen Hoback Slamdance Festivals Documentary
Women Who Kill[27][28] 2017, 2016 Ingrid Jungermann Tribeca Best Screenplay (Outfest) Theatrical, Festivals Narrative

Sales and Business Negotiation[edit]

In 2011, The Film Collaborative helped negotiate a deal for Andrew Haigh's Weekend (2011 film).[29] In 2012, TFC launched a new foreign sales initiative for LGBT titles with Peccadillo (UK), Outplay (France), Pro-Fun (Germany), ABC/Cinemien (Benelux) to share resources and launch films simultaneously in multiple territories when possible to maximize awareness and limit piracy.[30] In 2016, The Film Collaborative was a key player in orchestrating a splits right deal for the film Landfill Harmonic involving Vimeo (Digital), HBO Latino (Television), Tugg (Educational) and FilmRise (DVD).[31][32]

Recent Press[edit]

Screen Daily, November 23, 2016 At the Film Bazaar in Goa, India, Orly Ravid from The Film Collaborative advises filmmakers to use grassroots outreach and social media marketing.

Variety, November 14, 2016 The Film Collaborative Launches Collaborative Releasing

Educational Services[edit]

TFC offers distribution and marketing education to independent filmmakers seeking to reach traditionally underserved audiences. Via its membership and digital distribution programs, TFC guides filmmakers through the distribution process and helps them develop a custom strategy suitable for their film. In 2012, TFC launched a Fiscal Sponsorship program, enabling filmmakers to contract with TFC to extend tax-exempt status to their specific projects, rather than attempting to secure tax-exempt status on their own.


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