JustFilms Initiative

JustFilms supports independent film and digital storytelling projects that explore urgent social justice issues.

JustFilms Initiative

JustFilms believes that independent film and digital storytelling are vital tools in the pursuit of justice and equity. They inspire imagination and new understandings, encourage civic dialogue and active community engagement, strengthen freedom of expression and showcase the rich diversity of the human experience.

The Ford Foundation supports work that educates, entertains and creates progress toward social justice by telling stories that have the power to transform how we think and act. The foundation builds networks internationally to connect courageous visual storytellers and the organizations they work with, amplifying their messages and extending the impact of their projects.

JustFilms lifts up the voices of vulnerable communities, expanding opportunities for civic discourse and community-building and affirming the central role of culture in social justice work. Our strategy is informed by the foundation’s long history of supporting transformative independent documentaries that have had a profound effect on the public consciousness.


  • Ford Foundation

    United States | Staff size: 251-500

    The Ford Foundation supports visionary leaders and organizations on the frontlines of social change worldwide. They believe all people should have the opportunity to reach their full potential,...

  • Sundance Institute

    Foundation, Institute
    United States | Staff size: 101-250

    Sundance Institute is a non-profit organization founded by Robert Redford in 1981 that actively advances the work of filmmakers and storytellers worldwide. The Institute provides creative and...

  • Tribeca Film Institute

    United States | Staff size: 26-50

    Tribeca Film Institute champions storytellers to be catalysts for change in their communities and around the world.

    Each year, the institute identifies a diverse group of...

  • Independent Television Service (ITVS)

    Service Providers
    United States | Staff size: 51-100

    The Independent Television Service (ITVS) formed out of a decade-long struggle by independent media artists and community activists to support diverse, innovative and independent voices on...

  • BRITDOC Foundation

    Implementing NGO, Service Providers
    Staff size: Unknown

    BRITDOC is a non profit based in London and New York, backed by Bertha Foundation & Ford Foundation amongst others, whose mission is to befriend independent fi

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Key Information

  • Start Date 2011
ValueUSD 10 Million