Fiscal Sponsorship

One of Northwest Film Forum’s key artist support services is Fiscal Sponsorship. The Forum currently sponsors 60 film projects and organizations.

If your film or project is approved for this program, we extend the Forum’s 501c3 status as a sponsor for the project, opening up opportunities for grants and fundraising available to nonprofit organizations. Fiscally sponsored projects can solicit tax-deductible donations from organizations or individuals. We administer donations made on behalf of the project and send donor acknowledgments. Our administrative fee is 7% for funds granted, but we do not take any ownership of the project.

Please note that this program does not provide direct financing or fundraising services.


Eligibility

In order to be considered for fiscal sponsorship, the production, as represented by the Project Producer(s) must:

  • Maintain active membership with Northwest Film Forum
  • Be consistent with Northwest Film Forum’s mission
  • Demonstrate clear commitment to the project and provide detailed documentation and guidelines for how the project is to be achieved
  • Be a Washington State resident
  • If you wish to apply, please fill out our online application

If you have any questions, please contact Christopher Day, Managing Director, at chris (at) nwfilmforum.org.


Sponsored Projects

703

703

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703 features James, an elder African American gay male protagonist who works through a marital betrayal while calling in his usual pizza delivery order. Claire is a middle-aged musician who makes ends meet working at the pizza delivery call center. It’s Friday night, and James almost always happily chats while he orders the usual from Claire. But tonight is not business as usual; Claire senses something is terribly wrong.

Aberdeen

Aberdeen

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Mia, in attempts to make it in a male-dominated sports journalism industry, begins to expose the dark underbelly of high school sports in her small hometown. Now, she must choose between her loyalties to her town and her career aspirations.

America Rise

America Rise

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The Women’s March on Washington was an awakening of the American consciousness that helped spur a continual movement of activism. Anxiety over the leadership of the Trump administration has reached a breaking point that hasn’t been seen since the 1960’s.  America Rise follows the stories of people fighting to improve their communities, country and democracy in the wake of these daunting times.

Appleseeds

Appleseeds

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Is happiness a choice? Grounded in the reflections of five seniors on their life experiences, and with experts in emerging scientific thinking, the film Appleseeds seeks to discover if happiness is more than just a byproduct of happy experiences, but can also be a conscious choice throughout our lives.

Big Sonia

Big Sonia

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“National treasure”, local celebrity, Holocaust Survivor – Sonia (89) has just been served an eviction notice for the last (and most popular) shop left in a dying suburban mall. Following Sonia on the motivational speaker circuit to schools and prisons – even as she navigates her own struggles – Big Sonia explores what it means to be a survivor and how trauma is passed down through generations. Will you let your trauma define you? Or will your past make you stronger?

The Buffalo Soldiers of the Pacific Northwest

The Buffalo Soldiers of the Pacific Northwest

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Being African American sometimes feels like the only history you have is that of slavery.  But that would be untrue.

This film will look at the legend of the Buffalo Soldiers, and their charge to the Pacific Northwest after the Spanish war. The film will also profile Moses Williams, a recipient of America’s highest military decoration, the Medal of Honor, as well as a look at the men and women keeping the legends of the Buffalo Soldiers alive today.

In Her Hands: Key Changes in Jazz

In Her Hands: Key Changes in Jazz

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In Her Hands; Key Changes In Jazz explores obstacles facing women in Jazz today as women around the US are fighting for auditions, creating opportunities and being role models for young musicians in poignant interviews, original music and powerful performance footage.

Jesus Shows You the Way to the Highway

Jesus Shows You the Way to the Highway

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A new Afrofuturist Sci-Fi! A WTF thriller! A final punch against global corruption! An underground James Bond! Far beyond The Matrix!

From the team that made Crumbs (2015) this new sci-fi adventure will knock you off your seats with its cornucopia of weirdness interdimensional travel, astonishing spy plots and kung-fu adventures.

The Most Dangerous Year

The Most Dangerous Year

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In 2016 a group of Washington State families with transgender kids join the fight against the wave of discriminatory anti-transgender legislation sweeping through the nation and into their home state. With the help of a coalition of state lawmakers and civil rights activists, these families embark on an uncharted journey of fighting to protect and preserve their children’s inalienable human rights and freedoms in this present-day civil rights movement.

Potato Dreams of America

Potato Dreams of America

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Autobiographical feature film about a gay boy growing up in the Soviet Union, his mail-order-bride mom and their adventurous escape to America, full of twists that prove life is often stranger than fiction.

Reel Witness

Reel Witness

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Reel Witness follows Hameed — a young Muslim who left everything behind in war-torn Iraq at 16, in a solo quest for a brighter more peaceable future. Now 22, like Isatou of Little Rebel, his salvation is scholarship in Seattle bound by a big altruistic dream. From flight to refuge, RW seeks to humanize the facelessness of emigration and celebrate personal tales of resiliency.

The Road to Nickelsville

The Road to Nickelsville

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Caution, survival, and hope. The residents of Nickelsville, an organized homeless encampment in Seattle Washington, share how they became homeless; caution how quickly it can happen, and how they persevere. Director of the Low Income Housing Institute, and a district court judge who presides over child custody cases involving homeless families, provide institutional context.

Sadie

Sadie

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Sadie is a film written and directed by Megan Griffiths and produced by Lacey Leavitt and Jennessa West. It tells the story of a young girl dealing with the prolonged absence of her military father and struggling to understand her family life without him.

Shelf Life Community Story Project

Shelf Life Community Story Project

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Shelf Life is a community story project motivated by the rapid change and displacement taking place in Seattle’s Central Area neighborhood.
We are recording oral histories with people who live, work, and/or have roots in the neighborhood.
We believe neighborhood stories can interrupt the narratives of erasure that accompany gentrification; contribute historical context to conversations about change;
and reconnect those who are experiencing displacement.

A Taste of Home

A Taste of Home

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A Taste Of Home is a feature length documentary tracing a new Asian immigrant’s journey to find her sense of place in a foreign America, through food. The film followed Val’s search for a taste of home, through 100 years of Asian American history and into the kitchens of 5 of the oldest food establishments in Seattle Chinatown. On her quest, Val was confronted with a bigger question: “Are Chinatowns dying?”

Thin Skin

Thin Skin

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The film Thin Skin, which is based on based on Ahamefule J. Oluo’s grand-scale comedic pop opera of the same name, is about a musician and struggling stand-up comedian named Aham. His marriage has just collapsed. He is desperately trying to sever all physical, financial, and emotional connections to this bad marriage. He is moving into a new place. He is adrift. He has to rebuild his life from scratch. One night, Ahamefule performs at a local jazz club and meets a young woman, Megan…

 

Yes I Am - The Ric Weiland Story

Yes I Am - The Ric Weiland Story

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The story of the life and legacy of Ric Weiland, technological pioneer, LGBT rights activist, and philanthropist, whose private struggle to find meaning, led to his death by suicide in 2006.

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