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 6.5% 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.
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.
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.
“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
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
Jesus Shows You the Way to the Highway
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.
Little Rebel is a production of REEL WITNESS and is a story about Isatou Jallow — a remarkable West African woman from The Gambia, and now Seattle resident. Since seeking asylum in the USA in 2012, Isatou has pursued graduate degrees at the UW Law School while she continuously advocates for women, asylees and people with disabilities. Dimensions of Isatou’s epic journey—from her origins and physical hardships to scholarship, becoming a lawyer and leader, demonstrating an ultimate resiliency and altruism— are deeply human, harrowing, transcendent, tenacious…and part of the American immigrant story.
The Most Dangerous Year
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.
The Road to Nickelsville
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.
Shelf Life Community Story Project
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 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?”
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…