WE ARE FILM SPROUT.


Film Sprout is a boutique distribution firm that helps social-issue filmmakers create
robust community and campus screening initiatives for their documentaries.

We do this work because we love it, but also because we believe in growing the world’s audience for documentary storytelling; serving those who are typically underserved by independent media; supporting independent filmmakers by tapping new revenue sources; and fostering citizen engagement, civic dialogue and social equity.

Our approach to distribution is firmly rooted in the concept of the double bottom line: the idea that in addition to generating an economic return on investment for our clients, that we also seek to deliver positive social impact through our work.

POINT OF VIEW.

  • At Film Sprout, we believe that a film's power to elicit good in the world is more about your community and less about your venue. It's more about the cause and less about the critics. It's more about results and less about reviews. That's why we book thousands of community, campus and grassroots screenings each year for films with ambitions to do well by doing good.

    1.
    Reach

    Film Sprout runs screening campaigns for a curated slate of ten to twelve documentary features each year. We book thousands of brick-and-mortar grassroots screenings annually, reaching hundreds of thousands of audience members untapped by traditional distribution platforms. Playing the roles of booker, speaker’s agent, impact producer and distribution strategist, Film Sprout ensures that its films engage motivated audiences beyond the festival circuit and art house cinema.
    2.
    Revenue

    Film Sprout screening campaigns not only create increased opportunities for a film to be seen, but also enhance films’ earnings potential, creating a stream of distribution revenue often left on the table by other distributors. Working at the cross-section of the philanthropic sector and the marketplace, Film Sprout delivers campaigns that sustain the long-term financial health of our featured films while supporting the careers of their makers.
    3.
    Social Impact

    Film Sprout’s screenings facilitate the creative use of documentary to augment the work of social justice changemakers, to support grassroots movements for change and to offer forums for informed dialogue in the classroom and the community. Paired with robust social-action strategies and in collaboration with seasoned advocates, Film Sprout’s screenings create powerful forums for civic debate on some of the most polarizing and sensitive issues of our time.

Portfolio.

  • All
  • Campaigns
  • Collateral
  • Consulting
Film Sprout’s work runs the gamut from targeted screening initiatives to vast, high-intensity screening campaigns—and everything in between. Take a peek at a sampling of recent work, the range of films we’ve had the pleasure of working on and the scope of our engagement with each.

The Bleeding Edge

Campaigns

The Devil We Know

Campaigns

The Gospel According to André

Campaigns

For Ahkeem

Campaigns / Collateral

Knife Skills

Campaigns / Consulting

The Judge

Campaigns

Big Sonia

Campaigns / Consulting

Unrest

Campaigns

Whose Streets?

Campaigns

Where To Invade Next

Campaigns

Almost Sunrise

Campaigns / Collateral

Death By Design

Campaigns / Collateral

Audrie & Daisy

Campaigns

Trapped

Campaigns

Sonic Sea

Campaigns

Frame by Frame

Campaigns

Jumbo Wild

Campaigns

The Hunting Ground

Campaigns / Collateral

Vessel

Campaigns / Collateral

DamNation

Campaigns

The Invisible War

Collateral / Campaigns

People.

  • CAITLIN BOYLE
    CAITLIN BOYLE founder & executive director
    CARLA FLEISHER
    CARLA FLEISHER campaign director
    DENAE PETERS
    DENAE PETERS campaign director
    LILLIE FLESHLER
    LILLIE FLESHLER campaign manager

PRAISE.

  • “Creating a distribution strategy that looks beyond traditional exhibition to locate audiences in their communities and organizations is increasingly essential to successful filmmaking, and no one does that or explains how to do it any better than Film Sprout.”

    Matthew Seig, New York Foundation for the Arts
  • We have worked with Film Sprout to develop grassroots screening campaigns for three of our feature documentaries, and through each engagement, Caitlin and her capable staff have collaborated with professionalism, efficiency, hard work and flexibility. As filmmakers with very high standards for how our films are used to engage audiences and effect urgent social change, we have found Film Sprout to be an ideal partner.

    Amy Ziering & Kirby Dick, Chain Camera Pictures
  • “Film Sprout’s work is absolutely stellar. Caitlin Boyle and her incredibly diligent staff took our pre-existing outreach relationships and built on them to create a stunning outreach campaign. I never imagined we could have gone as far and had as much influence as we have had, and much of the credit for that goes to Film Sprout.”

    Abigail Disney, Fork Films
  • Film Sprout secured hundreds of community screenings of Unrest across the globe, which encouraged people to take action and join the fight for people with ME. They worked creatively within the parameters of a fast-paced schedule as part of the Sundance Creative Distribution Fellowship and found ways to make community screenings shine in the context of multiple distribution partnerships and complex windowing. Film Sprout has community screenings down to a science!

    Jennifer Brea and Alysa Nahmias, Shella Films
  • “Caitlin Boyle is the independent filmmaker’s ultimate Swiss Army knife. Her savvy, creativity and expertise in film distribution, communications and outreach make her an invaluable resource to any project.”

    Vicki Abeles, Reel Link Films
  • “Caitlin is a true ally to filmmakers; she and her team are talented, transparent, very capable and really fun to work with. They booked hundreds of screenings of Vessel around the world in a creative and individualized campaign—surpassing our impact goals—and helped translate the daunting world of film distribution. Working with Film Sprout was an inspiring and empowering experience.”

    Diana Whitten, Sovereignty Productions
  • “Film Sprout was the perfect partner for us. Not only did Caitlin Boyle and team help us find partners for community screenings, they helped the film make a real impact. They brought the film to new audiences week after week, raised awareness for the project and were simply a pleasure to work with.”

    Jen Arnold, Harambee Media
  • “We heart Film Sprout. Finding Caitlin Boyle and her team was a godsend. When our film first came out, we were overwhelmed with screening requests; Film Sprout stepped in, and with efficient, professional and friendly service, increased our screenings tenfold. We are still in awe and incredibly proud of the grassroots way in which our film reached so many people.”

    Michelle Hill, Reel Thing Productions
  • “Making a film is one thing; enhancing the prospects that a film will have an enduring impact in the world is quite another. We are indebted to Film Sprout for providing the expertise that enabled us to craft an intelligent, creative and, above all, concrete strategy for our outreach and audience engagement campaign.”

    Rebecca Richman Cohen, Racing Horse Productions
  • “Reaching the college and community market was critical to our strategy. Film Sprout not only got us there, but also came up with other inventive ways of getting attention for the film…and earning us revenue.”

    Christo Hird, Dartmouth Films

CONTACT US.

  • Address:
    Film Sprout LLC
    157 13th Street, Suite 312
    Brooklyn, NY 11215
  • Phone Number:
    ​(646) 688-4488
  • Email Address:
    hello@filmsprout.org

We’d love to hear from you! To get started, please send us a brief email description of your film and its current and prospective distribution, alongside a link to your trailer and press kit. We will be in touch with further information and questions!

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