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
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.

Audrie & Daisy

Campaigns

Newtown

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

Unfinished Spaces

Collateral / Campaigns

Bag It

Collateral / Campaigns

A Small Act

Campaigns

The End of the Line

Campaigns

Pray the Devil Back to Hell

Campaigns

People.

  • CAITLIN BOYLE
    CAITLIN BOYLE executive director
    CARLA FLEISHER
    CARLA FLEISHER campaign director
    LAUREN CUERVO
    LAUREN CUERVO campaign manager
    DENAE PETERS
    DENAE PETERS campaign manager
    LILY SPITZ
    LILY SPITZ campaign assistant

PRAISE.

  • “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, Director, Vessel
  • “Film Sprout secured hundreds of paid screenings of our film at festivals, museums, universities, and other non-theatrical venues around the world…and increased revenues and raised the profile of the film beyond what we could have done alone or with traditional distribution.”

    Alysa Nahmias, Co-Director, Unfinished Spaces
  • “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, Director, Race to Nowhere
  • “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, Producer, Pray the Devil Back to Hell
  • “We would highly recommend that all filmmakers consider working with Caitlin Boyle and Film Sprout for their community outreach campaigns. Caitlin has experience, tenacity, imagination, patience, many connections,and passion…and is also simply very fun to work with.”

    Lisa Valencia-Svensson, Producer, Herman’s House
  • “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, Director, A Small Act
  • “Film Sprout opened our eyes to new possibilities for non-theatrical distribution and the potential to reach a wider audience. As emerging filmmakers, we really value her spirit and passion for social justice films. Years after our film’s world premiere at Tribeca in 2011, we still say to each other, “Remember when Caitlin said…”

    Marty Syjuco and Michael Collins, Co-Directors, Give Up Tomorrow
  • “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 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, Producer, Bag It
  • “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, Director, Code of the West
  • “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, Executive Producer, The End of the Line

CONTACT US.

  • Address:
    Film Sprout LLC
    234 5th Avenue, Suite 212
    New York, NY 10001
  • Phone Number:
    ​(646) 688-4488
  • Email Address:
    films@filmsprout.org

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