Mission Statement

Film Movement exists to ensure exceptional independent cinema finds the audience it deserves.


More than ever, film choices are dictated to audiences by a smaller and smaller group of major studios, deciding which films to release based on superficial metrics that leave quality out of the equation. We created Film Movement because the system of releasing independent, foreign and documentary films needed a change. We believe that the only way to change the system is to reach out to film fans directly, to make the acclaimed independent films we love available everywhere you want to see them. At its heart, Film Movement is dedicated to providing intelligent, beautiful and compelling art to ever-growing audiences who want more than the standard Hollywood fare.


Launched in 2002 and based in New York City, Film Movement is a distributor of critically acclaimed, award-winning independent films. With a catalog of over 300 feature-length and short films, Film Movement has released movies from over 50 countries, including top prize winners from Sundance, Cannes, Venice, Toronto, Berlin, Tribeca and many other prestigious film festivals. Film Movement's releases can be found anywhere you watch movies: in theaters, On Demand, online, on television networks, airplanes and hotels, at retailers, libraries, educational institutions and more. And with a first of its kind subscription service, Film Movement titles can even come direct to you every month. Watch our company trailer to learn more.