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Since 2013, the Next Step Media Fund has supported the production and distribution of 38 independent feature-length documentaries produced and directed by emerging filmmakers of color. Their documentaries tell revealing stories that are rarely seen by mainstream audiences.

Your tax-deductible contribution to Firelight Media ensures that we will be able to continue using the power of film to connect the past to the present. With your support, educators, youth organizers, and activists can put Firelight films to use in classrooms and on the ground in communities across the country to mobilize people to act on issues that affect their lives.

We are proud that Next Step Media Fund-supported documentaries:

  • Premiered, and won awards, at prestigious film festivals including Sundance, Tribeca, Hot Docs, the San Francisco Film Festival, the Los Angeles Film Festival, Black Star Film Festival, Berlin Film Festival, IDFA, and AFI Docs

  • Aired on POV, Independent Lens, American Masters, Netflix, OWN, Discovery ID, and America Reframed (World Channel)

  • Won the Peabody Award, Sundance Film Festival Jury Award, Opening Night Film at the Sundance Film Festival, and multiple Emmy nominations, including two in this year alone.

Your support of the Next Step Media Fund will empower Firelight to increase our support of independent filmmakers of color.

Your gift also enables Firelight to continue to provide invaluable mentoring and support services to emerging filmmakers -- ensuring that new voices from underrepresented communities are able to tell their own illuminating, poignant, and historically significant stories.