Production & Financing
Cinereach develops, produces, and finances several projects each year. We also co-finance and co-produce with other production companies, co-financiers and investors using traditional film financing structures such as equity or debt financing. Recent productions and co-productions include the narrative feature films We the Animals, Sorry to Bother You, Beach Rats and a forthcoming stop-motion feature based on Marcel the Shell with Shoes On, as well as the documentaries MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A. and Brimstone & Glory.
Each year Cinereach awards 20-30 grants—comprising over $1 million—to new and existing grantees. Grants amounts ranging from $5,000 to $50,000 can be awarded to support any stage of a film’s progression, from development to completion. Throughout its engagement with grantees, Cinereach may also offer additional resources to increase the films’ momentum. The Florida Project, Dina, and Strong Island are recently released grantees.
Distribution and Audience Strategy
Cinereach offers tailored, year-round distribution guidance and audience development support to select grant-supported films. Recent participants of our Distribution and Audience Strategy program include I Am Not Your Negro, Dina, and The Force.
The Cinereach Fellowship is a customized, year-long program for filmmakers at transitional points in their careers. Fellows receive opportunities to deepen their connection to their work, explore what professional development means to them, and experiment with new ideas. Past fellows include Eliza Hittman, Barry Jenkins, and Terence Nance.
The Cinereach Producers Initiative aims to offset the lack of sustainability for committed independent producers. Recipients of its $50,000 Producer Award have included Effie Brown, Scott Macaulay, Anish Savjani, and Julie Goldman among others. More on the award and recipients here.
Cinereach partners with and supports like-minded organizations that make independent film more accessible, sustainable and adventurous. Current partners and supported organizations include Borscht Corp. of Miami, Detroit Narrative Agency (DNA), the SFFILM Invest program, Stockade Works of Kingston, NY, and Sundance Institute’s Art of Nonfiction Fellowship and Creative Producing Program.