In a landscape of cascading societal crises, a swift response to pressing issues is essential. This is where film screenings become invaluable – not only do they inform but they also inspire action in the face of emerging social and environmental threats.

Whether it’s the passing of a dangerous bill, or a new pipeline, when there’s an immediate need to educate and mobilize communities, film events can be one of the best tools to achieve this, leveraging the power of storytelling to raise awareness and prompt meaningful engagement.

These events are crucial for sparking dialogue, disseminating crucial information, and rallying support to address urgent injustices. However, organizing these screenings often presents financial obstacles that can hinder these efforts.

That’s where we step in! We’re now offering mini grants to organizers across the US who are seeking to host film screenings as part of rapid response efforts. By harnessing the power film, we’ll help you amplify critical issues and galvanize your community when time is of the essence.

Use this simple application form to apply for up to $600 to cover hard costs, most often in the $200-$350 range, associated with your event. Examples include funding for venue rentals, equipment, marketing materials, and guest speakers. This support enables organizers to focus on what matters most – creating a transformative experience for attendees and connecting them with opportunities for sustained action.


We invite organizers and activists based in the US and territories, who need that final support to bring a screening to life, to fill out the form. Requests exceeding $600 cannot be reviewed at this time.


Please note that we have limited resources and cannot accommodate all requests. Decisions will be made on a rolling basis while funds are available using the following set of criteria:

  1. Timeliness of the issue
  2. Intended audience. What is the potential to go beyond the choir? Is this audience directly impacted by these issues?
  3. Meaningful ways for audience to take action and/or become involved.
  4. Alignment with values of social and environmental justice.
  5. Commitment to completing an event debrief call with Working Films staff.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please email Mara Henderson, Impact Coordinator, at

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