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'Great documentaries, like all good works of art, enable us to see and understand more of the world than we’d be able to simply through our own senses. They give us an extra pair of eyes.' Alain de Botton, Philosopher

Influence Film Foundation provides funding to documentaries that address the critical global issues confronting us today. Driven by a balanced narrative and a visually compelling approach funded films uncover the human stories behind contemporary social conflicts.

We partner with film makers to finance film production and, where appropriate, help them drive their audience engagement and outreach campaigns.

One Mile Away, a film about Birmingham gangs calling a truce, is being used in schools as an educational tool.  The boys in the film are working in communities to promote peace and illustrate alternatives to gang life.

'Film is incredibly democratic and accessible, it’s probably the best option if you actually want to change the world, not just re-decorate it'. Banksy, Artist

Influence Film Foundation provides funding to documentaries that address the critical global issues confronting us today. Driven by a balanced narrative and a visually compelling approach funded films uncover the human stories behind contemporary social conflicts.

'Documentaries are the most vibrant and subversive genre in American film culture. And that has probably been true for the last five years'. James Marsh, Director

Influence Film Foundation provides funding to documentaries that address the critical global issues confronting us today. Driven by a balanced narrative and a visually compelling approach funded films uncover the human stories behind contemporary social conflicts.

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Midway

 

In the middle of the Pacific Ocean – practically equidistant to North America, Asia and Australia – lies a tiny unincorporated territory belonging to the United States called Midway. The island’s location made it the site of one of the greatest naval battles of all time – the Battle of Midway.

Before the U.S. navy set up station, this island served for centuries as a breeding ground for hundreds of species of seabird – most notably the Albatross. Throughout literature, the Albatross act as messengers of fate and symbols of salvation. Often their message is a warning and that warning is sounding again today.

Sixty-five years since the great WWII battle between the U.S. and Japan, there is another battle taking place. Midway lies at the center of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. The seabirds’ feeding ground is teeming with plastic waste, washed up from distant continents. Unknowingly, the Albatross feed their chicks our refuse. The very waters that sustain them now threaten their lives.

Through stunning imagery and spare and poetic narration, the voice of the island tells its epic story of survival. Both elegy and warning, the film explores the interconnectedness of species, with the albatross on Midway as mirror of our humanity. This is their story and ours, an awe-inspiring tale of how life and love endure despite incredible odds.

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About us

 
  • Victoria set up the film foundation after 15 years of working as a documentary producer and director. Previous credits include ‘The Surrendered Wife’ and ‘Murder in the Family’. She believes that story based filmmaking, in an increasingly audio visual world, has massive untapped potential for social impact with the power to create real change.

    Victoria Steventon
  • Cristina has been involved in documentaries since joining the team behind the award-winning documentary, The Devil Came on Horseback, as a producer. The film, which focused on the crisis in Darfur, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2007. Since that time, she has maintained a fervent interest in documentaries which champion untold stories on social and environmental issues around the world.

    Cristina Ljungberg
  • With a background in publishing and marketing which took her across Europe, the US and Asia, Clare is now focussing on film. She is keen to bring her strategic thinking to further the documentary as the most compelling medium to communicate to the widest possible audience.

    Clare Bugel

Advisory Board

  • John Battsek runs Passion Pictures Films, one of the most prolific independent feature documentary production companies in the UK. Credits include: ‘One Day In September’ (Academy Award winner), ‘Black Sun’, ‘Peace One Day’, ‘In The Shadow of the Moon’ and ‘Sergio’. His most recent films include Project Nim, Searching for Sugar Man and ‘The Imposter’.

    John Battsek
  • Ryan Harrington is the Director of Documentary Programs at the Tribeca Film Institute where he oversees the Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund, the TFI Documentary Fund, Tribeca All Access documentary program and the Latin America Media Arts Fund while developing other initiatives and programs that support non-fiction filmmaking.

    Ryan Harrington
  • After 5 years as a commissioning editor in the documentaries department at Channel 4 TV in the UK, Jess Search left to set up the Channel 4 BRITDOC Foundation – Britain’s first documentary foundation.

    Jess Search