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TWN Distribution Services

For more than five decades, Third World Newsreel (TWN) has been a media distributor of social issue films and videos made by and about people of color.

TWN's collection includes over 700 works by more than 300 established and emerging film and media artists including Julie Dash, Barbara McCullough, Manthia Diawara, Christine Choy, Kim Dong-won, Roddy Bogawa, Randy Redroad, Yvonne Welbon, Tran T. Kim-Trang, Thomas Allen Harris, Yoruba Richen, Dawn Porter, Seyi Adebanjo, Lupita Nyong'o and the work of late filmmaker Camille Billops.

Educators, librarians, students, curators, organizers, writers, festival programmers, social and health service providers, television programmers, and media artists are core users of TWN programs many of which have been screened at major film festivals and aired on PBS.

TWN remains committed to expanding its collection with works that are representative of Third World cultures and issues. Media makers are invited to submit their works and a distribution application for TWN consideration. TWN distribution offers the potential of exposing your work to educational institutions, libraries, and exhibitors around the world by actively marketing the sale and rental of our collection globally. Distribution of your work is contingent on TWN review and acceptance.

Types of works considered:

  • Works representative of Third World cultures and issues
  • Social issue films and videos made by or about people of color

TWN will not distribute works that promote any racism, sexism, or hate toward any person or group of people. TWN does not distribute works that are instructional or how to media. Generally, TWN will not distribute works that are filmed stage or dance performances.

You initiate the distribution process by completing and submitting a Distribution Request Form. Following review of the Distribution Request Form, TWN may request a private online link with password of the work for review.

For more information contact: filmsubmission@twn.org


Call Us 1 (212) 947-9277
  • Third World Newsreel
  • • 545 Eighth Avenue, Suite 550, New York, NY 10018
  • • Telephone 212-947-9277

TWN acknowledges that in New York we are on the unceded territory of the Lenni Lenape, Canarsie, Shinecock, and Munsee peoples and challenges the harm that continues to be inflicted upon Indigenous and People of Color communities here and abroad, which is why we all need to be part of the struggle for rights, equality and justice.

TWN is supported in part by Color Congress, the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affarirs, MOSAIC, New York Community Trust, Peace Development Fund, Humanities NY and individual donors.