Sepideh: Reaching for the Stars, 2015
We tell stories that need to be told
By providing funding for entertaining and emotionally compelling films, Influence Film Foundation aims to provide more opportunities to engage with the world’s most important issues.
We provide completion funding for films.
By providing finishing funds to feature-length documentaries we enable filmmakers to tell the stories of our time.
We introduce funders to new opportunities.
We bring financiers and filmmakers together to make films that tell character driven stories that initiate positive social change.
Influence Film Foundation has supported the films listed below:
The Devil Came on Horseback
Follows former US Marine Captain Brian Steidle as he documents the genocide in Darfur, Sudan. Upon his return to the US Steidle campaigns for international intervention and becomes frustrated by the inaction of politicians back home.
Sepideh: Reaching for the Stars
Can a young Iranian woman become an astronaut? This is the story of a remarkable teenage girl named Sepideh who defies societal expectations and courageously works to make her dream come true.
Meet the Patels
MEET THE PATELS is a laugh-out-loud real life romantic comedy about Ravi Patel, an almost-30-year-old Indian-American who enters a love triangle between the woman of his dreams ... and his parents. Filmed by Ravi’s sister in what started as a family vacation video, this hilarious and heartbreaking film reveals how love is a family affair.
Bikes vs. Cars
From bike activists in Sao Paulo and Los Angeles, fighting for safe bike lanes, to the City of Copenhagen, where forty percent commute by bike daily, Bikes vs Cars looks at both the struggle for bicyclists in a society dominated by cars, and the revolutionary changes that could take place if
more cities moved away from car-centric models.
Drawing the Tiger
A family in Nepal living on less than a dollar a day wins the globalization jackpot: a charity scholarship for their daughter to go to school in the capital city. She promises to return, to free her family from poverty. But she does not return. An intimate portrait of the price one family pays for their golden opportunity.
We Are The Giant
Depicts the lives of six extraordinary people who grapple with the universal dilemma at the heart of all struggles for justice and freedom: whether to take up arms and fight, or to advocate change through peace and non-violence.
Influence Film Foundation provides funds
for passionate films made by passionate filmmakers.
We provide completion funding to character driven
feature-length documentaries that address issues of social importance from around the world.
We bring financers and filmmakers together to
make films that tell the stories of our time.
We continue to look for select partners to support up and coming
new talent and the production of feature length
documentaries intended for theatrical release.
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Having finished her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology Victoria decided to apply her fascination for human and social behaviour by making documentary films. Starting off as a researcher, she became a producer and director some fifteen years ago. Previous credits include – The Surrendered Wife and Murder in the Family. After spending more than a decade traveling to some of the more challenging corners of the world developing film projects, Victoria founded Influence Film in 2011. Influence Film was created in the belief that untold stories, revealed through balanced documentaries, have the power to address pressing social issues and inspire change in human behaviour and attitudes. In our digital era these films can develop powerful and rapid global reach and interest. Victoria now runs Influence Film with Cristina Ljungberg, and the original concept has expanded into a foundation, an investment fund, and an online film club with curated documentary libraries. At its heart Influence supports the production of high quality documentary films whilst growing new audiences and has now backed over 25 films. In addition to running Influence Film, Victoria also works with a number of charities, notably Missing People.
With an MS and an MBA in her pocket, Cristina went from designing medical devices and working in Management Consultancy to producing her first documentary in 2007, the award-winningThe Devil Came on Horseback. This experience triggered a great love for documentary film and put in place the pieces of her future. She now runs Influence Film, which consists of a foundation, an investment fund, and an online platform, all of which support the production of documentary film whilst growing new audiences. In addition, Cristina has also been the Chairperson and driving force behind the Giving Wings Foundation since 2010, which focuses on education and healthcare for women and girls, with a specific interest in menstrual hygiene. Originally from Indiana, She currently lives in Stockholm, Sweden.
Isis is a creative producer, artist, and musician who works on a wide scope of projects including those focusing on experimental and documentary film, contemporary art and music, sustainable living and food culture, and feminism and community building. She holds a BFA in Experimental Filmmaking from The University of Colorado and an MA from Stockholm University’s International Masters Program in Curating Art. Obsessed with storytelling in all its forms documentary naturally became a passion of hers. Originally from Colorado, she grew up in a home that was both a private residence and public museum and now lives in Stockholm, Sweden.
Nicole has over 15 years of experience working with the arts in both the U.S. and Sweden. She earned a MFA in art history in Atlanta, where she also worked at the High Museum of Art helping to organize and manage fine art exhibitions that traveled nationally and internationally. Deciding to pursue a second master’s degree, this time in curating, she moved to Stockholm, Sweden, where she also managed fine art galleries and continued her work with artists and exhibition making. Eager to get back to her roots in non-profit work and incorporate her love of stories, which was nurtured growing up in the American south with its rich storytelling traditions, she found her way to documentary film and Influence Film.Nicole has also lectured on feminist art and the politics of exhibitions at universities in Atlanta and Stockholm.
A wandering soul, Sarah has spent the majority of her adult life bouncing from land to land, ever on the hunt for new cultural experiences and a place to call home. With a BA in Spanish and Italian from the U.S. and an MA in Translation from England, she has worked as a writer, translator, editor, film subtitler, and musician, and has called such places as San Francisco, London, Bologna, Seattle and Honolulu home. Having toured extensively with her music, she found Stockholm to offer an unbeatable offer at the home-slot and has settled in this Scandinavian hub, where she divides her time between watching and writing about inspiring documentaries with Influence Film and songwriting. A true believer in the power of the moving image to instigate true change, Sarah passionately brings her global perspective to the world of documentary filmmaking in the hopes that this great world of ours can be altered for the better, one film at a time.