The Moving Picture Institute is a modern-media production house and talent incubator that creates and supports high-impact film and video content designed to entertain, inspire, and educate audiences with captivating stories about human freedom.

MPI launches the careers of talented filmmakers who are passionate about telling stories about freedom. MPI staff identifies and supports filmmakers with grants, guidance, internship placements, and networking opportunities. In addition to supporting dozens of independent filmmakers, MPI develops its own original pro-freedom content in-house.

MPI is a charitable and educational tax-exempt foundation within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Our work is supported entirely by the generous contributions of individuals, foundations, and corporations. More detailed information can be found here in MPI's 2016 990 (a form submitted annually to the IRS about MPI's mission, programs, and finances), in MPI's 2016 financial statements, and in MPI's 2016 Annual Report.


Moving Picture Institute films regularly appear in prominent film festivals, win international critical acclaim, and garner coverage from pivotal news outlets, including Newsweek, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal.

Moving Picture Institute-supported filmmakers have earned top recognition and awards over the course of their careers, including Emmy Awards, a Guinness World Record, an Oscar nomination, a spot on the BAFTA long list for Best Short Film, and more.

Since its founding in 2005, MPI has awarded an impressive number of fellowships through our Rising Filmmaker Program, and our Hollywood Career Launch Program boasts an exclusive 2% acceptance rate. Each fellowship and internship represents another career boosted, as well as another compelling story told about the importance of individual rights, free enterprise, and fighting against oppression.

As it continues to develop its ever-growing network and expand its outstanding programing, MPI will also continue to build a lasting legacy for freedom in the mediums that matter most: film, television, and the Internet.