Frequently Asked Questions

See below for the questions we are most frequently asked. If the answer to your question is not in the list below, don't hesitate to Contact Us.


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Narrative Feature

We only accept submissions via guild-affiliated literary representation. Any unsolicited material will be returned unopened. Additionally, per Participant’s mandate, all submissions must include a social issue as part of its focus.

Documentary Feature

For all documentary submissions, we require the following:

Please mail these elements to:

Participant Media Documentary Development

331 Foothill Drive, 3rd Floor

Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Participant Media is a privately owned company. Please refer to for more information.

Participant Media is partnered with PublicAffairs Books to publish a line of official companion tie-in books for certain film titles. These books are available at, and most chain and independent bookstores, as well as digital downloadable versions for Kindle, Nook, iPad and other tablets and reading devices.

Participant Media does not accept unsolicited manuscripts of any kind.

Please visit our Careers Page to view our current open positions and internships. 

Participant Media does not facilitate the physical production of our projects.

All interview and appearance requests, or other press inquires, should be directed to our Communications team at

To host a U.S. screening of Food,Inc., The Cove or Last Call at the Oasis, please contact Swank Films at or 800-876-5577. For An Inconvenient Truth or Waiting for ’Superman’, please contact Criterion Pictures at or 800-890-9494. For films not listed above or to host a screening outside the U.S., please visit our contact us page. Please specify the film you’re interested in and where the screening will be.

You must contact the licensing department of the distributor for that particular film. If you are based in the U.S., you need to contact the U.S. distributor, which is listed on the film page for that specific title. If you are based outside of the U.S., please use the contact form on this page for the international distributor or sales agent.

We’re sorry, but as a small company, we do not have the resources to provide help for specific projects.


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Participant MediaAbout Participant Media

Founded in 2004 by Jeff Skoll, Participant Media’s ( content combines the power of a good story well told with opportunities for real world impact and awareness around the most pressing global issues of our time. As an industry content leader, Participant annually produces up to six narrative feature films, five documentary films, three episodic television series, and more than 30 hours of digital short form programming, through its digital subsidiary SoulPancake—all aimed at entertainment that inspires social awareness and engaging audiences to participate in positive social change. Participant’s content and social impact mandate speaks directly to the rise of today’s “conscious consumer,” representing over 2 billion consumers who are compelled to make impactful content a priority focus. Through its worldwide network of traditional and digital distribution, aligned with partnerships with key non-profit and NGO organizations, Participant is positioned uniquely within the industry to engage a rapidly growing audience while bringing global awareness and action to today’s most vital issues.

Participant’s more than 100 films, including Spotlight, Contagion, Lincoln, The Help, He Named Me Malala, The Look of Silence, CITIZENFOUR, Food, Inc. and An Inconvenient Truth, have collectively earned 73 Academy Award® nominations and 18 wins, including Best Picture for Green Book and Spotlight and Best Foreign Language Film for Roma and A Fantastic Woman. Participant’s digital entertainment division, SoulPancake (, is an award-winning provider of thought-provoking, joyful, and uplifting digital content including such widely popular series as Kid President and The Science of Happiness and reaches an audience of nearly 9 million fans. Follow Participant Media on Twitter and on Facebook and Instagram. Follow SoulPancake on Twitter and on Facebook and Instagram.


Participant Media became a Certified B Corporation in 2018. B Corps are a new type of company that uses the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. B Corp certification is to business what Fair Trade certification is to coffee or USDA Organic certification is to milk.