Forward Films is a little video agency that tells big stories for innovative organizations in the Bay area and beyond.

We help companies and nonprofits grow by showing what they do authentically and effectively.

We tell real stories

Our mojo is mixing documentary skills with cinematic style to spotlight real stories told by real people about your work. This helps you establish rapport and credibility with your audience in ways that convert. 


Forget Hollywood-sized productions. We’re documentarians at heart. That keeps our crews lean, mobile, and ready to capture action wherever it happens, letting you show more.

With more than 80 videos produced this year alone, we've helped scale some organizations with a single promo video and others with full series catered for native distribution across different social channels. 

WE're partners and friends

More than anything, though, we are deeply invested in getting results for your mission. We don't just delivery a beautiful video; we want your film to spark action. That's why our process starts with deep research about your video idea, goals, and audience.

Tell us what you want to accomplish, and we'll do everything we can to make sure your video is successful — we'll offer tips on sharing your video, provide campaign images, or even create different versions of your video with targeted calls to action. When you trust us to tell your story, that's a long-term relationship we work hard for. 

Videos we make

promo / explainer videos
recruiting videos
event videos
testimonial / interview videos
educational videos
vlogs / web series


Video planning

We research your brand, help you hone in on your video goals, find the right story, and set up all the logistics to make sure your shoot is hiccup-free.

Video creation

We record authentic (but gorgeous) video and audio, while keeping on-camera amateurs comfy and on message. Since our style is documentary, shoots are often one day with a two-person crew.

Video editing

We sequence clips, find and buy music, and add titles and graphics matching your brand. We also gather valuable feedback from test audiences before finalizing your film.

Photos, design, writing

Need marketing assets to flesh out your video campaign? We're happy to create blogs, social posts, or anything else that will make your outreach successful.

Video management

Let us help you craft a video-promotion plan, set up a content-creation schedule, build out the right distribution channels, and manage your video marketing strategy long-term.