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a Sponsor

THANK YOU for your interest in becoming a sponsor!

We are only approaching diversity-savvy companies with a proven track record of inclusion to join us as, together, we make history.

We will work with you to customize any level of sponsorship, 
to create a win-win value proposition!

Far more than an enjoyable weekend of screenings, the SignLight International Film Festival (SIFF)

is designed to propel Deaf inclusion in the entertainment industry from dream to reality

by transforming reliance on occasional breakthroughs into an unprecedented

sustainable culture of inclusive and collaborative employment. 


Your generous support will boost the careers of Deaf filmmakers, artisans, and technicians

and bring long-lasting benefit to the Deaf Community at large, 70 million of whom

use any one of the world’s 200+ Sign Languages. 


Media has the power to shatter myths or reinforce stereotypes of exclusion. Becoming part of the

world’s most powerful medium means moving beyond passive accessibility into active artistic expression, and with that comes the ability to entertain, educate and empower.

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All levels of sponsorship will be customized to align with your budget, brand, corporate social responsibility

& community citizenship objectives, and special interests.  You may select any program option(s) below

to fulfill or partially fill your chosen sponsorship level.  

Any remaining amount will go to our Festival Discretionary Fund to bolster areas of greatest need,

including a sufficient number of ASL and BSL sign language interpreters and activities for Deaf kids during

Family SignTime, November 5th.

Workshops, Panels & Presentations

Individual Sessions 

Contact one of our Producers (below) to receive the latest list


Career Tracks 

Writers, Directors, Performers, Documentary, Advertising & Marketing, and Animation 

3 or more sessions in each track


Family SignTime

5-hour block of special programming featuring series and animated films for Deaf children and their families; “meet & greets” with Deaf celebrities; ASL Hip-Hop workshop; animation coding workshops with junior high and high school students; parent session on training and future employment opportunities for Deaf youth in media and high-tech with Dimitri Kanevsky, renown deaf Research Scientist at Google who co-created Google’s speech-to-text technology, Live Transcribe, used daily by over a million people to communicate.


Conversations w/Content Creators

Interviews & film clips with the people behind groundbreaking portrayals of Deaf characters and ASL in popular series and films, including Avatar: The Way of Water, Baby Driver, CODA, This Close,

A Quiet Place, The Last of Us, Only Murders in the Building, The Company You Keep, and more;

hosted by popular Deaf social media personality “Melmira” (Melissa Yingst)

$10K/per session or sponsor 3 at $25K

Pitch Workshops & Pitch Tanks 

Led by leading industry film festival producers and prominent independent producers & writers.

4 Pitch Workshops; 3 Pitch Tanks: series/film, documentary, animation/children’s program

$10K/per session or bundle all for $25K


Filmmakers Welcome Reception 

Dinner, cocktails, dessert & special screening in the state-of-the art SilverScreen Theater and private Lounge for filmmakers, celebrities, industry guests, partners and sponsors


Gala Awards Ceremony 

Live-streamed from the SilverScreen Theater with Award presentations from sponsors, partners, and celebrities; live signed-song and dance performances by Deaf artists


Post Awards Party 

Dessert & cocktails for filmmakers, partners, and sponsors in the SilverScreen Lounge



Sign Language Interpreter 

30 American & British Sign Language Interpreters


Live Captioning Equipment  

Live captioning systems & large screen monitor rentals



Archival & Promotional Videos 

Deaf film crew (including college interns) to capture all sessions, VIP events,

celebrity and attendee interviews, and backstage buzz; covers equipment rental,

editing, voice-over, and subtitling. 


Select programming elements will be posted on festival and company websites, Facebook, and YouTube channels; sponsor logo(s) will be embedded in all posted videos


Participant Assistance

Filmmakers Attendance Fund 

Contributions will defray travel & lodging expenses for all finalists to the greatest degree possible to ensure our sponsors and industry attendees meet the best global Deaf filmmakers & talent from anywhere in the world


Staff & Crew Internships 

For 15 undergraduate/graduate students from the Film and Deaf Studies departments of Gallaudet University,  California State University Northridge, Pierce College, El Camino College and College of the Canyons


We greatly appreciate your consideration!

So, why sponsor this festival?

At the SignLight International Film Festival, you will...


  • Connect with the brand-loyal Deaf market segment, largely overlooked yet growing in numbers and purchasing power!

  • Hone in on a niche market and receive strong ROI

  • Tap into the global Deaf talent pipeline in-front of and behind-the camera from 30+ countries

  • Align your brand with cutting-edge technology and a robust inclusive workforce 

  • Mingle with the largest single gathering of Deaf celebrities - one is sure to be a good fit to build DEIA awareness at your company

  • Support families of Deaf kids to dream and achieve their career aspirations

  • Discover the artistry of Deaf culture!

70M people around the world use Sign Language
We’re connecting with them through our robust social media campaign, assisted by

Deaf academia, businesses, organizations, influential blogs, vlogs, and Deaf news outlets

in North America, Europe and Asia.

Live Attendance

Composed of US & UK studio, network, streaming and production company executives; 

Deaf creatives, international and local community leaders, educators, and families;
ASL teachers, students, and enthusiasts; DEIA advocates, film school faculty,

staff, alumni & students, and film fans.

Press Coverage 
Innovations and breakthroughs in diversity & inclusion are attracting press as never before.

Entertainment events with celebrities are particularly attractive. 

We've got both.
Highlighted by the largest-ever gathering of Deaf celebrities,

networking, meeting and mingling with fans of all ages.

We look forward to speaking with you!


            Michelle Baron, Producer                     Tari Hartman Squire, Producer       

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