About Us


Film First is an independent film production and media company based in Brooklyn & Toronto. Founded in 2010 by Jessica Edwards, the company began as a publicity firm catering to both narrative and non-fiction films from filmmakers including The Coen Brothers, Gus Van Sant, Ang Lee, David Cronenberg, Miranda July, Sofia Coppola and Shirin Neshat, among many others.

The company became a full-fledged film production entity in 2011. We’ve produced numerous documentary shorts which have screened at film festivals worldwide and been broadcast on PBS’s documentary series, POV. In 2015, we produced MAVIS! the first feature documentary on Mavis Staples and her family group the Staple Singers. The film was released in a dozen countries around the world and was broadcast on HBO in the US and CBC in Canada. In 2016, the film won a Peabody Award for Distinguished Achievement in Documentary Filmmaking.

Our current documentary Design Canada explores the history of Canada through the lens of graphic design. It will be released in June 2018.

Contact Info:

Film First Co.
61 Greenpoint Ave. #505
Brooklyn, NY 11222 USA