FilmAid uses film and other media to bring lifesaving information — along with hope and joy —to communities affected by disaster, displacement and economic disparity. Individual programs may vary from one region to another, but every FilmAid activity falls into one of three broad categories: Media Content, Community Outreach, and Skills Development.

Communities in crisis need information and empowerment. FilmAid provides both, to millions of people suffering the effects of war, poverty, displacement and disaster. Films offer a way to reach many people at once, overcoming language and literacy boundaries, providing information where it is needed and inspiring hope where it is lacking.

Through these activities, FilmAid makes a practical impact on critical issues, from health education to human rights, conflict resolution to economic empowerment. Byoffering communities that can often be marginalized a voice on the issues that affect them, these programs allow the possibility of self-advocacy and self-determination. These same programs are designed to alleviate psychological problems associated with trauma, isolation, idleness and despair, offering hope through the simple joy of the movies and the creative outlet of self-expression.