Zeitgeist Films

The Spirit of Independent Film

New York-based Zeitgeist Films was founded in 1988 in a single office. They have acquired and distributed over 200 of the finest independent films from the U.S. and around the world including the early works of Todd Haynes, Christopher Nolan, François Ozon, Laura Poitras, Atom Egoyan and the Quay Brothers. Their catalog has included films from the world's most outstanding filmmakers including Agnes Varda, Guy Maddin, Olivier Assayas, Jia Zhang-ke, Abbas Kiarostami, Derek Jarman, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Peter Greenaway, Philippe Garrel, Yvonne Rainer, Jan Svankmajer, Margarethe Von Trotta, Andrei Zyvagintsev and Raoul Peck. Zeitgeist is renowned for ground-breaking documentaries which include Ballets RussesBill Cunningham New YorkThe CorporationDerridaInto Great SilenceManufactured LandscapesMy Country My CountryTrouble the WaterLast Train HomeUp the Yangtze and many more.

Five Zeitgeist films have been nominated for Academy Awards and one, Nowhere in Africa, won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2003. Zeitgeist’s films have been honored by festivals throughout the world with Grand Prizes at Cannes, Berlin, Sundance, Tribeca, and IDFA in Amsterdam. The Museum of Modern Art honored Zeitgeist with a month-long, 20th anniversary retrospective of their films in 2008.


Cyber-NY developed a new online identity for Zeitgeist that communicated a forward vision while maintaining a connection to their 25+ year history. A striking full screen experience with responsive design was developed to provide a website that looked great and performed well on desktop, tablet and smart phone devices. The back-end film management and ecommerce systems were completely re-imagined and custom tailored to Zeitgeist’s unique requirements. The end result was a visually striking, customer focus website that enables Zeitgeist to deliver their films effectively through theatrical, online, and digital channels.

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