Candescent Films supports documentaries and films that illuminate social issues. Lilly Hartley founded Candescent in 2010 to champion actors and filmmakers who are committed to raising awareness through compelling character-driven stories. Candescent partners with organizations that cultivate documentaries. The Audience Award for Summer Docs at the Hamptons Film Festival is sponsored by Candescent. In partnership with Sundance Institute and Tribeca Film Institute, Lilly created the




After several years in the film business as an actress and production executive, Lilly Hartley was inspired to start Candescent Films, combining her passion for film and her desire to make a positive difference in the world. Lilly received a Goya Award with Javier Bardem for producing Sons of the Clouds. Among many films, she is a co-executive producer of award winning The Queen of Versailles and an executive producer of Emmy nominated Private Violence.  She also produced an experimental short film, Likeness, starring Elle Fanning.


Lilly supported Spirit Award nominated After Tiller, Gideon's Army, and most recently, The Departure. Her supported films include Academy Award Shortlisted 3 1/2 MinutesTen Bullets, and Art and Craft, as well as Academy Award Nominated Cartel LandShe is an executive producer of the Sundance Film Festival hits, Trophy, released in 2017, and Generation Wealth, coming to theaters this summer.


Lilly grew up with a love for film and theater, and developed an interest in social causes. Lilly's father is a playwright and graduate of The Yale School of Drama and her Godfather, the late actor Ken Howard, was President of the Screen Actors Guild.  Her grandfather, Benjamin Epstein, worked with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy during the Civil Rights Movement in his position as the National Director of the Anti-Defamation League.  Lilly is a member of the Screen Actors Guild and Producers Guild of America, and was named to Marie Claire's 2014 New Guard List of the "50 Most Connected Women in America." She has been involved with supporting a wide variety of charities, including: OceanaNAMI, and Witness.  Lilly is based in New York.