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Women Make Movies offers emerging and established filmmakers unique opportunities to advance their filmmaking business savvy and to find insight and inspiration among their accomplished peers.


Meet The Funder: Grantmakers in Film + Electronic Media - May 19
Master Class: Kim Longinotto & Documentary Filmmaking - May 9
Meet The Programmer: Sheffield Doc/Fest and MeetMarket - April 27  
Meet The Funder: Sundance Institute - April 22
Getting to Yes with ITVS  - March 30
Meet The Funder: The Fledgling Fund - March 9



MORE IS LESS...Check out our series passes for even more discounts!

Meet The Funder: Grantmakers in Film + Electronic Media (GFEM)
Tuesday, May 19 6:30 - 8:00PM

$20 (reg. rate)    |    $15 (discount rate

Do you have a current production but you're not sure how to let funders know about it? Maybe you have a website, but know that the Internet is just too broad? What if instead you could put your film into a database website that funders could search themselves? Grantmakers in Film + Electronic Media (GFEM) has created the Media Database to do just that! Alice Myatt, Executive Director of GFEM, and former Program Officer of the MacArthur Foundation, will be joining WMM to discuss this free resource. GFEM is an association of grantmakers who fund media content and a collaborative network for funders who wish to learn more about media. Members include the Ford Foundation, Open Society Institute, the Jerome Foundation, among many others.

Alice will explain the submission process, the projects that at types of funders use GFEM to find grantees. Come with questions and learn about this great new resource for independent filmmakers! A reception will follow the event. 

Master Class: Kim Longinotto & Documentary Filmmaking
Co-presented by WMM, DCTV and DocuClub

Saturday, May 9 1:00 - 4:00PM | DCTV 3rd Fl Studio (map)

$75 (reg. rate)    |    $50 (discount rate) 

“One of the highlights of the International Documentary Film Festival, Amsterdam was a master class by veteran social documentarian Kim Longinotto”
– Pat Aufterheide, Center for Social Media

WMM is thrilled to announce that critically acclaimed, Peabody, Sundance, Cannes, and BAFTA award-winning documentary filmmaker Kim Longinotto (ROUGH AUNTIES, SISTERS IN LAW), will be here from London to give a special Master Class for WMM filmmakers. This rare Master Class is part of several opening weekend events and talks for KIM LONGINOTTO, a 14-film retrospective at the MoMA running May 7-23. For a full retrospective schedule visit MoMA here.

Longinotto is renowned as a purveyor of cinéma vérité and lauded by critics for her sensitive treatment of groundbreaking subject matter, and rarely seen perspectives from around the globe. Longinotto will share clips, documentary techniques, working experiences, as well as craft and process from her 30+ year career as a documentarian. She will talk about the difficulties of filming in foreign countries and cultures, about the ethics of documentary filmmaking, and her relationship to her subjects.

Longinotto's newest film, ROUGH AUNTIES, an inspirational film about women-led social change in post-apartheid South Africa, won the Sundance World Cinema Jury Prize in Documentary this year and will be broadcast on HBO in 2010. Another of her films, HOLD ME TIGHT, LET ME GO will screen on POV in July. Don't miss this special event with one of documentary film's most unique and accomplished voices! More information about the films of Kim Longinotto here.

Debra Zimmerman, Executive Director of Women Make Movies, will moderate the event.

Meet The Programmer: Sheffield Doc/Fest and MeetMarket
Monday, April 27 6:30 - 8:00PM

$5 (reg. rate)   

WMM is excited to host Hussain Currimbhoy, Film Programmer for Sheffield Doc/Fest. Doc/Fest is an international documentary film festival, industry session program and marketplace, attracting many industry leaders to its MeetMarket. The MeetMarket is a pitching initiative designed to match filmmakers' project ideas with British and international buyers. The international film market is a mystery for many American filmmakers. Hussain will discuss what kinds of films he's looking for for the film festival, the ins and outs of pitching your project to an international market, the kinds of commissioners that attend, and the success stories that have come out of it.  

Join us and hear more about how to access this market and make it work for you!

The event will be moderated by Executive Director Debra Zimmerman, who regularly attends International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), Sheffield Doc/Fest, Thessaloniki, HotDocs, and other documentary festivals and pitching forums.  

Meet the Funder: Sundance Institute

Wednesday, April 22 6:30 - 8:00PM

$30 (reg. rate)   |    $25 (discount rate

WMM is thrilled to offer filmmakers the opportunity to meet Rahdi Taylor, Associate Director of the Sundance Documentary Film Program. The Sundance Documentary Fund gives up to $1.5 million in grants a year to U.S. and international documentary films that focus on "human rights, social justice, freedom of expression, civil liberties, and other pressing issues for global audiences." The Program also supports filmmakers through the Documentary Composers Laboratory and Edit and Story Laboratory, panels at the Sundance Film Festival and the Sundance Independent Producers Conference.

Come hear more and get the inside scoop about one of the most competitive funders out there!

Getting to Yes with ITVS
Monday, March 30 6:30 - 8:00PM

$30 (reg. rate)    |    $20 (discount rate

Want to apply for ITVS funding but find the process daunting? Is it worth applying two, three, or more times? Want advice about how best to navigate this highly competitive, multi-tiered application process? Come hear from Marjan Tehrani and Nicole Opper, two successful ITVS applicants who were awarded funding for their projects! They will answer questions and share their experiences from the initial application process to film completion and delivery.

Marjan Tehrani's film, ARUSI PERSIAN WEDDING, distributed by Women Make Movies, is having its broadcast premiere on PBS' Independent Lens series on March 17. Nicole Opper's OFF AND RUNNING will have its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in April. Both films were fiscally sponsored by Women Make Movies. The event will be moderated by Tracie Holder, WMM Program Consultant, and recipient of an ITVS grant for her film, JOE PAPP IN FIVE ACTS (a co-production with PBS/American Masters).

The event will be followed by a reception.

Meet the Funder: The Fledgling Fund
Monday, March 9 6:00 - 8:00PM

$15 (reg. rate)    |    $10 (discount rate

WMM is excited to kick off its spring event series by offering filmmakers the opportunity to meet Diana Barrett, founder of The Fledgling Fund. The Fund seeks to improve the lives of individuals, families and communities by supporting innovative media projects that target entrenched social problems. Fledgling disburses approximately $1.5 million annually to projects that address key social issues, such as girls' empowerment and education, human rights, health care, war and its aftermath, and immigration.

WMM FS-affiliated projects that have received awards from The Fledgling Fund in recent years include the Emmy®-nominated NERAKHOON (THE BETRAYAL) by Ellen Kuras and co-directed by Thavisouk Phrasavath, NO IMPACT MAN by Laura Gabbert and Justin Schein, WMM film THE GREATEST SILENCE: RAPE IN THE CONGO by Lisa F. Jackson, and many others.

Come hear more and bring your questions for Diana Barrett who will talk about the Fund's priorities and application process. A wine and cheese reception will follow the event. Join us for this unique opportunity!

Location and Directions
All workshops take place at:
Women Make Movies, Conference Room
462 Broadway, 5th Floor, between Broome and Grand in SoHo
Tel: 212.925.0606
Subways: Q/N/R/W, 6, J/M/Z to Canal Street; W/R to Prince Street


Advance registration is required for all WMM events. Registering online via this page is the easiest.

You can also print this page, circle the workshops you would like to attend and mail with a check or money order to:
Women Make Movies
Workshops Registration
462 Broadway, 5th Floor New York, NY 10013


Pricing and Discounts

Special Workshop Discount - A discount of 20% on individual workshops is available to WMM Fiscally Sponsored Filmmakers, filmmakers whose work we distribute, WMM Friends, and members of Asian Cine-Vison, Chica Luna Productions, CineWomen NY, DCTV, Events in the City, IFP, NYWIFT, Shooting People, Third World Newsreel, Cinema Tropical, New York Film and Video Council, DocuClub, and Film in the City. 

Student Discount - Students are also eligible for a half price discount rate for any one workshop per season.  Students must present valid student IDs when they sign in to workshops.  Sorry, web registration for this discount is not available, please email your request to fsprogram@wmm.com

WMM Friends are individuals who donate at least $50 per year to the organization, and are entitled to a discount of 20% off the individual workshop rate.  To become a WMM Friend, click here.

More is Less: It’s Cheaper By the Pass!

Purchase a three workshops pass and receive significant savings. Purchase a four workshop pass and savings are even greater. The discount is good for the entire year.
It applies to workshops offered in both the Fall and the Spring. 

You must purchase the passes through the below buttons and then send an email to fsprogram@wmm.com to let us know which workshops you will be attending. 

Four Workshop Season Pass:

$150 (reg. rate) 

   $120 (discount rate

Three Workshop Season Pass:

$120 (reg. rate)   

   $80 (discount rate)    

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Refund Policy

No refunds will be given for any registrations.  If you are unable to make the workshop but notify us up to 24 hours prior to the actual workshop date, you may receive a credit for another workshop within one year. Workshops may be cancelled by WMM due to insufficient enrollment. All instructors are subject to change.

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This Series is funded, in part, by public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York State Council on the Arts.        



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