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From Festivals to Cinemas to Broadcast to Digital: Surveying Your Distribution Options - Debra Zimmerman
April 14 | 6:30-8:30pm | WMM Office |

 $50 (reg. rate)   |   $40 (discount rate

Knowing your options for distribution and establishing a clear set of goals for your film - as early as the pre-production phase - are essential for your film's success. This workshop presents how to explore the different markets (i.e., theatrical, festivals, broadcast, educational, VOD/DVD) and determine the right fit. WMM's Executive Director, Debra Zimmerman, is invited around the world to present this workshop, which many filmmakers attend again and again.

Beyond the basics, topics include: creating a festival strategy and navigating the film festival circuit, how to make a distributor find you, marketing with web 2.0 strategies, contract basics and sales agents. An essential workshop for any filmmaker who wants their work to be seen!

Meet the Broadcaster: Tabitha Jackson, Channel 4 (UK)
April 27 | 6:30 - 8:30PM | WMM Office

$25 (reg. rate)   |   $20 (discount rate

WMM is thrilled to offer filmmakers a unique opportunity to meet Tabitha Jackson, Commissioning Editor of More4 - Channel 4's high-end digital channel. Tabitha oversees the flagship international documentaries strand, True Stories, and is responsible for pre-sales, co-productions and acquisitions. True Stories looks for high quality international feature-length documentaries that have a strong directorial voice, are character-driven and reveal compelling truths about the contemporary world.

For those not familiar with Channel 4, it is one of Britain's most cutting edge, controversial and creative broadcasters. Channel 4 places a premium on innovation and experimentation in the form and content of its programming.

Pray the Devil Back to Hell: A Master Class on Distribution and Audience Engagement with Abigail Disney
Wednesday, May 19 | 6:00 - 8:00PM

$40 (reg. rate)   |   $30 (discount rate

Join us for an extraordinary opportunity to hear first-hand from Abigail Disney, producer of the film Pray the Devil Back to Hell, which received the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival Jury Prize for Best Documentary, had a successful theatrical run, launched a robust grassroots screening campaign (the Global Peace Tour), and will have its television premiere in late 2010 as part of "Women, War & PeaceĒ on PBS's Wide Angle.

Abigail will discuss what lessons she learned about distribution and audience engagement since the film was released, as well as the pros and cons of theatrical distribution and how to create a robust engagement strategy.

Moderated by WMM Executive Director Debra Zimmerman.


Digital Bootcamp Express: with Shooting People's Ingrid Kopp
Wednesday, May 26 | 6:00 - 9:00PM

$50 (reg. rate)    |    $40 (discount rate

This express workshop is designed to help you and your film navigate the rapidly evolving digital landscape. Shooting People's Ingrid Kopp will guide you through a series of case studies and practical examples to help you get up to speed with many of the digital tools now available to storytellers. She'll also discuss new strategies in funding, crowd-sourcing, production, marketing, audience-engagement and distribution.

Meet the Film Festival Programmer: Caroline Libresco of Sundance Film Festival
Monday, June 7 | 6:30 - 8:00PM

$25 (reg. rate)    |    $20 (discount rate) 

WMM is excited to host Senior Programmer for the Sundance Film Festival and WMM Board Member Caroline Libresco. As the number of submissions skyrockets every year, itís increasingly important to know as much as you possibly can about the most well-known and celebrated American film festival. Caroline will answer questions and answer all by discussing the inís and outís of the selection process, as well as the programs at the Sundance Institute. 

Moderated by WMM Executive Director Debra Zimmerman.

The Secrets of Successful Proposals
Wednesday, June 23 | 6:30 - 8:00PM

$50 (reg. rate)   |    $40 (discount rate

As film funding becomes increasingly scarce and competition grows equally fierce, how will you make your proposal and film stand out in the crowd? Join us for an essential evening of grant-writing how-toís. Topics will include identifying a proposalís 13 elements, writing an effective synopsis, approaching the best funders, and avoiding common mistakes. Successful proposals will be passed out and discussed. Presented by Michelle Materre, fundraising and grant writing consultant.

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.

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

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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