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Meet the Gucci Tribeca Fund and Tribeca All Access
Wednesday, October 27 | 6:30 - 8:00pm

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

Be among the first to hear about the newest funding available to documentary filmmakers. Ryan Harrington will talk about The Tribeca Film Institute's new Documentary Fund, which will provide more than $100,000 in fellowships and grants for engaging, character-driven documentaries. the Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund, which was established to provide finishing funds to feature-length documentaries that highlight and humanize issues of social importance. Grants range from $10,000 to $25,000.

Tamir Muhammad of the Tribeca All Access (TAA) program will discuss how it supports directors and screenwriters from traditionally underrepresented communities, including women, in the film industry. TAA serves as a year round networking and career development forum that provides access to industry representatives looking for new projects in development. Join us and learn more about these incredible programs!


How to Have a Successful Kickstarter Campaign
Monday, November 8 6:30 - 8:30pm

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

Is a steady stream of Kickstarter requests from filmmaker friends filling your inbox and reaching you on Facebook? Have you started to think about launching a campaign for your own project?  If so, this workshop is for you. Three filmmakers who have mastered Kickstarter will share the do’s and don’ts of this extremely popular social networking fundraising tool.  Filmmakers Roddy Bogawa, Therese Shechter and Angela Tucker share their Kickstarter experiences and offer insights on whether Kickstarter is right for your project and if so, how you can achieve your online fundraising goal.


Moderated by Tracie Holder, WMM Production Assistance Program Consultant.

Fundraising for Outreach & Engagement
Wednesday, November 17 | 6:30 – 8:30 pm

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

The bar has been raised. Getting your film made, getting it into film festivals and broadcast is not ENOUGH. It's all about how you use those venues and other opportunities - from campus tours to face-to-face screenings to Facebook. It's all part of the all important audience engagement strategy. And fundraising for it can actually be fun and useful/critical to all phases -- because engagement is linked to story and to everything you do to make your film. Join Judith Helfand, Peabody-award winning filmmaker, educator, activist and co-founder of Working Films, a 10 year old national organization that is a leader in creating audience engagement campaigns, to learn how to successfully looking for, how to engage strategic partners and how to design, implement and fund a meaningful engagement campaign.

Presented by Judith Helfand, Chicken & Egg Pictures

The Secrets of Successful Proposals
Wednesday, December 1 | 6:30 – 9:30 pm

$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-to’s. Topics will include identifying a proposal’s 13 elements, writing an effective synopsis, approaching the best funders, and avoiding common mistakes. Successful proposals will be passed out and discussed.

Presented by Debra Zimmerman, WMM Executive Director

Your Fundraising Blueprint:
Designing a Strategy That's Right for Your Project

Wednesday, December 8 | 6:30 – 8:30pm

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

Don’t miss this nuts-and-bolts discussion on how to design your project’s fundraising plan. From traditional grant-seeking from private and government foundations to targeted appeals through events and on-line solicitations, come hear about the many different ways to raise money in these tough economic times. Topics include: components of a proposal, pitching to donors, writing appeal letters, and more.

Presented by Debra Zimmerman, WMM Executive Director

POSTPONED- Navigating the International Film Festival Circuit
Wednesday, December 15, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

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

Film Festivals have become an essential step to reaching your film’s audience as well as catching the eye of distributors. Join WMM Executive Director, Debra Zimmerman as she presents ways to use the film festival circuit to launch your film and gain word of mouth. Find out how to optimize your festival screenings with tips on creating your festival strategy, packaging your film, and navigating the scene once you’re there. This is the perfect workshop for learning more about how to better market and launch your feature, documentary, or short film. Attendees receive a packet of information on festivals and distributors, and sample press materials.

Pricing and Discounts

SEASON PASSES! - Save when you choose one of our two available packages: Four workshops for only $150/$120 (discount rate) or three workshops for $120/$80 (discount rate)

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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