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Fall/Winter 2015 Workshops

Your Fundraising Blueprint: Designing a Strategy That’s Right for Your Project
Wednesday, September 9th| 6:30-8:30pm  
Regular Rate: $35.00 | (discount rate) $25.00 

Don't miss this nuts-and-bolts conversation designed to help you create the right fundraising strategy for your documentary film project. We will cover various fundraising approaches from traditional grantseeking focused on government funders and private foundations to crowd funding and appeals to individual donors. Topics include: a fundraising proposal overview, writing an effective synopsis and pitching to donors, identifying and approaching the best funders for your film. Come, take the plunge and learn fundraising basics that will help move your project from idea to reality. This workshop will be led by Tracie Holder, filmmaker, fundraiser and consultant to WMM’s Production Assistance Program, who has raised $2 million for her own projects from numerous funders including the Ford and MacArthur Foundations, ITVS, National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, New York State Council for the Arts and Corporation for Public Broadcasting, among others.


Meet the Industry: Hot Docs International Film Festival
Wednesday, September 23rd| 6:30-8:30pm  
Regular Rate: $35.00 | (discount rate) $25.00

Did you know that Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival is North America’s largest documentary festival, conference and market? In addition to the prestigious film festival which takes place in Toronto at the end of April each year, Hot Docs also hosts the “Forum,” a major pitching event for filmmakers seeking international co-production financing for projects at various levels of completion. WMM is delighted to welcome Stephanie McArthur, Hot Docs’ Industry Programs Manager, for a candid conversation about the film festival, pitching forum as well as the professional development, market and networking opportunities that take place during Hot Docs.  Join us for this rare opportunity to learn first-hand about Hot Docs and get a sense of what they’re looking for and whether your project might just be a good fit.


Meet the Funder: The Fledgling Fund
Thursday, October 1st | 6:30 - 8:30pm 
Regular Rate: $35.00 | (discount rate) $25.00

Do you believe that film can inspire a better world? If you do and have a project that you hope has the potential to create long-term social impact, this event is for you. WMM is excited to present an evening with Sheila Leddy, Executive Director of The Fledgling Fund. Since its launch in 2005, the Fledgling Fund has contributed nearly $11 million to more than 300 films addressing key social issues, such as equality, democracy, economic justice, education, environment, health care and justice reform, human rights and girl's empowerment. The Fund seeks to improve the lives of individuals, families and communities by supporting innovative media projects that target entrenched social problems. To achieve their goal, Fledgling’s support focuses on outreach and audience engagement campaigns for films that put a human face on abstract policies issues, spark conversation, bring people together, strengthen social movements and/or catalyze people to action.  We hope you will join us for what promises to be an engaging event! 


An Insider's Guide to Film on Kickstarter
Workshop and Streaming Webinar! 

Wednesday, October 28th| 6:30-8:30pm
Workshop: regular rate: $30.00 | discount rate $20.00
Webinar: regular rate: $25.00 | discount rate $15.00 
Over the past five years, Kickstarter has transformed the creative process -- raising over $1.9 billion for creative projects from the world's largest community dedicated to bringing creative projects to life. But how can filmmakers most strategically use Kickstarter to help get new work made? In this workshop and simultaneous webinar, Kickstarter Film Outreach Lead Dan Schoenbrun will share his insights about what makes a successful Kickstarter campaign, profiles several innovative campaigns, talks about strategy, rewards, and how to best spread the word about your project. an overview of the past, the present, and the future of film on Kickstarter. Join us for what promises to be a info-packed event and bring your questions.


Meet the Broadcaster:  Discovery Channel, An Evening with John Hoffman & Ali Moss
Wednesday, November 11th| 6:30-8:30pm 
Regular Rate: $30.00 | (discount rate) $20.00

With 100.8 million subscribers in the U.S. alone, Discovery Channel is a valuable destination for viewers searching for programming spanning science and technology, exploration, adventure, and the environment. The recent appointment of John Hoffman as Executive Vice President of Documentaries and Specials at Discovery Channel, Animal Planet and Science, following his distinguished past at The Public Good Projects and HBO, his home of 17 years, signals a renewed commitment by Discovery Communications to place the highest value on documentary films. 
Join us to learn about the newest developments at Discovery and their focus on producing original documentary programming from development through production, commissioning and acquiring films and specials, and developing cross-platform programming.
WMM is delighted to welcome two of the documentary team’s decision makers, John Hoffman and Alexandra Moss, Director of Development and Production, Documentaries and Specials, for a candid and wide-ranging conversation about Discovery from the inside, what they are looking for and how best to get on their radar screen.


WEBINAR: Get the Grants: Writing the Perfect Proposal 
Wednesday, November 18th| 3:00-5:00pm 
Regular Rate: $25.00 | (discount rate) $15.00

In this webinar, Tracie Holder, filmmaker and fundraising consultant, will help you understand what makes a film funding proposal a standout, grab the attention of potential funders and gives you the best shot at funding.  The focus of our time will be spent analyzing a successful funding proposal aimed at understanding how the filmmaker has successfully translated their vision for the film into a written proposal that captures the attention of the reader.  This webinar is aimed at any filmmaker who is thinking of applying for grants, is in the middle of a fundraising campaign or just needs to refresh their knowledge and put her/his best foot forward.  Tracie is a filmmaker who has raised over $2million in grants for films and works with WMM as a fundraising consultant to the filmmakers in our Production Assistance Program.   In that role she has helped hundreds of filmmakers refine their proposals and win awards from foundation and government agencies.  

After Tiller: A Case Study of the Making and Launch of a Highly Successful Film Wednesday, December 9th | 6:30-8:30pm  
Regular Rate: $30.00 | (discount rate) $20.00 

​After Tiller, an intimate portrait of the lives of the four most-targeted abortion providers in the country, was one of the most successful documentaries of the past year. The film which premiered at Sundance, was released theatrically in more than 50 cities and broadcast nationally on POV, has won numerous awards including a recent Emmy for Best Documentary and received nearly universal critical acclaim. It was named one of the five best documentaries of the year by the National Board of Review, and featured in “Best of 2013” lists in the LA Times, Village Voice, Indiewire, Artforum, among others. We’re delighted to be joined by the film’s Co-Director/Co-Producers, Lana Wilson and Martha Shane, for an in-depth conversation about their filmmaking process from pre-production to launch. This wide-ranging case study will cover the struggle for funding, creative choices, designing a roll out strategy and engagement/outreach campaign. Don’t miss this rare behind-the-scenes opportunity to understand the many decisions involved in making and releasing a highly successful and impactful film.


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Asian Cinevision
Cinema Tropical
Chicken and Egg
Film Fatales
Black Documentary Collective
Women in the Arts and Media Coalition

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