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Creating The Right Festival Strategy for Your Film
"The workshop and Debra were absolutely stellar! It was like taking an invaluable master class.  I have so much respect for her as a professional and she has a great personality to top it off."

On Documentary Proposal Writing Basics with Tracie Holder

"WMM’s workshop reaffirmed what I was doing right and clarified what I was doing wrong. The clarification was invaluable."

On Master Class: Dawn Porter
"I’m so excited to have found a community of smart women filmmakers in NYC." 

"Hearing Dawn Porter describe her struggle and transition into the documentary filmmaking world was not only inspiring but exposed the blocks that are stopping me from just going out and doing it!"

Current Workshops

Meet the Funder: Catapult Film Fund with Lisa Kleiner Chanoff, Co-Founder
Wednesday, June 1, 6:30 - 8:30pm
Regular Rate: $30.00 | (discount rate) $20.00
 
WMM is most fortunate to be joined by Lisa Kleiner Chanoff, co-founder of the Catapult Film Fund, who will share information about the fund and answer your questions.  In case you don’t know Catapult, they’re rare among funders as they are looking to help you get your documentary off the ground. Specifically, Catapult provides development funding to documentary filmmakers who have a compelling story to tell, have secured access to their story and are ready to shoot and edit a trailer or sample piece for film funding purposes.  Better yet, Catapult recently started accepting applications on a rolling basis. Many WMM fiscally sponsored films have received Catapult grants including:  CAMERAPERSON and TRAPPED both of which premiered at Sundance, E-TEAM, THE ARRIVALS, ASK THE SEXPERT, THE BILL, GROWING UP IN OIL and the UNTITLED MISSOURI DOCUMENTARY, among others. Join us to find out how you too can become a Catapult-funded filmmaker.

Meet the Funder: Kat Vecchio of Fork Films
Wednesday, June 8, 6:30 - 8:30pm
Regular Rate: $30.00 | (discount rate) $20.00
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Are you working on a film with a strong focus on social justice? Fork Films awards grants to full-length non-fiction films (more than 70-min in length) that foster a culture of understanding and work towards a more peaceful and just society using the power of storytelling, strong character and craft. Fork Films funds documentary projects in all stages of development from pre-production to post. Grant awards generally range from $10,000 to $50,000. Joining us to shed light on Fork Film’s funding application process and what they look for in both a project and proposal is Kat Vecchio who oversees the grant-making and investment arm of Fork Films where she plays a key role in developing Fork Films grantmaking strategy and review process. Come armed with questions, film ideas and learn everything you need to know to decide if your film might be a good fit for Fork Films.

TracieDocumentary Proposal Writing Basics & Film Funder Overview
Wednesday, June 22, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Regular Rate: $30.00 | (discount rate) $20.00
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As film funding becomes increasingly competitive and more filmmakers enter our ranks with each passing day, how will you make your grant application grab a funder's attention? Proposal writing is a skill, equal parts art and science. Join us to learn these essentials skills and build your confidence so you can put your best foot forward and make your proposal stand out in a crowd. In this workshop, we’ll cover the essentials of grant-writing, do a quick tour of the major film funders, review what they fund, how best to approach them, and how to avoid common mistakes. We'll also discuss the importance of relationship building, the foundation of all fundraising.  Presenting this workshop is Tracie Holder, filmmaker, fundraiser and consultant to WMM's Production Assistance Program. Holder has raised $2 million for her own film projects from a mix of government agencies, private foundations and individuals.

Past Workshops

NYSCA (New York State Council on the Arts) Information Session 
Wednesday, March 2nd | 6:30 - 8:30pm

The New York State Council on the Arts (NSYCA) will soon be accepting funding applications for Film, Media and New Technology Production by individual media makers based in New York State. Arian Blanco, NYSCA Program Director, will lead this information session and answer questions to help you navigate the application process. NYSCA funding supports Documentary and Narrative works, Interactive/Digital Technology, Sound Art, Installations/Performance, Experimental Work, Animation and Radio. Project can be a combination of media, including but not limited to, work for tape, installation, single-channel work, or interactive disc formats. Artists at various career stages are welcome to apply. Grant amounts range from $5,000 to $25,000. Documentary projects must be in the post-production phase and all applicants must have proof of New York State residency.  

Creating the Right Festival Strategy for Your Film
Wednesday, March 23| 6:30 - 8:30pm

Film Festivals are an essential step in reaching your film’s audience as well as catching the eye of potential distributors.  Join WMM’s Executive Director, Debra Zimmerman, as she guides you through the often confusing world of film festivals and presents ways to use the film festival circuit to launch your film, market it and build 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 to learn how to get the most out of this increasingly important part of your narrative feature, documentary, or short film’s roll out strategy, led by one of the industry’s leading experts on distribution.

Webinar: Navigating the Academy Awards: Understanding the Qualifying Process for Feature Documentaries with Tom Oyer
Thursday, April 14, from 11am -1pm, EST
Regular Rate: $25.00 | (discount rate) $15.00
 
Winning the Oscar is the Holy Grail for most filmmakers yet understanding Oscar-qualifying process can be a mystifying and mysterious process. WMM is extremely fortunate to be joined by Tom Oyer, Awards Manager at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, who will provide a detailed explanation of the qualifying requirements for Oscar consideration for the Documentary Feature and Short Subject categories. Tom is an expert on all aspects of the documentary and short film categories, including rules, submissions, voting and member engagement and outreach. Find out what you need to do for your film to qualify for Oscar consideration and how to best navigate the process. Join in the conversation and bring your questions.

Meet the Broadcaster: HBO with Jacqueline Glover, Senior V-P
Wednesday, April 20, 6:30 -8:30pm
Regular Rate: $30.00 | (discount rate) $20.00

HBO is at the forefront of documentary programming, consistently developing and producing many of the most provocative, ground-breaking and often contentious social issue films of our times. Esquire magazine recently described HBO as at the epicenter of great documentary cinema.” This is a unique opportunity to meet Jacqueline Glover, Senior Vice President, who oversees the development and production of a wide array of films for the network.  Join us for this intimate conversation and hear an insider’s perspective about working with HBO and have your questions answered about what they are seeking and how best to get on their radar screen. Among HBO’s recent high profile, award-winning films are Citizen Four, Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, Going ClearThe Jinx3 ½ Minutes, Ten Bullets and Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1.

Webinar: Making Your Screenplay a Success with Susan Kouguell
Monday, Monday, April 25| 1:00-3:00pm EST
Regular Rate: $25.00 | (discount rate) $15.00

Whether you are working on your first screenplay or you’ve got several under your belt, this workshop will help you hone your craft and better understand the business of screenwriting. Award-winning screenwriter and filmmaker Susan Kouguell will cover key elements of screenwriting including analysis of structure, plot, characters, story ideas, dialogue genre, and underlying themes. This webinar promises to be a great primer for anyone wanting to learn about the craft of dramatic writing, how to write for the screen, and how to market your work. Leading this webinar is Susan Kouguell, author of THE SAVVY SCREENWRITER: How to Sell Your Screenplay (and Yourself) Without Selling Out! Susan is a leading authority on screenwriting. Her writing has appeared in Indiewire/SydneysBuzz, The Script Lab, Screenwriters Utopia, Script Magazine, among others. It has also been featured in NOW WRITE! Screenwriting: Exercises by Today’s Best Screenwriters, Teachers and Consultants and MovieMaker Magazine’s Complete Guide to Making Movies.

Meet the Industry: Vimeo and the Share the Screen Initiative
Wednesday, April 27, 6:30 - 8:30pm
Regular Rate: $30.00 | (discount rate) $20.00
 
Have you heard the news? Vimeo is taking the lead in supporting female-led projects with its Share the Screen initiative. Hoping to help close the continuing gender gap in our industry, Vimeo has launched this new effort whose goals are to foster equality by investing in female-led programming, educational workshops, meetups, interviews, and more that spotlight and support female voices in the Vimeo community. Join us to hear more about this exciting new opportunity for women from Vimeo’s top leadership. Bring your questions and find out how you can become part of the Share the Screen initiative.

Two to Tango: The Right Steps for a Successful Producer/Director Partnership with Marilyn Ness
Thursday, May 12, 6:00-8:00pm
Regular Rate: $30.00 | (discount rate) $20.00
 
Finding a producer and establishing a successful working relationship is a huge asset for any film but how to go about finding the right person can be daunting.  In this workshop, Marilyn Ness, a two-time Emmy Award-winning documentary film producer, shares her experience working with different directors including most recently, Dawn Porter and Kirsten Johnson whose films TRAPPED and CAMERAPERSON premiered at Sundance in January to critical acclaim. Marilyn will discuss how she has successfully navigated the tricky dance between producer and director from her perspective as someone who has worked on numerous documentary projects – projects ranging from high-profile, big-budget films to less well-known, low-budget productions.

Pricing and Discounts

WMM Partner Rates are available to WMM Fiscally Sponsored Filmmakers, members of WMM Partner Groups and Friends of WMM. Click here for more information.

Partner Groups include:

Asian Cinevision
IDA
NYWIFT
IFP
Cinema Tropical
Chicken and Egg
Film Fatales
Black Documentary Collective
PGA
NBPC
DCTV
Women in the Arts and Media Coalition

Location and Directions

All workshops take place at:
 
Women Make Movies, Conference Room
115 W. 29th Street, Suite 1200, New York, NY 10001
Tel: 212.925.0606

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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All WMM workshops and events are open to the general public and our offices are ADA compliant. 

Women Make Movies gratefully acknowledges the support of our funders: The National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. The Andy Warhol Foundation, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. 

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