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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

In Conversation with Motto Pictures’ Julie Goldman
Wednesday December 7, | 6:30 – 8:30pm
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Julie Goldman has been described as one of the most prolific documentary producers working today with recent releases such as Life Animated, Weiner,Solitary, Buck, Beware of Mr. Baker, Best of Enemies, 1971 and many, many more.  Abacus, Small Enough to Jail is her latest producing effort, directed by Steve James; it recently premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. Here she talks about her life and career, the films she’s produced and executive produced, the director/producer relationship, how to think outside the box when financing your work, and the state of non-fiction today.  Sure to be a profound, humorous and stimulating evening.

Impact Producing, Outreach, Engagement and Social Media
with Jennifer MacArthur of Borderline Media

Wednesday, December 14th | 6:30 – 8:30pm
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Need help reaching your audience? Want to learn how to incorporate community outreach into your film's distribution plan?  Join Women Make Movies in conversation with Jennifer MacArthur, founder of Borderline Media and producer of Sundance 2017 U.S. Documentary Competition premiere Whose Streets? Borderline Media helps content producers and mission-driven organizations maximize their media to inspire civic participation, social action and impact. Their strategy and design work has successfully secured close to $1,000,000 in foundation support for filmmakers.  The company's projects include Out in the Night (POV, 2015); Southern Rites (HBO, 2015); Emmy® nominated Gideon’s Army (HBO, 2013), and Emmy® nominated Traces of the Trade (POV, 2008).  Whether you’re trying to change laws or just hearts and minds, bring your questions to this action-packed evening to understand how to build your audience and incorporate what every funder is asking for these days: your plan for community engagement and impact.

WEBINAR: Meet the Broadcaster: Al Jazeera English and Arabic Documentaries
Monday, December 19th | 12:00 - 2:00pm ET
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Al Jazeera Arabic and Al Jazeera English are two international channels within the Al Jazeera Media Networks. AJ Arabic has just celebrated its 20th anniversary and AJ English its 10th! Al Jazeera English’s Documentaries account for nearly a quarter of the channel’s total output, with flagship strand Witness transmitting an hour plus a half hour documentary every week. Their multi-award winning films cover the world and include such acclaimed documentaries as Babushkas of Chernobyl, Sepideh: Reaching for the Stars and Small Small Thing. AJE commissions, acquires and co-produces around 100 new Documentary hours a year – stories to challenge dominant narratives, elevate seldom-heard voices and speak to a global audience. Last year, Al Jazeera Arabic and English, together with CBC Canada and White Pine Pictures, executive-produced the award-winning Guantanamo’s Child. Join Head of Documentaries at Al Jazeera English, Ingrid Falck, and former Al Jazeera Arabic Documentary executive Rawan Damen in conversation. They’ll explore ways in which the two channels differ and where they overlap, talk about what is new and what they’re looking for, as well as how to pitch within the global scope of the Al Jazeera network.

*All who RSVP will receive a playback recording of the webinar.

Meet the Industry: Indie Film Clinic with Michelle Greenberg-Kobrin, Director of Indie Film Clinic
Wednesday, February 1 | 6:30 – 8:30pm
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WMM welcomes Michelle Greenberg-Kobrin,  Clinical Professor and Director of Indie Film Clinic, at Cardozo Law School.  The Indie Film Clinic provides free legal services to filmmakers producing independent, documentary and student films and to artists providing services to independent and documentary film.  The clinic’s mission is to provide next generation of Cardozo lawyers with a solid grounding in legal transactional legal skills and the strengthen New York City as a center of independent film production.  Prior to joining Cardozo, Professor Greenberg-Kobrin was the Dean of Students and Lecturer-in-Law at Columbia Law School, where she taught in the areas of negotiations, deals and leadership.  In addition to overseeing the Indie Film Clinic at Cardozo, Professor Greenberg-Kobrin is the founding director of the Program on Leadership.
Please join us as Michelle leads us through steps in how to apply for these services, what kinds of projects they’re looking for as well as the full roster of what’s available through this unique and one-of-a kind opportunity. 

Past Workshops

The National Endowment for the Humanities: A Case Study
Wednesday, September 28th | 6:30 – 8:30pm

Applying for an NEH grant may seem overwhelming but it doesn't need to be.  Join us in conversation with NEH senior program officer, Jeff Hardwick, as he breaks down the process step by step, sharing what works and what doesn’t from the organizational side. We’ll also be joined by first time directors, Sabine Krayenbuehl and Zeva Oelbaum, who have successfully been granted twice from the NEH. The directors received both a development and production grant for their documentary Letters from Baghdad  (Executive Produced by Tilda Swinton and Thelma Shoonmaker), a film about the extraordinary life and times of Gertrude Bell. They will talk about the process from the filmmaker's point of view including tips on how to make your project stand out.  With an application deadline coming up in January, this is a great opportunity to learn the elements of a successful proposal!

Meet the Funder: An Evening with the TriBeCa Film Institute’s Amy Hobby, VP of Artists Programs and Jose Rodriguez, Director of Documentaries
Thursday, October 13th | 6:30 - 8:30pm
There have been changes at TriBeCa Film Institute’s staff in the last year and WMM is thrilled to welcome Amy Hobby and Jose Rodriguez to discuss what’s new at TriBeCa in both narrative and documentary and new forms of storytelling.  They will discuss available grants, what they’re looking for and how best to apply.  Come armed with questions for what is sure to be an evening charged with energy and ideas. Recent films funded through the TriBeCa Film Institute include Weiner, People’s Republic of Desire, One Bullet Afghanistan, What Walaa Wants, Marriage Cops.

WEBINAR: Meet the Funder:  In Conversation with Rahdi Taylor of the Sundance Documentary Film Program
Thursday, October 20th | 6:30 – 8:00pm EST/3:30 – 5:00pm PST

The Sundance Documentary Film Program supports non-fiction filmmakers worldwide in the production of cinematic documentaries on contemporary themes. Established in 2002 with founding support from Open Society Foundations, the Program is a vibrant global resource for independent non-fiction storytelling. Recent projects include Cameraperson, Growing Up Coy, Whose Streets, Southwest of Salem, Audrie and Daisy, Newtown and many, many more…Join Rahdi Taylor, Sundance Documentary Film Fund Director in a lively conversation about changes at and within the DFP, what they are looking for, how best to succeed in your application and what happens when you are funded.  The journey seems not to end there with a grant, but really it’s just a beginning of a beautiful relationship…

Traditional and Non-Traditional Fundraising with Cynthia Lopez, Indie Film Media Strategist and Former NYC Film Commissioner
Wednesday, October 26th | 6:30 – 8:30pm

With so much competition for grants and foundation funding, thinking outside the box as well as going for what’s thought of as non-traditional financing is essential for success.  Whether creating short or long form content, documentary or narrative, Indie Film Media Strategist Cynthia Lopez (former NYC Film Commissioner/Former EVP/Co-Executive Producer of POV)will discussways to rethink how to nourish, promote and bankroll your film.​  Her ability to forge strategic partnerships among corporate and public interest media has been a signature of her work. Lopez is the recipient of 11 National News & Documentary Emmy Awards and four Peabody Awards and three Columbia-DuPont Awards among many other industry recognitions. Come with your projects and questions for what is sure to be an enlightening conversation!

WEBINAR: Meet the Funder: The Filmmaker Fund with Marc Silver and Minette Nelson
Thursday, November 3rd |11:00am – 1:00pm ET

In the spirit of fostering great work, the Filmmaker Fund is committed to both proven and emerging filmmakers with assistance at every stage of production and post-production. Primarily, their role is to remove the obstacles that lie in the way of great work.  From early stage funding, through production, to a DCP, it is their aim to alleviate artistic encumbrances. Recently funded films include Uncle Howard, The Return and The Island and the Whales. Join filmmaker and Creative Director of the Filmmaker Fund, Marc Silver, and Filmmaker Fund Founder, Minette Nelson, in conversation (and for your questions and answers) around this exciting new fund and partnership.

Welcome to the 21st Century: Unpacking and Understanding the World of VR with Interactive and VR Specialist Ingrid Kopp 
Webinar, Tuesday, November 15, at Noon ET

One of the most innovative leaders in the field, Ingrid Kopp, Senior Consultant, Tribeca Film Institute’s Digital Initiatives & Co-Founder/Co-Director of Electric South,  unpacks the elements of VR and interactive storytelling in this info-packed webinar.  Whether these are foreign concepts or the space where you’re currently working, this workshop is for you. Join us for this webinar where we will explore the growing field of interactive and virtual reality storytelling, a space that brings together mediamakers, technologists and designers to create media projects that go beyond traditional screens. Come hear about the most exciting work happening in this sphere and find out about cutting-edge projects that integrate film with content across media platforms, from documentary and investigative journalism to video gaming, apps, social networks and the Web.


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
Cinema Tropical
Chicken and Egg
Film Fatales
Black Documentary Collective
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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2015 Part 1
Fall 2014
Spring 2014
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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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