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The workshop series offers low cost workshops and webinars in the Fall and Spring.  Conducted by highly experienced and successful professionals from the independent film industry, these events are targeted to all levels of filmmakers. They provide networking opportunities as well as valuable and practical information about the business of filmmaking.

What People are Saying about our Workshops and Webinars

Meet the Funder: Fork Films with Kat Vecchio, September 14, 2018

Being the creative force, fundraiser and all around believer in your independent documentary is daunting!   Having the support of fellow filmmakers (particularly other women filmmakers) is so important thats why I try to take advantage of the WMM webinars as much as possible.  Ive gain so much from them.  Last year, I tuned in to the Fork Films webinar featuring Kat Vecchio, the Forks Director of Grantmaking.  It was very informative. I had applied to Fork before with a historical project (very hard to fund!) and didnt get funded.  During the webinar I asked if it made sense for me to re-apply and if they were truly open to historical films.  The answer was yes to both questions.  I decided to follow-up with Kat via email.  She was beyond gracious and helpful.  Armed with her insight and the information I gathered from the webinar, I re-applied and recently received funding from Fork Films.  I know this wouldnt have happened if I hadnt attend the WMMs webinar.  Thanks, WMM!


The Thriving Filmmaker Webinar is a 90-minute hands-on webinar designed to help you freelance for freedom (not for free) and foster transparent, welcoming discussions about career sustainability. By the end of this workshop you will have (1) identified your top three career goals, (2) identified three ways to generate income that align with those goals, and (3) created a “freedom rubric” to help you identify which freelance gigs to take that help you thrive rather than just survive. Presented by Impact Producer Ani Mercedes of Looky Looky Pictures, this webinar will help you develop vital skills for your independent documentary film career. This is interactive, so come ready to answer personal reflection questions and take notes!

**A copy of this webinar will be available to all registrants for three months after the recording is posted. Register now.

Some people believe that you must either be a mathematician or a magician (or both!) to successfully conjure up a comprehensive film budget. But don't let the numbers intimidate you. This Women Make Movies workshop, led by Emmy-nominated documentary producer Ann Bennet, will take a step-by-step approach to identifying and analyzing the creative and logistical components necessary to build your film's line item budget. Constructing a realistic budget requires an intricate dance between time, money, and resources. How to Create a Comprehensive Budget will give you the skills and even a little swagger so that you can create budgets likes the pros. You will never fear the budgeting process again!

*This workshop is an in-person event at Women Make Movies' offices in New York. Unlike our webinars, our workshops are not recorded and made available to watch later. Register here.

"As long as we work together – with both urgency and determination – there are no limits to what we can achieve."

These are the words of the late Paul G.Allen, philanthropist and co-founder of Microsoft and founder of Vulcan Productions. Powerful Storytelling combined with a strategic Call to Action leads to Impact and these three elements make up the work that Vulcan has produced. Recent films include Ghost Fleet, Ballet Now, The Cold Blue, Oscar-nominated Body Team 12, Step, Emmy-nominated Naledi: A Baby Elephant’s Taleand the short digital series WeTheEconomy. Join Jannat Gargi, Director of Documentary Films and Distribution, for the first time in a Women Make Movies Global Webinar as she walks us through what Vulcan looks for in a proposal, how they work with filmmakers and how to pitch your project. Register here.

**A copy of this webinar will be available to all registrants for three months after the recording is posted.

Past Workshops & Webinars

To see a listing all of our upcoming and past workshops and webinars, click here.

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Pricing and Discounts

A discount of $10 is available to WMM Production Assistance Program and Distribution Filmmakers as well as members of WMM Partner Groups.

Partner Groups include

Asian Cinevision
Black Documentary Collective
Black Public Media
Black TV and Film Collective
Chicken and Egg
Cinema Tropical
Digital Film Academy
Film Fatales
International Documentary Association
Independent Film Project
New York Film/Video Council
New York University

New York Women in Film & Television
Producers Guild of America
School of Visual Arts
Third World Newsreel
Women in the Arts and Media Coalition
Writers Guild of America East

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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

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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;  the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; the Nathan Cummings Foundation, with the support and encouragement of Rebecca Gregg; the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences;  and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.


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