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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

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Past Workshops

Your Fundraising Blueprint: Designing a Strategy That’s Right for Your Projecthot doc
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 Festivalhot doc
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! 

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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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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