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Finding Funding, Creating Change: Getting Investors for Your Film
Wednesday, March 28 | 6:30-8:30 pm
(Followed by a workshop season kick-off reception!)


$25 (reg rate) / $20 (discount rate

What happens when you’re passionate about a social justice issue and want to make a film to inspire others – but can’t find the funding to do so? Impact Partners is dedicated to bringing together filmmakers and film investors/philanthropists who want to create change. Films that address pressing social issues have never reached larger audiences or had greater social impact than they do today and Impact Partners works to provide both financing and guidance to filmmakers to create powerful films and reach a wide range of audiences; and to investors the opportunity to participate in financing great documentaries.

Impact Partners has helped finance a wide range of award-winning films, including the Academy Award-nominated HELL AND BACK AGAIN and THE GARDEN and, more recently Sundance 2012 hits, QUEEN OF VERSAILLES, DETROPIA and HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE. They welcome unsolicited submissions.  Come join Jenny Raskin, Head of Development, and hear all about their process, what kind of projects they are looking for and how they choose them.

Secrets of Successful Proposals
Wednesday, April 4 | 6:30 - 8:30PM

$35 (reg rate) / $25 (discount rate

As film funding becomes increasingly scarce and competition grows equally fierce, how will you make your proposal and film stand out in the crowd? Join us for an essential evening of grant-writing how-to’s. Topics will include identifying a proposal’s 13 elements, writing an effective synopsis, approaching the best funders, and avoiding common mistakes. Successful proposals will be passed out and discussed. Presented by Tracie Holder, filmmaker, fundraiser and consultant to WMM’s Production Assistance Program. Tracie has received grants from numerous funders including the Ford Foundation, ITVS, National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, New York State Council for the Arts, New York Council for the Humanities, Lynn and Jules Kroll Fund for Jewish Documentary Film, The Sulzberger Foundation, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, The J.M. Kaplan Fund and The LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust, among others. Her new documentary JOE PAPP IN FIVE ACTS, co-directed with Karen Thorsen, will screen at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival.

From Festivals to Cinemas to Broadcast to Digital: Surveying Your Distribution Options
Wednesday, April 11 | 6:30-8:30pm

$35 (reg rate) / $25 (discount rate

Knowing your options for distribution and establishing a clear set of goals for your film - as early as the pre-production phase - are essential for your film's success. This workshop presents how to explore the different markets (i.e., theatrical, festivals, broadcast, educational, VOD/DVD) and determine the right fit. WMM's Executive Director, Debra Zimmerman, is invited around the world to present this workshop, which many filmmakers attend again and again.

Beyond the basics, topics include: creating a festival strategy and navigating the film festival circuit, how to make a distributor find you, marketing with web 2.0 strategies, contract basics and sales agents. An essential workshop for any filmmaker who wants their work to be seen!

Pricing and Discounts

2-WORKSHOP PASSES! – Save when you choose the two workshops for only $60/$45

Special Workshop Discount - A discount of 20% on individual workshops is available to WMM Fiscally Sponsored Filmmakers, and members of Asian Cine-Vison, Chica Luna Productions, CineWomen NY, DCTV, Events in the City, IFP, NYWIFT, Shooting People, Third World Newsreel, Cinema Tropical, New York Film and Video Council, DocuClub, and Film in the City.


WMM Friends are individuals who donate at least $50 per year to the organization, and are entitled to a discount of 20% off the individual workshop rate. To become a WMM Friend, click here.

Location and Directions
All workshops take place at:
Women Make Movies, Conference Room
462 Broadway, 5th Floor, between Broome and Grand in SoHo
Tel: 212.925.0606
Subways: Q/N/R/W, 6, J/M/Z to Canal Street; W/R to Prince Street

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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This Series is funded, in part, by public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York State Council on the Arts.        



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