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Fall 2014

Meet the Broadcaster: Epix

EPIX is a premium movie and original programming entertainment service delivering the latest movie releases, classic film franchises, original documentaries, comedy and music events on TV, on demand, online and on devices.  Recent Epix documentaries include Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel, Altman and TWA Flight 800.  Director of Documentary Programming and Acquisitions, Jill Burkhart, will be here to provide an inside look at what Epix is looking to acquire and how best to position your film.

Fundraising: An Essential Overview of the Basics
Fundraising for documentaries can be intimidating and even overwhelming for those who are new to it. But without it, even the best film ideas will never be realized. This workshop is designed for filmmakers who have not yet completed a funding proposal, identified a likely project funder or pitched a project to a potential funder or broadcaster. If you recognize yourself in the description above, this workshop is for you! Topics include: proposal writing, grant-seeking from private and government foundations, fundraising from individuals, and targeted appeals through events and on-line solicitations. Come, take the plunge and learn fundraising basics that will help move your project from idea to reality. Presented by Tracie Holder, filmmaker, fundraiser and consultant to WMM’s Production Assistance Program.  Holder has raised more than $1.6million for her own projects  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 and Corporation for Public Broadcasting, among others.

Creating The Right Festival Strategy for Your FilmDebbie Zimmerman

Film Festivals have become an essential step to reaching your film’s audience as well as catching the eye of potential distributors. Join WMM 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 and gain 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 for learning more about how to better market and launch your feature, documentary, or short film.


Meet the Funder: Gucci Tribeca and Tribeca All Access

TribecaRyan Harrington, Vice President, Artist Programs at the Tribeca Film Institute, will discuss the Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund and Tribeca All Access.  Gucci Tribeca provides finishing funds to feature-length documentaries which highlight and humanize global issues of social importance.  Eligible for consideration are films in production or post-production that have not yet had a film festival premiere.  Grants range from $10,000 to $25,000.  TAA supports working filmmakers and producers based in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, who come from underrepresented communities in the film industry and whose projects are in all stages of production or post. Grants awards are $15,000, plus eligibility for Tribeca’s on-going alumni grants.  During this workshop you'll have the opportunity to ask questions and find out how to make your project stand out.

PBS Beyond POV and Independent Lens
While POV and Independent Lens may get most of the attention, there are other critically-acclaimed, award-winning documentary series on PBS such as AfroPop and America ReFramed that offer filmmakers the chance to reach a national audience.  This workshop will give you the inside scoop about these and other broadcast opportunities on public television.  You'll hear from programming executives, Leslie Fields-Cruz (Interim Executive Director, National Black Programming Consortium) and Chris Hastings (Executive Producer, WORLD Channel | WGBH)  about what they’re looking for, how to submit your film, what license fees you can expect for your program and what deliverables you’ll have to provide.  You’ll have the opportunity to ask questions and learn everything you need to know about finding a home for your film on PBS.

Crowdfunding: Case Studies from Kickstarter, Indiegogo and Seed & Spark

With traditional funding becoming more competitive, many filmmakers are turning to crowdfunding to get their projects made.  This workshop will bring together filmmakers who have successfully raised funds through a variety of platforms including Kickstarter, Indiegogo and Seed & Spark.  We will be joined by filmmakers Betty Bastidas (DreamTown), Mikaela Shwer (No Le Digas a Nadie), and Elisa Paloschi (Driving with Selvi) who have collectively raised over $210,000 for their films. We'll learn the differences between the platforms, what works and what doesn’t, the role of the fiscal sponsor in crowdfunding and most importantly how to reach an audience beyond just friends and family.  Come join us for a lively, informative discussion about the new frontier of independent financing.

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.

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3-Workshops Regular Rate: $75.00 | 3-Workshops WMM & Partner Rate: $55.00
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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

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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