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Meet the Distributor: The Cinema Guild

Thursday, December 5
6:30 - 8:00PM
Regular Rate: $20.00  
WMM Filmmakers & Partner Rate: $15.00
Register here

Based in New York City, The Cinema Guild distributes nearly 500 titles representing a wide variety of independently produced films and videos. Their roster includes documentary and fiction, features and shorts, and they cover all markets, including theatrical, semi-theatrical, television and home video. A good number of their titles have screened at the most prestigious film festivals such as Cannes, Sundance, Berlin, New York and Toronto. Their U.S. titles include award-winning films like The Betrayal by Ellen Kuras, The Interrupters by Steve James, Leviathan by Véréna Paravel and Lucien Castaing-Taylor, and Your Day is My Night by Lynne Sachs. But how do you approach a distributor like The Cinema Guild?  What are they looking for and how can you catch their interest in your project? Ryan Krivoshey, Director of Distribution, will be at WMM to talk about their selection process and how they work with the filmmakers whose films they distribute. Don't miss this session and learn some tips about what you need to keep in mind if you want to approach a distributor like the The Cinema Guild.

Meet the Broadcaster: Al Jazeera America

Tuesday, December 10
Regular Rate: $20.00 
WMM Filmmakers & Partner Rate: $15.00
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Did you know that Al Jazeera America is offering opportunities for documentary filmmakers? Whether it's for a project already in development or a new commission, this opportunity might be for you! First announced in January of 2013 and launched in August, Al Jazeera America is actively seeking out fresh perspectives from under-reported regions around the world.  Their Documentary Unit is co-producing and acquiring one-offs and series that explore topics such as immigration, education, poverty, healthcare and the justice system.  Their weekly series Fault Lines takes you beyond the headlines and holds the powerful to account as it examines the US' role in the world through 25-minute correspondent driven documentaries and an annual commission of 12-15 films in that format.  Witness features inspirational and provocative stories that are intimate, observational and character-led, and actively pursues co-productions, commissions and acquisitions for their 48-minute format. Join representatives from each program to learn more about what they are looking for and how you could work with them. WMM is happy to welcome Cynthia Kane, Documentary Unit's Senior Producer, Lucy Kennedy, Fault Lines' Commissioning Producer, and Jean Garner, Witness' Senior Commissioning Producer in the Americas.

Producing - Skill Building for Success

skill building workshopWednesday, October 9
$35 | $25 (WMM Partner rate)

Being a successful producer requires a wide array of talents, skills and knowledge. From raising money, to negotiating contracts with broadcasters and funders, to pitching your project, being a good producer is essential if you want to get your film made. Yet gaining the skills and learning the business aspects of film production can be challenging. This workshop will provide a rare opportunity to fine-tune your producing chops and offer you a place to ask your questions. Join critically acclaimed filmmakers of GIRLS LIKE US, Tina DiFeliciantonio (WMM Board Member) and Jane C. Wagner, whose current project was one of eight nationally to receive funding from the prestigious MacArthur Foundation and whose work has been screened and broadcast in countries throughout the world, and entertainment attorney Nicole Page, Partner, Reavis Parent Lehrer LLP and Head of Business Affairs, Engel Entertainment, Inc. (and WMM Board Member) to learn what you need to know to move your project forward.

WEBINAR: Documentary Proposal Writing Basics  & Film Funder Overview
Tracie HolderTuesday, October 15 | 1:00PM - 2:30PM
Regular Rate: $30.00  WMM Partner/NAMAC Partner Rate: $20.00

WMM and NAMAC are partnering to bring you this amazing webinar! As film funding becomes increasingly scarce and the competition for every dollar skyrockets, how will you make your grant application grab a funder's attention? Proposal writing is a skill, equal parts art and science. Join us to learn these essentials skills and build your confidence so you can put your best foot forward and make your proposal stand out in a crowd. During this webinar, we will cover the essentials of grant-writing, provide an overview of the major film funders, review what they fund, how best to approach them, and how to avoid common mistakes. We'll also discuss the importance of relationship building, the foundation of all fundraising. Presented by Tracie Holder, filmmaker, fundraiser and consultant to WMM's Production Assistance Program. Holder 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, 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.  

Creating A Distribution Strategy: Reaching Audiences With Your Film

Debra ZimmermanTuesday, October 29 6:30PM - 8:30PM
Regular Rate: $35.00  WMM Partner Rate: $25.00

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. You don't know where to start? Don't panic! This best-seller workshop will give you a clear overview of your options, from festivals to cinemas to broadcast to educational to VoD and digital. We will talk about how to explore the different markets and determine the right fit for your project. The topics include creating a festival strategy and navigating the film festival circuit, how to make a distributor find you, marketing through social media and the web, contract basics and sales agents. An essential workshop for any filmmaker who wants their work to be seen! Debra Zimmerman, WMM's Executive Director and recent recipient of the Doc Mogul Award at HotDocs, is often invited around the world to present this workshop, which many filmmakers attend again and again.

Meet the Funder: Creative Capital

creative captialMonday, November 4
6:30 - 8:00PM
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Did you know that Creative Capital only accepts film and video project submissions every two years? You must not miss this opportunity to apply for their upcoming cycle! Being selected by Creative Capital means getting support for your current project as well as for your future as an artist and filmmaker. If submitting a proposal to Creative Capital makes you nervous, then don't miss this special, intimate session with Lisa Dent, Director of Grants & Services! Dent comes to WMM to explain Creative Capital's process in detail and to share tips on how to submit a stand out application. The organization supports innovative and adventurous artists across the country through funding, counsel and career development services, providing each project with up to $50,000 in direct funding and career development services valued at $40,000, for a total commitment of up to $90,000 per project. Creative Capital's pioneering approach, inspired by venture-capital principles, helps artists working in all creative disciplines realize their visions and build sustainable practices that will continue to inform them throughout future projects. Past grantees include Laura Poitras (The Oath), Yance Ford (Strong Island), Natalia Almada (El General), and Jennifer Fox (FLYING: Confessions of A Free Woman). Submissions for their next cycle of Film/Video and Visual Arts grants opens February 3, 2014.


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.

Why not sign up for both December workshops and save? 
Regular Rate: $35.00 |  WMM Partner Rate: $25.00
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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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