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Meet the Funder: TFI New Media Fund
Wednesday, April 20, 6:30 - 8:00pm


Be among the first to learn about the newest funding available to documentary filmmakers. The Tribeca Film Institute has just launched a new initiative to support cross-platform media projects focused on contemporary social issues. Ingrid Kopp will answer questions and talk about this new fund for media makers interested in integrating film with content across media platforms, from video games and mobile apps to social networks and interactive websites.


Meet the Funder: National Endowment for the Humanities
Wednesday April 27, 6:30 - 8:30pm

$20 (reg. rate)   |    $15 (discount rate

The National Endowment for the Humanities provides invaluable funding opportunities for documentary filmmakers yet not enough filmmakers are familiar with this important public institution. WMM is delighted to have Sonia Feigenbaum, Deputy Director, Division of Public Programs, NEH, join us for an information session focused on two specific opportunities available to filmmakers. Come hear about America’s Media Makers which funds projects rich in humanities content that foster learning among people of all ages and Bridging Cultures through Film: International Topics for projects that examine international and transnational themes that are analytical and deeply grounded in humanities scholarship.

Bring your questions and join us to learn more about this major resource for independent filmmakers!


Transmedia: What and Why You Need to Know

Monday May 2, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

$30 (reg. rate)    |    $25 (discount rate

Transmedia is here and funders are realizing its power. Transmedia is about drawing in an audience through different platforms - a new form of storytelling that goes beyond the traditional documentary and turns passive viewers into active participants.  Join Lina Srivastava, a pioneer in transmedia activism, to learn about this brave new world and to find out if it’s right for your project. We’ll discuss how to create a transmedia project on a limited budget and hear about the growing number of funders who are jumping into this brave new world including the TFI New Media Fund, the NEA, the BAVC Producer’s Institute and others. 



Navigating the International Film Festival Circuit
Wednesday, May 25
, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

$30 (reg. rate)    |    $25 (discount rate

Film Festivals have become an essential step to reaching your film’s audience as well as catching the eye of distributors. Join WMM Executive Director, Debra Zimmerman as she 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. Attendees receive a packet of information on festivals and distributors, and sample press materials.

Selling to Broadcasters: Getting Onto Primetime
Wednesday, June 8, 6:30 – 8:30pm

$30 (reg. rate)    |    $25 (discount rate

What are broadcasters looking to fund, how much is available and how do you get your work shown on their channels? If you have ever hoped for a national broadcast, this event is for you! We will cover successful strategies when approaching broadcasters, how to make an effective pitch, how much money you can expect, and how to structure the most advantageous deal. We’ll also discuss co-productions, finishing funds and acquisitions here in the U.S. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn how to best navigate the current broadcast landscape from Barbara Ghammashi, WMM’s Broadcast Sales and Development Consultant. Bring your questions and learn how to make it to primetime.

Fear of Fundraising: An Essential Overview of the Basics
Wednesday, June 22, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

$30 (reg. rate)    |    $25 (discount rate

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. Attendees will receive an essential packet of fundraising tips and resources. Presented by Tracie Holder, filmmaker, fundraiser and consultant to WMM’s Production Assistance Program.

Pricing and Discounts

SEASON PASSES! - Save when you choose one of our two available packages: Four workshops for only $150/$120 (discount rate) or three workshops for $120/$80 (discount rate). Please note: Does not include Meet the Funder Events.

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.

Student Discount - Students are also eligible for a half price discount rate for any one workshop per season. Students must present valid student IDs when they sign in to workshops. Click here to register.

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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