the Industry: Independent Film Week's Spotlight on Docs
Wednesday, May 14 | 7:00 - 8:30PM
Please join us for a special opportunity to hear Milton Tabbot,
Independent Feature Project's Senior Director of Programming, who will
explain the application process for Spotlight on Documentaries, which takes
place during Independent Film Week. Milton will be here to answer your
questions and offer advice about how to put your best foot forward should
you decide to apply. He can also answer questions about other IFP programs,
like Doc Lab. For those of you not familiar with the Spotlight on
Documentaries, it's an annual industry-wide event, a part of IFP's annual
Indie Film Week that brings together industry leaders from the U.S. and
abroad who are in the market for new projects. Spotlight on Docs is an
opportunity for U.S.-based filmmakers working on feature-length (50 minutes
or longer), in any stage of production, as long as some footage has been
shot, and the film is not complete, to have one-on-one meetings with a broad
array of funders, broadcasters, sales agents, distributors and film festival
programmers to discuss your project and get on their radar screens. This
year's Indie Film Week will take place from September 14-18, 2014.
Many documentaries from WMM's Production Assistance Program have been
selected to participate in Spotlight on Docs including most recently Martha
Shane and Lana Wilson's After Tiller and Dawn Porter's Gideon's Army. The
deadline for Spotlight on Docs is Friday, May 23rd.
Meet the Funder: NYSCA (New York
State Council on the Arts)
Monday, May 19th |
The New York State Council on the Arts (NSYCA) will soon be accepting
funding applications for Film, Media and New Technology Production by
individual media makers based in New York State. Arian Blanco, NYSCA Program
Officer, will lead this information session and answer questions to help you
navigate the application process. NYSCA funding supports Documentary and
Narrative works, Interactive/Digital Technology, Animation and Radio.
Project can be a combination of media, including but not limited to, work
for tape, installation, single-channel work, or interactive disc
formats. Artists at various career stages are welcome to apply. Grant
amounts range from $5,000 to $25,000. Documentary projects must be in the
post-production phase and all applicants must have proof of New York State
Documentary Proposal Writing Basics & Film Funder Overview with Tracie
Wednesday, May 28 | 6:30-8:30 pm
As film funding becomes increasingly scarce and the competition for
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. In this
workshop, 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.
the Funder: Bruni Burres, Sundance Institute Doc Fund
now - Monday,
June 23, 2014 | 7:00 - 8:30 pm
(Reg Rate) | $25 (WMM & Partner Rate)
Sundance Documentary Fund and Awards are a core component of the Sundance
Documentary Film Program (DFP). The Fund provides creative and financial
support to cinematic,
feature documentaries from independent filmmakers globally. We provide $1M-$2M
in non-recoupable financing annually across all stages of development, production,
post-production, and strategic audience engagement.
In addition to financing THEY offer a year-round suite of creative support opportunities
including Creative Labs, Fellowships, and Work-In-Progress screenings. Our International
creative partnerships and convenings are designed to increase resources and impact
for the field in response to key global challenges. Sundance Institute is a non-profit
organization that supports independent artists worldwide.
Films supported have included Why We Fight; Trouble the Water; Ai Weiwei: Never
Sorry; The Queen of Versailles; Powerless; Concerning Violence; Invisible War;
and The Square. Complemented by invitation-only opportunities, the Fund reviews
1,500-2,000 proposals annually, awarding 50-60 grants to filmmakers around the
world. In funding a broad spectrum of innovative and creative non-fiction storytelling,
Sundance Institute embraces documentary film as a vital contributor to the language
of the 21st century.
Join us for a conversation with Bruni Burres, senior consultant with the DFP,
who will shed light on the application process and answer your questions. Next
Sundance Doc Fund deadline is just around the corner on July 8, 2014.
Pricing and Discounts
WMM Partner Rates are available to WMM Fiscally Sponsored Filmmakers, members
of WMM Partner Groups and Friends of WMM. Click
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Why not sign up for both current workshops and save!
3-Workshops Regular Rate: $55.00 | 3-Workshops WMM & Partner Rate: $40.00
Location and Directions
All workshops take place at:
Women Make Movies, Conference Room
115 W. 29th Street, Suite 1200, New York, NY 10001
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
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