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Spring 2014

Meet 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 | 6:30-8:30pm 
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 residency.   

Documentary Proposal Writing Basics & Film Funder Overview with Tracie Holder
Wednesday, May 28 | 6:30-8:30 pm 

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. 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. 

Meet the Funder: Bruni Burres, Sundance Institute Doc Fund
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Monday, June 23, 2014 | 7:00 - 8:30 pm
$35 (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 here for more information.

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
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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