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globeNavigating the International Film Festival Circuit

Wednesday, November 28 / 6:30 to 8:00
$35 (reg. rate) | $25 (discount rate)

Film Festivals have become an essential step to reaching your filmís 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 youíre 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.

penThe Secrets of Successful Proposals
Wednesday, December 5 | 6:30 - 8:30PM
Regular Rate: $35.00 | (discount rate $25.00

As film funding becomes increasingly scarce and competition grows equally fierce, how will you make your proposal and film stand out in the crowd? Join us for an essential evening of grant-writing how-toís. Topics will include identifying a proposalís 13 elements, writing an effective synopsis, approaching the best funders, and avoiding common mistakes. Successful proposals will be passed out and discussed. Presented by Tracie Holder, filmmaker, fundraiser and consultant to WMMís Production Assistance Program. Tracie 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, New York Council for the Humanities, 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. Her new documentary JOE PAPP IN FIVE ACTS, co-directed with Karen Thorsen, has screened at several film festivals throughout this year.


cameraStories from the Other Side: Finishing Your Documentary
 Regular Rate: $35.00 | (discount rate $25.00
Incredible stress and overwhelming pressure - how often do you feel those as you struggle to finish your documentary? Where will you find the money to finish and how will you find the time? You are not alone: the average documentary takes longer to finish than the filmmaker expected, especially with first and second films. Come get the support you need with this workshop featuring Production Assistance Program filmmakers Cristina Ibarra and Therese Shechter as they share tips and stories of what it is like to finally be reaching the finishing line. Cristina Ibarra is finishing her documentary Las Marthas, for which she received support from ITVS. LPB and Jerome Foundtaion. Therese Shechter has successfully completed two Kickstarter campaigns and has created a supportive community through the website and blog of her almost completed film How To Lose Your Virginity.

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

View Past Workshops

Spring 2014
Winter 2014

Fall/Winter 2013
Spring 2013
Winter 2012
Fall 2012
Spring 2012 (Part 3)
Spring 2012 (Part 2)
Spring 2012 (Part 1)

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.