ABOUT WEBINARS AND WORKSHOPS
This series offers low-cost workshops and webinars in the Fall and Spring. Conducted by highly experienced and successful professionals from the independent film industry, these events are targeted to all levels of filmmakers. They provide networking opportunities as well as valuable and practical information about the business of filmmaking.
New Webinar Series: Fundraising 101 and Beyond
Fundraising 101 is a three week series of webinars given by experts in the field of fundraising for independent documentaries. Including two of our most popular webinars and a brand new one, it’s all you will need to be able to jumpstart your fundraising efforts. You may register for the complete series here, or sign up for the events individually by following the links below.
Part I — Find the Money! Strategic Fundraising with Debra Zimmerman
Every filmmaker needs to be able to create a strategy to finance their project. Fundraising can be daunting, but it can also be an exciting journey to find the best, most direct paths to fund your film. It’s an opportunity to think outside the box to make the film you want to make. Whether you have a new project or need ideas to jumpstart one that has stalled, join WMM’s Executive Director, Debra Zimmerman, as she leads us through this invaluable webinar. This vital information session will offer an overview of fundraising sources including foundations, government funds, corporate contributions, crowdsourcing, and individual donations, as well as strategies to maximize your success.
Part II — Writing the Winning Grant Proposal with Tracie Holder
Writing a great proposal is one of the key things filmmakers need to be able to do. While not everyone is a born-wordsmith, there are things you can learn, such as language and strategies around proposal writing, that work. Whether you are a film professional or just starting out, this webinar is for you. We will talk about the Documentary Core Application and other successful tools to have at hand, the difference between a proposal and a pitch deck, what needs to be in a two-pager, and more.
Tracie Holder is a filmmaker, consultant, producer, and film funding specialist and has been working in the field for more than 20 years.
Part III — The Pitch Deck: Designing a Look for Your Production
Nowadays, it’s not enough to send a sharply written proposal to funders, grantors, equity investors, broadcasters and the like. Pitch decks are an important tool for making sure your project gets the attention it deserves. Janique Robillard is a producer/ director and designer with an international client base. She works to create the right look for your project and enhance the language within your proposal. Cynthia Kane writes grants proposals and collaborates with designers to find the right look and feel for each individual project. In this webinar, we’ll look at inexpensive ways of using Google Sheets, InDesign, and Canva to create visual excitement around your project to get what you ultimately need: Funding!
PRICING AND DISCOUNTS
A discount of $10 is available to WMM Production Assistance Program and Distribution Filmmakers as well as members of WMM Partner Groups.
Discount Partner Groups include:
Black Documentary Collective
Black TV & Film Collective
Black Public Media
Chicken & Egg
Mezcla Media Collective
NYC Women Filmmakers
Producers Guild of America (PGA)
Southern Documentary Fund
Third World Newsreel
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