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Fundraising and Financing for Documentaries: An Intensive Seminar

Fundraising and Financing for Independent Documentary Films: An Intensive Seminar

Raising funding for quality independent documentaries can be challenging so NYWIFT and Women Make Movies have teamed up to present a comprehensive, all-day seminar exploring the diverse sources of funding available for independent film and video makers, including grants, television pre-sales and on-line communities.

This seminar will provide unique access to funders and television executives looking for projects, including those representing foundations and broadcasters. Plus you’ll hear from independent filmmakers who have successfully raised the funds they needed to complete their docs. Find out what financing is still out there and how you can get it.

Panel I
Broadcasters and TV Sales
10:00 - 11:30

This is a rare chance to hear what broadcasters are funding, how much money is available and how to get time on their channels. If you have ever hoped for a national broadcast, don’t miss this opportunity to hear directly from some of the most important decision makers working in public television and cable today.

Simon Kilmurry, Executive Director, POV series on PBS
Lynne Kirby, Senior Vice President, Original Programming and Development, Sundance Channel Greg Rhem, Manager of Documentary Acquisitions, HBO Kathryn Washington, Program Manager for Research and Development, ITVS Moderator: Molly Thompson, Vice President A&E Indie Films Panel II
New Funders in Film
11:45 – 1:15

Finding financing can seem nearly impossible, but recently four new funders have entered the field, each with a solid commitment to make money available for documentary production. This panel offers rare access to representatives of these new funding organizations. Gain insight into what they look for in a proposal, grant application and trailer. Know the common mistakes to avoid before you submit your application, and take away strategies that will ensure your project stands out during the panel review.

Panelists include: Daniel J. Chalfen, Insight Productions Wendy Ettinger, Co-Founder, Chicken and Egg Pictures Beth Janson, Director, Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund  Adella Ladjevardi, Grants Manager, Cinereach Emily Verellen, Senior Program Officer, Fledgling Fund  Moderator: Leslie Fields-Cruz-Director of programming, NBPC (National Black Programming Consortium)


Panel III
Case Studies – Filmmakers With Funding
2:15 – 3:45

This panel features filmmakers who have successfully raised money for their projects from a broad array of funders. How did they do it? As funding gets tighter, filmmakers need to be more creative to get their projects off the ground. Each of our panelists navigated the funding maze and received money from a variety of sources, including foundations, the government and individuals. Learn how you too can crack the funding nut.

Panelists include
Alice Elliot, Director, Body & Soul: Diana & Kathy and Academy-Award nominated The Collector of Bedford Street
Kavery Kaul—director, Long Way From Home and One Hand Don't Clap
Shola Lynch, Director, Free Angela & All Political Prisoners and Speaking Plain: Shirley Chisholm
Laura Poitras, Director, Release and Academy-Award nominated My Country, My Country
Moderator: Tracie Holder—Consultant, Women Make Movies and co-producer/director, Joe Papp In Five Acts
Panel IV
Social Networking and the Web: New Technologies and Fundraising for Your Film
4:00 – 5:30

With its ability to reach people far and wide, the internet seems an obvious place to search for funding. It not only offers the potential to raise money for your documentary project, it also helps build your audience along the way. How can you build an electronic community willing to help fund your project? This panel explores the brave new world of online funding and community building. Join us as we discuss both the potential pitfalls and the avenues to success available online.

Panelist include:

Slava Rubin-Co-founder, IndieGo Go Dana Bartle, Director, Bend & Bow Jonas Pariente, Writer, Producer and co-Director of Next Year In Mumbai  Mitchell Telipsky-documentary filmmaker and marketing/fundraising consultant
Moderator: Reed Martin, author of The Reel Truth

Attendees will receive a resource packet with information on funding sources, proposal writing, fundraising trailers and upcoming deadlines.

A networking reception will follow the seminar.

Special thanks to Hunter College.

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NYWIFT programs, screenings and events are supported, in part, by grants from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts