March 2013
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News You Can Use
Published regularly by Women Make Movies Production Assistance Program, News You Can Use serves as a resource for independent filmmakers and film enthusiasts. You'll find news about sponsored projects in our program, upcoming workshops, calls for entries and other filmmaker opportunities.
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Production Assistance
Fiscal Sponsorship
Filmmaker Workshop Series

Native American Public Telecommunications
Deadline: March 16
Research & Production Grants and Acquisition Funds - NAPT is particularly interested in projects that profile Native American leaders. Apply here.
Deadline: March 20
MeetMarket at Sheffield Film Festival is a unique pitching initiative to match project ideas with international Decision Makers. Apply here.
Jerome Foundation
Deadline: Ongoing
For NYC residents - an opportunity to receive production grants in a variety of genres. Apply here
The New York Times
Op-Docs Pitch
Deadline: April 12
Your opportunity to make an online doc short covering current affairs, contemporary life and historical subjects. Apply here.

Pare Lorentz Documentary Fund
Deadline: April 22
Will provide annual production grants for six projects that to be used in the creation of doc films that illuminate pressing issues in the United States. Apply here

The BFI Film Fund Pitch
Deadline: April 22
A new opportunity for UK filmmakers to pitch onstage at Sheffield Film Festival to access funds for ambitious big-screen projects. Apply here.
Special Workshop!
Documentary Proposal Writing Basics & Film Funder Overview



Thurs, March 21 | 6:30-8:30 pm

$35 | $25 (WMM Partner rate)

Register  here


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 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. 

Special Discounts Available!

WMM Partner Rates are available to WMM Fiscally Sponsored Filmmakers, members of WMM Partner Groups and Friends of WMM. Click here for more information. 


About WMM:

Women Make Movies is a nonprofit media arts service organization which facilitates the production, promotion, distribution and exhibition of independent films by and about women. Given the obstacles faced by women in the motion picture industry, Women Make Movies remains steadfast in our commitment to providing critical assistance to the makers of independent media throughout their careers. Our Production Assistance Program serves both emerging and established women directors with Fiscal Sponsorship, a bi-annual filmmaker Workshop Series, and Information Services, including this e-newsletter.
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