October 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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Next Fiscal Sponsorship Deadline: 10/15!
Are you a filmmaker looking for financial support from funders? Need guidance and resources for a current production? Don't miss your chance to become a WMM fiscally sponsored filmmaker!

For more information on applying, please click here. 
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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.


Tuesday, October 15 | 1:00-2:30PM (EST)

Regular Rate: $30.00 

WMM/NAMAC Partner Rate: $20.00

Register here.


WMM and NAMAC are partnering to bring you this amazing webinar! 


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. During this webinar, 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.  

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Tuesday, October 29

6:30PM - 8:30PM

Regular Rate: $35.00 

WMM Partner Rate: $25.00

Register here.


Knowing your options for distribution and establishing a clear set of goals for your film - as early as the pre-production phase - are essential for your film's success. You don't know where to start? Don't panic! This best-seller workshop will give you a clear overview of your options, from festivals to cinemas to broadcast to educational to VoD and digital. We will talk about how to explore the different markets and determine the right fit for your project. The topics include creating a festival strategy and navigating the film festival circuit, how to make a distributor find you, marketing through social media and the web, contract basics and sales agents. An essential workshop for any filmmaker who wants their work to be seen! Debra Zimmerman, WMM's Executive Director and recent recipient of the Doc Mogul Award at HotDocs, is often invited around the world to present this workshop, which many filmmakers attend again and again. 

Why not sign up for both workshops and save? 


Two Workshop Pass: 

Regular Rate: $55.00 | Partner Rate: $40.00

Click here for more information.


For information on becoming a WMM Partner, click here.