December 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 is February 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!

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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.
Last Chance to Register for Thursday's Workshop!
Thursday, December 5
6:30 - 8:00PM

Regular Rate: $20.00  

WMM Filmmakers & Partner Rate: $15.00

Register here


Based in New York City, The Cinema Guild distributes nearly 500 titles representing a wide variety of independently produced films and videos. Their roster includes documentary and fiction, features and shorts, and they cover all markets, including theatrical, semi-theatrical, television and home video. A good number of their titles have screened at the most prestigious film festivals such as Cannes, Sundance, BerlinNew York and Toronto. Their U.S. titles include award-winning films like The Betrayal by Ellen Kuras, The Interrupters by Steve James, Leviathan by Véréna Paravel and Lucien Castaing-Taylor, and Your Day is My Night by Lynne Sachs. But how do youapproach a distributor like The Cinema Guild?  What are they looking for and how can you catch their interest in your project? Ryan Krivoshey, Director of Distribution, will be at WMM to talk about their selection process and how they work with the filmmakers whose films they distribute. Don't miss this session and learn some tips about what you need to keep in mind if you want to approach a distributor like the The Cinema Guild.


You Can Also Register For:

Tuesday, December 10


Regular Rate: $20.00 

WMM Filmmakers & Partner Rate: $15.00

Register here.



Did you know that Al Jazeera America is offering opportunities for documentary filmmakers? Whether it's for a project already in development or a new commission, this opportunity might be for you! First announced in January of 2013 and launched in August, Al Jazeera America is actively seeking out fresh perspectives from under-reported regions around the world.  Their Documentary Unit is co-producing and acquiring one-offs and series that explore topics such as immigration, education, poverty, healthcare and the justice system.  Their weekly series Fault Lines takes you beyond the headlines and holds the powerful to account as it examines the US' role in the world through 25-minute correspondent driven documentaries and an annual commission of 12-15 films in that format.  Witness features inspirational and provocative stories that are intimate, observational and character-led, and actively pursues co-productions, commissions and acquisitions for their 48-minute format. Join representatives from each program to learn more about what they are looking for and how you could work with them. WMM is happy to welcome Cynthia Kane, Documentary Unit's Senior Producer, Lucy Kennedy, Fault Lines' Commissioning Producer, and Jean Garner, Witness' Senior Commissioning Producer in the Americas.


Why not sign up for both workshops and save?

Regular Rate: $35.00 WMM Partner Rate: $25.00

Click here to sign up for both.


For more information on becoming a WMM Partner, click here.