Registration for the workshop is now closed.
How much does it actually cost to make and finish a film? How do I find co-conspirators to make and finish films with? How do I fundraise? What materials, access, and ideas do I need before I get started? How do I describe my film? What can I do to jump start my documentary project besides sitting down to write a long grant application? And when my film is finished, how will audiences find it? The honest answer to all of these questions is that every project is unique. As a filmmaker, you must understand your own goals to know how to best move forward for your own project, which is the objective of this new three-part seminar series.
“Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained: Getting Started” will guide you through identifying how to position your filmmaking practices and projects for a potential documentary market. The first two interactive sessions provide a holistic basis for you to better understand the steps toward making and completing a documentary project. If you attend or watch the recordings of the first two sessions, you can apply to workshop your projects and ideas in the third session with experienced members of IDA’s artist programming teams. Even if you don’t have a project to workshop, you are encouraged to attend to learn from the community.
During the workshop, attendees were given worksheets and resource handouts that cover the following topics:
- Types of Nonfiction Films (Glossary)
- Budget Template
- Where to Go for Funding
- Mental Health Support Resources
- List of labs, incubators, and other development programs
You can find those resources here.
Dates and times are as follows:
Part one: August 29, 10am - 11:30am PT. Watch the recording here.
Part two: August 30, 10am - 11:30am PT. Watch the recording here.
Workshop: September 20, 10am - 12:00pm PT.
After these sessions, you will:
- Gain language for describing your position in the independent film landscape, and context for how other projects are presented
- Be able to define most of the terms that are used in the documentary industry
- Better understand how to develop a film from an idea to its fruition
- Feel more confident navigating often-confusing and opaque film industry spaces, even if your background comes from outside conventional access to documentary pipelines