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With Ellen Martinez (Dir., After Spring) & Steph Ching (Producer, After Spring).
Tuesday, February 04, 2020 at 06:30 PM   $150   Made In NY Media Center By IFP, 30 John St

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Prepare for the road ahead when shooting your documentary film & get the funding to finish it.

There is an abundance of stories, issues & people to make a documentary about; to actually complete & finance a feature film is less common. Fundamental to succeeding is starting with a doable, marketable, & captivating treatment, & a proposal that accurately represents your project. The aim of this course is to prepare you for the road ahead, by giving you a step by step plan from start to finish to prepare your materials & raise money for your film.

The instructors, Stephanie Ching & Ellen Martinez (After Spring, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival 2016), will provide an overview for developing an idea into a feasible action plan ready to go into production. They'll cover:

Budgeting. - Learn what to include in a realistic budget for each stage of production.

Fundraising. - Different techniques to raise money for your film & how to decide which types of funding are the best fit for your project. The course will cover grant writing tips, crowdfunding, investors, in-kind corporate donations, & working with a production company.

Pitching. - Details on creating pitch materials, visual samples (spending money to make money) grant applications, & writing a treatment. By showing examples of treatments & visual samples Steph & Ellen will show you what worked for them & specific ways you can tailor your application to have the most success while fundraising.

Pre-production. - Practical aspects of pre-production: basic legal, business, safety, & production/post-production tips.

Steph & Ellen were recently selected for the 2018 IFP Project Forum & are currently in development on their next projects.

What You Will Learn
How to make a realistic budget & what to include for each stage of production.

Different fundraising techniques; types of funding.

What materials you should have for a pitch.

Practical aspects of pre-production: basic legal, business, safety, & production/post-production tips.


Steph & Ellen Co-Directed & Produced After Spring, a feature documentary about the Syrian refugee crisis. The award winning film was Executive Produced by Jon Stewart & premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2016. It has since screened at over 100 film festivals in 15 countries. After Spring premiered on STARZ in February 2017.
Ellen & Steph are recipients of the Frontline award for excellence in documentary journalism & are MacArthur foundation grantees. They are experienced in international production & received exclusive access to film After Spring at the Zaatari Refugee Camp in Jordan, 7 miles from the Syrian border.
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