Six years ago, Sundance Institute and Women In Film Los Angeles launched an initiative to foster gender parity for women behind the camera. Our first step was to understand the root causes and hard numbers behind the paucity of American women filmmakers so we could design effective ways to improve on the status quo. When we analyzed the systemic obstacles and opportunities facing women in American independent film, the most frequent barrier cited was lack of knowledge of film financing and skills related to raising capital from investors. The 2018 Financing and Strategy Intensive carries on a five year project designed to address these needs head-on.
Held on Monday, April 9 and Tuesday, April 10, 2018, this clinic is designed to help approximately 25 filmmaking teams advance a front-burner project to the next stage. Over two days, filmmaking teams will participate in the following events: small group workshops focused on both pitching and financing strategy, an evening panel on indie film financing, and one-on-one meetings with potential financiers and partners
The goal of this Intensive is for filmmakers who are actively seeking financing to walk away with stronger presentations as well as actionable, strategic steps to advance their projects to the next stage, and a chance to meet with potential partners.
To be eligible to apply through Women In Film, each filmmaking team must have:
1) A strong feature-length documentary or scripted project actively seeking financing.
2) The ability and willingness to discuss that project in small groups comprised of fellow filmmakers and high level advisors.
3) Producer-director teams are welcome, as are producers or directors on their own. If a producer attends on their own, there must be a director attached to the project. If a director attends on their own, they should be a director-producer hyphenate or be intricately involved in financing the project. This is a producing-intensive clinic, and that skill set will be required.
4) This Clinic will not be appropriate for highly seasoned filmmakers. First time filmmakers with strong projects are appropriate as are mid-career artists who would benefit from pitching, financing, and strategy counsel.
5) One participant with active Women In Film membership.
6) Los Angeles residence or means to attend. Travel is not provided.
Submissions due by 9am PST, March 5, 2018
Participants will be informed of selection the second week of March