About Filmmakers Collaborative

Filmmakers Collaborative (FC) is a tax-exempt organization that has been providing low cost fiscal sponsorship to independent media makers since it was founded in 1987. It became a national organization in 2008, and is now the grantee of record for over 200 media projects across the country. Our mission is to sponsor and support the independent media community through fiscal sponsorship as well through programs that bring people together for learning and networking. These include our annual Making Media Now, the Boston International Kids Film Festival that launched in November 2013, plus workshops, internships and mentoring opportunities.


299879_4956991639856_2107602325_nLaura Azevedo is FC’s Executive Director. She has over twenty years experience as a production manager and supervising producer, with credits on national series such as NOVA, American Experience and FETCH! with Ruff Ruffman. In her tenure at FC she has positioned the organization as one of the few non-profit fiscal sponsors able to handle both traditional and crowd-sourced funding in an easy and streamlined fashion — a huge asset to FC filmmakers as they increasingly turn online for project funding. She manages all strategic planning for the Collaborative, and is interested in implementing further networking and educational opportunities for the independent media-making community. She is co-creator and current director of the Boston International Kids Film Festival.



Stephanie Mills is the Associate Director of FC.  She is a native of Dublin, Ireland who moved to Boston in the mid 1990’s. She has freelanced in the television industry in and around Boston for over 15 years. Her most recent work has been as a Production Manager at WGBH. Her credits include the Emmy Award winning science program NOVA, PBS’s critically acclaimed news program Frontline, American Experience, Between the Lions, National Geographic and The Discovery Channel.

Stephanie works on grant management, membership, programming and the daily operations of the Filmmakers Collaborative.





Filmmakers Collaborative
6 Eastman Place
Suite 202
Melrose, MA 02176
781-662-1102 (phone)
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