About Filmmakers Collaborative

Filmmakers Collaborative (FC) 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.


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Kathryn Dietz has been FC’s Executive Director since June 2011. Before this she produced documentaries for PBS through Ambrica Productions, a NY-based company she co-founded and –owned. Those films include: Young & Restless in China (Frontline, 2008), China in the Red (Frontline, 2003) and 6-hour series, CHINA: A Century of Revolution (1989-1997), as well as Mary Pickford (American Experience, 2005), Eleanor Roosevelt (American Experience, 2000), and Time of Fear (2005). These films have won numerous awards including three CINE Golden Eagles, two Gold Cameras, two Hugo Awards, a Bronze Telly, three Chris Awards, and several Silver and Bronze Apples.

In late 2009 she left Ambrica in order to pursue local collaborations, and has since produced, written and directed Big Little Town: The Story of Needham, (WGBH, 2012) and Targeting Cancer: The Story of Leukemia, part of a web series for the New England Journal of Medicine that she produced with FC filmmaker Nancy Porter. She is currently executive producer of Nasser : An Egyptian Story, by FC founder Michal Goldman, and The American Revolution, by FC filmmaker Bill Lichtenstein.

Kathryn loves helping other filmmakers do their best work, and at FC she does this through mentoring, consulting, directing the Making Media Now conference, and developing workshops and programming for the Boston International Kids Film Festival.


299879_4956991639856_2107602325_nLaura Azevedo is FC’s Associate 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 FC’s finances, web updates, newsletters, and management of interns and volunteers, and is creator and director (with Dietz) of the Boston International Kids Film Festival, in charge of all juried and curated films, scheduling, awards and much more.


Filmmakers Collaborative
397 Moody St.
Waltham, MA 02453
781-647-1102 (phone)
781-647-1140 (fax)
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