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 1986. It is now the grantee of record for hundreds of media projects across the country. Our mission is to sponsor and support the independent media community through fiscal sponsorship as well as offering programming opportunities that bring people together for learning and networking.

FC Team


Laura Azevedo | Executive Director

Laura 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.


Kathleen Shugrue | Associate Director

Kathleen is an Emmy Award winning television producer who has worked in television production for close to 30 years.  She worked with Twin Cities PBS in the development and production of their children’s science series SciGirls and DragonflyTV/Nano. Shugrue spent 20 years at WGBH/Boston where she served as Senior Producer for the PBS Childrens’ Series FETCH with Ruff Ruffman and ZOOM. She also worked as a production manager for numerous series in National Productions. At Filmmakers Collaborative, Kathleen oversees accounting, grants management, membership, and daily operations


Board of Directors

Ronn Smith, Interim Board Chair

Nonprofit Consultant

Juliana Field

Nonprofit fundraising professional

Sandra Forman

Entertainment Attorney

Katherine Leahy, Treasurer

CFO non-profit consultant

Ankur Shama

Growth Strategist

David Tames

Blogger, Educator, Filmmaker



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