Founded in 1987 by filmmaker Michal Goldman, Filmmakers Collaborative is a tax-exempt organization that provides low cost fiscal sponsorship to independent media makers. It is now the grantee of record for thousands 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

With her extensive background as a production manager and supervising producer and a keen understanding of the industry, Laura brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her role as Executive Director of FC. Under her leadership, FC has grown into a thriving community of filmmakers, providing them with essential resources, mentorship, and networking opportunities. Laura’s commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive filmmaking community is evident in FC’s programming and initiatives. She has spearheaded projects that amplify underrepresented voices, ensuring that a wide range of perspectives are heard. Managing all strategic planning for FC, Laura is interested in implementing further networking and educational opportunities for the independent media-making community.

Laura is co-creator and current director of the Boston International Kids Film Festival, founded in 2013.

Natalia Morgan | Program Coordinator

Natalia is a college graduate from Loyola Marymount University were she earned her Bachelors in Sociology and Film Studies. From there she has worked as a production assistant to many local filmmakers in the Boston area before joining the FC and BIKFF team in 2019. During the year Natalia coordinates all adult and youth programming for Filmmakers Collaborative and their branch programming such as FC Academy and the Boston International Kids Film Festival. 



Rachel St. Pierre | Program Director
Studying film at The Savannah College of Art and Design taught me the techniques and tools to make films. But here, I also learned how filmmaking is, in essence, a team activity. I applied these lessons while obtaining my masters in education from Lesley University. I realized here, that if filmmaking is a team activity, it’s also community art. Eventually, I became film school manager at RAW’s Reel to Real film program in Lynn. My role at FC Academy feels like a natural progression and the culmination of my skills as an educator and filmmaker.
Watching our program expand is more than I could ever dream of.



Michael Azevedo | Digital Media and Podcast Producer

Michael is a multi-faceted communications professional who has led and managed diverse teams in digital, broadcast, and multimedia initiatives. He has put his talents–as a speaker, presenter, producer and writer–to use in the service of renowned organizations and companies of all sizes: from some of the world’s leading investment and telecommunications firms, to top-tier public broadcasting networks and myriad prestigious non-profit organizations dedicated to advancing media literacy, education, public policy, and the arts.



Board of Directors

Hilary Finkel Buxton, Board Chair

Director, Public Television Distribution

Paula Connolly, Treasurer


Sabrina Aviles

Independent Film & Video Producer

Christopher Gaines

Director, Editor, Educator

Sandra Forman

Entertainment Attorney

Peter Panagopoulos

Brand Manager and Marketing Executive

David Tames

Blogger, Educator, Filmmaker

Our Partners

We are grateful for the generous support of our sponsors:

Massachusetts Cultural Council
Lowel Cultural Council
Cabot Family Charitable Trust
Liberty Mutual Foundation
City of Boston Arts and Culture