FREE to current FC members

Join us for a legal round-table discussion with entertainment attorney Sandy Forman.

A unique opportunity to get answers to your legal questions on issues such as rights clearances, licensing, fair use, collaborations, optioning rights, production and distribution agreements.

Sandra Forman is a Boston-based entertainment attorney with a primary focus on the representation of independent film and television producers and a specialty in documentary filmmaking. She is also known for her expertise in representing clients on matters concerning rights, clearances and fair use. Sandra provides consultation and legal support for her clients as they move through all phases of their projects, from financing and development through production and distribution.

Current FC members:  CLICK HERE TO register

FC non-members:  CLICK REGISTER buttom below to sign up through eventbrite. ZOOM link will then be sent to you.

 

An intro to a very important part of filmmaking that you won’t want to miss!

This two-hour virtual, introductory grant writing workshop’s participants will gain an understanding of the mindset of foundations, learn the basics of preparing a proposal, and develop the knowledge required to write winning grant proposals for nonprofits. The focus will be on grant proposals for submission to public, private, and corporate foundations. The workshop isn’t specific to funding films. The workshop will begin with an overview of institutional funding in America, learn what grant makers look for in a proposal, how they approach the review process, plus the role of letters of inquiry (LOIs) and proposal writing as a portion of overall nonprofit fundraising efforts.

The majority of the workshop will be spent looking at examples of and discussing each section of a proposal to understand the essential elements of a proposal narrative and learn what elements make a strong case for support.

JULIANA FIELD: With donkey’s years of fundraising and grant writing experience for varied types of nonprofit organizations, Juliana Field is currently the grant writer at Cradles to Crayons in Newton, MA, and serves on the FC Board. She has secured funds from local and national foundations, including The Ford Foundation, The MacArthur Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. For the past ten years, Juliana also has been a guest lecturer at Lasell University where she has taught graduate-level proposal writing and the introduction to fundraising course. She earned her undergraduate degree in Anthropology with a concentration on Visual (Film) Anthropology and an MA in Renaissance Art History. She has traveled extensively, living in Florence, Italy and London England, along with many places in America. Juliana currently lives in Ashland, MA with her husband who is a former chef and two cats. Her quarantine hobbies included researching and compiling a family history book for her daughter and planting a peace garden (“for the birds”).

*Free for FC members, $30 for nonmembers*

Nonmembers Click here to register

FC Members Click here to reserve your spot

 

Please join us for a webinar with Scilla Andreen, CEO & Co-Founder of IndieFlix.

IndieFlix is an entertainment company offering global screening and streaming services that promote and support social impact films to create positive change in the world.

IndieFlix’s screening service books offline community screenings in schools, corporations and communities around the world. Scilla is going to discuss how the educational arm of IndieFlix works with independent filmmakers in acquiring their work as well as introducing filmmakers to way that the Indieflix platform offers a way for their films to reach a broad audience.

THURSDAY, JUNE 4
12:30pm – 1:30pm

FREE TO CURRENT FC MEMBERS – FC members click here to register

 

ARCHIVAL STORYTELLING FROM HOME

Although we won’t be working from home forever, for now many of us are – and in the coming months, travel is likely to be restricted. How much
work can be accomplished remotely by filmmakers, whether of drama or
documentary, who need to use third-party visuals or music in their films? This webinar offers strategies for discovering music, footage, stills, and artwork online, and discusses what limits you may face. It reviews rights issues involved in licensing materials, and offers options for finding out who owns which rights and how they might be contacted. And it goes over the basics of fair use and public domain, as you continue to develop your project and
budget from home.

Join KENN RABIN and SHEILA CURRAN BERNARD, co-authors of the brand-new Archival Storytelling: A Filmmaker’s Guide to Finding, Using, and Licensing Third-Party Visuals and Music, 2nd edition, as they offer advice and answer questions.

Thursday, May 7, 2020
1:00 – 2:30 pm

THIS WEBINAR IS FREE to CURRENT FC MEMBERS
AND
$15 for NON-MEMBERS

FC MEMBERS CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

NON-MEMBERS CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP
(YOU WILL THEN BE SENT A LINK TO JOIN WEBINAR)

All the scripted television you binge on — police procedurals, medical dramas, sitcoms –  have gone through what is called the “script clearance” process.  Researchers read the scripts and prepare lists of all the possibly problematic story elements which the lawyers then ponder.  Some of these script clearance companies also research the project’s title to make sure that it, too, is “clear” and safe from lawsuits when it hits the screen.

Anne Marie Murphy founded Eastern Script almost 30 years ago right here in Massachusetts.  The company provides both script clearance and title search reports.  Eastern Script provides these services to productions across North America and elsewhere; last year they added clients in Chile and New Zealand to their fold. 

Bring your questions about this little-known media production service to an hour-long visit with her!

Are you intimidated by the fundraising process?

Join FC board member and independent consultant Ronn Smith as he demystifies the process of fundraising and provides ideas, tools and resources for you to begin raising the funds to make your dream project a reality.  We will cover topics such as how important you are in the process, why people/foundations/corporations donate to documentaries, the importance of partnerships, developing a fundraising strategy and how to use online fundraising tools.

Whether you are starting a company for a single film or building your own media production company, there are a number of considerations to strategize and plan for your creative business. We’ll focus on several essential topics that help get things up and running, including: business types (C Corp, S Corp, LLC, DBA, etc); legal and accounting services; how to compensate employees, contractors, and yourself!

Breakout sessions include

The workshop is geared for independent filmmakers, producers, and startup production teams creating films, commercial, and digital content.FC Members receive a $10 discount with code FCMEMBER. 

A Partner Event Sponsored by:

FILMMAKERS COLLABORATIVE along with
LEF FOUNDATION and THE CENTER FOR INDEPENDENT DOCUMENTARY

If you were able to join us on June 14, 2017 for the “Demystifying Tax Credits” Seminar, you were given an overview of exactly what these credits are, how they are used and how to qualify.

We know that:

If you were left thinking “Yes, but how do I apply?”, this workshop is for you!

Please join us on Tuesday, Sept. 19, as we take you step-by-step through the entire process – from how to register with the State, through filing for the appropriate tax credit, to ways to finance your film through the tax credits.

It’s free of charge, but space is limited.   Sign up now !

On hand again will be Wendy Riseborough, a Producer and Project Manager for Independent filmmakers who has applied for and received tax credits over 20 times in her career. Wendy has seen it all and lucky for us is willing to share her stories of success and challenges along the way.

Wendy Riseborough | Producer & Project Manager

Wendy Riseborough is a producer and project manager of award winning documentaries, feature films, and cable series. For the last 11 years she has held producing titles at Vital Pictures in Boston, where she develops new public broadcasting documentaries, oversees productions, and day-to-day operations. She has worked to successfully secure tax credits for numerous independent documentaries for broadcast, episodic, and digital media projects. Her newest production, ‘Coming of Age in Aging America’, will air on the PBS World Channel in late June 2017.

If you have specific questions regarding your project that you would like answered at the workshop, please feel free to share them ahead of time with laura@filmmakerscollab.org and we will try to address everyone’s needs.

 

Join us for a legal round-table discussion with entertainment attorney Sandy Forman.

A unique opportunity to get answers to your legal questions on issues such as rights clearances, licensing, fair use, collaborations, optioning rights, production and distribution agreements.

Sandra Forman is a Boston-based entertainment attorney with a primary focus on the representation of independent film and television producers and a specialty in documentary filmmaking. She is also known for her expertise in representing clients on matters concerning rights, clearances and fair use. Sandra provides consultation and legal support for her clients as they move through all phases of their projects, from financing and development through production and distribution. In addition to her legal practice, Sandra has served for over 13 years as project director and legal counsel for the Eyes on the Prize Re-Release Project. Sandra began her career in the entertainment field at WGBH Public Television in Boston and is a frequent guest speaker at universities, conferences, film festivals and media organizations.

This Workshop is not yet scheduled. If you are interested in this workshop, please email laura@filmmakerscollab.org