Please join us for a lunchtime webinar on December 7 from 12:30pm – 1:30pm as we speak with Nikki Bramley on lighting techniques for documentaries.  Nikki will discuss essential lighting equipment, tricks and principles to make your subject (and you!) look your best.  There will be plenty of time for Q&A during this discussion and so please feel free to bring your questions with you.  Hope to see you there!

Nikki Bramley is a Director of Photography based in Boston. Her work ranges from independent documentaries to commercial projects. Recent camera credits include: Runner (Festivals, 2020), Trial 4 (Netflix, 2020), Councilwoman (America Re-Framed, PBS, 2019), “Flint’s Deadly Water”(Frontline, 2019), Jason Aldean” (Breaking Big, PBS 2018), “Seeing Eyes/Feeling Heart” (American Masters, 2018), “Addiction” (NOVA, 2018, B camera). Her documentary and nonprofit cinematography work has taken her across the U.S., and to Thailand, Ireland and South Sudan. Nikki graduated from the S.I. Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University in 2002 with a B.S. in Television, Radio and Film Production.


By editors, for editors. Editors bootcamp is a new in-depth program to empower Editors and Assistant Editors to expand their craft.  

Through presentations led by working editors, AE’s and post-production specialists – we’ll offer practical solutions to become a more effective editor and collaborator. Sessions include:

Editors Bootcamp is intended for editors, assistant editors, and emerging editors seeking skills to advance their toolkit and career. Our goal is to inspire and support your craft and deepen your skillset while learning tricks-of-the-trade through direct knowledge-sharing. 

FC members are able to attend the event at 50% off! For the promo code email Natalia Morgan at for the promo code. 

Join us in a discussion about what it means to work with an editor!

What the best way to collaborate with your editor? We thought that asking someone who has more than 50 credits for films appearing on PBS, BBC and major film festivals around the world was a good person to ask! Please join us and meet Peter Rhodes who will discuss best practices around topics such as when to hire and what to look for in an editor, shooting to edit, timelines, and more. This will be a roundtable discussion with lots of time for Q&A so bring your questions!

Guest Speaker: Peter Rhodes

Peter Rhodes is a veteran editor, trained at the BBC in London. Since moving to the United States in 1986 he has accumulated more than 50 credits for films that have appeared on PBS, the BBC and at major film festivals. His most recent work includes Poetry In America for PBS; Jim Allison: Breakthrough which was which was an Official Selection at SXSW 2018; Latino Americans for PBS, which won a Peabody Award; The Price of Sugar, which won the Audience Award at SXSW and was short-listed for an Academy Award; and Harvest of Fear, a Frontline/NOVA co-production which won a duPont-Columbia award. Whilst at the BBC in 1984 he was nominated for a British Academy award for best sound-editing.

Join us for a lunchtime discussion with team from the Film Festival Alliance, an organization that creates a collaborative global community for mission-driven film festivals while advocating for a sustainable and inclusive environment for our industry. Bring your questions to find out what the virtual world means for film festivals, how to select the best ones for your film, what to expect once accepted, and more! This will be a roundtable discussion with plenty of time for Q&A.

Guests include: Lela Meadow-Conner, Executive Director; Barbara Twist, Associate Director and Gray Rodriguez, Director of Communications

12:30pm – 1:30pm EST


Free to FC Members, $20 non-members

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



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




When is the right time to start thinking about distribution for your film? It’s never too early to plan for how to get to make sure that that fruits of your labor are enjoyed by as many people in as many ways as possible! We are here to help with a series of webinars that break down the distribution options into three small bites: Alternative Platforms, Self-Distributors and the Alphabet Soup of Streaming Options: OTT, VOD, SVOD, EIEIO.

First up, ALTERNATIVE PLATFORMS. Join us as Judy Barlow, VP of APT Worldwide at American Public Television talks about distribution options you may not have considered such as cruise ships, airlines, international markets and more.

FC members may join the webinar for free. Contact for link

Non FC members : $15

Register via Eventbrite. Once registered we will provide you with the link to join the 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!

FC member Debbie Wright was working in the pharmaceutical industry in Pennsylvania when the reality of modern-day slavery in America hit very close to home.  The FBI descended upon her neighbor’s house, finding thousands of pornographic images, many of which were of children being brutalized and raped. Debbie simply could not stand by and do nothing.  Her passion to raise awareness about trafficking and slavery lead her to the completion of her FIRST feature-length documentary, From Liberty to Captivity.

With Filmmakers Collaborative as a fiscal sponsor—and with no prior fundraising experience—Debbie managed to raise close to $550,000 in individual donations and $120,000 from foundations to producer her film. She is considering various distribution options and is now traveling around with her film as she continues to raise additional funding.

Debbie will present a workshop on how she went from went from a passionate idea to a successful fundraising/filmmaking adventure