Spotlight on Documentaries is an extremely successful and viable forum for U.S. and International buyers, sales agents, and financiers to meet with filmmakers with new documentary feature and serialized projects. Presenting 60+ documentary projects ranging from those at an early financing stage (i.e. early development or in production) to those nearing completion (i.e. in post-production or at a rough cut stage), this section includes emerging and established filmmakers working in non-fiction.
Accepted filmmakers take part in pre-scheduled one-on-one meetings with potential financing and distribution partners, speed dating meetings with festival programmers, invitations to private documentary events, and exclusive access to the Filmmaker Conference. Applications are now open. (Early Deadline: May 2nd. Late Deadline: May 23rd). Apply here!
Got a unique film project that contributes to society? The Roy W. Dean Film Grant is looking to award its grant to one that fits that description. This year’s winner receives $3,500 cash and $30,000 in donated film products and services to help complete their film. Films can be documentaries, short films, features, TV or web series. Deadline for submission is June 30th, 2016. You can apply for the grant at http://fromtheheartproductions.com/grant-application-form/
Looking for funding and support for your film? The Women’s Film Institute has compiled a list of funding opportunities and professional development programs to serve U.S. and international filmmakers. FREE Bonus report includes a list of 30+ funding opportunities for filmmakers! Resources for Filmmakers_BONUS_REPORT_5_27_2016
Catapult Film Fund provides development funding to documentary filmmakers who have a compelling story to tell, have secured access to their story and are ready to shoot and edit a piece for production fundraising purposes. Our mission is to enable filmmakers to develop their film projects to the next level at a moment where funding is hard to find. We support powerful stories, and moving storytelling, across a broad spectrum of issues and perspectives. http://catapultfilmfund.org/
Women’s Film Institute is proud to be a community partner at this year’s 18th annual United Nations Association Film Festival (October 15-25th). WFI is proud to co-present the following films:
DRIVING WITH SELVI Thursday, Oct. 15, Aquarius Theater, 430 Emerson St., Palo Alto, Calif., 8:20 p.m.
About film: Selvi, like so many girls living within India’s patriarchal culture, is forced to marry at a young age, only to find herself in a violent and abusive marriage. One day in deep despair, she chooses to escape, going to a highway with the intention of throwing herself under the wheels of a bus. Instead she gets on the bus, choosing to live, and goes on to become South India’s first female taxi driver. This is the ten year journey of a charming and courageous young woman who defies expectations and creates a new life. Through Selvi’s eyes, the audience is taken on a journey of healing, overcoming obstacles and fulfilling dreams. Director/Producer: Elisa Paloschi. More info: http://www.unaff.org/2015/f_driving.htm
ALICE WALKER: BEAUTY IN TRUTH
Saturday, October 24, Stanford University, Stanford Medical School (Li Ka Shing Center Building) 291 Campus Drive, Room LK130, 7:20 p.m.
About film: Alice Walker: Beauty In Truth tells the compelling story of an extraordinary woman’s journey from her birth in a shack in cotton fields of Putnam County, Georgia to her recognition as a key writer of the 20th century. Alice Walker made history as the first black woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction for her groundbreaking novel, The Color Purple, which has been transformed from a novel to a Hollywood movie and latterly to a successful Broadway musical. This universal story of triumph against all odds is not that different from Walker’s own story. The filmoffers a penetrating look at the life and art of an artist, a self-confessed renegade and human rights activist. More info: http://www.unaff.org/2015/f_alice.html
Abigail Disney is an American filmmaker most known for her socially themed documentaries. Disney’s directorial debut The Armor of Light is a documentary that follows the journey of an Evangelical minister (Reverend Rob Schenck) trying to find the courage to preach about the growing toll of gun violence in America.
In this podcast episode, Scarlett Shepard (Founder of the Women’s Film Institute) speaks with Abigail Disney about The Armor of Light as well as Disney’s passion for documentary filmmaking and filmmaking process. Disney offers her advice on filmmaker distribution and networking. She also discusses the available funding opportunities for full-length non-fiction films from her production company, Fork Films. Fork Films supports filmmaking projects that promote peacebuilding, human rights, and social justice with particular emphasis on those that bring women’s voices to the forefront.
Don’t miss feature documentary The Armor of Light directed by Abigail Disney on Tuesday, Jul 28, at 6:30 PM in San Francisco at this year’s San Francisco Jewish Film Festival. More info: http://sfjff.org/2015/films/armor-of-light-the/
More information about Fork Films: http://www.forkfilms.net/
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