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Documentary Fundraising

November 2, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

  • Tuesday, November 2, 2021 7:00 – 8:30 pm | $75

    Making a documentary film is exciting, but raising money to make that film is all but exciting. It’s very hard work. The good news is that there is a potential audience for every film and there is also potential money for every film, but you must take on the challenge to find that audience and find that money. If you think that you have a fantastic idea, you must still prove that others will feel the same way and you must be able to address the basic questions of need, audience, distribution, marketing, crew, budget, and … you better have a funding plan. Some projects raise money following a patchwork strategy by receiving money from different sources. Some projects are supported by one big funder. All is possible and all is valuable on the quest to get your film done. What’s your strategy?

    In this session we’ll discuss the following questions:

    What is the right mindset to start raising money for your project?
    Is my project doable and is there money to support it?
    Where is the money coming from?
    What is the right fundraising strategy for my film?
    About the instructor: Adele Schmidt

    Adele Schmidt is a film & video producer, director and editor who has won numerous awards in both documentary and fiction films, including TIVA-DC’s Peer Award, the U.S. International Film and Video Festival Award, the Telly Awards and the Gabriel Award. She is co-founder of Zeitgeist Media LLC, an independent production company that has been releasing the music documentary series on progressive Rock, “Romantic Warriors – A Progressive Music Saga,” which includes the Krautrock Trilogy. She is also an adjunct professorial lecturer at American University and a co-founder of Docs In Progress. Originally from Germany, Adele taught film and video production at the National Center for Cinematographic Studies, Mexico City.

    Workshop Note: Because of social distancing needs, this workshop will be held online via Zoom, but building community is one of Docs In Progress’s guiding principles. So in order to allow time to meet fellow students, the Zoom room will open 15 minutes early and remain open after the class ends each night. It’s the best we can do for now until we can all come together in person.

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