Sunday, March 11th: How to Get Your Documentary off the Ground

How to Get Your Documentary off the Ground
UnionDocs (322 Union Ave., Brooklyn)

While it is easier than ever to pick up a camera and start shooting a documentary, the groundwork of establishing basic contracts, fundraising, and properly planning a production remains critical to the successful completion and distribution for your film. The focus of this seminar is to review these foundational elements with industry experts and map out how best to get your project off the ground.

We will discuss how to set up your company and review the various release forms you’ll need when you shoot. We will cover fundraising basics with a focus on individual donors, government grants and foundations, with an overview of the key film funders. Tied to this will be information on fiscal sponsorship – what it is, who is doing it, and how the models differ.

Finally, we will answer your questions about how to get started on a successful documentary production.