CID is committed to providing valuable educational and professional development tools to the independent filmmaking community. Our monthly virtual Lunch + Learn sessions each focus on a different timely topic, and give members a chance to listen, learn, and ask questions. As each session has limited availability, we urge you to sign up early. Below is a list of our upcoming sessions as well as a form to submit if you are interested in registering.
'Meet The Funder: IDA' with Program Officer, Dana Merwin
June 21st @ 12:30pm - 1:30pm ET
Join us for a conversation with IDA Program Officer, Dana Merwin, who will present an overview of the criteria for the Enterprise Development and Pare Lorentz Doc Funds opening June 11. For more details on both grants visit the IDA site here.
Prior to joining IDA, Dana was the production manager for Al Jazeera America's documentary unit and the Peabody Award winning series Fault Lines. She was the Director of Operations for Jupiter Entertainment in Los Angeles, where she oversaw delivery of docu-reality series to various cable networks. She has served as a production manager on numerous film and television productions.
'Fan-Based Distribution' with Emmy-nominated filmmaker, Laurel Chiten
May 31st @ 12pm - 1pm ET
Join us for a conversation with Emmy-nominated filmmaker, Laurel Chiten (Blind Dog Films) who will be discussing her experiences with grassroots-driven distribution.
Laurel's most recent film, 'Just One Drop', has seen unbelievable success with 100+ Cinema On Demand screenings and over 200 community screenings worldwide. This was all done with no marketing budget, no ads, no publicist and no traditional press, but through utilizing innovative and consistent digital marketing and building and sustaining her "tribe". During this session, she will share some of her knowledge to help you maximize your reach, impact and revenue. Valuable for any phase of the filmmaking process, from concept, to fundraising to distribution. Watch a quick video here.
'Legal Concerns For Filmmakers' with Sandy Forman, Entertainment Attorney
April 24th @ 12pm - 1pm ET
Please join us for a discussion of legal issues impacting documentary filmmakers with Sandy Forman, a Boston-based entertainment lawyer. Sandy and CID Executive Director, Susi Walsh, will be discussing wide ranging concerns to filmmakers such as appearance releases, rights clearances, work for hire agreements, fair use and copyright issues, and collaboration and coproduction agreements. This will be an interactive session where attendees will be able to present their questions (although please keep in mind that Sandy will be unable to give specific legal advice). Visit Sandy's website here.
'Funding Opportunities & Audience Engagement' with Working Films!
March 22nd @ 12pm - 1pm ET
We'll be talking with Molly Murphy who co-directs Working Films, a national nonprofit using documentary film to advance social justice and environmental protection. She'll share Working Films approach to audience engagement, as well as opportunities for funding and support. Visit Working Films' website here.
'Crowdfunding To Build Independence' with Seed&Spark!
February 15th @ 12pm - 1pm ET
March 6th @ 3pm - 4pm ET(12pm - 1pm PT)
We all have amazing films to make, but finding the money to make them (and the audience to watch them) can be challenging. Seed&Spark is a filmmaker-focused crowdfunding platform created to boost the career-building power of crowdfunding for creators. In this intro session, Seed&Spark Head of Education Julie Keck will touch on the basics of audience building, crowdfunding project set-up, campaign communication, and more. Bring your questions! Visit Seed&Spark's website here.
More questions? Please reach out to Mira@documentaries.org.