In August, the NEA released State of the Field: A Report from the Documentary Sustainability Summit in partnership with International Documentary Association (IDA). The report highlights key findings and recommendations from the Documentary Sustainability Summit, held in February 2017 at the NEA offices in conjunction with IDA, that brought together leaders in the documentary community alongside leaders from government and the arts. To continue the momentum, NEA is hosting a series of webinar conversations highlighting themes from the report. Each webinar features a panel of experts working in the field and a Q&A session for attendees. All webinars are free to the public. The goal is to widen the net of individuals involved in the conversation, so we hope you can join in and help spread the word!  Read the complete article  HERE and check out the webinar schedule below.

Supporting Indie Productions: Film Rebate & Tax Incentive Programs, September 21, 3:00pm (ET)

Deepen your understanding of how indie-friendly film rebate and tax incentive programs can serve local economic interests by supporting the small businesses working in independent production. Presenters include: Lance Kramer (Meridian Hill Pictures), Cynthia Lopez (media strategist and former Commissioner of NYC Mayor's Office of Media & Entertainment), Herbert Niles (D.C. Office of Cable Television, Film, Music and Entertainment), and Rahdi Taylor (Former Sundance Institute Film Fund Director).   Take Part

Strengthening Communities: Regional Programs & Broadcast Initiatives, October 12, 3:00pm (ET)

Resource providers can play a key role in developing community-driven programs that bring a regional spotlight to independent content creators. Presenters include: Teresa Hollingsworth (South Arts), Sue Schardt (Association for Independents in Radio), and Chris Hastings (WORLD Channel).   Take Part

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FORK FILMS OPEN CALL: Webinar with Kat Vecchio at WMM 

After a summer hiatus, Women Make Movies' workshop and webinar series is back! First up - a webinar with Fork Films' Director of Grantmaking Kat Vecchio on Sept. 14th.   Fork Films awards grants to full-length, non-fiction films from around the world that promote peace, human rights and social justice. Their next Open Call starts on Sept. 12th - are you ready to apply? Join Women Make Movies and Fork's Director of Grantmaking Kat Vecchio on Sept. 14th in a global webinar where they'll answer your questions and discuss what makes a successful application. 

Starting Sept. 12th, the Open Call is open to media makers with projects about important social issues. Contact Laura Saladin for a $10.00 promotional discount code and then r egister HERE 

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SEEKING SUBMISSIONS: Screenings Scheduled for October 7th in Washington DC

Docs In Progress is seeking submissions from across the United States for its October 7th Docs In the City Work-in-Progress screening program in Washington DC. The theme of this year's program is "coming of age" which can be interpreted rather widely. Films can be features or shorts, but must be at an almost-finished stage (rough cut or fine cut not yet at picture lock) where the storyline is clear but the filmmaker still wants a reality check from an audience on structure or character development. If selected, you will be invited to join us on Saturday, October 7 at American University in Washington DC for a screening of your work-in-progress followed by a facilitated feedback session from Stephenson and an audience made up of a mix of filmmakers and documentary aficionados. If the filmmaker is from outside of the Washington DC area, Docs In Progress will provide accommodations and will reimburse travel from within the United States for one representative (preferably director or producer) of the film.  Learn more  HERE. The deadline to submit your project is September 5th, 2017.