Funding Day (Nov. 11)
FUNDING DAY – THURSDAY, NOV. 11
Join us for conversations from noted funders tracking new trends and offering insights into funding your films. Includes a deep dive conversation unpacking success.
The day starts with Breakfast (9-10 AM) and ends with a Happy Hour (4:15-5:15 PM) co-presented by XTR.
New Trends in Doc Funding
Explore new and evolving trends in the documentary funding landscape. Co-presented by XTR, this panel features major funders such as XTR’s Kathryn Everett, TIME Studios’ Alexandra Johnes, 30West’s Adriana Banta and Radical Media’s Jon Kamen. In a dialogue with Patricia Finneran from Storymatters Media, they will share their insights into what makes a project look promising to funders, as well as their thoughts on what the future might look like for doc funding. The panel will include a moderated Q&A session.
Head of Film, XTR
Founder, Story Matters
Chairman & CEO, RadicalMedia
Co-Head of Documentary, TIME Studios
The Nuts and Bolts of Equity Investing
Equity investing is a key source of financing for many docs, but it’s difficult, uncharted territory for many filmmakers. Led by moderator Patricia Finneran (Story Matters Media), Paula Froehle of Chicago Media Project, Susan Margolin of St. Mark’s Productions, producer Su Kim (Bitterbrush), and producer Daniel Chalfen (Naked Edge Films) will expand on how equity investing can be an important component of your funding strategy and how to decide if this funding approach is the right fit for your project. The panelists will also share advice on how doc filmmakers can prepare to secure investments. The panel will include a moderated Q&A session.
Co-Founder and CEO, CMP
Producer (A Crime on the Bayou)
Founder, Story Matters
Co-Founder, Naked Edge Films
Thinking Strategically: Pulling Back the Curtain on Film Funding Success
How can filmmakers put their best foot forward to make their project look appealing to an investor, studio, potential broadcaster or grant funder? Grantmaking expert Tracie Holder talks with Fork Films’ Kat Vecchio and filmmaker Byron Hurt (Hazing) about how you can use the different tools that are within your reach to make your project stand out from the crowd. The panel will include a moderated Q&A session.
Chief Strategist, Means of Production Consulting
CCO, Fork Films
Building budget and Community on Kickstarter
Rounding out the day, Kickstarter’s Elise McCave leads a session with Iyabo Boyd and Emmett Adler. Emmett’s Kickstarter-funded debut doc End of the Line is premiering at this year’s festival, while Iyabo is a filmmaker and organizer who’s successfully leveraged the platform to fund multiple film projects. Iyabo also spent a season working on staff at Kickstarter, so she really knows the inside scoop! Learn what it takes to use the platform to build the community, independence, and finances you need for your next project.
Senior Director of Film, Kickstarter
Founder, Brown Girls Doc Mafia
Director (End of the Line)
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