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Sydnye White

Hi D-Word:

I am selling a CD from a teleseminar I hosted on How To Fund Your Dream Documentary. Please take a look at the website and let me know if you think folks would be interested in buying such an information product. Visit Thanks!

Learn how to successfully maximize your efforts and get your project out of the “dream” phase and into funded production with this exciting new 45-minute teleseminar.

There are a million stories to be told in the big city… and everyone one of them needs money to make them a reality. Do you have a documentary idea that you want to bring to life? Have you tried to get grants but got disheartened because of rejections or an overwhelming process? Do you work for a production house and need to improve your funding success rate? This recorded teleseminar will demystify the process of funding your dream documentary so that you can share your vision with audiences around the world.

Krystal Lord

I am seeking a UK based Production Coordinator/Manager to assist us with coordinating shoots in the UK that will be taking place Oct. 26-29. We need someone on the ground there to help us with coordinating interviews and locations in London and possibly Edinburgh, Scotland.

We need assistance as soon as possible.

Please send recommendations and suggestions to: Krystal at

Krystal Lord
Associate Producer, “Cool It”
T: 310-255-0907
C: 323-313-5402

Rob Rooy

Vivian Norris de Montaigu, a producer based in Paris, has contacted me to help her find a good videographer in the Washington / Baltimore area to shoot one or two interviews on October 22nd or 23rd. It's in conjunction with a documentary about Pres. Obama's mother. My usual people are all booked; can anyone give me some leads? I don't know Dr. Norris de Montaigu personally, but she comes highly recommended by a friend in the area of microfinance, a subject that I've dealt with a lot. She's also developing a feature film based on the life and work of Muhammad Yunus of Grameen Bank in Bangladesh, Nobel Peace Prize winner in 2006 and someone I've also worked with a great deal. She wants to shoot in high def, and would rely on the camera person to arrange for equipment and quite possibly also a sound recordist. Here's a link with info about Norris de Montaigu:

Robert Goodman

Denis Boni is a terrific camera person. Tell him I said hello

Stephanie Foerster

Looking for a volunteer camera assistant for a VERY short shoot tomorrow in DC, from approx. 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. Anyone know someone who's looking for experience and up for a little adventure? Please email me at

Patrick Shirley

This is your opportunity to work on a short documentary film (5-10 minutes) in a group (3/4 person crew) in a supported environment. During these weeks you will be encouraged to think about how to use your stories/footage/first films to leverage yourself into the next phase of your work. After all your hard work you will be able to enjoy watching all the finished films at a screening hosted at the London Film Academy.

For more info please visit:
or contact:

Mike Thomas

Hi everyone,

I'm looking for any recommendations that people might have for an experienced editor. Of course, people are welcome to apply to the email below but it would be great if anyone had advice and suggestions. (This is a paid position by the way). Here's the spec;

We are looking for a talented editor for a feature length foreign documentary with a strong narrative. You need to have solid experience in character development and story structure.

Editing will begin in either December or January and ideally, you will be able to travel abroad to edit, but this is not a deal breaker (flight and accommodation will be covered)

You should be skilled in editing in Final Cut, have a quality reel with broadcast credits and references that can be checked.

We also want to produce a trailer.

For full details contact us at

Felix Endara

DocuClub in October!

Our October DocuClub will take place on Wednesday, October 28, 7 p.m., at the 92YTribeca, located at 200 Hudson Street (at Canal). You can take the E, 1, or 6 trains to Canal.

We will screen a rough cut of BAD BLOOD by Marilyn Ness. Through the eyes of survivors and family members, BAD BLOOD chronicles how a “miracle” treatment for hemophilia became an agent of death for 10,000 Americans. Faced with evidence that pharmaceutical companies and government regulators knew the product was contaminated, they launch a powerful and inspiring fight to right the system that failed them and to make it safer for all.

Director/Producer, Marilyn Ness, is a two-time Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker with 14 years of experience. She founded Necessary Films in 2005, directing short films for non-profits and developing documentaries including BAD BLOOD and GENOME. Prior to that, Ness spent four years as a producer for Director Ric Burns, collaborating on four award-winning PBS films: ANSEL ADAMS; THE CENTER OF THE WORLD; ANDY WARHOL; and EUGENE O’NEIL. Ness’ other credits include films for TLC, HBO, Court TV, and National Geographic, as well as films for the PBS series American Experience and the theatrical feature THE LIFE AND TIMES OF HANK GREENBERG.

Other credits for BAD BLOOD include Editor Marian Sears Hunter, Director of Photography David Ford, Writers Sheila Curran Bernard and Marilyn Ness, and Coordinating Producers Kristen Vaurio and Christina King.

Our moderator will be Robert Bahar. Bahar is the Emmy-award winning producer/writer of the documentary MADE IN L.A. Funded by ITVS, POV and the Sundance Documentary Fund, MADE IN L.A. premiered on PBS' POV series in 2007 and has screened extensively at festivals around the world. The film, which has received an Emmy Award, the Sidney Hillman Prize and a Henry Hampton Award from the Council on Foundations, is currently the focus of a multi-year DIY outreach and distribution initiative. Bahar previously produced and directed the award-winning documentary LAID TO WASTE, and has line-produced and production managed independent films including ITVS’s DIARY OF A CITY PRIEST, which premiered at Sundance, and PITTSBURGH, which premiered at Tribeca. In addition to his work as a filmmaker, he is the director/co-founder of Doculink, a grassroots and online community of over 2,500 documentary-makers. He has served on the Board of the International Documentary Association and holds an M.F.A. from The Peter Stark Program at USC.

Admission is free for current DocuClub members and $8 for non-members.

Please purchase your tickets online in advance here:

Only DocuClub members who plan to attend need to RSVP at:

Membership is an annual $50 and it includes free admission to all DocuClub events. It takes five minutes to join online:

Tracie Holder

The Secrets of Successful Proposals

Next Wednesday, Oct 21 | 6:30-8:30pm | $50/$40 | WMM NYC Office

Women Make Movies' Fall Workshop Series kicks off with The Secrets of Successful Proposals. As film funding becomes increasingly scarce and competition grows equally fierce, how will you make your proposal and film stand out in the crowd?

Join us for an essential evening of grant-writing how-to’s. Topics will include identifying a proposal’s 13 elements, writing an effective synopsis, approaching the best funders, and avoiding common mistakes. Successful proposals will be passed out and discussed. Don’t miss this opportunity to improve your skills and take the intimidation out of grant writing! Presented by Michelle Materre, fundraising and grant writing consultant.

Register today! Space is limited. The $40 discount rate is available to D-Word members!

Tim Horsburgh

On November 4th, 2009, Kartemquin’s Board of Directors will host a special evening in celebration of the 15th anniversary of the iconic documentary, Hoop Dreams.

Enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a rare opportunity to engage with leading documentary filmmakers and prestigious guests. Highlights will include an intimate conversation with Hoop Dreams filmmakers Steve James and Peter Gilbert and the film’s stars William Gates and Arthur Agee, a keynote by acclaimed Chicago journalist Alex Kotlowitz, and exclusive sneak previews of Kartemquin’s upcoming productions.

The evening will take place at the Gene Siskel Film Center and will feature a discussion on the impact Hoop Dreams had on a generation of viewers and filmmakers, and the legacy of Kartemquin Films moving forward. We wish to create dialogue and build empathy among the attendees of the evening around the urgent, and still relevant issues Hoop Dreams explores.

Join us for this special event to benefit the Kartemquin Films Development Fund. The Kartemquin Films Development Fund will provide critical seed money in support of ­ tomorrow's significant social issue documentary films.

Can't attend on November 4th? We're also hosting special events at Columbia College Chicago on October 26th with IFP, and at the Better Boys Foundation on October 16th. Check the Hoop Dreams news and Facebook pages for more details.

Doug Block

Dang, take that on the road and come to NY, Tim. Would love to be there to help celebrate a great doc and a great doc company. Give my best to Steve and Peter.

Sara Booth

Hello All,
I'm producing a one day shoot in Boston this Thursday for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation( documenting a teen led event to promote healthy relationships and prevent dating violence among young people. Could anyone recommend a documentary style photojournalist who could shoot stills of the event? We're looking for local talent in Boston, someone who is unobtrusive, who can tell a story through moments, and of course high production value. Any suggestions?

Julia Welbourne

In reply to Sara Booth's post on Mon 19 Oct 2009 :

Hi Sara-
I lived and worked in Boston for 7 years and can recommend you contact Natasha Moustache: (,, 617-869-4742)
Full disclosure: she's a friend, but she's very talented and versatile. I think she's been doing a lot of club-type photography lately to pay the bills, but even if her style is not what you are looking for, she would be a good resource for other photo people in the area. I'll try to think of who else is working there...

Good Luck!

Gregg Schwenk


Celebrating its 11th year, the Newport Beach Film Festival (California, USA) is open for submissions. Take advantage of our Early Bird Deadline and save.

The 2010 Newport Beach Film Festival will spotlight over 350 films from around the world, including feature length narrative, documentary, short, animated and student films that will compete for a series of Jury, Festival Honors and Audience Awards. The 2010 NBFF will host red carpet Opening and Closing Night Gala Celebrations, International Spotlight events, an Action Sports Film Series, an Environmental Film Series, a Family Film Series, a Collegiate Showcase, a Youth Film Showcase and a free Seminar Series.

The Festival runs from April 22nd to April 29th, 2010.

Newport Beach Film Festival
April 22 – 29, 2010


Gregg Schwenk


Early Bird Deadline approaching!


Features $35
Shorts $30

Newport Beach Film Festival
April 22-29, 2010

For more information on submitting, visit

Doug Block

Virendra, you may also want to email Jonathan directly, since he posted over a month ago and there's no telling how often people check in here. You can get it by clicking on his profile.

Andrew Zinnes

The Documentary Filmmakers Course is coming back to The East Bay Media Center in Berkeley, CA November 14-15, 2009. Get great tips and advice on how to get your documentary film project from idea to the screen from documentary producer, consultant and author of The Documentary Film Makers Handbook, Andrew Zinnes.

Topics include: story, research, legal aspects, finance, production, post and sales and distribution. Receive 25% off all sections by registering before November 9th, 2009 with the coupon code DOCDISCOUNT. Please pass this listing on to whomever you think may find it useful.

Go to or call 310-941-2168 for more information or to register fro the seminar. For website signups please select from entries marked "Berkeley."

Tristan Dyer

I came across this today. Thought it may be of interest to any fellow Veteran/Filmmakers out there. See hidden section. Please note that I am not an agent of this org., I am just passing along something that I found to be a potentially good opportunity.


Operation In Their Boots is a one-of-a-kind Filmmaking
Fellowship sponsored by Brave New Foundation where five OIF and OEF veterans,
reservists, national guardsmen and women, and currently enlisted service
members* will be selected to direct their own, fully funded documentaries. Participants in this program will be
selected from a 2-stage, online application process that includes the applicants
pitch or proposal for a documentary that will capture their unique perspective
of how the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have impacted their lives, and the
lives of their families, loved ones and their communities.

participants will be paid a stipend of $7,500 and Brave New Foundation will
designate a budget that will cover the selected project´s production

Too be among the first applicants please attend and apply at the Brave New Foundation
informational presentation:

In Their Boots Launch

9, 10:00 am

Presented by Executive
Producer, Richard Ray Perez

Brave New Foundation

10510 Culver Blvd. Culver
City, Ca. 90232

Please contact if you plan on attending or have any quetions.

The only thematic requirement the documentary projects applicants propose is that
they must tell stories about the impact the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are
having on people here in the United States, and they must done from a
non-partisan, non-ideological perspective. The applicants proposed projects may be autobiographical
documentaries, intimate family stories, or documentary projects that focus on
issues related to how the conflicts have impacted our nation.

enlisted servicemembers an other potential participants must get their
commanding officers prior approval to participate in this program).


· Prospective participants MUST BE IRAQ and/or AFGHANISTAN WAR

· Prior filmmaking experience is
preferred, but not required. Applicants who can demonstrate strong storytelling
skills and the proven ability to complete and deliver projects similar in scale
to a 15-minute documentary will be considered.

· Participants must commit to attend
a 3-day "Documentary Filmmakers Bootcamp" in Los Angeles March 12 – 14,
2010. (Travel
expenses for those who need it will be paid by Brave New Foundation)

· Participants
must deliver a documentary of approximately 15-minutes by a deadline to be
established by Brave New Foundation.

· Must
collaborate with the In Their Boots Productions staff on the execution of
production decisions and on establishing and maintain the thematic and creative
direction of their project.

· Participants
must agree to a "Producer Agreement" to participate in the program, and must
agree to participate in all press-related events and campaigns.

Selected applicants will be notified by, or around January 1, 2010 and will have
approximately two weeks to accept or deny participation in the program.

In Their Boots will fund the participants´
projects. Participants
will work with the ITB production staff to develop the stories they
produce. The editing of all
projects will take place at the ITB production offices in Los Angeles by ITB
editors. The ITB production staff
retains the right to make all final editorial and content decisions. The final projects will remain the
property of Brave New Foundation.

Operation In Their Boots is funded by a generous grant from the
Iraq Afghanistan Deployment Impact Fund (IADIF), a private fund administered by
The California Community Foundation.

Lisa Liu

Hello D-Word friends,

Have you ever make a film in China or India? Was it difficult getting permission to film in those countries? Can you please let me know how long did take you to get a permit. Thanks.

Doug Block

Lisa, D-Word member Tom Lennon works in China frequently – he won an Oscar for best documentary short two years ago (for The Blood of Yingzhou District). I'm sure he'd be fine about your contacting him:

And when you get the chance, feel free to register for full D-Word membership , which will give you access to all the discussion topics.

Lisa Liu

Hi Doug, Thank you so much for your help. I'll email Tom Lennon.

Stefan Immler

Needed someone to design and setup a web site for my upcoming doc (domain and hosting already in place). Smallish budget, but if you can help, please drop me a line: giganova @


Lisa Liu
Stefan, I'm not a web designer, but I can give you some suggestions.
Erica Ginsberg

Docs In Progress' popular work-in-progress screening series returns to Washington DC this Friday, November 6. Please come join us and bring your critical thinking skills (and any friends who have them).


Battle for the Big Easy by John Patrick King and Ed Stephenson
Five people from different parts of New Orleans strive to keep alive the city's distinctive Mardi Gras culture after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. Are they saving a culture or is the culture saving them?

Friday, November 6, 2009
7:00-9:30 pm

George Washington University Media and Public Affairs Building
805 21st Street, NW (21st and H Streets)
Auditorium B-07 (one floor down from street level)
Washington DC

Special thanks to the Documentary Center at the George Washington University for sponsoring this screening.

$5 suggested donation. Cash only at the door.

More info:

Nicole Opper

Hi D-Word friends: I'm looking to rent out my edit suite which I won't be in need of for at least another six months. I'm also open to bartering for access to a good HD camera kit (ideally the Panasonic HVX200) since I'll be back in production mode soon. Thank you!

A list of the goods (all bought a year ago and in top condition):

MacPro 8-core Two 2.8GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon/2GB/GeForce 8800
GT/320GB/16x Superdrive/Bluetooth
Dual Samsung 245T Syncmaster 24” LCD Monitors
Sony HVR-M15U 1080i HDV VTR (DV Deck)
Internal 1.5TB RAID media drive 6GB Mac Pro 800MHz RAM
Edirol MA-15DBLK Digital Monitors/Speakers
APC Back-UPS 1500VA LCD 120V
Canon Canoscan LIDE90USB Color Flatbed Scanner
Lightscribe DVD burner
Applecare for Mac Pro
Airport Wireless Card for Mac Pro
All necessary cables

Software includes:
Apple Final Cut Studio 2 / Final Cut 6.0.3
Cinema Tools
Soundtrack Pro
DVD Studio Pro, Toast, DiscLabel
Photoshop CS3, After Effects CS3, Illustrator CS3
Microsoft Office

I can also throw in a big sturdy desk and comfortable swivel chair! And I will deliver it to you myself. I also have a lot of production equipment I won't be needing for awhile too, including a DVX camera,
if anyone's interested.

Please email to negotiate rates!

Felix Endara

DocuClub in November!

Once again, we are thrilled to partner with Tribeca All Access for our November DocuClub. The screening will take place on Wednesday, November 18, 7 p.m., at the Tribeca Cinemas, located at 54 Varick Street (corner of Laight, on block below Canal). You can take the 1, A, C, E, trains to Canal Street.

We will screen a rough cut of BEIJING TAXI by Miao Wang. The feature-length documentary vividly portrays the ancient capital of China going through a profound transformational arch. Through a humanistic lens, the intimate lives of three taxi drivers thread through the morphing city of Beijing confronted with modern issues and changing values. Though each faced with their own struggles with modernity, the three characters radiate a warm sense of humanity. With stunning imagery of Beijing combined with a contemporary score rich in atmosphere, the audience experiences a visceral sense of the common citizens’ persistent attempts to grasp the elusive. Its society is living through enormous contradictions adjusting to a new capitalist system from a Communist-ruled and educated society. BEIJING TAXI uses the Olympic games as the backdrop for the film. The Olympics is the biggest metaphor and China’s coming-out party to mark this era of China in transition. Candid and perceptive in its filming approach and highly cinematic and moody in style, BEIJING TAXI takes us on a lyrical journey into fragments of a society riding the bumpy roads to modernization. Though the destination is unknown, they continue to forge ahead.

Born and raised in Beijing, Director Miao Wang immigrated to the United States in 1990. Her first documentary, YELLOW OX MOUNTAIN, has screened at over twenty festivals, received a Best Short Film Award and a broadcast on WNET Thirteen. Wang has worked as an assistant at Maysles Films, and has edited documentaries for PBS and programs for National Geographic. For BEIJING TAXI, Wang has received grants from the Sundance Documentary Fund, the Jerome Foundation, and the New York State Council for the Arts. She has participated in the IFP Filmmaker’s Lab, Tribeca All Access, and Independent Film Week and currently splits her time between New York and Beijing. BEIJING TAXI is her first feature-length documentary.

Producer Ivana Stolkiner was born in Argentina, and moved to New York in 1998. After graduating with honors from Hunter College’s film program in 2004, Stolkiner assisted the producers of Kartemquin Films in several award-winning documentaries--MAPPING STEM CELL RESEARCH: TERRA INCOGNITA, MILKING THE RHINO and IN THE FAMILY, among others. She has assisted Engel Entertainment in films for the Discovery Channel and National Geographic, and has also served as an associate producer at Pacific Street for the documentaries IN DEBT WE TRUST and BEYOND WISE GUYS.

Editor Sikay Tang received her film training with Spike Lee’s production of JUNGLE FEVER (1991) and MALCOM X (1992). A year later, during the making of her first video, Tang began her interest in film editing. Her editing credits include the documentaries CHISHOLM 72: UNBOUGHT AND UNBOSSED (2004) by Shola Lunch, and THE GOOD SOLDIER (2009) by Michael Uys and and Lexy Lovell. Tang works as a film and video editor and lives in New York City.

Our moderator will be Adella Ladjevardi, Grants Manager at Cinereach, a not-for-profit organization that facilitates the creation of films that “challenge, excite, innovate, offer new perspectives and inspire action.” Most recently, she was the Associate Producer for 2009’S MY NEIGHBOR, MY KILLER, a documentary feature by Emmy-award winner Anne Aghion. Ladjevardi was also Associate Producer for the four-hour cut of acclaimed filmmaker Jennifer Fox’s 2008 documentary mini-series FLYING: CONFESSIONS OF A FREE WOMAN, broadcast on the BBC and SBS; and served as the Distribution and Outreach Manager for the educational and non-theatrical markets for FLYING’s six-hour version. Prior to working with Fox, Adella worked for three years in marketing and publicity at documentary film distributor Icarus Films. She was also Associate Producer of Tanaz Eshaghian’s 2002 short doc I CALL MYSELF PERSIAN: IRANIANS IN AMERICA, broadcast on PBS and screened at MoMA’s Documentary Fortnight. Ladjevardi received a BFA in photography from the Rhode Island School of Design.

Admission is free for current DocuClub members and $6 for non-members.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP to:

Membership is an annual $50 and it includes free admission to all DocuClub events. It takes five minutes to join online:

Michael Fox

Mendocino Film Festival's Call for Entries
Final Deadline Dec. 1, 2009

Set in the historic village of Mendocino on the spectacular Northern California coast, the Mendocino Film Festival (June 4-6, 2010) has been praised by attending filmmakers as “a filmmaker’s film festival,” an intimate gathering place for independent artists hailing from across the country and around the globe.

The Mendocino Film Festival offers attending filmmakers the warmest hospitality for three nights in the private homes, lodges, and inns of Mendocino and neighboring communities. With screenings and discussions by day, filmmakers and audience members gather in the evenings for informal celebrations and special events. Gatherings include an opening reception and a private filmmakers’ party at an historic Victorian home overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The atmosphere is profoundly relaxed, intimate and festive.

"The Mendocino Film Festival is the near perfect film festival. It is about great films, talented filmmakers and wonderful film lovers, all set in a breathtakingly beautiful place," said filmmaker Adrian Belic.

The festival has been proud to host beloved documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles, actor Carl Lumbly, actor and activist Danny Glover, Sydney Pollack, documentary theoretician Bill Nichols, Academy Award nominees Tia Lessin and Carl Deal, and many others.

The Mendocino Film Festival focuses on creative kinship and great films. Filmmakers come to Mendocino to turn off their cell phones, hike our beautiful coastline and share their work with passionate colleagues and attendees. Mendocino is known for its artistic and politically active population—our audiences are informed, engaged and supportive.

Located on the Northern California coast a scenic three-hour drive from San Francisco, Mendocino is a charming and historic village with everything in walking distance. The town’s unforgettable setting has served as the backdrop for over sixty films, including East of Eden, Same Time Next Year, Summer of ‘42, The Russians Are Coming, The Majestic, and Murder She Wrote.

The Mendocino Film Festival invites filmmakers to submit entries by Dec. 1, 2009, to one of these special categories:

• Films on the Arts – Films on the lives, work and creative process of artists in the visual, literary, applied and performing arts.
• Films for our Future – Environmental, social justice, and spiritually themed films that offer models, solutions, and inspiration for our future.
• Documentary Features – Strong, well-crafted stories that inform, infuriate, inspire and change how we see the world.

For full details and submissions, go to:

Matt Sharp

Creating opportunities for writers on a global scale!

Accepting screenplays thru Nov 19, 2009.

Back by popular demand is the 2nd Annual Bridge International Screenplay Competition. We are currently accepting screenplays and teleplays from around the world. Don't miss this priceless opportunity to have your work in front of over 8,500 industry professionals. Submitting your script is fast and easy with our simple online entry form.

Thanks to the overwhelming response we received last season from writers world-wide, we're able to offer $10 entry fees this year! You have nothing to lose and everything to gain. Submit today!

$10 ENTRY FEES – Submit Your Script Now!

Stefani Saintonge

MFA Documentary Program at Hofstra University is hosting a screening of Made in L.A. tonight at 7pm. The film will be shown on the university campus in Breslin 211 following a guest speaker.

Information about the film:
Emmy award-winning feature documentary that follows the remarkable story of three Latina immigrants working in Los Angeles garment sweatshops as they embark on a three-year odyssey to win basic labor protections from a trendy clothing retailer.
Guest Speaker: Nadia Marin, Attorney / Executive Director, the Workplace Project of Long Island.

Matt Peterson

Ongoing series of non-fiction screenings in NYC: Red Channels ( Today we start a Jackie Raynal retrospective at UnionDocs in Brooklyn.

Tailinh Agoyo

NEW DOCUMENTARY RESOURCE WEBSITE that offers weekly free teleseminars/webinars.

The DocuMentors website gives you a fun, supportive, money-saving way to stay ahead of the curve in the documentary industry. If you are new to the field, membership will save you years of time navigating the ins and outs of a very complex field. If you are a veteran, there’s plenty here for you too – the latest equipment info, funding updates, and filmmaker case studies. New features and content are being added weekly.

Enjoy privileged access to DOC TALK calls, our teleseminar series with documentary industry experts. You don’t want to miss this biweekly event, packed with the latest info on everything from raising documentary money to getting into the best film festivals and more. Plus, listen to the inspiring and encouraging real world stories of how award-winning filmmakers have made their films a reality. You’ll have access to the DOC TALK Archive and can listen to the recorded calls at your leisure.

Get exclusive access to everything you need to make your documentary happen now. This rich, up-to-the-minute treasure trove of documentary resources includes:
Fundraising Materials that will guide you down the tricky path of fundraising
Sample Trailers that have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars from various foundations and funders
Funded Proposals that have been awarded monies from sources such as ITVS and the Sundance Institute
Actual Budgets—Real budgets from real films. A must-have for any beginning filmmaker. A good, realistic budget gives funders confidence in you, giving you a huge edge when seeking documentary money. You’ll also get blank budget templates. (coming soon)

Release Forms
Budget Templates (coming soon)
Crew Agreements (coming soon)
Production Forms (coming soon)
Composer Agreements (coming soon)
Distribution Agreement Templates (coming soon)

And More!

Gregg Schwenk

In reply to Gregg Schwenk's post on Tue 20 Oct 2009 :


Submit your film now and save!

The deadline is NOVEMBER 20-

Features $45

Shorts $40

Submit on the web with and receive a discount! You can find
the NBFF submissions link to withoutabox at<>

For more updates and news on special events follow us on Twitter!

2010 Newport Beach Film Festival
April 22-29th, 2010

Amanda Salazar
Associate Director of Programming
Newport Beach Film Festival
4540 Campus Drive
Newport Beach, CA, 92660
(949) 253-2880 ex 226

The 11th annual Newport Beach Film Festival will run April 22nd – 29th, 2010

Rob Jackson

Serac Adventure Film School has spots available for the 2010 Colorado Backcountry Adventure Film School this Jan. 25th – Feb. 2nd!

Travel deep into the Rocky Mountains for life-saving avalanche training, winter backcountry skills and weather forecasting, all while making your very own film. The trip includes high-elevation snow camping and 2 overnights in a rustic backcountry cabin, part of the 10th Mountain Division Hut circuit.

What will you film? Everything from in-depth character stories and stunning landscape sequences to breathtaking powder skiing shots—you decide!

Check out the website at:

Or, check out Behind-the-Scenes footage from last year's backcountry film school at:

Melis Birder

We're in the process to produce DVDs for an award winning documentary The Visitors.

The film is about the passengers of a charter bus that leaves New York City every weekend for various prisons located in upstate New York, most of them long hours away from the city.

The DVDs will be available for sale from our website that is currently being updated:

We need a part-time/freelance outreach, marketing person to help us bring this film to as many people as possible.

Duties include:

- Take part in our online grassroots outreach campaign by identifying audience segments and how to effectively reach them.

- Enlist fans to spread the word.

- Generate sales through partnerships with other sites, organizations, and blogs.

- Develop and manage film’s Facebook page 

- Field film screening and distribution inquiries

- Email list creation and management.

Skills Required:

• Online marketing and outreach experience
• Familiarity with film business
• Bachelors degree; film or business degree preferred
• Interest in criminal justice issues

This is a non-paid but commission based job. And some of the profits will go help the families of the incarcerated.


Felix Endara

DocuClub in December!

Our December DocuClub screening will be on Wednesday, December 2, at 7 p.m., at Goldcrest Post (799 Washington Street, between Horatio and Gansevoort), in New York City’s West Village.

We will screen a rough cut of Jill Morley’s FIGHTING IT. While taking a personal journey into the boxing ring, FIGHTING IT explores the complexities of depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, racism, and the importance of pursuing your dreams no matter what they are, what issues surround them, or gender you happen to be. It also emphasizes the value of being present and using the past to fuel your journey forward. FIGHTING IT views overcoming adversity, coping with trauma and healing from the past through the lens of boxing. The fact that such healing can take place in what many consider a violent sport is what makes these boxers’ journeys so unique and compelling.

Director Jill Morley’s STRIPPED ran on the Sundance Channel and won Best Documentary at the Women’s International Film Festival in Sydney. Her play, TRUE CONFESSIONS OF A GO-GO GIRL, was recently made into a Lifetime Movie of the Week and was published in Women Playwrights: The Best Plays of 1998. Heading the Paul Taylor Dance Company Video Archive project, Morley shot, edited, and directed the company’s repertoire for their video archive. She also worked with Michael Moore as a producer and correspondent for THE AWFUL TRUTH. In addition, Morley’s Shooting Ninjas Productions specializes in corporate videos, events and performances. Some clients include Gerber, Activision, TIME Magazine, and Kiehl’s.

Our moderator will be Danielle DiGiacomo, Community Manager at IFP, the nation's oldest and largest membership organization, and premiere advocate, for independent filmmakers. Previous to that, she was Head of Documentary Acquisitions for IndiePix Films, building up the documentary feature catalogue and spearheading the successful multi-platform releases of films such as Jeremiah Zagar's IN A DREAM, Kristi Jacobson's TOOTS, and Jason Hutt's ORTHODOX STANCE. She also developed and produced the first and second annual Cinema Eye Honors for Nonfiction Film. DiGiacomo has programmed in conjunction with the Woodstock Film Festival, Brooklyn Independent Cinema Series, and Rooftop Films, and has presented on panels about film distribution and production at the Newport International Film Festival, Hunter College, Big Sky Documentary Festival, Sheffield Doc/Fest, and Krakow Film Festival, among others. In addition, she has taught "Contemporary Documentary" and "Documentary Distribution and Marketing" at New York University.

This is DocuClub’s last screening in 2009, so come out to support your filmmaker peers!

Admission is free for current DocuClub members and $6 for non-members.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP to:

Membership is an annual $50 and it includes free admission to all DocuClub events. It takes five minutes to join online:

Joe Moulins

I'm in Edmonton for a screening of "A Tribe of His Own: The Journalism of P. Sainath", and to install Sainath's photo exhibit "Visible Work, Invisible Women" at the U of A extension campus gallery. The gallery is in the Bay building at Jasper Ave and 103rd St. The photos will be open to viewing by the public here until January 2010.

If you're interested in bringing "Visible Work, Invisible Women" to your community, please contact me at

Edwin Gailits

I'm looking for a location sound recordist in the Ft Lauderdale, Florida area in the middle of December for 4 days.
The film I'm working on, and have been for the last several years, is a self-funded dance documentary, and I don't have the budget to pay top industry rates.

I'm paying but I'm looking for someone willing to work with me on the rate.
I'm also looking for someone familiar with documentary location sound recording.
I have all the audio gear, but I assume most sound people prefer to use their own.

Let me know if you want more details, or if you can pass on the name of any sound recordist, it would be much appreciated.




Tracie Holder

From Festivals to Cinemas to Broadcast to Digital: Surveying Your Distribution Options

Next Wed. Dec. 2 | 6:30-8:30pm | WMM Office | $50/$40

Knowing your options for distribution and establishing a clear set of goals for your film—as early as the pre-production phase—are essential for your film’s success. This workshop presents how to explore the different markets (i.e. theatrical, educational, broadcast, home video, public screenings, digital/download) and determine the right fit.

Topics include: developing the public image of your film; navigating the film festival circuit; pitching to buyers; negotiating contracts; and making decisions in a digital age. An essential workshop for any filmmaker who wants their work to be seen! Presented by Women Make Movie's Executive Director, Debra Zimmerman.

Register today! Space is limited. The $40 discount rate is available to D-Word members.

Monica Rosales


Submit Your Film Now!

Feature Documentary
Feature Documentaries with a total running time from 61 – 180 minutes. (All films in a language other than English require English subtitles)

Documentary Short
Short Documentaries with a total running time between 4 and 30 minutes. (All films in a language other than English require English subtitles)

Very short documentaries and fiction forms plus all experimental genres allowed with a total running time of under 4 minutes (this is up to 3 minutes and 59 seconds, not a second more!) – Go to the limit of documentary film making: free form – free content –(All films in a language other than English require English subtitles)

Documentary Medium-Length and Essay Forms
Medium length documentaries and documentarian film essays with a total running time between 31 and 60 minutes. (All films in a language other than English require English subtitles)

Miranda Yousef

Hello fellow D-Worders,

FCP Editor available!

I just got back from a 2-month stint in New Orleans editing a fellow D-Worder's documentary, and really enjoyed that experience. I'm looking for my next gig, and wanted to introduce myself to those of you who are looking for an editor.

I am a Final Cut Pro editor with several years of experience, and a number of post-production feature documentary and television credits. Projects I have worked on include an Academy Award short-list nominee, and the winner of the 2008 IDA Audience Award.

I have supervised post-production for broadcast television as well as for theatrical film-outs, and am proficient in After Effects, Photoshop, and all aspects of Final Cut Studio.

I have an excellent grasp of story structure, a good eye for comedy as well as drama, and the ability to pull out the poignant moments that make audiences love (or hate!) the characters.

You can find my reel and resume online at my website; please contact me directly (see my member profile page) for URL and login info.

Thanks, and good luck with all your projects!
- Miranda

Tailinh Agoyo

How to be more competitive when applying for funding from ITVS' OPEN CALL (deadline 1/15/10) – FREE TELESEMINAR Thursday, December 3rd.

Join DocuMentors for a free DOC TALKS teleseminar with Richard Saiz, Senior Programming Manager at ITVS (Independent Television Service), this Thursday, December 3rd, at 5:30pm PST for one hour. We'll talk to Richard about how to be more competitive when applying for funding from ITVS' major initiative OPEN CALL (deadline on January 15th, 2010). ITVS is a champion of independent filmmaking and a major source of programming for PBS, providing over $10 million in licensing fees to filmmakers each year through their many funding initiatives.

COST: Free
DATE: Thursday, December 3rd, 2009
TIME: 5:30pm PST (6:30 Mtn, 7:30 Central, 8:30pm EST) for one hour

To register, follow link below.

J Damon Chang

Looking for a Mandarin Speaking Editor

We have three documentary films in post-production. All were shot and based in Taiwan and have bi-cultural storylines.

Currently, I'm looking to hire an EDITOR or ASSISTANT EDITOR for each film.

A. The editor can be located in Los Angeles or San Francisco.

B. The assistant editor needs to be bi-lingual (Mandarin / USA), and have experience editing documentaries.

C. The feature editor needs to have FEATURE documentaries in their portfolio/resumes.

This is a PAID position.

Here's a quick synopsis on the three projects:

1. Asian American actress with US TV credits goes back to Taiwan to confront the father who left her and her mom when she was two. Father married 5 wives in the span of 25 years, and is still running.

  • Then click on the 1st post under "Press Release"...(It's a China Post article)

2. A documentary on the shifting landscape of dating in Taiwan. How has the economic explosion of Taiwan in the last 40 years affected the current generation's views on dating and marriage.

3. A personal documentary for the new Taiwanese singer 袁詠琳
(Cindy) the new singer from Jay Chou's record company JVR.


If interested, email:

Amelia Hanibelsz

Hi Everyone – I am looking to sublet my fabulous SOHO studio apartment while I am away.

Just steps away from the C&E train on Spring Street and very close to many other subway lines.

Walking distance to East Village, Little Italy , Chinatown and Tribeca.

Would love to sublet to a fellow D-Word -er :-)

Dates : 18th of December – 9th of January

Price $120 a day with a refundable $500 dollar deposit.

Let me know if you are interested –

Many thanks – Amelia