When: Back to Calendar February 22, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Cost: $150

Prepare for the road ahead when shooting your film and get the funding to finish it.

Please note the dates for this course are February 1, March 1 and 8. 

There is an abundance of stories, issues and people to make a documentary about; to actually complete and finance a feature film is less common. Fundamental to succeeding is starting with a doable, marketable, and captivating treatment, and a proposal that accurately represents your project. The aim of this course is to prepare you for the road ahead when shooting your film and to get the funding to finish it.

The instructors, Stephanie Ching and Ellen Martinez (After Spring, Tribeca Film Festival 2016), will provide an overview for developing an idea into a feasible action plan ready to go into production. They will talk about creating a realistic budget, ways to fundraise, and what materials you should have for your pitch.

What You Will Learn

  • Making a realistic budget and what to include.

  • Different techniques to raise money for your film and how to decide which types of funding are the best fit for your project

  • Details on creating pitch materials, visual samples (spending money to make money) grant applications, and writing a treatment.

  • Practical aspects of pre-production: basic legal, business, safety, and production/post-production tips.


About the instructor

Ellen Martinez & Steph Ching


Steph and Ellen Co-Directed and Produced After Spring, a feature documentary about the Syrian refugee crisis. The award winning film was Executive Produced by Jon Stewart and premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2016. It has since screened at over 100 film festivals in 15 countries. After Spring premiered on STARZ in February 2017.

Ellen and Steph are recipients of the Frontline award for excellence in documentary journalism and are MacArthur foundation grantees. They are experienced in international production and received exclusive access to film After Spring at the Zaatari Refugee Camp in Jordan, 7 miles from the Syrian border.

Rhonesha Byng

About Rhonesha Byng

Rhonesha is the founder of HerAgenda.com. She resides in New York City and works as a journalist and an entrepreneur.
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