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INDUSTRY INSIGHTS: 8 Quick Tips on How to Fund Your Documentary

By Sophia Savage, indieWIRE

IFP's Independent Film Week is underway with a host of master classes, panels and conversations about financing, production, distribution and more. Among them was "Master Class: How to Fund Your Documentary" at the new Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center in New York.

IFP's description of the class states: "Learn how to navigate the vast array of funding options for non-fiction, and avoid the pitfalls, in this intimate masterclass..." iW is presenting highlights below from the discussion...

Three key elements to taking your documentary project all the way: Viability, Originality and Exclusivity. Here's eight common sense points Masterclass leader Louise Rosen shared to help non-fiction filmmakers take that project from concept to reality.

Know Your Subject

If your film isn't personal, you need to do your research to know what's already been done on your subject, and not just in the U.S. Check international databases to inform yourself so you can know how to position your own project as being unique. If you have exclusive access to someone or something, lock it down. Protect yourself from losing this edge.


Call for Entries: Tribeca Film Festival

The Tribeca Film Festival has opened submissions for the 11th Annual Tribeca Film Festival, which will be held April 18 - 29, 2012. The Festival is accepting submissions of narrative and documentary features as well as short film entries.

The deadlines to submit U.S. and international films for the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival are as follows:

October 28, 2011 (6pm EST, postmark)
Early entry deadline for Features and Shorts

December 2, 2011 (6pm EST, postmark)
Official deadline for then-complete Features and for ALL Shorts

January 6, 2012 (6pm EST, arrive by)
Late deadline for Features completed after the Official Entry deadline

Want to be part of next year's Festival? Get an early start on 2012 and submit your film today. Details and application online.

Deadline Approaching: Film Independent Directors Lab

The Film Independent Directors Lab intensive ten-week program based in Los Angeles helps directors who are prepping their independent feature films by placing them under the guidance of Lab Mentors who provide feedback and support.

Directors cast actors and workship scenes, learn to break down their scripts into shot lists, collaborate with cinematographers and construct scenes in the editing process. They are also provided with a small stipend and digital camera and sound packages to shoot their scenes.

Application deadline is Monday, October 3
Click here for more information, submission requirements and to apply.

Call for Submissions: The Heineken Voces Grant

TFI has made it a goal to not only seek out unheralded projects from around the world but also help foster the development of filmmakers living and working here in the United States. That's what brought the Tribeca All Access (TAA) program into fruition and what's propelled it to advocate for idiosyncratic and refreshing subject matter.

Over the years, TAA's succeeded in highlighting stories that go beyond common parameters of theme and characterization. Having seen this continued investment towards underrepresented works pay off through the years, TFI's now expanded on this idea and launched the Heineken Voces grant, which supports US-based Latino filmmakers working on a feature-length narrative or documentary project that offers a new perspective on their cultural experience.

Submissions close on October 10th.
You can apply for the grant here.

"Mary Kay Inspiring Stories" Documentaries Launch

The Mary Kay Inspiring Stories program hopes to inspire, educate, and create a conversation on the issue of Domestic Violence through the creation of three empowering documentaries. Three all-female crews each came together to create, produce, and direct a documentaries presented here. Celebrity narrators JoAnna Garcia Swisher, Alexa Vega, and Maria Menounos lent their talents to the documentaries.

In the past 3 years 80% of shelters reported an increase in women seeking assistance for Domestic Violence. The Mary Kay Inspiring Stories program is allowing people to unite and join in the fight against Domestic Violence.

Watch the documentaries online today at

  Warner Bros. Creates First 'Social Series' for Facebook
(The Wrap) - Warner Bros will release "Aim High," which it has dubbed Hollywood's first "social series," October 18 on Facebook. FULL STORY

American Latino TV Celebrates Launch of 10th Anniversary Season
(Latin Heat Online) - American Latino TV's record 10th season will premiere in 101 markets, representing over 83% of Hispanic homes and 72 million total TV homes. FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

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Paid Business Development & Editing Internships for Students
The Fox Lewis Project is a production company specializing in the online production of advertising, webisodes and branded entertainment. The Project is looking for two interns: a business development intern and an editing intern. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

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Alex Nogales
NHMC President receives civil rights and media advocacy award

Alex Nogales, President and CEO of the National Hispanic Media Coalition and recipient of NALIP's 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award for Advocacy, has received the Everett C. Parker Award in recognition for his work on public interest media and telecommunications advocacy during a ceremony held in Washington, DC.

"UCC OC Inc. is delighted to honor Alex Nogales with the Everett C. Parker Award. Named after our founder, it honors the highest achievement in public interest media and telecommunications advocacy. Alex and the entire staff at NHMC are at the forefront of current efforts to hold media companies accountable to the communities they serve and hew to the goals of finding the intersection between civil rights and media reform," comments Cheryl A. Leanza, Policy Advisor, United Church of Christ, OC Inc.

Alex Nogales, President and CEO of the National Hispanic Media Coalition, collects over thirty commendations for excellence in television production and three Emmy Awards earned during his thirteen-year tenure at KCBS TV. Elected NHMC's President in the late nineties, Alex has led high-profile demonstrations against major media corporations for their exclusion of American Latinos. Likewise, Alex has been instrumental in the signing of agreements with the major television networks to guarantee their commitment to diversity. When Latinos were undercounted by the A.C. Nielsen Research Company, Alex led efforts to force Nielsen to address this shortfall, so Latinos would be taken into consideration. Under Alex's leadership NHMC has increasingly engaged in media and telecommunications policies that impact Latinos, and has filed over fifty petitions to deny broadcast licenses with the FCC. He recently was one of the seven Latino leaders who negotiated a MOU with Comcast diversity to include the American Latino community.

Ruth Livier & Julia Grob
NALIPsters serving on web series panel, Oct. 14 in Tucson

The University of Arizona's Hanson Film Institute and the Tucson Film Office are collaborating on a series of film, television and new media panels for the Tucson community. The Inside Track Panels will feature entertainment industry executives, producers, directors, actors, agents and others who make it all happen. The next Inside Track Panel - "Web Series - The New Way In?" - will take place on Friday, October 14, 2011 from 3:00-4:30pm at the Center for Creative Photography. Among the panelists are NALIP members Ruth Livier (LPA 2005 & 2007) and Julia Grob (LPA 2011).

The panel will focus on new ways to tell stories that are seen exclusively online. Panelists will include content creators, business model makers, and writer/producers working on drama, comedy and reality series that manage to completely bypass traditional television. New technologies are making web series not only possible, but often preferable!

Confirmed on the panel are: Mark Gantt, the co-creator, producer and star of the record-breaking and Streamy award-winning online web series drama called The Bannen Way, who is also developing a new web series and is directing and acting in other web series as well as guest-starring in mainstream media; Barrett Garese, the Director of Content Partnership at, an online network that offers the best in original web series, while helping web series producers to successfully monetize their content, also one of the creators of the first online division at a major entertainment agency and former head of Spytap Industries; Julia Grob, co-creator, producer and star of the popular part comedy/part drama web series called East WillyB, which is shot in Brooklyn where the series is set, also the creator of a one-woman show that toured internationally, and an active, acclaimed theater artist; and successful film, television and theater actor Ruth Livier, the visionary creator, exec producer, writer and star of one of the first web series, the award-winning Ylse, which is in development for its third season. Ruth is also a trailblazer as the first writer to qualify for the WGA based on online content.


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