Fundraising 101 and Beyond

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WMM is pleased to offer a 3 part webinar series on proposal writing, creating pitch decks, and strategic fundraising

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Fundraising 101 is a three week series of webinars given by experts in the field of fundraising for independent documentaries. Including two of our most popular webinars and a brand new one, it’s all you will need to be able to jumpstart your fundraising efforts.

Part I — Find the Money! Strategic Fundraising

with Debra Zimmerman

Every filmmaker needs to be able to create a strategy to finance their project. Fundraising can be daunting, but it can also be an exciting journey to find the best, most direct paths to fund your film. It's an opportunity to think outside the box to make the film you want to make. Whether you have a new project or need ideas to jumpstart one that has stalled, join WMM’s Executive Director, Debra Zimmerman, as she leads us through this invaluable webinar. This vital information session will offer an overview of fundraising sources including foundations, government funds, corporate contributions, crowdsourcing, and individual donations, as well as strategies to maximize your success.

Part II — Writing the Winning Grant Proposal

with Tracie Holder

Writing a great proposal is one of key things filmmakers need to be able to do. While not everyone is a born-wordsmith, there are things you should know and can learn, such as language and strategies around proposal writing that work. Whether you are a film professional or just starting out, this webinar is for you. We will talk about the Core Documentary Application and other successful tools to have at hand, the difference between a proposal and a pitch deck, what needs to be in a two-pager, and more. Tracie Holder is a filmmaker, consultant, producer and film funding specialist and has been working in the field for more than 20 years.

Part III — The Pitch Deck: Designing a Look for Your Production

with Janique Robillard and Cynthia Kane

Nowadays, it’s not enough to send a sharply written proposal to funders, grantors, equity investors, broadcasters and the like. Pitch decks are an important tool for making sure your project gets the attention it deserves. Janique Robillard is a producer/ director and designer with an international client base. She works to create the right look for your project and enhance the language within your proposal. Cynthia Kane writes grants proposals and collaborates with designers to find the right look and feel for each individual project. In this webinar, we’ll look at inexpensive ways of using Google Sheets, InDesign, and Canva to create visual excitement around your project to get what you ultimately need: Funding!

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