NYFA Online Learning: Film Pitches and Grant Applications

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NYFA Online Learning: Film Pitches and Grant Applications: What Funders Really Want to Know, and Why.

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The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) is pleased to announce its next online workshop, part of our Online Learning Initiative that provides professional development workshops to artists and creatives nationally and internationally through a webinar platform. Our third Spring 2020 workshop is “Film Pitches and Grant Applications: What Funders Really Want to Know, and Why” presented by Matthew Seig, NYFA Coach and Media/Film Specialist. It will take place online on Tuesday, April 21, 2020 from 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM EST.

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Your letters of introduction and grant applications do more than just describe what your project is and who you are. They are a window into your skills, the viability of your project, and your professional and personal profile. We are going to talk about all of this, and some of the important factors that will govern your success, in Film Pitches and Applications: What Funders Really Want to Know and Why. Regardless of whether your project is nonprofit or for-profit in nature many of the same things are important to both, and they can help establish a sustainable career as well.

This webinar provides an overview for early and mid-career filmmakers and media artists wishing to improve their fundraising skills. Topics will include:

  • The format: do you understand the rules and standards of the community
  • The narrative: are you really a storyteller
  • The budget: does it tell the same story as your narrative
  • The outreach and distribution: who very specifically is your audience
  • The biography: why is this the right project for you right now, and what is your network
  • The team: do they complement and elevate you, your project, and your network

Please note: Registration will close 6pm EST on April 21, 2020.

Presenter’s Bio:

A Media Specialist at New York Foundation for the Arts, Matthew Seig is an experienced producer and production executive for film and television, director of documentary films, film programmer, exhibitor, and rights licensor. He manages a library of copyrights including those belonging to the late producer/director Robert Altman, helped establish the Altman Archive at the University of Michigan, and edited a book about Robert Altman’s life and films published by Abrams Books in 2014. For New York Foundation for the Arts and with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, in 2018 he produced a series of interviews, conducted by Eugene Hernandez of the Film Society of Lincoln Center, with independent filmmakers on the subject of building audiences, one of the many skills that funders look at when considering financial backing for a filmmaker.

Our 2020 Spring workshop series, highlights NYFA Coaching, a professional development service that offers access to one-on-one individual guidance from a variety of arts professionals, including NYFA staff. If you are interested in learning about the program and how to benefit from it, please click here to learn more.

Technology Requirement:

You may attend this webinar using either a Mac or PC computer (with speakers), standard phone, smartphone, or tablet device.

Please use the AnyMeeting App or Chrome for the best webinar experience.

Make sure your Adobe Flash Player plugin is up-to-date. If it is not, you will be prompted to update it, which will take about a minute. Strong wifi or hard-wired Internet connection is preferred.

For additional technical questions or issues, please email at learning@nyfa.org.


This workshop will be recorded. The recording will be shared with all previously registered participants after the session concludes, regardless of whether participants attend the live webinar or not. The recording will be posted online for 6 months, but not available for download.

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