Are YOU a female writer-director with a feature narrative script? Ready to direct? Opportunity! From Script to Pre-Production: A NYWIFT Workshop
From Script to Pre-Production: A NYWIFT Workshop
Are you a writer-director with a feature-length narrative script you are ready to direct? What will it takes to move your project forward?
This workshop is for women filmmakers who are ready to direct a narrative feature. Each filmmaker must have written and directed at least one narrative short and have written a feature-length narrative script that’s suitable for production for under a million dollars. The group will be limited to women and will be small enough so that everyone can be familiar with each project. This is a collective endeavor – we will meet weekly to support each other as we work our way through the often overwhelming task of setting up a feature. While we may eventually attract additional producers to help us with our projects – and actors that may expand our budgets – our aim is to help women filmmakers take the next step by equipping them with the tools to set up their work at a low budget level.
We have put together a “curriculum” focusing on the tasks involved in setting up a narrative feature – polishing log lines, synopses and pitches; creating a “look book”; putting together a preliminary budget/top sheet; deciding on locations for tax incentives; forming a C-Corp or LLC; leveraging attachments; and producing a crowd-funding campaign. At each stage, we’ll bring in experts and mentors to advise us. And we’ll work collectively to put together the packages.
We are looking for writer-directors who work well with others and enjoy working in a group setting. This isn’t for everyone. Participants will have to roll up their sleeves and help one another. Think carefully before you apply and only recommend women you feel would work well in this type of format.
Submissions will open July 7 and close August 15. Applicants must submit a narrative short they’ve written and directed and the completed feature script they plan to package in the workshop. Finalists will be contacted in September for an interview and for a recommendation from a film professional. Selections will be made in October. Participants will receive copies of the participating projects November 1 so that all scripts can be read and assignments completed by the first meeting on Friday, January 15, 2016. Sessions will be held at NYWIFT every Friday through June. There is an application fee of $25 for members ($50 for nonmembers.) While there is no cost to participate in this workshop, participants must be NYWIFT members in good standing. (If selected, nonmembers must join NYWIFT to participate.)
This is a serious commitment and entails a great deal of work so again, think carefully before applying.
Applications will be available July 7, 2015. Deadline August 15. 2015.
NYWIFT programs, screenings and events are supported, in part, by grants from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
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