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Don’t Fear the Funder: Film Funding Panel

The San Francisco Film Society’s Film Arts Forum is a bimonthly information-sharing, discussion, networking, professional development jamboree. It’s an opportunity for local filmmakers and cineastes to meet one another and talk about their craft. SFFS gets the conversation started with dynamic presentations, topical panels, works-in-progress screenings and trade secrets. Past events have of offered a behind-the-scenes look at the Sundance Film Festival, a debate about online distribution and excerpts from two local documentaries. It’s an entire conference in the span of a few hours.

On Monday, June 15, I’m moderating a panel called “Think Like a Funder” which features film funders who will share what they are looking for in the projects that come cover the transom. The fifth SFFS Film Arts Forum will take you into the decision room of Bay Area–based independent film funders Independent Lens, ITVS International, Global Film Initiative and KQED. This is your chance to ask your questions, press the flesh, and generally overcome any fear of funders. They are real, flesh-and-blood humans, just like you and me!

The event takes place at the Mezzanine, 444 Jessie Street in San Francisco.

I will profile each of the featured funders on this blog for those not in the San Francisco Bay Area. I want you to have a shot at the money too!

In fundraising solidarity,
Holly Million

(Cartoon by Fritz Ahlefeldt — LINK)

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