Join Sundance Institute and Women In Film (WIF) for a session on the evolution of film financing with experienced independent producers of both fiction and documentary features. These producers have sold films in multiple years of the Sundance Film Festival, giving them a distinct perspective on the shifting terrain. We'll learn how the funding landscape has changed, and continues to change from development to distribution, theatrical to streaming, in-person to virtual, and more.


Panelists for this session include Ina Finchman, Mynette Louie, and Nikkia Moulterie, moderated by Carrie Lozano, Director of the Sundance Institute’s Documentary Film and Artist Programs.


                         


About the Sundance Institute’s Women at Sundance Program

The Women at Sundance Program began as a partnership with WIF Los Angeles in 2012. Together, we commissioned groundbreaking research with Dr. Stacy Smith and her team at USC’s Annenberg Inclusion Initiative to better understand the key barriers and opportunities for women filmmakers. Guided by these findings, Women at Sundance supports filmmakers from historically underrepresented communities — through yearlong Fellowships and shorter intensives — to cultivate career sustainability, build community, and strengthen the artist pipeline. The program has catalyzed the growth of women-dominated networks and established a firm awareness among decision-makers and gatekeepers in the industry about the deficit of women behind the camera in independent film and beyond. Women at Sundance continues to discover, spotlight, and forge ways for women to succeed as storytellers who shape our cultural landscape.


About Women In Film (WIF)

Founded in 1973 as Women In Film Los Angeles, WIF advocates for and advances the careers of women working in the screen industries—in front of and behind the camera, across all levels of experience—to achieve parity and transform culture.

Moderator
Carrie Lozano is the Director of the Sundance Institute’s Documentary Film Program and Artist Programs, and is an award winning documentary filmmaker and journalist. Prior to Sundance, she was director of the International Documentary Association's Enterprise Documentary and Pare Lorentz funds, where she supported more than 60 diverse films and filmmakers at the intersection of documentary and journalism, including WELCOME TO CHECHNYA, A THOUSAND CUTS, and THROUGH THE NIGHT. more...
Mynette Louie
Panelist
Mynette Louie is a Spirit Award-winning, Emmy and Critics Choice-nominated producer. Her credits include Heidi Ewing’s Sundance-winning, Spirit Award-nominated I CARRY YOU WITH ME (Sony Pictures Classics), Carlo Mirabella-Davis’ Gotham-nominated SWALLOW (IFC Films), Jennifer Fox’s Emmy, Golden Globe, Critics Choice and Spirit Award-nominated THE TALE (HBO), Karyn Kusama’s THE INVITATION (Drafthouse/Netflix), and Martha Stephens & Aaron Katz's Spirit Award-winning LAND HO! (Sony Pictures Classics). Mynette won the 2013 Independent Spirit Producers Award, is on Film Independent’s Board of Directors, and serves on the executive and diversity committees in the Producers branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. She was named one of Business Insider’s “12 Movie Producers at the Top of Their Game to Watch in 2020 and Beyond” and Indiewire’s “100 Filmmakers to Follow on Twitter.” She is also an Assistant Professor of Professional Practice in the graduate film program at Columbia University’s School of the Arts. A native New Yorker, Mynette graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard.
Panelist
For more than twenty-five years, Ina Fichman, Intuitive Pictures, has been producing award- winning documentary and fiction films, and interactive projects. Many of her creative documentaries have been released in theatres in Canada and abroad and have played at festivals including Sundance, Berlin, Hot Docs, RIDM, CPHDOX, Venice, SXSW, Tribeca, TIFF and others. Award-winning productions include Amer Shomali’s THE WANTED 18, MONSOON (Canada’s Top 10) and VITA ACTIVA: THE SPIRIT OF HANNAH ARENDT. Recent productions include FIRE OF LOVE, which had its world premiere at Sundance 2022, STRAY, THE GIG IS UP, ONCE UPON A SEA, BLUE BOX, THE OSLO DIARIES, INSIDE LEHMAN BROTHERS, GIFT and LAILA AT THE BRIDGE. In 2018, Ina was the recipient of the Don Haig Award from Hot Docs which recognizes the work of a Canadian independent producer. She is currently chair of the national board of the Documentary Association of Canada, sits on the board of the Quebec chapter of DOC, is on the board of Hot Docs, is one of the chairs of the Documentary Producers Alliance (DPA) and co- chairs the International Committee of the Canadian producers association, CMPA. For 7 years, Ina sat on the board of the CMPA where she chaired the Documentary Committee. She is one of the founding board members of Montreal Women in Film (FCTNM) and Women in Film and Television International (WIFTI). Ina is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. more...
Panelist
Nikkia Moulterie is a creative producer born and raised in New York City. She produced NANNY, the 2022 Sundance Dramatic Grand Jury Prize 2022 and is a Gotham/Rotterdam Lab 2022 Producer Fellow. She is a 2019 Sundance Institute Creative Producing Fellow and Silverman Honoree. She co-produced the premiere season of the Peabody Award-winning RANDOM ACTS OF FLYNESS for MVMT / HBO. In 2019, she produced SUICIDE BY SUNLIGHT with writer/director Nikyatu Jusu, which premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival and continued a successful run at BAMcinemaFEST, BFI London Film Fest, MoMA’s Black Women Film Conference, AFI and more. Jusu and Moulterie more recently collaborated on the feature film NANNY – a 2020 Sundance Screenwriting / Directors / Catalyst Lab project premiering at Sundance 2022. In addition, her work as a producer also includes projects at ABC News, MTV, T Magazine, Nike, Louis Vuitton, as well as numerous works in the commercial and branded content world. She is currently an executive producer at creative agency The Kitchen Table in New York City. more...

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