Master Classes are in-depth, interactive learning experiences focused on craft and career building and led by renowned industry experts. Topics include fiction and documentary filmmaking, TV writing and production, and navigating and succeeding in the entertainment industry.
Looking to get a film financed? Learn how to navigate the landscape of funding and co-productions in this three-hour Master Class led by Caroline von Kuhn, Director of Industry and Catalyst, an Institute program that connects independent investors to filmmakers to partner on ambitious new films and to grow the community of indie-film supporters. Caroline leads an engaging conversation on understanding the diverse and sometimes daunting paths to funding your feature film with a producer, financier, lawyer and sales agent, each sharing their expertise on the current funding landscape and specific strategy and tactics that emerging filmmakers can employ to fund their next project.
Topics Covered Include:
00:00 - Welcome and Introduction from Sundance Collab
06:11 - Introduction to the Landscape of Film Funding by Caroline von Kuhn
10:34 - Understanding International Co-Productions with Giancarlo Nasi
35:25 - The Difference Between Public and Private Funding
50:32 - Q&A
1:01 - Independent Financing in the United States with Ryan Zacharias and Jennifer Dana
1:27 - How to Pitch Potential Financiers on a Project
1:52 - Q&A
2:03 - Working with Agents, Lawyers and Investors with Sophia Yen and Jessica Lacy
2:18 - Approaching Investors at the Right Stage of Development
2:42 - Q&A
2:50 - Final thoughts
2:55 - Closing Announcements
Past classes have included Academy Award-winning director Roger Ross Williams on Documentary Storytelling, Finding Dory’s Victoria Strouse on Comedy Writing, Emmy-nominated director Lesli Linka Glatter on Blocking a Scene, The Walking Dead’s Glen Mazzara on TV Writing and more.