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.

Understanding the basic elements and essential steps for launching a creative business is key to securing the financial well-being of every artists’ career and the stability of your current and future projects. Join educator and artist Amy Smith as she unveils the best entrepreneurial practices and tips that will prepare you to launch and maintain a successful creative business. In this live and interactive three-hour event, the audience will also have the opportunity to ask questions about the current challenges they are facing in the business and financial areas of their creative journeys. This event will be useful for filmmakers and artists regardless of your discipline and career stage.

Topics covered include:

  • Building your team and working with collaborators
  • The differences between employees and contractors
  • Overview of business entity types
  • Determining which business entity is best for you and when to form it
  • The tax implications of various entity types
  • Creating business plans
  • Honing your financial management skills
  • Valuing your time

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.

Sundance Collab Master Classes are open and free of charge to all members as live events. Sessions will be recorded and available in our video library within 24 hours to all members for 48 hours after posting. After that, on-demand access to the recording is available only to Creator+ and Course Pass members. Sign up today to get a free 30-day trial Creator+ Membership.


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If you have a disability and require accommodation in order to fully participate in this event, please complete this form, contact us at (435) 776-7790 or email us at to discuss your specific needs. Every effort will be made to accommodate advance requests; requests made within 5 days of the event may not be guaranteed.

Amy Smith (she/her) is a dance and theater artist, educator, and facilitator. She works to dismantle oppressive structures and empower artists through financial well-being workshops, one-on-one work with artists giving financial advice and doing tax preparation, co-facilitating anti-racism sessions, and as a dance and theater educator. more...

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