Learn the steps for developing a feature documentary from conception and prep through production, with an accomplished documentary filmmaker as your guide. Participants should come prepared for this eight-week, Level 1 course with a project that you plan to produce and/or direct. Crafting a compelling proposal for funders is a key goal of the course. Sessions include presentations/discussions, interactive exercises, a panel discussion with documentary funders, and a one-on-one mentoring session focused on your project.

The course will take place in our virtual classroom Wednesdays, 10am - 12pm PST, November 6 - December 18, 2019. instructors will be announced shortly. Class size is limited to 30 participants. All online class sessions are recorded for registered participants who are unable to attend live.

The application period for the course has ended. Watch the Sundance Co//ab newsletter for updates on future course offerings.

Jennifer Maytorena Taylor makes colorful, character-based films about real people with extraordinary stories. Feature documentary and short film credits include NEW MUSLIM COOL, DAISY AND MAX, PAULINA, MESSAGE TO ZAIRE/THE TALK, HOME FRONT, STREET KNOWLEDGE 2 COLLEGE, VISITING DAY, and REDNECK MUSLIM. Jennifer is an Associate Professor in the Department of Film and Digital Media at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she is also the Director of Graduate Studies for the Social Documentation MFA program. more...
Maxine Trump got her start in radio and television, working for seven years in program development for BBC Comedy in the UK. She emigrated to the US to become a director of television commercials and has received both Gold and Silver BDA awards for her work. more...
DAWN VALADEZ, is a queer, Xicana, filmmaker, social worker, artist, youth development specialist, resource wrangler, and impact strategist. more...

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