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Seize the Future with Sheffield Doc/Fest and BritDoc


Sheffield Doc/Fest and The Channel 4 BRITDOC Foundation invite applications for a special 2-day workshop on the funding, marketing and distribution of independent films. It is called Seize the Future and takes place in London on Friday July 2nd and Saturday July 3rd. Application deadline is May 21, 2010.

This course is designed for independent filmmakers and artists determined to get their work seen widely, create social impact, and earn a living in the digital age. Leading distribution strategist and President of Paradigm Consulting Peter Broderick, and Sandi DuBowski Director/Producer of Trembling Before G-d and Producer of A Jihad for Love will present this two-day workshop.

Peter and Sandi will reveal the tools and techniques successful filmmakers are using around the world to:
• Develop creative fundraising campaigns
• Harness the Internet and social media to maximize audience participation and networking opportunities
• Design customized distribution strategies to maximize revenue
• Implement outreach campaigns to create social impact
• Build a fan base to support future work

Topics will include:

• The future of distribution
• Turning movies into movements: targeting, engaging and mobilizing audiences
• Maximizing financing and distribution: cutting-edge case studies
• The secrets of fundraising and marketing
• Harnessing the web

Peter and Sandi first launched this intensive two-day workshop at Docaviv in Tel Aviv. Since it was such a great success, they have received invitations to present it around the world. They have separately given presentations at Cannes, Toronto, Sundance, Berlin, Sydney, IDFA, HotDocs, and Rio de Janeiro. They have also consulted with hundreds of filmmakers, many of whom have won prizes at top film festivals, received critical acclaim, and achieved wide distribution. A number have been nominated for Academy Awards.

Prices for this workshop start at £65 for the 2 days, which includes lunch and drinks. To apply please send a short proposal for a project you would like to work with at the workshop, along with a brief CV or bio, to charlie_@If you can read this, please upgrade to a modern by Friday 21st May. Projects and filmmakers/artists can be factual or fiction, in any genre, and be designed for any platform. Applicants must be able to attend on both the 2nd and 3rd July.

Public Presentation
The workshop will be followed by a special public presentation at the Rio Cinema on July 4th. "Making and Raising Money Online" will be designed for workshop participants, as well as those who are unable to attend. Peter and Sandi will give a unique overview of the new models that filmmakers are using around the world to maximize revenue and audience. For more information or to purchase tickets (£15), please email charlie_@If you can read this, please upgrade to a modern

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