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PAST EVENTS

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Let the Write One In
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Join us for a virtual Screenwriting Workshop led by Film Fatales members Deborah Goodwin (Snaeland) and Julia Camara (In Transit).


In this interactive workshop you will discover all the necessary steps you need to take in preparation for writing your feature screenplay. What is pre-writing and how do you use it to your advantage? What are the best practices for outlining a script? How do you find the most useful research for world building and character development? Come find out how these veteran screenwriters lay strong foundations for their work.


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Born Curious
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Join Film Fatales for an interactive workshop about applying for an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Film Grant with Rebecca Katz, the current Sloan Consultant at Sundance Institute and Film Independent. Moderated by Film Fatales member and Sloan grant recipient Annie Howell (Co-director, Small Beautifully Moving Parts).


Launched in 1996, the Sloan Film Program aims to influence the next generation of filmmakers to tackle science and technology themes and characters, increase visibility for feature films that depict this subject matter, and develop new work that can be produced and released theatrically. Sloan’s Film program has awarded grants to over 700 film projects from some of the nation’s most innovative filmmakers and has created a film development pipeline of multiple program partners. Over the past 15 years, the Foundation has partnered with six of the top film schools in the country–including AFI, Carnegie Mellon, Columbia, NYU, UCLA, and USC– and established annual awards in screenwriting and film production. The Foundation also supports artist development programs at the Sundance Institute, the Tribeca Film Institute, the Black List, SFFILM, the Athena Film Festival, and Film Independent.


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Cast to the Future
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Join us for a panel discussion about inclusive casting with casting consultant Ava Rigelhaupt (Two Countries), filmmaker Alaa Zabara (Salahy) and talent agent Gail Williamson (KMR Talent). Moderated by Film Fatales member Khadifa Wong (Uprooted: The Journey of Jazz Dance).


The question of who should tell stories of marginalized and underrepresented voices has been much discussed, sometimes leading to heated stances over artistic freedom, cultural appropriation and accusations of censorship. And yet, disabled stories are sorely lacking in representation. Twenty percent of people have a disability while on-screen representation hovers around three percent, with no meaningful change in the last five years. While more attention is being paid to hiring disabled actors for disabled roles, what about opportunities for disabled actors to play nondisabled characters? And who should be writing these roles? What are best practices for inclusive casting and accessible sets?


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Bring Your Own Producer
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Film Fatales, Latino Filmmakers Network and Chicana Director’s Initiative invite you to a panel discussion and networking mixer for filmmakers of all backgrounds.


We will begin with a panel discussion with producers Candy Ibarra (Forward Motion Entertainment), Gabriela Gonzalez (Words Unspoken), Maylen Calienes (The Three Bilinguals), Miguel Ferrer (Multi Studios), and Sandra Varona (Shine) moderated by Eileen Faxas. Afterwards, we will divide up into smaller discussion circles for intimate conversations based on a series of guided prompts.


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Story Metamorphosis
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Join Film Fatales and WIF for a case study on adaptation with the creative minds behind the hit Netflix show SHADOW AND BONE. We'll explore the steps of translating a written work to the screen with Series Writer Leigh Bardugo, Producer Christina Strain, and Executive Producer Shelley Meals. Moderated by Film Fatales and WIF member Drew Denny.


Together we will learn more about the ins-and-outs of developing movies and television that respect the original work while rebuilding it in a new medium. This conversation will tackle the things you need to know about the adaptation process when working with pre-existing IP like books, documentaries, short films, podcasts, articles, and more. If you’re the creator of an original IP or are a filmmaker with questions about the roles of production companies and distributors, tune in to this fascinating panel to learn what makes for a successful adaptation.


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Strike While The Iron Is Hot
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Is all money created equal? When is the right (and wrong) time to apply for grant funding? How do investors work? Join us for an informal fireside chat about film financing with Tribeca Film Institute’s former Director of Scripted Programs Bryce Norbitz and filmmaker Dyana Winkler where no question is off limits as we look honestly at how savvy filmmakers have to be in order to get our films funded and made. Moderated by Film Fatales member Sharmila Ray.


Bryce currently serves as the Program Director for the Athena Screenwriting Lab and the Director of Stowe Launch, an Advanced Development Program for Stowe Story Labs. She is the former Director of Scripted Programs at Tribeca Film Institute. Dyana spent the first half of her career working inside funding organizations including the Sundance Documentary Film Program and Tribeca Film Institute where she learned who gets money, what gets into festivals and why. Her films have gone on to receive funding and support from Sundance, IFP, Film Independent, Chicken and Egg, Fledgling Foundation, New York State Council for the Arts (NYSCA), California Humanities, Threshold Foundation, Doc Society (formerly Brit Doc), Women in Film, the Sloan Foundation and many others.


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