Sustaining Your Career as a Filmmaker

Thursday, February 20, 2020

A discounted package to attend both the “All About Crowdfunding” and “Sustaining Your Career as a Filmmaker” Craft Ed. Seminars is available for $160 ($130 for IFC Center members). Ticket price includes a coffee & bagel breakfast, free popcorn and coffee all day, as well as a post-seminar happy hour for networking with presenters and attendees.

Making a living as an independent filmmaker—or any kind of artist—has never been easy, but CraftEd has assembled a group of pros to help you chart out a course for a sustainable career. From learning how to juggle a flexible day job that lets you develop new skills and also get paid; to finding groups that offer professional, funding and creative support; to learning how to market yourself to employers and audiences, this all-day event gives you tools to smooth your path, whether you’re working in film or in another creative art. The day includes a coffee & bagel breakfast, as well as a post-seminar happy hour for networking with presenters and attendees.

Co-presented by the Documentary Producers Alliance

“Sustaining Your Career as a Filmmaker” Schedule:

9:30am – 10:00am      Check-In / Bagel Breakfast

10:00am – 11:00am     How to Balance a “Day Job” and Pursue an Artistic Career

Hear from filmmakers and other artists as they discuss how they manage to have a “Day Job” and create their passion projects. Get tips on how they can transfer skills and experience, and how they carve out the time for both.

11:15am – 12:15pm     The Business of Your Business

You want to be an artist, but that also means running a business. What is your brand and what do you need to do to run a business? Hear from consultants including Shena Nicole (Shena Nicole Consulting) and Amanda McCormick as they advise on how best to build your brand.

1:30pm – 2:30 pm     Improving an Industry: The State of Documentary and Efforts to Reform It

Hear from filmmakers representing the Documentary Producers Alliance (DPA), a working group of over 200 documentary producers, about what they are doing to help improve the industry from the inside out. They’ll discuss the DPA’s committee structure and what each is doing to foster sustainability and inclusivity in documentary filmmaking, such as offering guides to best practices for crediting and investor relationships. 

2:45pm – 3:45pm     Where Do You Go for Support and How Do You Advocate for Yourself as a Freelancer?

Hear from Stephanie Alvarado (Freelancers Union) and Laura Levin-Dando (Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts) as they talk about what their organizations offer and what to do when you need to bring in outside help.

4:00pm – 5:00pm      Happy Hour 

  • Running Time 360 minutes
  • Distributor (No Distributor)
  • Accessibility Assistive Listening, T-Coil

IFC Center does not generally provide advisories about subject matter or potentially triggering content in films, as sensitivities vary from person to person. In addition to the synopses, trailers and other links on our website, further information about content and age-appropriateness for specific films can be found on Common Sense Media, IMDb and as well as through general internet searches.