Upcoming Cool Workshops

May 3, 2010

Here are some things to keep on your radar at the NW Film Center
934 SW Salmon St, Portland, Oregon

SHAKING THE MONEY TREE: THE ART OF GETTING GRANTS & DONATIONS FOR YOUR FILM
MORRIE WARSHAWSKI
SATURDAY, MAY 8, 9:30 AM-4:30 PM

Securing funding while maintaining a career as an independent mediamaker can be a competitive, elusive, and often overwhelming proposition, especially in this era of reduced public and private support and economic uncertainty. Back by popular demand, this workshop combines a holistic and practical approach, sharing street-tested advice and presenting real life case studies of success. The goal is to help filmmakers attractively position their project, identify and address their strengths and weaknesses as fundraisers, and draw upon appropriate fundraising tools effectively. Topics include adopting an effective fundraising mindset, preparing a project for raising money, conducting effective research, making a personal ask, using social media and the internet, and elements of the successful written grant proposal. Detailed handout packet included.

1 session
Tuition: $120

THE FUNDRAISING HOUSEPARTY: PARTY WITH A PURPOSE AND RAISE MONEY FOR YOUR ART
MORRIE WARSHAWSKI
SUNDAY, MAY 9, 1-3:30 PM

This highly participatory workshop gives a complete deconstruction of the fundraising houseparty—a very powerful and flexible way to raise donations from individuals for noncommercial projects both large and small. Topics covered include what projects are appropriate for houseparties, finding and preparing the host, who to invite, timeline for and design of invitations, how to structure your formal presentation, what type of program clip or artwork to show, how to make the “ask” and who should do it, and follow-up activities. Participants are encouraged to bring in samples of their own houseparty invitations and pledge cards (actual or proposed). Open to artists of all disciplines.

MORRIE WARSHAWSKI, writer and national media consultant, is the former executive director of the Bay Area Video Coalition and The Media Project, Inc. His clients over the last 25+ years include dozens of independent film/video artists as well as the National Endowment for the Arts, President’s Commission on the Arts and Humanities, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and WGBH-TV. He is the author of the newly updated SHAKING THE MONEY TREE: HOW TO GET GRANTS AND DONATIONS FOR FILM & VIDEO (2010, Wiese Books) and the editor of THE NEXT STEP: DISTRIBUTING INDEPENDENT FILM & VIDEO (AIFV/New York). See www.warshawski.com.

1 session
Tuition: $40

50% scholarships available from the Regional Arts & Culture Council for working artists. To apply contact Pam Minty at pam@nwfilm.org.