Introducing Our New Film Education Program

For filmmakers, screenwriters and aspiring producers in documentary, narrative and episodic film.

The ClassWork Film Track is a sequence of classes that can be taken over a three-month period with experienced instructors guiding you through the ins and outs of producing your film. The first two tracks, starting this February, will concentrate on narrative and documentary filmmaking. In May, we will launch two fresh tracks covering episodic filmmaking plus one for aspiring producers. All the tracks will repeat in the second half of 2018.

The classes will help you grow professionally and take a deep dive into the strategic execution of a film project; this will be central throughout all the tracks. Topics will range from developing a film plan based on your screenplay and finding your voice to fundraising and selling your film.

Our instructors for the first tracks are:

  • Ingrid Jungermann, whose debut feature, Women Who Kill, won the Jury Award for Best Screenplay at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award.
  • Lou Howe, writer/director of Gabriel, starring Rory Culkin in a Gotham Award-nominated performance.
  • Jessica Devaney, who produced the award-winning documentary Speed Sisters (Hot Docs, 2015).
  • Stephanie Ching & Ellen Martinez, the team behind the documentary, After Spring, which screened at over 100 festivals in 15 countries and premiered on STARZ in 2017.
  • Atit Shah, producer (Money) and film financing expert who will lead a session on development and pitching strategies.
  • Tom Hall, the Executive Director at the Montclair Film Festival, will lend his expertise in festival strategy and indie distribution.

Schedule for the narrative and documentary track:

Film Track: Narrative

February 10          Insider Strategies for an Indie Screenwriting Career
–                            Ingrid Jungermann

March 3                 Directing the Independent Film: Prep Is Everything 
–                            Lou Howe

April 14                  DIY Distribution and Festival Strategy
–                            Tom Hall

April 21                  Indie Producing 101: Strategies for Financing 
–                            Atit Shah

Film Track: Documentary

February 22,        Developing Your Doc: Finding the Money 
March 1, 8*          Steph Ching & Ellen Martinez

March 10              Finding Your Voice in Documentary
–                           Jessica Devaney

April 14                 DIY Distribution and Festival Strategy
–                           Tom Hall

April 21                 Indie Producing 101: Strategies for Financing 
–                           Atit Shah

*This three-part class will be held from 6:30pm-8:30pm. All other classes will take place on a Saturday from 10am-5pm.

An individual six-hour class costs $150 (regular)/ $105 (IFP & Media Center members)
Take all four classes in one track and spend only $490 (regular)/ $320 (Media Center and IFP members)