Meet the Decision Makers: Funding

Special Event
Theater 6:30–9:30pm
  • Regular $60

Are you a filmmaker who’s feeling overwhelmed when applying for grants and funding? Join us on Wednesday, October 30th for a panel followed by small roundtable networking sessions with renowned organizations and companies that award grants and funds to creators working in documentary and narrative fields. Get valuable insights from the decision makers themselves as they cover the application process, the do's and don'ts of submitting materials, and what they look for when dispersing funds.

Following the panel, attendees will be split up into groups for small roundtable networking sessions led by the panelists.  Once you’ve RSVP’d to the event, you will hear back from a membership team member to schedule your meetings. Be prepared to have three (3) meetings during the roundtable networking session (based on preference) as well as the opportunity to network and meet potential collaborators.

You’ll leave the event with a better understanding of which funds and grants are the best fit for your project as you develop your fundraising strategy! Experts include:

Meredith Duff (Cinereach), Lucila Moctezuma (Chicken & Egg Pictures), and Kat Vecchio (Fork Films).

Event Schedule
6:30 PM to 7:30 PM –– Panel and Q&A
7:30 PM to 9:30 PM –– Meetings and Networking


Meredith Duff is a Creative Executive at Cinereach. Meredith works alongside the Outreach and Creative Direction Team to identify emerging storytellers and content for the organization to support. She also manages project submission and review processes. Before becoming Creative Executive, Meredith was Cinereach’s Filmmaker Outreach Coordinator. Before joining Cinereach, she was an agent trainee at ICM Partners working within the Motion Picture Literary department as well as the International Film Department. Prior to ICM, Meredith was an assistant digital planner at Zenith Media.

Lucila Moctezuma is Program Director of Chicken & Egg Pictures, where she oversees the planning and implementation of the organization’s programs in support of women nonfiction filmmakers. Originally from Mexico City, Lucila has collaborated with New York’s independent film community since 1996. Prior to joining Chicken & Egg Pictures, she was Executive Producing Director at the internationally renowned UnionDocs, Center for Documentary Art, in Brooklyn. Formerly, she was Manager of the Production Assistance Program at Women Make Movies, a program that provides support to women filmmakers in the development of their projects. She was Director of the Media Arts Fellowships for the Rockefeller Foundation, a highly prestigious program that supported media artists in the U.S. and Latin America, and she is Founder and was Coordinator of the TFI Latin America Media Arts Fund for the Tribeca Film Institute. Lucila is in the documentary selection committee of the Morelia International Film Festival in Mexico, and sits on the founding Executive Board of Cine Qua Non Lab, a residency for international filmmakers based in Michoacán, Mexico; she was Vice President of the Board of Trustees of The Flaherty and was the U.S. Delegate for the Huesca International Film Festival in Spain. Her work as Associate Producer includes the documentary series The New Americans for Kartemquin Films, and Shocking and Awful for Deep Dish TV, which was part of the 2006 Whitney Biennial. Lucila holds a degree in Philosophy at Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City, where she taught until 1996.

Kat Vecchio is the director of grantmaking at Fork Films, where she oversees the day-to-day operations of the company’s documentary grants program and serves as the primary contact for Fork Films’ supported filmmakers. She is also a filmmaker and writer, often exploring popular entertainment in American history. Prior to joining Fork Films in 2010, Kat worked in theatre, film, television, and commercial production.

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