This year, Doc Chicago will unfold as a free hybrid event on Fri, Nov 5–Sun, Nov 7. Friday afternoon’s sessions and Sunday’s Grant Writing Workshop will be held online, while an in-person gathering will take place on Saturday, Nov 6 at the Chicago Cultural Center. Pre-registration for both online and in-person admission is required via Eventbrite (link will be added shortly).
We are excited to include the following in-person film screenings to our program this year: a short documentary showcase co-presented with Chicago Filmmakers on Saturday evening, Nov 6, and a co-presentation of Meredith Zielke and Yoni Goldstein’s A Machine to Live In as part of the Chicago Underground Film Festival on Sun, Nov 7 (see full descriptions below). Please note: separate admission to screenings applies.
SUNDAY, NOV 7
2pm-4pm: Grant Writing Workshop
This workshop will be held via Zoom. You will receive a confirmation email with a Zoom link once you pre-register via Eventbrite.
Documentary filmmakers have to be entrepreneurial when it comes to raising funds for their films. Although crowd funding and investments are increasingly playing a role in film financing, applying for grants remains a key ingredient for many docs. Tailoring your proposal for a specific funder, figuring out what goes into a budget, and where you can look for funding are all topics that will be covered in this grant workshop for documentary filmmakers. You’ll also have a chance to share and receive feedback on a logline that you’ve crafted.
The workshop will be co-taught by documentary filmmaker and writer Julie Englander and filmmaker Ines Sommer, who teaches at Northwestern University. Julie is a producer on the documentary Punch 9 for Harold Washington, which recently premiered at the Chicago International Film Festival. She has written numerous successful grant proposals for other filmmakers, enabling them to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for their projects. An ITVS panelist once called her grant writing “exemplary.” Ines has written numerous organizational and individual project grants, has served on several grants panels, and doesn’t mind talking about budgets.
This workshop will be capped at 12 participants and once you’ve registered, you will have the opportunity to send in a logline for feedback.