Washington DC-area filmmakers, Docs In Progress has two upcoming programs which may be of interest.
Both events take place at the Docs In Progress "Documentary House" (8700 1st Avenue Silver Spring, MD - walking distance from the Silver Spring Metro. Limited onsite parking and free garage across the street.
INSIDE FILM FESTIVALS: WHAT ARE FESTIVAL PROGRAMMERS REALLY THINKING?
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 29
What does it take for your documentary feature or short to be accepted into a film festival? Take a peek into the sometimes mysterious process of how films get selected so that you can navigate your festival strategy strengthened with vital knowledge.
Led by veteran documentary film festival programmer Andrea Passafiume (AFI DOCS, Tribeca Film Festival, DOC NYC), this program will cover a broad range of topics ranging from the submission process all the way through to how to maximize your film festival experience if your documentary gets accepted. Plus plenty of time for questions.
Find out more at https://eventgrid.com/Events/23334/inside-film-festivals-what-are-festival-programmers-thinking-ie1-1292-1116
ETHICS IN DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKING
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3
As public confidence in mainstream media has been diminishing at the same time that documentaries have been accelerating in the commercial entertainment space of television and movie theaters and side-by-side with reality TV, filmmakers are encountering more ethical challenges than ever before. Entrusted by both the people they film and the audiences who see the films while still needing to market their films with commercial pressures, filmmakers may face pressure to inflate drama or character conflict and to create drama where no natural drama exists. How to navigate these slippery slopes?
Join us for a frank, confidential and off-the-record workshop about ethical challenges in documentary filmmaking and next steps in the field. Patricia Aufderheide, University Professor in the Film and Media Arts program at American University and Founder of the Center for Media and Social Impact, will discuss takeaways from her ongoing research, and will facilitate a conversation about current ethical challenges filmmakers are facing, ways to assess best actions in the current environment, and ways to get involved in organizing to improve conditions.
While this program is aimed particularly at documentary filmmakers, we welcome the participation of anyone who is interested in how ethics is integrated into the documentary filmmaking process from idea to distribution.
Find out more at https://eventgrid.com/Events/23337/ethics-in-documentary-filmmaking-ie1-1293-1116