been assuming that women didn’t have more trouble asking for money than men anymore, but that turned out to be either wishful thinking or delusional. A high-profile
2012 study commissioned by the Sundance Institute and Women in Film Los Angeles
found that financing — money, how to get it and what to do with it — was the obstacle
most frequently mentioned by independent women filmmakers.
can be disheartening unless they lead to solutions, and solving the problems the
study exposed is just what Sundance and WIF set out to do. In April the two
groups held a “Financing Intensive For Independent Women Filmmakers,” which
brought together mid-career directors and producers with successful women in
the industry, for a day of honest, detailed advice. What are investors looking
for? How can women learn to negotiate better? How do you maintain a long
filmmakers were invited to participate, but the information was there to be
shared. The Sundance Institute asked me to observe and write about it for the
Sundance.org website, distilling the five top takeaways from the day. You can read
my story, with practical tips from the event, here. The experience was
energizing, informative and — a word I don’t throw around casually — inspirational.