Aspiring young filmmakers throughout the greater Boston area will have the chance to hone their skills this summer, as the Melrose-based nonprofit group Filmmakers Collaborative offers a series of one-week workshops for middle-schoolers in 15 communities. Students will get the whole filmmaker experience, with every film produced being shown at the Boston International Kids Film Festival, which the group stages each November in Somerville.

"The student filmmakers mingle with the professional filmmakers, and are treated just the same," said Laura Azevedo, executive director of Filmmakers Collaborative. "They go down the red carpet, and after we screen their films they go to the front of the theater and take questions from the audience."

For 10 idyllic years, young Mija has been caretaker and constant companion to Okja-a massive animal and an even bigger friend-at her home in the mountains of South Korea. But that changes when family-owned, multinational conglomerate Mirando Corporation takes Okja for themselves and transports her to New York, where an image-obsessed and self-promoting CEO has big plans for Mija's dearest friend. With no particular plan but single-minded in intent, Mija sets out on a rescue mission. 

Get funding and support to complete your single nonfiction program for broadcast on public television - for first-time filmmakers or veteran producers. 

Open Call is not a grant. ITVS provides a co-production investment in your project with amounts amounts averaging between $150,000 and $350,000. Open Call is very competitive with only  one to three percent of applicants receiving funding. ITVS recommends applicants plan to spend one to two weeks finishing an application, including submitting a work in progress video.

Filmmakers  Caren Zucker and  John Donovan are FC's newest members with their documentary production of  A HAPPY MAN. 

A HAPPY MAN is the story of a small southern community's beautiful loving embrace of the boy in its midst who was "different," no one there realizing that he was also a part of history: the first child diagnosed with autism. Quirky, charming, and in his own way brilliant, Donald Triplett, born in 1933, and now in his autumn years, always had the good fortune of growing up in Forest, Mississippi, a town that chose to support and protect him. Not as charity, but out of true friendship. To townspeople, Donald was "one of us."

As a team, Donovan and Zucker have been collaborating on stories about autism since 2000. At ABC, they created the pioneering series Echoes of Autism, the first regular feature segment in network news devoted to understanding the lives of individuals and families living with autism. Their 2010 article in The Atlantic, "Autism's First Child," was shortlisted for the National Magazine Award and appeared in the paperback anthology Best Magazine Writing of 2011.

The two most recently won an Emmy Award for their story  "A Different Kind of Boyhood", airing on ABC's Nightline they reported on the lives of two autistic boys over 15 years as they grew into young men.  Together they published the best-selling book IN A DIFFERENT KEY: The Story of Autism; they were honored this year as a  Pulitzer Prize Finalist (Crown, January 2016).

As two journalists with a personal connection to autism, they aim to inspire acceptance of and support for people on the spectrum by telling their stories with honesty and compassion. 

Summer 2017 is almost here! Bring your creative ideas to fruition in a fun, collaborative and exciting environment. Students will learn skills in scriptwriting, storyboard sketching, character development, improvisation, and camera skills. 

Together, the group will write, shoot, and edit in a genre of their choosing. Students will learn to edit their films using professional edit software like Adobe Premiere Pro. 

All final projects are eligible for submission into the Boston International Kids Film Festival in November 2017.

Sign up for a week-long film camp in YOUR community!

JUNE 26th: Wakefield, MA
JULY 5 - 7th: Canopy City, Somerville, MA
JULY 10th: Medford, MA
JULY 17th: Lynnfield, MA
JULY 24th: Melrose, MA
JULY 24th: Wellesley, MA
JULY 24th: Lynnfield, MA
JULY 31st:  Lexington, MA
AUGUST 7th:Andover, MA
AUGUST 14th: North Andover, MA
AUGUST 21st: Burlington, MA
AUGUST 21st: Newburyport, MA

Mark Your Calendars! The 5th Annual Boston International Kids Film Festival  will be held November 2 - 5, 2017 at the Somerville Theatre in Davis Square. 

Submit your film here by June 16th!
As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Filmmakers Collaborative (FC) has provided an array of resources and fiscal sponsorship for the independent filmmaking community for the past 30 years. We are proud that we have served as the fiscal sponsor for hundreds of films, including numerous award-winners, at a cost that remains among the lowest in the country. 
All of FC's programs are as unique as our member base. We offer vital opportunities to empower young, aspiring, media makers just starting out on their careers while also providing the vital resource of fiscal sponsorship to award-winning producers at the top of their craft. Both will ultimately produce films that will screen in living rooms, theaters and museums around the world.
Please support Filmmakers Collaborative with your tax-deductible contribution today! You also may choose to become a sustaining donor giving an amount of your choice each month or quarter, automatically deducted from your credit card.
Make a gift today to ensure that Filmmakers Collaborative remains a vibrant resource for the independent filmmaking community.


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