Get your film made: don’t wait for permission

We can’t rely on gatekeepers or industry connections to fund or green light our films. Luckily, there are other ways.

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Claim your power and bring your film to life

Join Aubrey Aden-Buie (former director of Glassbreaker Films and Founder of Studio IX), Keith Ochwat, Founder of Show&Tell, and Débora Souza Silva and Joanna James, two experienced and accomplished filmmakers, for this session on equity, access and success without relying on funding and streaming gatekeepers!

This powerful and candid conversation from the perspective of a film funder and filmmakers will cover:

  • Balancing fundraising & storytelling
  • Building momentum for your film beginning with conception
  • Growing your audience & career opportunities

About Your Instructors

Keith Ochwat

Keith is the founder of the Show&Tell virtual screening platform and leads the Show&Tell educational course.

After producing his own documentaries for 12 years, he’s advised hundreds of filmmakers on their distribution fundraising strategy.

He's delivered keynote presentations on distribution at filmmaking organizations like IDA and IFP and his work has appeared in IndieWire and Documentary Magazine.

My approach to fundraising and distribution has been featured in:

Aubrey Aden-Buie

Aubrey Aden-Buie is an Emmy-nominated documentary filmmaker based in LA, and the founder of Studio IX, a non-profit organization working to level the playing field for women and nonbinary filmmakers.

She was the Executive Producer of the Oscar nominated short film, A Love Song for Latasha.

Aubrey was part of the team that conceived of and built Glassbreaker Films in partnership with The Center for Investigative Reporting.

As the director of GBF for two years, she oversaw the production of over 40 short films. Her team was nominated for a national News and Documentary Emmy Award, an Academy Award, won an Edward R. Murrow Award; screened at Sundance, Tribeca and festivals around the world, and published on Netflix, PBS, OpDocs and more.

Aubrey works as a consultant and coach helping filmmakers think like entrepreneurs to get their work made and seen and build a profitable career.

Débora Souza Silva

Débora Souza Silva is an award-winning Brazilian documentary filmmaker whose work examines systemic racism and inequality.

Her work has been featured on The New York Times, PBS, BBC, Reveal News, KQED, and Fusion.

Débora received the Les Payne Founder's Award from the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) and was selected for a The New York Times Institute Fellowship.

Débora is a recipient of the 2021 Creative Capital Award, a member of the 2020 Chicken & Egg(celerator) Lab and the 2019 Firelight Media Lab.

She is currently producing and directing her debut feature-length documentary “Black Mothers,” which follows the journeys of two women whose children’s lives have been impacted by police violence.

Joanna James

Joanna James is a multi-award winning filmmaker, founder & CEO of Zoel Productions a New York City based media production company, women's rights activist who founded the non-profit MAPP and wife and mother of three little girls.

Joanna has a passion for storytelling, as the director, producer and editor of Vanity Fair's Best Documentary by a first-time filmmaker and PBS National Broadcast A Fine Line, which explores why less than 7% of head chefs and restaurateurs are women.

Also an award-winning journalist, she started at The Boston Globe, later covered the 2004 Summer Olympic Games in Athens and was awarded Best Environmental Reporting by the New England Press Association.

Production & Post

Success stories from Show&Tell members and a look at our Virtual Screening Platform in use

  • While in post, the team booked 3 virtual events

  • Virtual event sponsorship fees totalled $9,000

  • Helped cash-flow final edits & deliverables for PBS

  • Work-in-progress virtual event to raise funds

  • Promoted by Opera League of LA

  • Sponsored by Italian food company Eataly


Success stories from Show&Tell members and a look at our Virtual Screening Platform in use

  • First event: $7,000 in ticket sales

  • To date: $100,000+ during first 14 events

  • Launched a national virtual tour partnering with symphony orchestras across the country

  • Hosted 37 events generating $110,000

  • Partnered with top universities like the University of Georgia and advocacy groups like Best Buddies

  • Some event hosts also sponsored PBS broadcast

  • Hosted 70 virtual events to date and plan to do 250

  • Generated $46,000+ in ticket sales and donations

  • Shared $10,000+ in donations with the film’s subject

  • First virtual event raised over $20,000 

  • Event supported rare disease research

  • Coverage on CBS Morning News drove traffic

  • Virtual event raised over $21,000 

  • Event supported hostels along the Spanish Camino 

  • Team is planning a virtual event to raise $1 million

  • First virtual event raised over $14,000

  • Coverage in Forbes Magazine drove traffic

  • Led to sponsorships & events totaling $50,000+

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