Pathways to US Feature Funding: A Case Study of Television Event
How can Australian feature documentaries find US funding and remain independent?
For over 15 years, award-winning independent filmmaker Jeff Daniels has made controversial, social-issue feature documentaries for international audiences. Jeff’s pathway to finance his latest critically acclaimed feature, Television Event (Tribeca, 2020), is a helpful case study for Australia’s feature documentary filmmakers seeking substantial financing from US funding bodies who support independent voices.
Join Jeff in conversation with his film’s principal US financiers, Jenny Raskin of Impact Partners and Paula Froehle and Steve Cohen of Chicago Media Project, as they explain their unique models of equity investment and philanthropic grant-giving; and with Christopher Allen of Brooklyn non-profit UnionDocs to discuss US funding pathways open to Australia’s independent documentary filmmakers aiming to develop and complete passion projects with international scope.
Image Credit, Television Event, Common Room Productions, 2020