Documentary Funding: "Show Me the Money"

This panel examines the financing of documentary films as we head into the next century: What challenges does the documentary community face and how will we meet them? There's never been a bigger audience for documentaries, more places for exhibition, or as many ways to distribute them, yet the new popularity of the genre hasn't necessarily led to more production money or more diverse choices. Where does this leave the documentary filmmaker who wants to maintain some independence but make a living at the same time? What are the new roles of television - public or commercial, broadcast or cable - distribution companies, agents, corporations, and foundations? Pat Mitchell, president of CNN Productions/Time Inc. Television moderates a panel of buyers, filmmakers, and distributors who address these questions with straight talk about the issues.


Pat Mitchell
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