One On One Documentary Tutorial Workshops and Consulting

Funding / Selling the Documentary tutorial provides information on the importance of determining your audience, targeting the right funders, grant writing, creating the pitch, funding for television, and guerilla filmmaking on a mini budget. Marketing, international co-financing and outreach planning are also covered. A passion for your subject and a good idea is required. Bring a brief (one paragraph) description of a documentary project, or if you are further along, you can bring a proposal, a trailer, or a tape of previous work.

Cost for 1 day workshop is $300

Cost for 2 day workshop covering both funding and editing is $550

Contact us regarding our consulting services for funding, distribution, shooting, editing. Fees are based on a rate of $50 per hour.

About The Tutorial Workshops

Documentary Educational Resources have been providing the New England community with documentary education for over 30 years. Our reputation is built on the basis of extensive work in production in and distribution of one of the world's largest and most highly awarded visual anthropology collections. Please stop in or call for more information or to speak to an instructor about scheduling a class. All workshop tutorials are held at our offices in Watertown Massachusetts, 10 minutes from downtown Boston.

Individualized, full day (10:00 am to 5:00 pm) tutorials may be scheduled in either funding/selling or editing if you have a current project in mind. These "one on one" work sessions are arranged at a mutually agreed upon date between student and instructor throughout the year. All experience levels from beginner to advanced may apply. Call 1-800-569-6621 for more information or to speak to an instructor. Cost for 1 day tutorial, geared to your specific project, is $300. All workshops and tutorials are held at our offices in Watertown Massachusetts, 10 minutes from downtown Boston.

Registration and payment must be received 3 days prior to the scheduled date. You may call 1-800-569-6621, fax 1-617-926-9519, or email your registration and payment information. Payment by Check, Visa or Mastercard is accepted. Payments should be made to Documentary Educational Resources. If a session is canceled an option is offered for an alternative date. If no convenient alternative is available, all payments will be refunded in full.


The instructor for Funding / Selling the Documentary is Cynthia Close. She has written many successful grant proposals, provided fiscal sponsorships to independent documentary makers, teaches a week long, in depth version of this course at the International Film & Television Workshops in Rockport, Maine and since 1993 has been the Executive Director of Documentary Educational Resources. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Society For Visual Anthropology and on the Advisory Board of Massachusetts Communications College and The Margaret Mead Film and Video Festival at The American Museum of Natural History in NYC.


The workshop you conducted was one of the most practical I have ever attended. And now, you will be pleased to know, it is paying off! Safe Harbor, our documentary about the Underground Railroad, premiered on public television stations throughout Pennsylvania in February and will be distributed through American Public Television in April.
"I wanted to send you notice that PBS has strong interest in my documentary. I had a great time in your class and thanks for the advice." —Sam Santarelli, Madison FIlms Inc.

"Our conversation was invaluable and I learned so much. I appreciate all your insight and help." —Martha Dodge

"Cynthia Close was solid and on target, her course was very valuable to me." —former student

"Thank you very much. I learned a ton. I really appreciate your positive energy in teaching" —former student

Please contact us by or phone at 617-926-049 if you have any additional questions.

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