It has always been important to us to make ourselves as accessible as possible to filmmakers around the world. We know that filmmakers are feeling in a place of uncertainty due to so many changes in our field, and so we wanted to make ourselves available again, to provide free support to filmmakers where possible.
At the beginning of the pandemic, Field of Vision offered a virtual "office hours" service for the documentary community and provided over 200 meetings to filmmakers around the world. This time we are also partnering with our dear friends at Firelight Media and FWD-DOC: Documentary Filmmakers With Disabilities to be able to offer a broader range of support.
We also recognize that access is too often out of reach to many and that it’s essential to completing one’s project and developing professionally. Underrepresented filmmakers especially deserve the opportunity of access and so priority will be given to filmmakers from those communities. Field of Vision broadly defines “underrepresented” and we hope to support the field with these office hours in order to create opportunities for people that may not have access otherwise, across a wide spectrum, and will consider socio-economic status, community access, location and regionality, race, sexual identity and all other barriers to entry, and will also take into consideration where those differ globally. We strongly encourage D/deaf, disabled and neurodiverse inclusion.
The areas which we are able to offer consultation on are:
Project Support -
Guidance and feedback on treatments, approaches, stage and next steps of projects in development and production.
Professional Development -
Career guidance and mentorship for overall professional development.
Technical Assistance -
Technical problem solving and solutions for production and post production.
Pitch training -
Guidance around how to approach, craft and conduct pitching. Both for formal pitches and in meetings with funders and potential partners.
Story Development -
How to develop your story at any stage of the filmmaking process.
Edit Consultants -
Assistance around any editing challenges, areas needing support in post-production.
*Please note we can’t watch rough cuts ahead of meetings
Press Strategy -
Tips and suggestions on how to approach working with a publicist or conducting your own press strategy.
Distribution Strategy -
How to approach finding and working with a distributor, educational and self-distribution strategies.
Accessibility Training and Support -
How to ensure your film and its release are accessible. Ways to ensure the film can be accessed by the widest range of audiences possible.
If you feel you would benefit from time with our team on any project you’re working on please feel free to reach out. There are more details on how to take part below.
HOW TO SIGN UP
If you would like to have a virtual meeting about any of the above, please follow this link to sign up for the waitlist. We will review and assess for a potential meeting: https://airtable.com/app2csBirgxOY6cqG/shr3i62Hfie1KAYC2
(We will also be adapting to demand and/or increasing availability if needed.)
This program is open to filmmakers globally, and priority will be given to those from underrepresented communities.
Please note: We aren’t able to review work/treatments/cuts ahead of or after the meetings. These are also not pitch meetings for potential funding. If you would like to send us a project to review for potential funding, please visit the link here: https://fieldofvision.org/submit
Field of Vision's 2023 Consultation and Mentorship Services were made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.