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Female Filmmakers Discuss Need For Confidence In Securing Financing

Saturday 28 April 2018


From The Hollywood Reporter:


From left: 'Unrest's' Jennifer Brea and Alysa Nahmias
From left: 'Unrest's' Jennifer Brea and Alysa Nahmias
with moderator Caroline Libresco.
(Photo: Kendra Kabasele/Sundance Institute)

Female Filmmakers Discuss Need for Confidence in Securing Financing

By Joelle Goldstein
© 2018 The Hollywood Reporter

"It's about finding people in the world who vibrate for [your] film," said documentary filmmaker Jennifer Brea at Monday's Demystifying Film Financing: Two Case Studies panel, hosted by the Sundance Institute and Women in Film.

For women filmmakers, getting adequate project funding has always been a challenge. But the bigger issue that seems to stand in front of many is having the confidence to believe that the funding — and project itself — are worthy enough for success in a male-dominated industry.

This, among other themes, was part of the discussion at Monday night’s Demystifying Film Financing: Two Case Studies panel, hosted by the Sundance Institute and Women in Film and held at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood.

Like the title suggests, the panel was organized into two discussions: one pertaining to the award-winning Sundance documentary Unrest, moderated by Sundance Film Festival senior programmer Caroline Libresco; the other to the Academy Award-nominated period drama Mudbound, moderated by WIF president Cathy Schulman.

While the two 2017 films differed in content, both panels steered discussions toward how crucial it is for women filmmakers to believe in their projects and know that others will, too.

“I knew this film needed to [exist] and I never faltered in my faith in that,” explained Unrest director Jennifer Brea, whose documentary is based upon her own battle with chronic fatigue syndrome. “That conviction was a lot of what helped me keep going.”


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