Your success doesn't only depend on learning how to craft a film -- getting the shot, learning to edit, having the right lenses.
You need to learn and practice the business side of filmmaking too.
This class is designed to give you an inside look at how different filmmakers pay themselves, set up their operations, fund their films, and build careers over decades -- including examples of *both* new models (like crowdfunding, niche-distribution, and building a personal audience) and traditional models that are still very relevant today (like grant funding, the festival route, and through distribution).
If you have a 9-to-5 and are side hustling, are a student, are an aspiring filmmaker, or are a freelancer working on a passion project while taking side gigs on other people's projects, then this class will help you. You'll learn how to go from struggling filmmaker jumping from project to project, to a focused and visionary filmmaker working on projects you love. (100% of my income -- including retirement, healthcare, and benefits -- comes from doing what I love most in doc films.)
By the end of this course you'll have a plan (and specific tools) to help you confidently build your career so you're able to tell stories that matter most to you, while also confidently pitching your work, negotiating, and earning a living that lets you go on a real vacation once in awhile.
If you're ready to start now, you can binge the whole thing in one weekend (the entire syllabus is below). You'll learn what it took me 6 years to learn, but in less than a weekend. This is a self-paced course so you can put it down and pick it up on your own time and it will be a reference for you forever. So you can always refer back to the sample emails, templates, and tools whenever you need them.
All for less than the cost of a weekend lens rental or dinner for two. #win!
"This course has helped me determine and understand what my financial needs are, what the services I offer are worth and how to confidently negotiate to reach my financial goals with each project."
- Michelle, Documentary Filmmaker/Editor
"Thank you for bringing fun, hope and positivity to such a heavy subject.
I entered your class feeling defeated and left feeling abundant and empowered."
This is what it looks like after you enroll:
“I have no savings, at all! I have a mountain of debt too!
This course was just what I needed. I have more financial clarity to draw up goals than I have ever had before.
Excellent information and resources!”
Hi, there! I am an independent Impact Distribution Producer at Looky Looky Pictures, and a personal finance educator.
I've taught personal finance workshops to hundreds and been featured in personal finance press including Learnvest, Bankrate, and The Money Nerds podcast.
I've worn many hats in documentary film -- production assistant, director, editor, transcriptionist, intern -- until I discovered what I love most in documentary film -- impact distribution producing, where I help filmmakers connect with the organizations, audiences, distributors, and funders who can best support and connect with their films. Now 100% of my income come from doing what I love, including paying for retirement, healthcare, and benefits.
I created Thriving Filmmaker to help you confidently build a financially thriving career in documentary film.
"Ani, I wish you were an app on my phone!"
All modules, lessons, and objectives
Module 1: Lay the Foundation for Your Thriving Career
Module 2: Building a Thriving Team
Module 3: Building Thriving Relationships
Module 4: Nuts & Bolts: Set up Thriving Operations
Module 5: Real Talk: Freelance for Freedom (not for free)
[BONUS] Stress-Free Budgeting for Filmmakers
Would you recommend the class to a friend?
100% said Yes :)
How satisfied were you on a scale from 1 to 10 -- 10 being the highest?
9.8 out of 10 :)