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Documentary Filmmaking From A to Z (IE1-1114)

Sep 07, 2017 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM EDT

Docs in Progress: Wayne Avenue

801 Wayne Avenue, Suite G-100, Silver Spring, MD 20910, United States

Registration Information
Early Bird Registration for Documentary Filmmaking A-Z (IE1-1114)
Sale Ends: Aug 25, 2017 11:59 PM EDT
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Regular Registration for Documentary Filmmaking A-Z (IE1-1114)
Sale Ends: Sep 03, 2017 11:59 PM EDT
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Late Registration for Documentary Filmmaking A-Z (IE1-1114)
Sale Ends: Sep 10, 2017 11:00 PM EDT
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Event Description

Have a documentary you've always wanted to make, but don't know where to start? This workshop gives an overview of the cycle of the documentary filmmaking process and focuses on strategies of how to best maintain control over a project. We’ll cover pre-production, development, writing, budgeting, fundraising and pitching. We'll have a look at the documentary filmmaking landscape and will discuss why it is important to create your audience and how best to target it. We will look into festivals, PBS and the different distribution and marketing outlets including social media. You will create a draft proposal for your own documentary.
In this five-session workshop, participants will apply project management strategies to their own projects, and will be exposed to successful models of how to tell a meaningful story and stay on task at the same time.

PLEASE NOTE: This is not a hands-on video production workshop. For that, you may want to take our Intro to Documentary Production class which is offered several times a year. See our Education page for more details


$450 Early Bird Registration (register/pay through August 25)  – $25 discount for Docs Insider Premium Members. Use Promo Code which was provided.
$475 Regular Registration (register/pay August 26-September 3) – $25 discount for Docs Insiders Premium Members. Use Promo Code which was provided.
$500 Late Registration (register/pay September 4 until full) – No discounts.

If you are a member of the Docs Insiders program at the Premium level, you can get a $25 discount on the registration fees for this workshop if you register by the Earlybird or Regular deadlines. If you are an All-Access Passholder, registration is required but is at no additional cost to you. To get the discount, you will enter a Promo Code when you get to the payment. If you missed our e-mail with the promo code, please reach us at contact AT docsinprogress DOT org to get it. To find out more about our Docs Insiders memberships, visit​

Click the "Register Now" button towards the top of the page. Because of limited space (maximum 6 participants on our workstations plus we can accommodate two more using your laptops), advanced registration is highly recommended.

Full payment must be received to guarantee you a spot in the class. In order to get the discounted earlybird rate, full payment must be RECEIVED by the earlybird date.  Otherwise the regular rate will be charged.

If you are paying by credit card, select the "Paypal" option (you can pay by credit card even if you don't have a Paypal account). Payment must be made at the same time you complete the online registration form. 

If you are paying by check, you still need to register online, but select "Pay by Check or Wire".  Make check payable to “Docs In Progress” and mail to:

Docs In Progress
801 Wayne Avenue, Suite G-100
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(Write in the name of the workshop in the memo line)

Your registration will be completed once your payment is received. 


Adele Schmidt is no stranger to the Docs In Progress community.  As the co-founder of the organization in 2004 and staff member from 2009-2010, Adele was instrumental in helping the organization expand beyond its signature work-in-progress screenings to provide a full array of educational, professional development, and mentoring programs for emerging documentary filmmakers. In addition to more than 15 years working as a producer, director, editor, and consulting producer for award-winning long-form documentaries and short feature films, Adele has extensive teaching experience in film and video production -- at American University, Catholic University of America, Fairfax Public Access TV, and at a film school in Mexico City. She has also served as a panelist for the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, reviewing applications in the disciplines of writing, philosophy, history, and media arts.

The new Docs in Progress location at:

801 Wayne Avenue, Suite G-100
Silver Spring, MD 20910
*located near the Whole Foods

If your circumstances change and you must withdraw from a class after registering, please be aware of our refund policy:
Withdrawal 30 or more calendar days before the first day of a program: 75% refund
Withdrawal 11-29 calendar days before the first day of a program: 50% refund
Withdrawal 10 or fewer calendar days before a program: No refund

In the event of seriously inclement weather, we will make a decision by 3 pm on whether to cancel that evening’s programs. (For Saturday classes, we will make the decision by 6 pm on Friday). If you have not received a notification from your instructor or the Educational Programs Manager, call our office at 301-789-2797 (we will have an outgoing message on voicemail).

Docs in Progress: Wayne Avenue
801 Wayne Avenue, Suite G-100, Silver Spring, MD 20910, United States
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