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Getting Started: Budgeting For Documentaries (IE1-1290)

Oct 30, 2018 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM EDT

Docs in Progress on Wayne Avenue

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

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Earlybird Registration for Getting Started: Budgeting For Documentaries (IE1-1290)
Sale Ends: Oct 15, 2018 11:59 PM EDT
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Regular Registration for Getting Started: Budgeting For Documentaries (IE1-1290)
Sale Ends: Oct 26, 2018 11:59 PM EDT
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Late Registration for Getting Started: Budgeting For Documentaries (IE1-1290)
Sale Ends: Oct 30, 2018 10:00 PM EDT
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Event Description
A budget is an important planning tool for documentary films. It is also a necessity if you are planning to fundraise for your film. Far from numbers alone, the budget is another way of telling the story of your film.  In the first part of this session, we will go over the elements which make up a documentary budget, different approaches to budgeting, and how to keep your budget realistic but flexible so that it can adapt to the realities of filmmaking. You will also receive a template for creating your own documentary budget. In the second half of the workshop, we will look at a case study of City of Trees with Lance Kramer from Meridian Hill Pictures. It is highly recommended you read Lance's article from Documentary Magazine ahead of the workshop.

I/II – No prior training at Docs In Progress required.


$45 Early Bird Registration (register/pay through October 15) 
$65 Regular Registration (register/pay between October 16 - 26)
$75 Late Registration (register/pay October 27 - Class is Full) 

If you are a member of the Docs Insiders program at the Premium level, you can get up to 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. 


Click the "Register Now" button towards the top of the page. Because of limited space, 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 the name of the workshop in the memo line)

Information about how to access the webinar will be e-mailed approximately 24 hours prior to the webinar to all registrants. 


Lance Kramer is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and respected arts leader based in Washington, DC. In 2010, with his ​brother Brandon, he co-founded DC-based documentary production company Meridian Hill Pictures. Lance produced the feature-length documentary CITY OF TREES (Official Selection 2016 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, National Broadcast on PBS series America Reframed, released on Netflix in May 2017). In 2014, Lance received the prestigious DC Mayor’s Arts Award from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, the highest honor bestowed upon working artists in the city. In addition to CITY OF TREES, Lance is the co-producer of independent feature documentary VOICES FROM WITHIN (2015), associate producer of FLY BY LIGHT (2015), associate field producer of Al Jazeera America documentary series HARD EARNED (2015, winner of Alfred I. duPont Award), co-producer of independent short films DOING IT FOR ME (2013), LIFE AS A COLLAGE (2011), PORCHFEST (2011), COMMUNITY HARVEST (2010). Lance has served two terms as Board Member of Docs in Progress, and was a DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities Individual Arts Fellow in 2015. In 2017, Lance was selected to the 2017 Impact Partners Documentary Producers Fellowship cohort. Lance holds a bachelor’s degree in history and film from Dartmouth College.

Erica Ginsberg is the Executive Director of Docs In Progress. She is a mid-career changer who went from working with international ​exchanges to going to film school and becoming a documentary producer and director. Her films include Crucible of War about post-war life in former Yugoslavia; Creative Feds about the creative lives of federal civil servant; and her newest collaboration with fellow Docs In Progress co-founder Adele Schmidt California Dreaming, about the American Dream from the perspective of people who live in small towns named California. 

Docs in Progress offices. 801 Wayne Avenue, Suite G-100  Silver Spring, MD 20910

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

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