Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021

The Documentary Filmmaking Process

Year: 2015
Run Time: 90 minutes

The Documentary Filmmaking Process

All panels are free and open to the public.


Moderator: Professor Kim Neuendorf
Mike Attie—In Country
Abhay Kumar—Placebo
Maggie Mackay—CIFF Documentary Jury (Also—Film Independent/Independent Spirit Awards)
Rob Montague—A Long Way to the Top
Dana Nachman—Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Around the World
Douglas Tirola—Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon

The documentary form has emerged as one of the most vital and exciting branches of filmmaking. The development of high-quality yet low-cost HD cameras and equipment has put this form of production into the hands of many more filmmakers than even a decade ago and the resulting surge in documentary cinema has been accompanied by expanding creativity and audience interest. This panel will explore how documentary production occurs in terms of scripting, financing, budgeting, editing, and particularly in terms of identifying a compelling story to tell. The distinctive marketplace for documentary funding, distribution and exhibition will also be discussed. And, this panel will consider the growing presence of “hybrid” films that are a fusion of documentary and narrative forms.

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Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 10:00 AM -
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