Action Plans for Low- and No-Budget Filmmakers

Goes without saying, but film production is a huge task that requires—at minimum—a fundamental understanding of each phase of the filmmaking process. To help with the heavy lifting, producer Sharri Hefner offers her years of experience in bringing indie projects to life.

Learn methods for developing, executing, and releasing successful films when you have little access to money or resources. Sharri will not only guide you through best practices for taking your projects from idea to finished product, but also discuss how to sustain a long-term (and fulfilling) creative career in film.

In a nutshell: this session is all about strategy …

The presentation will cover:

  • How to develop ideas like a producer
  • Film finance for no to low budget filmmakers
  • Directing strategic for low budget filmmaking
  • Line producing
  • Pitching to attract resources
  • Distribution and marketing
  • Film Festival Strategies
  • Q&A

Wednesday, September 28, 2022
4-6 p.m. PT | 7-9 p.m. ET

Registration: $35

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*NOTE: This event will be recorded and typically available within 72 hours of the live event. If you want the recording sent to you, do not check off the box in the Zoom Events registration that restricts us from obtaining your email address. Confirmation emails come from Zoom Events—search your inbox for noreply-zoomevents@zoom.us—not Pipeline Media Group.



Sharri Hefner

As an independent filmmaker and producer, Sharri is currently in post on a feature documentary CHONSIE, following an applicant for LA’s Cannabis Social Equity Program. Previous projects include: TRANSPLANT (as UPM) for Significant Productions; Eli Daughdrill’s feature FAITH (as Producer) starring Brian Geraghty (The Hurt Locker), Iddo Goldberg (Peaky Blinders, Snowpiercer) and Nora-Jane Noone (Brooklyn). Upcoming projects include: award-winning filmmaker JT Walker’s border feature drama LA GLORIA (as Producer) and director Rachel Carey’s feature thriller MOTHER (as Producer). Sharri is a Sundance and Women in Film Finance Lab alum. She has also Production Managed music videos for P!NK and Katy Perry. As a professor, Sharri heads the Producing Track at California State University, Long Beach’s Film and Electronic Arts Program.

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