April Workshop -Public Television 101: A Filmmaker’s Guide to Navigating Public Television

A Filmmaker’s Workshop presented by SIFTMedia 215 Collective and Independence Public Media Foundation.

Get to know our friendly regional Public Television Programmers! Filmmakers can learn the in’s and out’s of getting their work on regional & national PBS.

Independent filmmakers often talk about getting their work on Amazon, Hulu, Netflix or HBO. But what about the network that is available for free on broadcast television or the internet? Public Television! Why do we forget about the potential for reaching thousands of people in our community on PBS?  Eventbrite Registration

Date: Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Time: 6pm -7:15pm 

Place: Event will be held on Zoom.

Panelists Include:

Sreedevi Sripathy, Director of Programming and Production at WHYY TV12 https://whyy.org

Susie Hernandez, Senior Director of Programming at WNET, New York Public Media https://www.wnet.org/

Chris Hastings, Executive Producer and Editorial Manager of Content for the WORLD Channel https://worldchannel.org/

Gabrielle Ewing, Associate Director of Programming for PBS Digital Studios, https://www.pbs.org/digital-studios/

Moderator: Nadine Patterson, Independent Producer HipCinema and Co-Founder SIFTMedia 215 Collective.

Sreedevi Sripathy,and her colleagues Susie Hernandez, and Chris Hastings will give an overview of the process and options that filmmakers have for engaging with PBS and public programming networks regionally, nationally and internationally. Our guests will answer some of the following questions:

What kinds of films are you looking for? How do I submit to my local station?

What length of work will stations accept? If my program is accepted, when can I expect it to air?

At what point in the production project should I submit my film to PBS? Do stations pay for content? Do I have to provide Closed Captioning before I submit?

What are the technical specs required? Do I have to have promotional materials?

About SIFTMedia 215 Collective, https://siftmedia215.org/ : The SIFTMedia 215 Collective is a cooperative that centers Black and Latinx women-identified independent media artists who work in the Philadelphia metropolitan area. As filmmakers, we seek to educate ourselves and the wider community by creating socially conscious, culturally relevant work that challenges mainstream narratives and structures. Our mission is to use our collective strength to amplify the work of and create meaningful opportunities for Black and Latinx Women content creators by providing a community of support to share resources, skills, and creative space.

About IPMF, https://independencemedia.org/ : IPMF seeks to build power with communities across Greater Philadelphia by investing in community-owned media and community-led media-making. We support work that amplifies voices, ideas, and solutions rarely heard in mainstream media.


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