Financing Webinar For WiM VIPs

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Financing Webinar For WiM VIPs

10-7-18 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm PDT


Women In Media VIP members are invited to join Join Naomi McDougall Jones, creator of The 51 Fund for a two hour webinar via video conferencing platform Zoom!

When: Sunday, October 7th 10 AM PST/1PM EST
Where: Everywhere
Only WiM VIP’s will be given the video link.

Naomi McDougall Jones draws on her experience raising financing for her two feature films and also from the other side of the table – considering projects for investment for The 51 Fund – and offers clear, simple, practical information and advice that every filmmaker needs to know before speaking to investors. She will cover:

  • The macro-economics of the film landscape right now – why Hollywood is making what it’s making and how that has created an opportunity for independent film (and female filmmakers) to fill the void it’s created
  • Different types of investors, how to spot them, and give them what they need
  • What investors are looking for in a film/pitch/team
  • The financial case for investing in films by and about women
  • Practical tips for speaking to investors, including the most common mistakes filmmakers make when pitching
  • Innovative financing models that go beyond traditional film investors

Naomi will teach for an hour and a half, followed by 30 minutes of Q&A. The class will take place virtually over the video conferencing platform Zoom and be two hours in total.

Naomi McDougall Jones is an award-winning writer, actress, producer, and women in film activist based in New York City. She is currently in post-production on her second feature film, Bite Me, with producers Jack Lechner (The Fog of War, Blue Valentine) and Sarah Wharton (That’s Not Us), which she wrote and also starred in opposite Christian Coulson (Harry Potter, Love is Strange, The Hours), Annie Golden (Orange is the New Black), and Naomi Grossman (American Horror Story). Naomi’s first feature film, which she also wrote, produced, and starred in, was the 12-time award-winning Imagine I’m Beautiful. The film received a theatrical release and is now available on iTunes, Amazon, and GooglePlay ( A pilot she wrote, The Dark Pieces, is now in development for television in Canada after having been named on The 2016 WriteHer List as one of the top 16 unproduced pilots by a female screenwriter. Naomi is an advocate and thought leader for bringing gender parity to cinema. She gave a virally sensational TEDTalk, What it’s Like to Be a Woman in Hollywood, which has now been viewed over 1 million times and can be seen on She is the Founder and Chief Impact Officer of The 51 Fund, a venture capital fund dedicated to financing films by female filmmakers. Naomi is currently writing a book, The Wrong Kind of Woman: Dismantling the Gods of Hollywood, which will be published by Beacon Press in January 2020. More at

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