Suzan Beraza is a Hispana-Latina-American filmmaker and was born and raised in the Caribbean. Her films have been shown on Netflix, Independent Lens, PBS, BBC, World Channel, FranceTV and on the Documentary Channel, at Lincoln Center, and at many festivals. Her first film, BAG IT, was a winner of the Britdoc Impact Award in Berlin and has been televised in over fifty countries. URANIUM DRIVE-IN was a recipient of Sundance Institute and Chicken and Egg funding and was featured at Good Pitch and at Hot Docs Pitch Forum. The film was broadcast on Independent Lens, awarded the Big Sky Award, honored for documentary excellence by the Alliance of Women Film Journalists, and was part of the American Film Showcase, an international film program of the U.S. State Department. Her most recent film, MASSACRE RIVER aired on PBS, BBC and FranceTV, is the recipient of ITVS funding, and was selected for the Latino Media Market, Camden International Film Festival Points North Fellowship, and IFP Spotlight on Documentaries. Suzan became Festival Director for Mountainfilm festival in Telluride, Colorado in 2017, and is the former Chair of New Day Films, the longest-running film cooperative.
In this workshop we’ll look at making independent documentaries focusing on finding the money and how it ties into your film topic. We’ll then dive into film festivals, distribution, and how to get your film out into the world.