Independent Film Production from A-Z:

A pocket survival guide

Saturday, May 19,   2018  


Herzbergstr 55, 10365 Berlin

Entrance A  Studio 1.04

About the workshop

Independent filmmaking is not about making ‘cheap’ films without paying cast and crew. It is about being non-commercial, in a world ruled by money. To do that successfully, you don’t only need passion, you need to know the ‘know how’. This workshop aims to present and discuss all steps of independent film production- from script development to distribution- offering a ‘pocket guide’ to aspiring indie filmmakers. We will present methods to help you structure the production process from pre-production to post, calculate and distributing budgets, and will give you tips which will help to realize your film. You will learn how to present your project textually and visually, and how to pitch it to sponsors and buyers. We will discuss funding opportunities, co-productions and training programs, as well as promotion and marketing strategies.

Aims & Objectives

By completion of this workshop, the participants will have the basic knowledge in order to organize, execute and distribute an independent production.



This workshop addresses potential or first step producers and directors with a fictional and/or documentary background.



 Why go indie? Open discussion on the independent film.

History, social significance, aesthetics and representation.

Project presentation, pitching, training

Creating the production file: writing proposals and treatments, calculating budgets

Funding sources during development/ pre-production/production & sponsorships

Successful crowdfunding campaigns

Tips on saving time and money

Training programs for professionals

          Promotion and marketing strategies

World sales & distribution

Independent distribution

Co-productions and training programs

Entering big festivals:

Media law, licenses and insurances

Music and legal copyrights, contracts, lease agreements


70 Euros ( Get to know us price!)


Please send us a message via contact form with the subject line "Independent Film Production from A-Z: A pocket survival guide" and we'll get back to you with all the details and further information!

PLEASE NOTE:  Our workshops host up to 8 participants.

About the tutor

Marsia Tzivara, is an awarded writer-director and producer from Greece, based in Berlin for the past seven years. She is actively into film-making and media activism for more than fifteen years, and her work has been presented worldwide.  She studied media and film in England where she made her first steps as a filmmaker, and then spent a decade in Greece, where she got involved in numerous films and TV series with national and international success. When she moved to Berlin, she got deeper into creative producing, mostly to produce her own films.  

After producing her debut feature documentary ‘Burning from the inside’ which made an impact worldwide and whose research influenced Greek and German politics on an international level, she decided to commit herself to discovering unknown stories from all over the world, and to support other directors to bring their visions into life.  She produces both fiction and documentaries, and she is intrigued by projects which combine important stories with non-mainstream perspectives.  

She has been invited as jury at ‘Hellas Filmbox Berlin’ 2016 (at the New Vision’ section) and at the ‘European broadcasting awards’ 2017 for the Best TV documentary award, and she is one of the 10 selected

German producers who have been invited  to the Arab-German co-production film price, to discuss the possibility of co productions with Arab filmmakers and claim the 60.000 euros price. 

Apart from making films, Marsiaoffers creative consultancy on fiction and documentaries as well as individual coaching to actors and young professionals. She has presented seminars, workshops and discussions across Germany and Greece, and she conducts in-house classes at Film Arche in Berlin. 

At the moment, she is about to release her Fantasy film 'Dania', while produces  the new film of the Palestinian director Nahed Awwad, 'Orthodox Intifada'. 

During the upcoming Student film festival in Berlin, she presents masterclasses on feminist film studies and on Independent film production.

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