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Select your topic of interest:

How to Find Investors for filmmakers and any entrepreneur
How to Sell Your Film: marketing and distribution secrets
Creating Beyond Criticism: overcoming rejection and horrible people

Featured Masterclass Workshops:

IndieFilm Financing


Award-winning veteran indie filmmaker Steve Balderson presents a Maverick Masterclass on IndieFilm Financing. You will learn how to find investors, the five kinds of investors, how to gain rapport with each of them, some valuable communication techniques, and the gentle art of persuasion. Although the focus of this workshop is on filmmaking and film finance, any entrepreneur seeking investors will find this workshop especially useful.


“The workshop was fantastic, I enjoyed every minute of it and I loved the thoroughness of the information discussed. The information was very useful. I gained the perspective of utilizing how to speak more effectively with people. I can use what I learned in the workshop to help me with my future projects and my daily life. I would wholeheartedly recommend this workshop to others.” – A.H.

“I had some knowledge about building a business plan and budget, no insight into where to find investors though. Biggest shift was that raising funds now seems obtainable. It will take a lot of leg work but now I have a direction and a place to start. For anyone who has made a film or plans on making a film this workshop was a great place to not only start, but also to enhance knowledge that one might already have about approaching potential investors.” – J.J.

“I thought the flow and the agenda was terrific.” – C.A.

"Dikenga for life!" - Lloyd Kaufman, President Troma Entertainment

Creating Beyond Criticism: Overcoming Rejection & Horrible People

FOR ACTORS, FILMMAKERS, MUSICIANS, OR ANY CREATIVE ARTIST wanting to learn how to handle feedback, provide feedback and use feedback resourcefully.

Do you feel badly when a casting director, or boss, or critic gives you harsh feedback?

Are you tired of other people imposing their viewpoints on you? Do you ever second guess yourself when other people tell you what to feel, what to see, how to speak, or how to think of your work?

Sometimes people will assert their opinions to create an illusion they are smarter, a better actor, a more successful artist, a stronger musician, but those types of people aren’t in control of your life. You are.

In this workshop we will explore effective and efficient ways to let go of unwanted criticism and any feedback that isn’t useful for you. We’ll also explore how criticism can be useful, and when to recognize it. After this workshop, nothing anyone says to you again will ever get under your skin again.

After making, selling and releasing over 15 feature films globally, Steve has a lot of secrets, tips and cautionary advice to share.


- Perception, and where it comes from
- How to find the “right” viewpoint
- How to handle horrible people
- Strengthening your creative work
- How to never second-guess yourself
- Ways to understand every critic
- How to be less judgmental of others



The Maverick Masterclass Series is designed to explain the process of making your film from start to finish.  Together, we'll cover a broad range of topics easily and effortlessly.  Depending on the session length, you will learn how to overcome obstacles, how to avoid writer’s block, the secrets to finding the right cast and crew, how to find investors and make a sensible and easily achievable budget.  We’ll also cover planning and scheduling tips on how to never exceed a 12-hour day!  You’ll learn how to uncover the right perspective for YOU, the truth about film festivals, marketing and promotion, and selling your film.

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