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December 10, 2021

Friday | 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. | 1 Session

Instructor: René Pinnell

Learn the basics of what funders are looking for from artists when they are being asked to fund creative projects. Instructor René Pinnell will discuss how to package and pitch your projects for funding asks. This 90 min long workshop is open to makers working in Film, Television, VR, Gaming, Immersive projects and more.


René Pinnell – René Pinnell is the founder and designer of Artizen, a marketplace for artist grants. Playing a central role in the artistic renaissance of virtual reality, René has helped creators raise more than $34MM for original projects including the first seven-figure deal for a VR film at Sundance. As an executive producer, René Pinnell has worked on some of the industry’s most groundbreaking work including the animated VR film BATTLESCAR, starring Rosario Dawson, and the VR series SPHERES, starring Jessica Chastain, Millie Bobby Brown, and Patti Smith. As a filmmaker & designer, René produced the acclaimed comedy show Backpack Picnic, directed the feature documentary The King of Texas, sold a TV pilot to MTV, designed 5 products & founded 2 companies.


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