Carmel Film Forum set for Aug. 10.


Aspiring filmmakers will have the opportunity to learn from local experts during the 2019 Carmel Film Forum: Making the Big Picture, Preproduction and Crowdfunding. The third annual event will offer three workshops and a film screening with Midwest women filmmakers.

“We want to grow that circle of influence of local filmmaking,” said James Moriarty, producer/director of Moriarty Media and host of the event. “We want to share more and inspire people. It’s a one-day event with several different components people can attend.”

The event begins with the first workshop at Carmel Clay Public Library at 12:30 p.m. Aug. 10.

“We’ll be doing a live-table read with local actors of my new feature screenplay, ‘Ghost from the River,’” Moriarty said. “It’s a project I’ve been working on for a few years.”

Following the table read, Eric Wayne Key, founder of Digipitch, will demonstrate his free online screenwriting and film-pitching software at 3:30 p.m.

“Digipitch is a free online pitching software program,” Moriarty said. “You can write your screenplay and then attach a video to it, or other promotional pieces to your project, and then offer it up to the community.”

Rachel Murphy, a professional-line producer based in Indiana, takes the stage at 4 p.m. She will show how to break down a film’s budget to reflect the real-life costs of producing a feature film. She’ll also discuss developing the film’s business plan and crowdfunding campaign.

The evening session will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will focus on the screening of four short movies made by Midwestern women filmmakers. Murphy will moderate the Q&A after the viewings.

Admission is free because of a grant from the City of Carmel. Participants will receive a printed curriculum. For more, visit