Hey there! I'm Anayansi Prado

Location: Los Angeles, CA
Experience: 20 years
Title/Headline: Documentary Filmmaker/Director, Producer, Story Consultant
Known for: The Unafraid (2018, PBS), Paraiso for Sale (2011, PBS), Children In No Man's Land (2008, PBS), Maid in America (2005, PSB)
Minimum time: 15 minutes

About Me

​Anayansi Prado is a Latina documentary director, producer and educator with over 20 years of filmmaking experience. Her award-winning documentary films have broadcasted nationally in the US and abroad and have received support from multiple funding institutions including The Ford Foundation/Just Films, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, ITVS, Tribeca Film Institute, Chicken & Egg Pictures, Fledgling Fund, Latino Public Broadcasting, Pacific Pioneer Fund, and other. Anayansi is a Rockefeller Fellow and a Creative Capital grantee. Over the years, she has raised close to 2 million dollars for all her productions combined. Anayansi has been a visiting professor at UCLA Film School, Chapman University's Film School, Cal State Northridge Journalism Dept. She's taught story development, fundraising, and documentary production to teens, college students and adults in 5 continents. ​She serves as a Film Expert for the State Dept. and USC Film School program The American Film Showcase since 2009.

  • Documentary feature
  • Documentary Producer
  • Documentary Director
  • Latinxs
  • Immigration Issues
  • Human Rights Documentaries
  • Story Development
  • Editing
  • Distribution
  • Indepedent filmmaking
  • Story Consulting
  • documentary fundraising

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  • Open Ended Conversation

    Don’t know where to start or have multiple questions or topics you’ll like to discuss? Don’t worry about it, our expert has Open Ended Conversations so you can take as much time and go as in depth as you need so you can become your very best.

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  • Getting started as a documentary filmmaker

    It's important to know where you are headed. During this 30 minute session, I will give you an overview of the life of an independent documentary filmmaker working. I will give you a sense of both the good and the challenging aspects of this career. We will discuss your background, personality and goals to see if documentary filmmaking is a good fit for you.

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  • Evaluating Your Documentary Idea

    In this conversation I can walk you through a process I've developed to evaluate an idea for a documentary. Learn what questions you need to ask yourself and explore to find out if your idea for a documentary is feasible. You will walk out of this conversation with clarity on what should be your next steps.

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  • Grant/Proposal Writing for Documentaries - PT 1

    You are applying for a film grant and finding yourself having to write a 3-5 page proposal about your documentary project and not sure where to start, if you are doing it right, or if you idea is coming through? Let's talk about it. I've developed an effective method to write a clear, engaging and fundable grant proposal. We will start with a 30 minute call where you will have a chance to tell me about your project and your goals for your proposal. I will then spend 2 to 3 days reviewing one proposal (5 pages max). We will then have a 1-hour conversation (see Grant/Proposal Writing for Documentaries - PT 2) to discuss my notes and answer any questions you have. I will provide written notes as well. Note: I will not write or re-write your proposal. I will only provide notes to already written material. Note: you must purchase PT 1 and PT 2 together.

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  • Grant/Proposal Writing for Documentaries - PT 2

    You are applying for a film grant and finding yourself having to write a 3-5 page proposal about your documentary project and not sure where to start, if you are doing it right, or if you idea is coming through? Let's talk about it. I've developed an effective method to write a clear, engaging and fundable grant proposal. We will start with a 30 minute call (see Grant/Proposal Writing for Documentaries - PT 1) where you will have a chance to tell me about your project and your goals for your proposal. I will then spend 2 to 3 days reviewing one proposal (5 pages max). We will then have a 1-hour conversation to discuss my notes and answer any questions you have. I will provide written notes as well. Note: I will not write or re-write your proposal. I will only provide notes to already written material. Note: you must purchase PT 1 and PT 2 together.

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  • Documentary Fundraising Consultation - PT1

    In this Documentary Fundraising Consultation I will create a tailored and specific fundraising plan for your project. We will start with an 1-hr conversation to discuss your project and fundraising needs and goals. After our conversation, I will spend 3 - 4 days reviewing your fundraising materials including: one project proposal (up to 5 pages), one budget (up to 3 pages) and one fundraising reel (up to 15 minutes). Then, we will have a 2-hour phone conversation (see Documentary Fundraising Consultation - Pt2) to go over notes on the materials and discuss your fundraising plan moving forward. I will provide written notes as well as a list of funding opportunities and film grants. I welcome projects in all stages: development, production, post-production and outreach/community engagement. Note: You must purchase both PT1 & PT2 together.

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  • Documentary Fundraising Consultation - PT 2

    In this Documentary Fundraising Consultation I will create a tailored and specific fundraising plan for your project. We will start with an 1-hr conversation to discuss your project and fundraising needs and goals (see Documentary Fundraising Consultation - PT 1). After our conversation, I will spend 3 - 4 days reviewing your fundraising materials including: one project proposal (up to 5 pages), one budget (up to 3 pages) and one fundraising reel (up to 15 minutes). Then, we will have a 2 hour phone conversation to go over notes on the materials and discuss your fundraising plan moving forward. I will provide written notes as well as a list of funding opportunities and film grants. I welcome projects in all stages: development, production, post-production and outreach/community engagement. Note: You must purchase both PT1 & PT2 together.

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  • Rough/Fine Cut Feedback

    In this Rough/Fine Cut Feedback session, we will first speak on the phone for 30 minutes so you can tell me about your project and what type of feedback you are specifically looking for. I will then watch your cut (up to 3.5 hours/time-coded) and give notes within 3-4 days after the cut is shared. Then, we will speak a second time for up to 1-hour and I will go over notes and answer any questions you have. I will provide written notes as well.

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