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NYWIFT @ Woodstock Film Festival: Women in Film: Then and Now

NYWIFT @ Woodstock Film Festival: Women in Film: Then and Now

01 Oct 2022 @ 12:00pm

When Festival Founder Meira Blaustein and noted Critic Thelma Adams programmed their “Amazing Women in Film” panel for the first time in 2004, the morning events were the B-side of the male-heavy producer’s panel that followed. The audience was all women. And they were curious and engaged. Over the years, the panel gathered notable high profile women directors, producers and actors. And we began a dialogue that started in that quiet corner at Utopia Studios, and then blossomed with each new year, becoming part of a wave of advocacy for the women’s gaze in the media. Where did we come from, how far have we gotten, and what can we manifest for the future? That’s the goal of this now popular panel that began in relative obscurity and fought to be heard.

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Latest news

The NYWIFT Women’s Film Preservation Fund supported restoration of Kavery Kaul’s music documentary One Hand Don’t Clap will premiere at the 2022 Trinidad Tobago Film Festival.

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After steady but incremental increases in the percentages of women working as reviewers from 2016 to 2020, the percentage of female critics fell from 35% in 2020 to 31% in 2022, according to a new report by Martha M. Lauzen, Ph.D., Founder/Executive Director, Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University. 

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In December 2021, NYWIFT honored Alexis Fish, Christy Haubegger, Sandra Oh, Jason Da Silva, Darnell Martin, and Patina Miller at the Muse Awards!

Watch the 2021 NYWIFT Muse Awards online now!

NYWIFT is pleased to announce its support of two projects through Good Pitch Local Puerto Rico, the first step in our new Creative Workforce: Latina Pipeline Initiative.

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Celebrating this historic moment – NYWIFT applauds the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson. 

Read our full statement.

The Global Connections for Women Foundation (GC4W) will honor New York Women in Film & Television Executive Director Cynthia Lopez as one of its Top 100 Women in the World during its virtual program on Saturday, April 9th at 11 AM. These remarkable women exemplify the pinnacle of strength, bravery, industrious leadership, resilience, business acumen, and equity. GC4W continues its tradition to recognize women’s accomplishments in exclusive settings that allow them to celebrate equity, diversity, and inclusion. 

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In good times and pandemic times, male characters rule in film, according to the latest installment of It’s a Man’s (Celluloid) World, an annual report out of San Diego State University and The Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film, led by Dr. Martha M. Lauzen, which found that In 2021, male characters outnumbered females by almost 2 to 1.

Read more about the findings.

NYWIFT and the National Democratic Institute Co-Present “Representation Matters for Climate Justice,” a panel of political and media thought leaders which will convene as part of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women on March 22.

Read the announcement.

New York Women in Film & Television is deeply saddened to announce that former NYWIFT Board Member, longtime NYWIFT member, mentor, educator, and pillar of the New York film community Michelle Materre passed away this weekend after a battle with cancer, surrounded by family and friends. 

Read about her incredible legacy.

New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT) stands with the Ukrainian Film Academy, European Film Academy, European Producers Club, Cannes Film Festival, and British Academy of Film and Television Arts in condemning the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Ukraine’s sovereignty and freedom should be respected.

Read our full statement and see how you can help

Congratulations to the 13 members with films at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival!

Check out the slate. 

Visit our NYWIFT Boutique to shop for Muse Awards mugs and apparel!

Check it out!

The Wobblies (1979), which was awarded a NYWIFT Women’s Film Preservation Fund grant in 2003, has been honored with inclusion in the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress.

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The NYWIFT Women’s Film Preservation Fund is proud to support the preservation of nine films by women this year. 

Read about the projects.

Congratulations to the 30 NYWIFT members with films that played at DOC NYC 2021!

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NYWIFT proudly presented scholarships to 11 New York City film and TV production students in 2021.

Meet the recipients.

NYWIFT is committed to safer and more equitable working environments for all. We stand by our members and friends in IATSE as they fight for their essential rights as creative workers – for reasonable working hours, fair compensation, adequate rest, meal breaks, and safe sets.

Read our full statement.

The Writers Lab for women screenwriters over 40 expanded to welcome 16 participants this year, who will bring pilot scripts for the first time in addition to feature length screenplays. 

Meet this year’s writers and mentors.

NYWIFT Creative Workforce Summit Journal: read our first-ever publication, on diversity, inclusion, and safety.

Access the digital publication here.

NYWIFT mourns the loss of longtime member and past Board President Linda Kahn, whose decades-long career shaped the trajectory of so many beloved brands and characters in children’s media.

Read more about her legacy.

The 2021 NYWIFT Summit: The Creative Industry Radically Reimagined highlighted best practices of how indies and media companies are restructuring their objectives, staffing, and community response to produce creative projects.

Watch the full Summit online now.

Congratulations to all of the NYWIFT members whose films screened at the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival!

Read more about their projects

The NYWIFT Womens Film Preservation Fund (WFPF) is nominating two WFPF-preserved films for inclusion on this year’s National Film Registry: Betty Tells Her Story and The Wobblies. Both films explore a diverse range of issues and innovative approaches to filmmaking practiced by women makers.

You can help us by nominating them too!

Learn more and make a nomination today. 

Letter from the Executive Director – May 2021

NYWIFT Executive Director Cynthia Lopez previews Spring, pays tribute to those in our community who we have lost, and celebrates Ann Roth’s Oscar win with a look back at NYWIFT Archive Project interviews. 

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Congratulations to 2015 NYWIFT Designing Women Honoree Ann Roth, who won an Oscar for Costume Design for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom!

Learn more about Ann.

Dear Producer has released the results of their first Producers Sustainability Survey. The in-depth report seeks to answer one main question: Is film producing a sustainable career, as it exists today? 

Read the full report.

The Writers Lab US launches in the UK & Ireland, bringing the only virtual script development program for Women Over 40 across the pond. Cate Blanchett’s Dirty Films announces their support for the UK & I venture, joining US Lab supporters Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman and Oprah Winfrey.

Read more.

NYWIFT has partnered with Women in Film LA and Women in Film & Television Atlanta on the Hire Her Back Fund, which provides micro-grants to women in our industry impacted professionally and financially by COVID-19.

Grants are distributed by The Actors Fund.

Learn more and apply now.

NYWIFT is pleased to announce the recipients of this year’s Ravenal Foundation Feature Film Grant, Sarah Knight and Signe Baumane, as well as our scholarship recipients.

Congratulations to the winners!

NYWIFT has compiled a list of resources – financial, personal, and professional – for those struggling during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. 

Check out the NYWIFT Emergency Resource Directory.

  • "As always and even more so today, women in our business are taking up the mantle of courage and truth-telling and consciousness, and they move and inspire me. We are awake now in a way we have never been before."

    - Actor Judith Light, accepting her 2017 NYWIFT Muse Award

  • "My faith is renewed by the way I experience this vanguard moving through the world with such grace at such a complex time. Speaking truth to power and creating a legacy for the women and the men who follow."

    - Actor Judith Light, accepting her 2017 NYWIFT Muse Award

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