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The Business of Adaptations for Film and TV - Spring 2021

The Business of Adaptations for Film and TV - Spring 2021

18 May 2021 @ 06:00pm

Savvy industry professionals love to leverage their time and efforts by capitalizing on a story that can be adapted into many forms.

Learn from this experienced panel of agents, attorneys, managers, producers, and writers about ways to locate common sources for your story or script and the power and pitfalls of working with adaptations for your project.

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Latest news

Rent Emily @ the Edge of Chaos through Kino Marquee starting May 7, 2021, and part of the proceeds will support NYWIFT! Thanks to a rare brain tumor, comedian Emily Levine suddenly understands quantum physics and chaos theory and sets out to save humanity. Emily @ the Edge of Chaos is executive produced by former NYWIFT board member Thea Kerman, and directed by the late Wendy Apple.

Rent the documentary now!

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.

New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT) stands with the AAPI community.

We are horrified and heartbroken by the eight murders in Atlanta, and the wave of racism and hatred that inspired them. 

Hate has no place in the rebuilding of America or our industry in a post-pandemic world. We encourage you to seek out, watch, and support media that includes positive, truthful, and nuanced portrayals of diverse cultures.

Read our full statement.


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.

This year, The Writers Lab will expand to welcome television writers along with narrative feature screenwriters for its seventh annual retreat.

Learn more.

New York Women in Film & Television board member and Black Public Media executive director Leslie Fields-Cruz has been named to Crain’s New York Business’ Notable Black Leaders and Executives list for 2021. 

Congrats, Leslie! Read more.

Lilly, is set to move into production with Patricia Clarkson cast as lead Lilly Ledbetter. The upcoming indie feature will be spearheaded by NYWIFT member Rachel Feldman (Director, Co-Writer) and NYWIFT Advisory Board President Simone Pero (Executive Producer.) Feldman received the 2016 recipient of the NYWIFT Ravenal Foundation Feature Film Grant for the film.

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NYWIFT mourns the recent passing of longtime member Joan Micklin Silver. Joan was a pillar of the New York City film community. Her first film, Hester Street expanded the marketplace for American indie film, broke down barriers for women directors, and expanded the horizons for representation of immigrants on screen.

Read about her legacy.

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 member and past Muse Award honoree Julie Dash’s Illusions has been named to the National Film Registry!

The groundbreaking short film was preserved with support from the NYWIFT Women’s Film Preservation Fund.

Read more.

We recently wrapped our Women Who Dared Documentary Series, six films presented in partnership with the International Documentary Association (IDA) October 23 – November 30 celebrating women throughout history who advanced positive social change.

Click to learn more and watch the talkbacks.

Watch NYWIFT Ravenal Feature Film Grant recipient Yellow Rose, now playing in select theaters!

Plus, you can stream the soundtrack.

Learn more.

Thanks to all who attended our NYWIFT 2020 Creative Workforce Summit: Documentary Makers, Industry and Funders in Conversation. 

Read on about the speakers and topics. 

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.

Submissions for the NYWIFT Women’s Film Preservation Fund are open through February 1st. The WFPF funds preservation of films made by American women everywhere and films made in the US by women from other countries. Grants of up to $10,000 are awarded for film preservations biennially. 

Apply now.

Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers Presents Proposed Health and Safety Guidelines for Production During COVID-19

Review their suggestions. 

On one of our recent NYWIFT Talks, we invited several award-winning documentary filmmakers and activists to discuss the Black Lives Matter movement and their life’s work as changemakers on the front lines of social and racial justice movements.

Watch the full conversation now.

  • "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

upcoming events

  • The Business of Adaptations for Film and TV - Spring 2021

  • NYWIFT Talks with The Creative Coalition's Robin Bronk

  • NYWIFT Talks & In Creative Company Discuss Current/Future State of Film Industry in NYC with Lesli Klainberg and Eugene Hernandez

  • NYWIFT Member Screening: The Dilemma of Desire

  • NYWIFT Talks with Executive Director of Provincetown Film Society, Blythe Frank



LATEST blogs

State of the Industry
Opinion: Hank Azaria apologized for playing Apu on ‘The Simpsons.’ I accept.

"As an Indian American actress, for me the shadow of Apu loomed larger in my life than I realized." NYWIFT Member Mellini Kantayya offers her take on the controversial "Simpsons" character - and subsequent fallout - in an insightful op-ed published in The Washington Post.

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Wellness During a Pandemic

We have all spent the last year doing our best to avoid catching the COVID-19 virus. However, masks, social distancing, and the other protocols we have observed do not represent a meaningful overall strategy for our general wellbeing. A recent NYWIFT Talks Wellness During COVID 2.0 moderated by Easmanie Michel, NYWIFT’s Special Projects Associate, addressed this issue with experts in wellness, Laurie Gerber, Head Coach at HG Life, and professional athlete and yoga instructor Zachy Chrisodoulou, owner of the Sommerville PurFlo Yoga franchise.

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The Mole Agent: Highlights from the NYWIFT Goes to the Oscars Q&A with Maite Alberdi, Marcela Santibañez, Julie Goldman

The team behind The Mole Agent, Oscar-nominated for Best Documentary, discusses its powerful impact, and how they created a film both so visually stunning and rich with character that The New York Times review believed the film to be partly dramatized. It wasn’t!

Whats In Your Toolkit
What’s in Your Toolkit: Anne del Castillo

As the Commissioner of the NYC Mayors Office of Media and Entertainment, Anne del Castillo has a very full and challenging job, juggling a lot of balls, especially now during COVID-19. A native New Yorker, del Castillo has more than 25 years of experience in film and TV production, public media, and arts and nonprofit administration. She discusses what's in her toolkit, and how she has led MOME "from cheerleader to crisis manager" during the the pandemic.


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