It’s time for one of the most popular events of the year – the Annual Cocktail Party celebrating our fabulous members! Join us as we kick off the new program year, welcome new colleagues and raise a toast to everyone who is part of this great organization. Volunteers from NYWIFT’s many committees and affinity groups will be on hand to show you how to take advantage of the amazing array of opportunities and benefits available with membership. More.
This workshop with Jessica Rotondi is geared towards actors, writers and anyone else who wants to write their own short or web series. You’ll learn which ideas are right for each medium, find out how to create compelling characters that will help you shine as an actor, and discover the secrets to making your project “stand out” in a competitive industry. Participants will have the opportunity to pitch their stories and character ideas for group discussion. More.
Want to become a natural at networking? Discover the confidence to connect with conviction? In this intensive workshop, Certified Life/Career Coach and Television Packaging Agent Jim Arnoff will personally coach you through top ten techniques for engaging with results. He’ll share insider tips on mastering social events, show you the most effective secrets for creating a memorable impression and reveal the easy steps to letting go of blocks and embracing your true networking personality! More.
The tragic on-set death of Sarah Jones, the 27 year-old camera assistant who was struck and killed by a freight train during production of Midnight Rider last February, sparked criticism of on-set safety procedures and raised questions about the precautions producers need to take before cameras roll. Find out the changes that have since been mandated to improve safety conditions nationwide. You can’t afford to miss this informative panel. More.
NYWIFT members are invited to a special free screening of Lynn Shelton’s Your Sister’s Sister, part of After School Special: The 2014 School of Visual Arts Alumni Film & Animation Festival. The 2011 award-winning comedy about romance, grief and sibling rivalry starring Emily Blunt, Rosemarie Dewitt and Mark Duplass will be followed by a Q&A with director/screenwriter Shelton. More.
Can you sell your project in a single sentence? Are you missing the one element that could put it over the top with agents, producers and publishers? What may be standing between you and the writing career you’ve always dreamed of is the ability to answer the pivotal question: What’s your project about? Not all writers are prepared to talk concisely and competently about their work, but Jennifer Wilkov can show you how. She’ll help you master the essential skills you need to be confident when you pitch your projects to film, television and literary industry professionals. More.
NYWIFT’s Women Film Preservation Fund’s first effort to save a television program was the restoration and preservation of the late Nancy Malone’s There Were Times, Dear. The film will be screened at a memorial tribute celebrating Nancy’s remarkable life. She was a long-time member and passionate supporter of New York Women in Film & Television, one of the original founders of Women in Film Los Angeles, the first woman to hold a departmental VP role at a major studio, and an award-winning director, producer and actress. More.
For September, the NYWIFT Member Screening Series at Anthology Film Archives features Trial By Fire: Lives Re-Forged by Megan Smith-Harris, who produced and directed this powerful look at burn survivors who rise above their injuries to discover unexpected insights and a transformed worldview. This series provides members with the opportunity to show their work in a theatrical setting, followed by networking at a nearby bar. More.
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!READ MORE
"Flower Punk," Alison Klayman’s film recently released on The New Yorker documentary site, delights visually and aesthetically with the bonus of illuminating Japanese cultural traditions regarding the natural world. We recap our conversation with Alison following the NYWIFT screening of the film.READ MORE
In early August, NYWIFT made Kris Rey’s new feature I Used to Go Here available for streaming and presented a conversation with the writer/director and lead actress Gillian Jacobs. I Used to Go Here is the story of a young woman in her mid-thirties, Kate Conklin, whose first novel has been released and the consequences of a lack-luster response to the book.READ MORE
Filmmaker Sue Williams has a love affair with the city of Hong Kong. So when a friend introduced her to the Cantopop superstar Denise Ho, she knew she had the subject of her next film. But, what happens when current events upend the planned story arch of your film at the end of production?READ MORE