NYWIFT Programming Goes Digital: We have launched a new series, NYWIFT Talks – to bring updated news and vital information about the impact of COVID-19 on the media and entertainment industry. Industry professionals will be in conversation discussing what you need to know about theatrical releases, digital advances, virtual tools, festival opportunities, production updates and more. NYWIFT members can attend the NYWIFT Talks webinars live for free, then the recordings are available to the general public afterward free of charge of on our new digital programming hub.
Emergency Funds: I wanted to draw your attention to two important emergency funds –
Creative Change Emergency Assistance for Artists and Field of Vision Documentary Freelancer Relief Fund. We have these funds and more listed in our ever-updating NYWIFT Emergency Resource Directory on our website.
Facebook Group: We encourage NYWIFT members to join our new private Facebook group. Connect directly with fellow members to ask advice, hire and be hired, share housing requests – whatever you need right now from your NYWIFT Sisters.
Recently, the New York Women in Film & Television Women Crush Wednesdays podcast team had the pleasure of connecting with the Storylines podcast, produced by our sister WIFT organization, Women in Film and Television Alberta (WIFTA). NYWIFT podcast co-host Leah Curney shared what we learned from our sisters up North!READ MORE
The voices of Black, Middle Eastern, and Latinx artists have long been marginalized. But at Nova Frontier Film Festival and Lab, they take center stage. Actor, filmmaker, writer, producer, and film programmer Lydia Darly discusses why she co-founded the festival (where NYWIFT is proud to present an Outstanding Female Content Creator Award), and what she hopes to see from the 2020 edition which, like so many recent events, is going virtual.READ MORE
Clemence Taillandier is an independent film distribution veteran, having worked as a theatrical booker for over 15 years. She now operates her own distribution services company and provides theatrical, festival booking and consultation services to boutique distributors including Film Movement and Distrib Films, two distributors specialized in foreign films and documentaries. She has been at the forefront of moving the cinema experience to a virtual space in the wake of COVID-19.READ MORE
Andrea Thompson is a Chicago-based writer, editor, and film critic who is also the founder and director of the Film Girl Film Festival. She discusses how the COVID-19 quarantine is affecting her livelihoodREAD MORE