Member Screening: We hope you’ll join us for the first virtual edition of the NYWIFT Member Screening Series this coming weekend when we show Michele Remsen’s “anti-romantic comedy” Toss It! The film is a recipient of the NYWIFT Nancy Malone Marketing and Promotion grant. We look forward to sharing more member films with you virtually soon – so stay tuned!
State of the Industry: We’ve had quite a few insightful posts on our blog about the entertainment industry during COVID-19, from interviews with indie/art house organizations implementing new initiatives, to seminar recaps, to personal coping strategies. We hope you’ll check it out.
Emergency Resources: As a reminder, we have compiled the NYWIFT Emergency Resource Directory which continues to update daily. Please continue to check back and if you have suggestions to add please send them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
For many Americans, regional festivals are their gateway to independent film and filmmakers. How are local festivals continuing to connect artists to audiences during the pandemic? Lela Meadow-Conner, Executive Director, and Barbara Twist, Director of Membership of Film Festival Alliance update us on the rapidly changing industry.READ MORE
These past few weeks of self-isolation have been eye-opening, regarding the notion of being alone and isolated from peers, loved ones, family, and friends. In our struggle to find a new equilibrium and routine, we appear to have stumbled into a period of connectivity, which is different but perhaps even greater than before. NYWIFT member Cassandra Seidenfeld reflects on how social distancing in the time of COVID-19 has encouraged her to connect in new ways.READ MORE