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Five Film Festival Takeaways

In 2018, from mid-October to mid-December, NYWIFT member Lauren Anders Brown embarked on a film festival season filled with five very different festivals. These are the valuable lessons she learned from each one.

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Terry’s Picks: Cynthia Lopez, Muse Honorees, Triple Nominations

Cynthia Lopez: I am so thrilled that Cynthia Lopez will be my successor as Executive Director of NYWIFT starting January 1st.  I will miss my colleagues dearly, but I know I leave the organization in highly competent hands. Muse Honorees: Join us at the Muse Awards on December 13th! This year’s incredible slate of honorees includes Sarah Jessica...

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Celebrating the Spirit of NYC Artists at the Greenwich Village Film Festival

Alessia Gatti is a true "woman calling the shots," having grown the Greenwich Village Film Festival from a single night showcase to a multi-day, sold-out event that’s starting to get the notice of A-list actors and entertainment execs alike over the course of just four years. Stephanie Cole speaks to her about how the festival pays tribute to New York's most famous neighborhood for creatives.

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Seven Women Sevens Sins: An Exceptional Collaboration of ’80s Indie Women Directors

Made as part of series for German Television (ZDF) in 1986, Seven Women Seven Sins, proved to be an exceptional collaboration of 1980’s independent #DirectedByWomen cinema. Women's Film Preservation Fund co-chair Kirsten Larvick discusses the film's relevance in advance of its screening at The Quad on September 26th and 27th, 2018.

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Terry’s Picks: NYC Women, Easy Promises, Decent Odds

NYC Women: The new website women.nyc was designed by a team of women, for women, to help them navigate parenthood, afford living in NYC and ask for a raise.  Easy Promises: Dr. Martha Lauzen discusses why while promises of inclusion for women at film festivals is easy, actual change is hard. Decent Odds: A breakthrough...

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Terry’s Picks: Love Gilda, Farewell Scandal, Harlem Summit

Love, Gilda: Congratulations to Lisa D’Apolito and her documentary Love, Gilda, which opened the Tribeca Film Festival to phenomenal reviews (and received an emotional introduction from Tina Fey). The film was fiscally sponsored by NYWIFT. Farewell Scandal: Last week we said goodbye to Shonda Rhimes’ groundbreaking series Scandal, which broke barriers, tackled controversial subjects, and...

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Terry’s Picks: Audition Progress, Inside Scoop, Partner Panel

Audition Progress: SAG-AFTRA has called for an end for auditions and business meetings in “high-risk locations” like hotel rooms and private residences to try to combat sexual misconduct. Inside Scoop: Jaclyn Gramigna, one of the participants in this year’s NYWIFT From Script to Pre-Production (FS2P) workshop, talks to The Hexagon Initiative about her experiences in...

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Terry’s Picks: Pilot Season, Tribeca 2018, Diversity Wins

Pilot Season: Women are directing 24 of the 75 broadcast TV pilots this year, which amounts to 32 percent. This is a huge improvement – last year, only 6 out of 70 were directed by women. Tribeca 2018: We have so many NYWIFT members with films headed to Tribeca this year – be sure to...

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Writer Patty Carey Gets the #Greenlight from NYC

NYWIFT member Patty Carey discusses MOME, her #GreenlightHer pilot competition win, life as a multi-hyphenate, the NYWIFT New Works Lab and more!

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Terry’s Picks: NYC Pilots, Good News, Overlooked Women

NYC Pilots: Business is booming in New York, with 11 hour-long pilots shooting here this year. This ties with the previous record year, 2012. Good News: Although Ava Duvernay’s A Wrinkle in Time wasn’t able to beat Black Panther at the box office, the films still made history, as both the #1 and #2 spots...

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Terry’s Picks: Screening Series, The Oscars, HP Foundation

Screening Series: NYWIFT is seeking submissions for our fourth annual Women Filmmakers: Immigrant Stories series, which showcases films about women directors and/or producers that about the New York immigrant experience. The deadline to submit your project is February 16. The Oscars: 48 women were nominated for Oscars this year, tying with the 2016 awards for...

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Terry’s Picks: MoMA Event, Joosje Duk, Showing Support

MoMA Event: I hope you’ll join us at MoMA on Monday, January 22nd, where the Women’s Film Preservation Fund will show Four Experimental Films as part of the museum’s To Save and Project Festival. Joosje Duk: We are so proud of former NYWIFT intern Joosje Duk, whose short film Night, which we screened at our...

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Positive News for Filmmakers at the New York Film Conference

Entertainment industry experts speaking at the first annual New York Film Conference on October 10, 2017 had some great news for attendees: It’s getting easier to sell your content directly to consumers, consumers are more open to watching films with subtitles and big digital platforms are spending billions on buying new content. NYWIFT member Jane Applegate shares insights from the conference.

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Terry’s Picks: Fall Drive, VR Jobs, Legal Help

Fall Drive: Now through December 1st is our Fall Membership Drive, during which we offer 50% off the initiation fee when you apply to join NYWIFT! Becoming a member now also lets you attend the star-studded Muse Awards in December at the member rate of $165. Apply now at www.nywift.org/join. VR Jobs: New York City...

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Signature Move Director Jennifer Reeder is Surrounded by Women Behind the Camera

Signature Move is a multi-cultural romance about life, love and lady Lucha-style wrestling is opening in NYC this Friday, October 13th. We caught up with filmmaker Jennifer Reeder as she heads to Friday’s opening screening event to get her perspective on breaking down doors.

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#SummerHours Memoirs: Mellini Kantayya

Kathryn O'Kane praises fellow #NYWIFT #SummerHours blogger Mellini Kantayya's brave essay collection on making it in the entertainment business.

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Terry’s Picks: Casting Couch, Create NYC, Sherry Lansing

Casting Couch: The Guardian sheds light on the all-too-common phenomenon of the “casting couch culture,” featuring important insight from NYWIFT member Meissa Hampton. This has to stop, and kudos to Meissa and all the other women who speak out about it. Create NYC: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Cultural Affairs Commissioner Tom...

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New York City Council Member Elizabeth Crowley: Defying Gender Roles, Embracing Community

We shine the spotlight on New York City Council Member of Elizabeth Crowley, who has supported NYWIFT Women Filmmakers: Immigrant Stories series since its inception in 2015.

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