NYWIFT Talks with Tonya McCornell of the NYWIFT Mom’s Network

Welcome to NYWIFT Talks, a weekly series 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 Talks are free for all to attend.

On this week’s NYWIFT Talks, join founder of MOM Film Fest and the Mom’s Network for NYWIFT, Tonya McCornell. We will discuss the challenge for mothers balancing career and family while working within the demanding and competitive television and film industry.

This conversation will be moderated by NYWIFT Senior Development & Editorial Consultant, Maud Kersnowski-Sachs.

Date: Tuesday, May 11th, 2021
Time: 4 PM EST
Location: Zoom (Links can be found in confirmation email)
Cost to attend: Free



Tonya McCornell is a director who writes and produces a lot of her own content. Her work showcases layered female characters while shedding light on social issues as they relate to the human experience. Her short film Too Much Love is being used in partnership with AIDS Healthcare Foundation as a PSA about HIV. Another short filmTrayvia, was named to honor Trayvon Martin and has been called “a visceral response to police brutality”. McCornell’s upcoming projects include a docu-series about suicide within the Black community, Tainted – a short film about mothers battling depression, and a dramedy feature film about surviving divorce called Getting Help.
She is the single mother of one and the founder of MOM Film Fest, a film festival and community amplifying movies made by moms and creating opportunities that get #momsbackonset. She also started The Moms Network for New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT), is a Board Member of Reel Families for Change, and an active member of The Black TV & Film Collective.


Maud Kersnowski-Sachs (moderator) leads fundraising efforts and strategies for NYWIFT. Working closely with the Development Committee and the Executive Director, she directs corporate, philanthropic, and government partnerships. Maud also manages publications projects for the organization. Maud has led publications for the Sundance Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, and the Association on Independent Video and Filmmakers (AIVF) and the editor-in-chief of The Independent Film & Video Monthly. She has covered arts, entertainment, and media for publications from Metropolis Magazine to IndieWIRE, where she also held the post of West Coast Editor. She consults on editorial and development projects for a variety of arts and culture organizations. Maud founded and manages a scholarship and engagement program at Bard College’s Fisher Center for the Performing Arts and is a member of the Bard College Board of Governors.  She holds a BA in Women’s Studies from Bard College and an MA in Cultural Reporting and Criticism from the NYU School of Journalism.

May 11 @ 4:00pm
4:00 pm — 5:00 pm (1h)

Free Virtual Q and A,

This program will take place virtually as a webinar via Zoom. Please register in advance, and all registrants will receive a link to attend the webinar the day of the event.

We encourage you to download Zoom in advance.

Free event.



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NYWIFT programs, screenings and events are supported, in part, by grants from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.