2019 – present: Jamie Zelermyer, Board President
- NYWIFT presented its first-ever programs at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah in 2020. NYWIFT co-presented the panel “Women on the Front Lines: Changing the Game” with AMC Networks, WIF LA and ReFrame at the SundanceTV HQ on Main Street. Panelists included Haifaa al-Mansour, Jackie Cruz, Hanelle Culpepper, Monica Levinson and Ekwa Msangi in a conversation moderated by Arianna Bocco, EVP of Acquisitions and Production, IFC Films. Then, NYWIFT hosted a cocktail reception in celebration of the women of the Sundance Film Festival, including its members with films at the fest, and gave a special award to IFC Films in celebration of its 20 years of championing independent cinema.
- NYWIFT celebrates the 40th Anniversary of its Muse Awards on December 10, 2019. Honorees are Ann Dowd (actor), Gloria Estefan (singer/actor/executive), Anjali Sud (CEO, Vimeo), Kasi Lemmons (Nancy Malone Directing Award), and Shoshannah Stern (Loreen Arbus Changemaker Award). As part of the anniversary celebration, a special Career Impact Achievement Award was presented with Jane Rosenthal, CEO of Tribeca Enterprises (Robert DeNiro made a special appearance to congratulate her). The Mayor’s Office of Media & Entertainment presented its Made in NY Award to NYWIFT member Caroline Hirsch of Carolines on Broadway. Nancy Giles emceed.
- Executive Director Cynthia López receives DOC NYC’s Leading Light Award for distinguished service to documentary in a role outside filmmaking in October 2019.
- The fifth annual Writers Lab retreat takes place October 2019.
- NYWIFT partners with The Women’s Network of The New York Times Company and 100 Women in Finance for the first installment of its Finance Her panel series, which aims to bridge the gap between filmmakers and the financiers who can help bring their projects to fruition.
- NYWIFT partners with Women in Film (WIF) LA and The Actors Fund to bring WIF’s Sexual Harassment Hotline to New York. The hotline will have expanded hours to serve East Coast callers, with resources included NY-based pro bono attorneys and free therapeutic services.