NYWIFT 2021 Finance Institute

Welcome to the NYWIFT 2021 Finance Institute! 

Join us for this three-part virtual finance series to refine your business strategies. 

Gain fresh insights from some of today’s leading experts in the industry and position your projects for optimum success. Hear from industry professionals who have successfully funded documentary and narrative projects. During this three-part finance institute, panelists will provide insider perspectives and frank advice on what it takes to get noticed. We will take a critical look at fundraising campaigns, the art of the pitch, and what industry and foundations are looking for during the pandemic.  


For NYWIFT Members: $40 per day; or $100 for a 3-day package ($20 discount)
For Non-members: $45 per day; or $120 for a 3-day package ($15 discount)

Become a member today to receive discounted access: email membership@nywift.org to join!

New York Women in Film & Television is a non-profit professional association dedicated to helping women reach the highest levels of creative achievement in television, film and other moving-image media industries. In addition to providing services to members, NYWIFT plays a vital role in recognizing the contributions of women in media. To learn more about NYWIFT and our programs, please visit www.nywift.org



Learn how to pitch with us! This virtual panel will provide insight into how to successfully fund your project using real-world case studies. From creating a sample role to being your own advocate we’ll get in depth with how to make their next project a reality.

This discussion will include Sini Anderson, Amber Sealey, Ekwa Msgani and Diane Paragas. This will be moderated by NYWIFT Board Member, Yvonne Russo

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Day 2: Creating Your Business Plan
Tuesday, September 14th, 11:30 AM EST – 1PM EST 

Whether you are ready to start or still deciding what route to take, join us for a conversation on how to kickstart your business. Learn business practices, and how to set your LLC, form your production company, and successfully sell your project. We speak with leaders in the industry who can guide you on a path to success.

This conversation will include the followingErika Easter (EMinutes), Carolyn Hepburn (Motto Pictures), Anjanette Levert (Documentary Filmmaker), Anikah McLaren (Participant), Emelyn Stuart (Founder of Stuart Cinema & Cafe), and Calla Videt (Amazon Studios). Moderated by NYWIFT Board Member, Maria Miles.

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Day 3: Come Meet the Greenlighters!
Wednesday, September 15th, 11:30 AM EST – 1 PM EST

This panel will give an inside look on how industry stakeholders make decisions about what projects to support. Our members will hear from panel advisers who have spent years deciding on what investments to make.

This conversation will include Lucila Moctezuma (Chicken & Egg Pictures), Bianca Quesada (Zone One Productions), Eleanor Savage (Jerome Foundation) and Lois Vossen (Independent Lens). Moderated by NYWIFT Executive Director, Cynthia Lopez.

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