Welcome to the NYWIFT 2022 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 their projects, incorporated their businesses, and even learn about how to file taxes under your new business. During this three-part finance institute, panelists will provide insider perspectives and frank advice on what it takes to get your business started.
For NYWIFT Members: $20 per day; or $50 for a 3-day package
For Non-members: $40 per day; or $100 for a 3-day package
NYWIFT Gold, Platinum, and Leadership Members attend for free!
(Discount is applied after login)
Become a member today to receive discounted access: email firstname.lastname@example.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 media. 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
The NYWIFT 2022 Finance Institute is brought to you by Signature Bank.
Day 1: Finance for Your Project
Wednesday, June 22nd, 4PM ET – 6PM ET
NYWIFT Board President Jamie Zelermyer
Welcome and Presentation
Peter Marra (Group Director – Senior Vice President, Signature Bank)
Melissa Silverstein (Founder/Publisher, Women and Hollywood)
Panel: Finance for your Project Panel through NYWIFT Fiscal Sponsorship
New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT) is not only an organization that brings filmmakers together – it also allows filmmakers to use our resources to fund their next project. This panel will focus on three NYWIFT members who have successfully funded their project through our NYWIFT Fiscal Sponsorship program. Learn about how these filmmakers utilized their sponsorship to gain success and how you can be part of our program.
NYWIFT’s fiscal sponsorship program allows filmmakers to access foundation and government grant funding that may only be accessible to nonprofit organizations or fiscally sponsored projects. It also provides the incentive to donors that their contribution to the project is a charitable deduction for income tax purposes. This program does not fund film projects. Instead, NYWIFT acts as a nonprofit umbrella organization for filmmakers and videomakers who are seeking to raise funds and require nonprofit status to do so. Funds raised by project directors is directed to NYWIFT who administers and disburses those funds back to project directors. There is no application fee. NYWIFT takes an administrative fee of 7% for any funds raised through the fiscal sponsorship program.
This discussion will include Jessica Beshir, Moira Griffin, and Trevite Willis, moderated by NYWIFT Director of Artists’ Programs & Finance Easmanie Michel.
Day 2: Finance for Yourself
Thursday, June 23rd, 4PM ET – 6PM ET
Welcome and Presentation
Fioldaliza “Fio” Vidal (Associate Group Director – Vice President, Signature Bank)
Suzanne C. de Janasz, PhD (Professor of Management and Conflict Analysis & Resolution, George Mason University)
Workshop #1: Tax Planning for Filmmakers
This session on taxes will review the business structures available to filmmakers/actors, contrasting the advantages and disadvantages of operating as a Corporation, an LLC and or as a sole proprietor; concepts in tax planning, including some particular to filmmakers; and retirement plans available. Instructed by Certified Public Accountant, Nancy L. Adams.
Workshop #2: Women and Finances
Certified Financial Planners Gail Linn and William Fischer at Fortis Lux Financial will inform you about the key concepts you need to consider when it comes to saving for retirement, protection strategies, business transition, estate planning, and more. They will clarify some of the more confusing financial issues we face every day and help you focus your efforts on your goals. The presentation will also cover tax savings strategies.
Day 3: Finance for Your Business
Friday, June 24th, 4PM ET – 6PM ET
Welcome and Presentation
Kristina Kozikott (Associate Group Director – VP | Commercial and Private Banking, Signature Bank)
S. Mona Sinha (CEO and Founder of The Insight Circle Fund)
Erika Easter (Attorney, eMinutes)
Let’s talk about incorporating your business. You have the idea, now you need to protect your idea. But where to start? Industry expert eMinutes attorney Erika Easter explains how to incorporate your new business and why it’s important.
Panel: Finance for Your Company
You have gone through all the steps to open your business. What is next? How do you influence a community? We speak with experts about running your business and how they work to gain clients. In discussion with Carolyn Hepburn (Motto Pictures), Maria C. Miles (Entertainment Attorney), and Kavery Kaul (riverfilms). Moderated by Alexis Fish.
Closing Keynote Speaker
Shannon Nash (Attorney, CPA, and Chief Financial Officer at Wing)
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