We recently introduced you to a screenwriter in Charlotte, who earned a spot in a highly selective program called The Writers Lab. Julie Zografos was one of just 12 writers selected from across the country. She got the chance to work with other women in the industry, all over the age of 40. We asked her to come back when she finished the program. She joined us on QC@3, to share what she learned. […]
NYWIFT in the News
Hamptons Film Festival Winners Include ‘Murina’, ‘Ascension’ (Deadline)
Murina, the Croatian drama directed by Antoneta Alamat Kusijanović that world premiered earlier this year at the Cannes Film Festival, was named the Best Narrative Feature at the Hamptons Film Festival, which handed out awards Monday for its 2021 edition…
New York Women in Film & Television Awards
QUEEN OF GLORY
Directed by Nana Mensah (narrative)
INTRODUCING, SELMA BLAIR
Directed by Rachel Fleit (documentary)
The 25th Anniversary Urbanworld Film Festival Announces This Year’s Winners (BlackFilm.com)
The 25th Anniversary Urbanworld Film Festival announced its 2021 award winners on Sunday, closing day. Best Narrative Feature (U.S. Cinema) went to the Latinxfilm 7th and Union – directed by Anthony Nardolillo. Best Narrative Feature (World Cinema) was awarded to the Columbian drama, The City of Wild Beasts – directed by Henry E. Rincón. Best Documentary Feature went to Target: St. Louis Vol. 1, an explosive environmental racism exposé – directed by Damien D. Smith, and Ale Libre; and U.S. immigration exposé directed by Maya Cueva, was the winner of BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT…
BEST FEMALE DIRECTOR, US NARRATIVE FEATURE
Women Is Losers – Directed by Lissette Feliciano
This Is Not A War Story – Directed by Talia Lugacy
Presented by New York Women In Film & Television – $1,000 Prize (Each)
- Katie Chambers, Community Engagement Director, NYWIFT
- Cynthia Lopez, Executive Director, NYWIFT
- Zenaida Mendez, Board Member, NYWIFT
Women in Film’s Hire Her Back Program Focuses on Systemic Problem in Biz (Yahoo! Entertainment)
While many businesses, guilds and unions across the country activated programs to address diversity in the past year, the impact of COVID job losses on women and women of color especially in the entertainment business — a fact that Women in Film’s Hire Her Back program addresses…
They wanted to build “a campaign around shining a light on the disproportionate number of women who lose their jobs first and get rehired last, and making sure that we were creating a resource that women in the entertainment industries could tap into to help them bridge some gaps financially.”
They also partnered with New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT) and Women in Film and Television Atlanta (WIFTA), and launched a fund to help women who were out of work.
Marvel Studios Promotes Victoria Alonso To President Of Physical, Post Production, VFX And Animation (Deadline Hollywood)
Victoria Alonso has been promoted to president, physical and post production, visual effects, and animation production at Marvel Studios. A 15-year studio veteran, Alonso will oversee the divisions across the studio’s slate of films and series and continue to report to Marvel Studio co-president Louis D’Esposito…
She was named one of People en Español Magazine’s top “Poderosa” Most Influential Hispanic Women in 2019 and 2020, and was honored in 2015 with the Muse Award for Outstanding Vision and Achievement from New York Women in Film & Television.
Hellenic Film Society USA Presents NY Greek Film Expo 2021, October 1-10 (The National Herald)
ASTORIA – The Hellenic Film Society USA (HFS) on September 16 announced the lineup for its New York Greek Film Expo 2021, to be held in theaters, October 1-10. Selections include eight feature-length films and five film shorts, as well as award-winning presentations and U.S. premieres…
GREEN SEA, directed by Angeliki Antoniou, Saturday, October 2, 7 PM – Directors Guild Theater, and Friday, October 8, 7 PM – Museum of the Moving Image. Anna has lost her memory but hasn’t forgotten how to cook. She gets a job in a working-class seaside taverna, where amid the aromas of old beloved recipes, she struggles to rediscover herself. This film, directed, written, and starring women, is being co-presented by New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT).
Hamptons International Film Festival Announces Full 2021 Slate (Awards Daily)
East Hampton, NY (September 15, 2021) – HamptonsFilm announced today the full slate of programming for the 2021 edition of the Hamptons International Festival (HIFF), including the Closing Night presentation of Wes Anderson’s THE FRENCH DISPATCH, the East Coast Premiere of Pablo Larraín’s SPENCER as the Saturday Centerpiece Film, and additional films to the Spotlight section, as well as Signature Programs including Views From Long Island; Conflict and Resolution; Air, Land & Sea; and Compassion, Justice & Animal Rights. The 29th edition of the festival will feature a lineup of films that are 53% female-directed and represent 34 countries from around the world…
HIFF also announced six programs of short films this year, including Narrative Competition, Documentary Competition, New York Women in Film & Television: Women Calling the Shots, the University Short Films Showcase, This Will Be Our Year, and the Views from Long Island Showcase. Additional shorts will appear before feature films as well.
Linda Kahn Dies: Longtime Kids TV Exec, Former Board Member At New York Women in Film & TV Was 72 (Deadline Hollywood)
Linda Kahn, a children’s TV executive for more than 40 years who also was a former board president of New York Women in Film & Television, has died. She was 72. NYWIFT said she died August 30 but did not provide details.
“NYWIFT mourns the loss of longtime member & past Board President Linda Kahn, whose decades-long career shaped the trajectory of so many beloved brands & characters in children’s media,” the organization said in a tweet. […]
NY Women in Film & Television (Film Fest Magazine)
New York Women in Film and Television (NYWIFT) is a non-profit organization that began in 1977 to support women in the film and television industry. NYWIFT advocates for equality in film, television and media and supports women at all stages of their career. They offer professional development programs, networking opportunities, screenings, grants and fiscal sponsorships, as well as other programs to support their mission.
Katie Chambers, the Director of Community Engagement at NYWIFT spoke with us about their programming. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, NYWIFT has increased the number of programs they offered regularly and switched to a virtual format. […]
NYWIFT Presents Scholarships to 11 Film and Television Production Students (Red Lake Nation News)
New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT) is pleased to announce the presentation of 11 scholarships to film and television production students in 2021 as part of the organizations’ ongoing commitment to nurturing the next generation of women filmmakers. Nine scholarships were presented to women studying at Brooklyn College, City College, Columbia University, Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema, Hunter College, New York University, and Stony Brook University, funded by the Ha Phuong Foundation. Two students received the NYWIFT Sabrina Wright-Gilliar Award at the Academy for Careers in Television & Film (TvF). […]
Interview with NYWIFT Board President, Jamie Zelermyer (Quentasia Studios)
Our conversation with Jamie Zelermyer ranges from NYWIFT’s mission and programs, to a review of the progress made by women in film and TV over the last 10 years. Jamie also speaks about the importance of community and how that can be helpful to young women and men starting out in the business
Cynthia López: Creator, Leader, Advocate (Digital Cinema Report)
Later this week, as executive director of the professional association New York Women in Film & Television, Cynthia López will oversee the 2021 NYWIFT Summit: The Creative Industry Radically Reimagined. López is an award-winning media strategist, and former Commissioner of the New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, where she implemented strategies to support film and TV production throughout the five boroughs. López is the recipient of many coveted industry awards including: 11 News and Documentary Emmy Awards, a Special Emmy Award for Excellence in Documentary Filmmaking, three Peabody Awards, and two duPont-Columbia Awards. In addition, she received the National Association of Latino Independent Producers Award for Commitment to Corporate Diversity. […]
New York Women In Film & Television Sets Dates For Third Annual Summit
New York Women in Film & Television has announced that the third annual NYWIFT Summit will be held between the 22nd and 25th of June. The summit examines strategies to create meaningful change in the industry, mobilizing support and leadership, which will contribute to creating a more diverse and inclusive Hollywood.
This year’s conference, billed as “The Creative Industry Radically Reimagined,” will specifically hone in on the best practices for indies and media companies, which are actively reassessing their objectives, staffing and community responses. The conference will also look at the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and the associated financial downturn on the industry, as well as lessons taken from the Black Lives Matter Movement, and recent waves of violence against the AAPI community. […]
Suzanne Guacci: The Cinematic Voice for LGBTQ with Disabilities (Metrosource)
During this Pride month, many different factions within our community are celebrating their identity and showing their Pride. While some members are fighting to add their color to our Pride flag, there is a minority group within our community that often goes unnoticed – our LGBTQ family with disabilities. This Pride season, filmmaker Suzanne Guacci turns the spotlight on LGBTQ people with disabilities in her groundbreaking film, T11 Incomplete, tackling a subject matter and characters that are marginalized by society. […]
Lynne Ramsay joins first Writers Lab UK and Ireland as selection revealed (exclusive) (ScreenDaily)
The Writers Lab UK and Ireland, the international offshoot of the script development program for woman and non-binary writers over 40, has unveiled its first cohort of screenwriters and projects.
The non-profit organization, that counts Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman among its supporters, has selected 12 participants that will take part in the lab, set to take place online from June 10-13, with additional sessions spread over the following five months. […]
Meet Anjali Sud, Who Reinvented Vimeo To Challenge YouTube, Netflix (India Times)
Today when you hear about Vimeo, some of you guys remember it as a YouTube competitor whereas most of you might not even know what it is. For people who do know and have ever used Vimeo’s video service, you’ll know that it wasn’t really a good alternative. And over the years Vimeo suffered severe losses, making it difficult for the company to survive, losing ground to YouTube, Netflix and others. …
In November 2018, Sud was named #14 on Fortune’s 2018 ‘40 under 40’ list. In 2019, she was awarded with a Muse Award by the New York Women in Film & Television. She also is a designated Young Global leader of the World Economic Forum. […]
Howard University Announces Legendary Actress, Alumna Phylicia Rashad As Dean of the Newly Reestablished College of Fine Arts (California News Times)
After a comprehensive national survey, Howard University announced that it has appointed Phylicia Rashad as Dean of the recently re-established College of Fine Arts.
The legendary “Cosby Show” actress, who graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Howard University with excellent results, will begin her new role on July 1. …
In 2016, Rashad was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame. Other awards that decorate her walls and shelves include…New York Woman in Film and Television Muse Awards, Dallas Woman in Film Toppers Award for Outstanding Vision and Achievements, Pan Africa Film Festival Lifetime Achievement Awards. […]
The J Lounge Interviews Filmmakers Alyscia Cunningham and Lisa Denker (The J Lounge Podcast)
The J Lounge had the pleasure to interview NYIWFT Loreen Arbus Grantees Alyscia Cunningham and Lisa Denker. The Loreen Arbus Disability awarness Grant Highlights women filmmakers who have a physical or developmental disability and this year two amazing and incredibly talented women have won the grant. […]
Tricia Brouk selected for IAOTP’s Empowered Woman Award (PR Underground)
[NYWIFT Member] Tricia Brouk is an international award-winning Director, Writer, Filmmaker, former TEDx Producer and Executive Producer of The Big Talk Live, was recently chosen to receive the Empowered Woman of the Year Award for 2021 given by the International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP). Her exemplary role as a female professional in a male dominated industry displays her influence, capability, and proficiency. […]
Mia Bays: On a Mission (DISPATCH: Feminist Moving Image)
The hugely successful New York Writers Lab, supported by Oprah Winfrey, Nicole Kidman and Meryl Streep, is coming to the UK. The Writers Lab UK & I is for women-identifying writers over 40 (submissions close 22 April 2021) and is ran in association with Birds Eye View. Birds Eye View is a not-for-profit that centres the female perspective in film and campaigns for gender equality in all film spaces. Birds Eye View run nationwide film events throughout the year bringing ever-greater audiences to films by women. The Director at Large and Oscar winning producer (Six Shooter), Mia Bays, has worked in the film industry for over 29 years as a producer, creative producer, distribution and sales expert. […]
Video Interview with Elizabeth Kaiden, Co-Founder of The Writers Lab (drm.am)
Deadline has been extended so if you are a UK or Irish female scriptwriter 40 years of age or older, don’t hesitate apply today.
It is a 4-day virtual script development lab June 10-13 with post-lab support for features/pilots by women-identifying screenwriters 40+ in the UK & Ireland they accept features and TV pilot scripts. This is an amazing opportunity for women who have not managed to yet get their unique voice heard. With mentors such as Ruth Wilson of His Dark Materials, The Affair; Tanya Qureshi of I May Destroy You (now Commissioning Editor, BBC Comedy); screenwriter/producer Abby Ajayi of How To Get Away With Murder; showrunner Angela Kang of The Walking Dead; actor /writer/producer Sharon Horgan of Motherland, Catastrophe and screenwriter Meg LeFauve of Captain Marvel, Inside Out. […]
NYWIFT Announces Loreen Arbus Disability Awareness Grant Awardees (BroadwayWorld)
New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT) is pleased to announce the presentation of the Loreen Arbus Disability Awareness Grant to winner Lisa Denker for her documentary feature Still Judy, with a first-ever Honorable Mention awarded to Alyscia Cunningham for her documentary feature I Am More Than My Hair. The film completion grant, now in its 14th year, is provided through the generosity of longtime disability rights advocate Loreen Arbus and awards $7,500 to a woman filmmaker for a film on physical or developmental disability issues; the Honorable Mention receives $1,500. […]
Spring Grants List: Where Can Female Filmmakers Find Money? (Philanthropy Women)
The spring application season is officially open for arts funders seeking female filmmakers, as shown in this list of grant resources…
The Loreen Arbus Disability Awareness Grant is awarded to a US-based female filmmaker “for a film on physical or developmental disability issues”. The grant is made through New York Women in Film and Television and totals $7,500. It is intended to assist in the production of a work-in-progress and can be of any length or genre. Learn more about the grant in the PW Knowledgebase. […]
The Writers Lab UK & Ireland Sets Mentors: Ruth Wilson, Abby Ajayi, Sharon Horgan, Tanya Qureshi, Meg LeFauve & Angela Kang (Deadline)
EXCLUSIVE: The Writers Lab UK & Ireland, the international offshoot of the script development program for woman-identifying writers over 40, has confirmed its mentors for 2021.
On the roster are: actor and producer Ruth Wilson; producer Tanya Qureshi of I May Destroy You (and now Commissioning Editor, BBC Comedy); screenwriter and producer Abby Ajayi of How to Get Away with Murder; showrunner Angela Kang of The Walking Dead; actor, writer and producer Sharon Horgan of Catastrophe; and screenwriter Meg LeFauve of Captain Marvel. […]
Fierce Women Podcasters (Extreme Reach)
Good things happen when women come together, especially when it’s a conversation with women podcasters and filmmakers of color about how emerging Afro-Latina voices are reshaping our country’s cultural identity. At “Fierce Women Podcasters,” a webinar hosted by New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT), moderator Barbara Vásconez led a talk between Rocio Mendez, Mercedes Ilarraza, Grasie Mercedes, Ona Oghogho, Sola Adenekan and Julissa Contreras. All masters in their creative fields, they shared thoughts on struggling with identity, creating space for women of color and podcasting’s current power to effect change. […]
Inside the New Films of NYWIFT Ravenal Grant Winners Sarah Knight and Signe Baumane (Honeysuckle Magazine)
In a time when women are suffering most from the economic crisis and fewer job opportunities in the arts, this Women’s History Month we can celebrate and support the beautifully diverse work of female filmmakers. New York Women in Film and Television (NYWIFT), the preeminent entertainment industry association for women in New York, energizes their network of artists, producers, and other professionals through training and development programs, as well as crucial grants. The nonprofit’s prestigious Ravenal Foundation Grant, which supports the production of a feature film from a female director over 40, was presented in December 2020 to filmmakers Sarah Knight (first prize, $5000) and Signe Baumane (second prize, $2500). I was lucky enough to speak with both Knight and Baumane to get the inside scoops on their processes and how their unique approaches to storytelling explore the complex issues of modern womanhood. […]
NYWIFT Plans Weekend of Screenings and Celebration (Digital Cinema Report)
New York Women in Film & Television culminates its month-long recognition of Women’s History with a weekend of screenings celebrating female creators in film, television, and media. NYWIFT will screen IFC Films’ critically acclaimed Farewell Amor March 26-27 as part of its annual Support Women Artists Now Day celebration in partnership with SAG-AFTRA, FF2 Media, Women in the Arts & Media Coalition, HerFlix, In Creative Company, The Gotham, African American Women in Cinema, and Women Make Movies, followed by a talkback with filmmaker Ekwa Msangi on Saturday, March 27 at 12 p.m. EDT. Then the 41st Annual NYWIFT Muse Awards celebrating women of vision and achievement will have its educational broadcast on CUNY TV on Sunday, March 28 at 8 p.m. EdT. […]
NYWIFT to Host SWAN Day Virtual Event (Times Square Chronicles)
…Farewell Amor, the debut feature film from Tanzanian-American filmmaker Ekwa Msangi, follows Angolan immigrant Walter as he is joined in the U.S. by his wife and teen daughter after 17 years apart. Now absolute strangers sharing a one-bedroom Brooklyn apartment, they struggle to overcome the emotional distance between them. The film is both a universal immigrant story and the unique perspective of three characters bound together by history and hope. It is an intimate and deeply personal look at an inter-generational tale that has defined America since its inception. Msangi, who was recently named Film Independent’s “Someone to Watch” Winner, will participate in a live talkback moderated by NYWIFT Board President Jamie Zelermyer following the screening. The film is presented courtesy of IFC Films. […]
Nicole Franklin - Writer/Director (Babes Who Hustle)
With more than 30 years of experience in writing and filmmaking, Nicole got her start in television news and has since become an award-winning writer, director, producer, educator, and podcaster…
“I love being a woman in the industry. I’m a proud member and former board member of New York Women in Film & Television. Promoting and collaborating with women is our life’s work. My experience with Film Fatales as a member has also been enlightening, inspiring and rejuvenating. I’m also a proud member of the Writer’s Guild Women of Color Caucus; the industry training put forth by the group are focused and beneficial in innumerable ways. Audiences can support women in the industry by sharing our successes and learned experiences.” […]
NYWIFT Panel Discussion: How Fashion can Serve as a Pipeline Between the People and the White House (Honeysuckle Magazine)
On March 12th at 1 PM EST, Fashion Group International (FGI) partnered with New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT) to present “Fashion and the First Ladies,” a panel discussion on how the styles of the first ladies impact American culture…
According to Cynthia Lopez, New York Women in Fashion & Television was founded by two women (a journalist and filmmaker) in 1977, the night of the New York City blackout. “They brought ‘light’ to a very specific issue we were facing in the media,” said Cynthia, referring to the inequalities in pay, work, and job opportunities women were facing in the film and media industries. […]
Jill Biden, Melania Trump & More: A Closer Look at First Lady Fashion & Why It’s So Important (Footwear News)
The first lady of the United States is a position that has always been synonymous with American fashion.
“For a lot of Americans, the first lady represents the administration,” said Valerie Steele, the director and chief curator of The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology. “People feel that this is the wife of the president we elected, so she should represent that administration and more generally represent the United States to the world. We expect her to live up to that — that’s her job in a sense for us.”
In honor of Women’s History Month, Steele joined Fashion Group International and New York Women in Film & Television for a panel discussion about the first ladies of the U.S. and their impact on the fashion world. […]
Panel Discussion: Fashion & the First Lady (Look Online)
“Fashion is nonpolitical and nonpartisan,” Oscar de la Renta (who dressed nearly every first lady of the last half-century) famously said. On Friday afternoon I was invited to watch a Zoom presentation in celebration of Women’s History Month, “Fashion and the First Ladies” presented by Fashion Group International and New York Women in Film & Television. Cynthia Lopez, Executive Director of NYWFT announced that this was the group’s 95th Zoom of the pandemic. “How do we commemorate the first woman Vice President during Women’s History Month?” she asked.
Black HerStory, Black History and All the Feels Are in Store for This Week’s Virtual Events (The Root)
Now that the second week of March has come to a close, I’m not sure what to be more excited about: the fact that we get to spring forward this weekend or the fact that the end of this seemingly never-ending quarantine may be closer than originally thought? While each option is enough to make me actually want to dream again (you know, about traveling farther than just from my home to my mailbox), my plan is to continue moving forward with cautious optimism. But the good thing is there are a slew of virtual events happening over the next week that just might help you dream again, too. If that sounds like something you’re interested in, keep reading to find out more…
Fashion Group International (FGI) & New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT) present Fashion and the First Ladies on Friday in celebration of Women’s History Month! In this hourlong virtual program, industry leaders Fernando Garcia, co-creative director of Oscar de la Renta, Director and Chief Curator of The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology Valerie Steele, and fashion historian Carson Poplin will discuss the iconic looks from U.S. First Ladies of government in a candid conversation about how our First Ladies are fashion trendsetters. […]
First Ladies’ Fashion: The Power Lies Within to Boost the Economy, Support Designers and Sustainability (Women's Wear Daily & Yahoo! Life)
Love it. Hate it. Debate it. When it comes to first ladies’ fashion, everyone has an opinion. The everlasting intrigue of first ladies’ designer choices and how those decisions can help fuel the economy were among the many takeaways from a virtual talk Friday.
The Washington Post’s senior critic at large Robin Givhan led the “Fashion and the First Ladies” discussion with fashion historian Carson Poplin, Oscar de la Renta co-director Fernando Garcia, and The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology’s Director and chief curator Valerie Steele. From Michelle Obama championing American designers to Hillary Clinton’s penchant for pantsuits, the panelists delved into how fashion plays into politics, history and making or breaking public policy. The hourlong virtual talk was organized by the Fashion Group International and New York Women in Film & Television. […]
NYWIFT and Fashion Group International Present 'Fashion and the First Ladies' (Broadway World)
New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT) and the Fashion Group International (FGI) are proud to present “Fashion and the First Ladies” on Friday, March 12, 2021 at 1 PM EST in celebration of Women’s History Month!
In this hour-long virtual program, industry leaders Fernando Garcia (Co-Creative Director of Oscar De La Renta), Valerie Steele (Director and Chief Curator of The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology), and Carson Poplin (Fashion Historian) will discuss the iconic looks from U.S. FIRST LADIES of government in a candid conversation about how our FIRST LADIES are fashion trend setters. The panel will explore how fashion plays a role and communicates in history, politics and contributes to the making or breaking of public policy. Archival images and current looks from recent FIRST LADIES dressed by Oscar de la Renta will be featured. The conversation will be moderated by The Washington Post Senior Critic at Large, Robin Givhan. […]
Cate Blanchett’s Dirty Films Supports Launch of The Writers Lab U.K., Ireland (EXCLUSIVE) (Variety)
New York-based The Writers Lab has launched The Writers Lab U.K. and Ireland, with a script development program for women over 40. The initiative is supported by Dirty Films, the production company headed by Cate Blanchett, Andrew Upton and Coco Francini with development producer Georgie Pym.
The Writers Lab is the only program devoted exclusively to script development for woman-identifying writers over 40. The U.K. lab will be produced with U.K. partner Untamed Stories, the creative production hub helmed by development producers Julia Berg and Ruth Spencer. It is in association with Birds’ Eye View, the not-for-profit that champions the female perspective in film headed by Mia Bays. […]
Writers Lab UK & Ireland: Script Development Programme for Women Over 40
The Writers Lab (TWL) has announced the launch of The Writers Lab UK & Ireland (TWL UK & I) with the first script development programme of its kind for women over 40, in partnership with Untamed Stories and supported by Dirty Films, the independent film and television production company headed by Cate Blanchett, Andrew Upton and Coco Francini with development producer Georgie Pym, and in association with Birds’ Eye View. Submissions will open from 1-20 April 2021. Learn more and apply at The Writers Lab website.
TWL UK & I will be produced with UK Partner Untamed Stories, the creative production hub helmed by seasoned development producers Julia Berg and Ruth Spencer; in association with Birds’ Eye View, the not-for-profit which champions the female perspective in film and headed by Mia Bays. The Lab is supported by Dirty Films, as well as Screen Scotland, Screen Skills Ireland, Northern Ireland Screen and Ffilm Cymru Wales & BFI NETWORK with funding from the National Lottery. The US programme, produced by co-founders Elizabeth Kaiden and Nitza Wilon and New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT), is supported by Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, and Oprah Winfrey. […]
Apply Now: NYWIFT’s Women’s Film Preservation Fund (Women and Hollywood)
New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT) is accepting applications for the latest cycle of its Women’s Film Preservation Fund (WFPF) until May 1.
Since 1995, the fund has awarded grants to help preserve “films made by American women everywhere and films made in the U.S. by women from other countries,” according to a press release. Grants of up $10,000 are presented biennially.
The WFPF has preserved 135 movies, “bringing back into view important lost films and significant but overlooked films from the past, showing that women have been integral to filmmaking since its inception.” […]
Shedding light on the importance of representation in film with ‘Nothing About Us Without Us’ (Columbia Spectator)
In recent years, there has been conversation and controversy about which voices are being prioritized in front of and behind the camera in Hollywood. The film series “Nothing About Us Without Us” looks to celebrate and dissect representation as it appears in everyday life. Each of the seven shorts allows the audience to view the world from underrepresented individuals’ perspectives and to understand what it means to be viewed differently by those around them…
“People, men especially, tend to hire other people who remind them of themselves,” Katie Chambers, director of community engagement at New York Women in Film & Television, says. “When you don’t have people in positions of power who are people of color, who are women, who are gay, [or] transgender, it’s less likely that those people are going to get hired.” […]
Meet The 2021 Women In Film Pathmakers (Essence)
Since its beginnings in 1973 as Women in Film (WIF) Los Angeles, WIF has actively used its platform to advocate for women who work in front of the camera and behind-the-scenes across film and television.
No stranger to amplifying the diversity agenda and prioritizing women of color, last year WIF partnered with New York Women in Film & Television and Women in Film and Television Atlanta to launch the Hire Her Black initiative to promote gender and racial equality by providing grants to women who have been directly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Now, ESSENCE is proud to announce WIF’s latest program, curated specifically for aspiring and veteran Black women in the film industry: Women in Film Pathmakers. […]
The Writers Lab – women writers over 40 – Submissions Open (Amsterdam News)
The Writers Lab opens for submissions for its 2021 program for women screenwriters over the age of 40.
With demand for content from diverse voices skyrocketing, the Lab expands its call this year to include pilot scripts as well as narrative features. Feature and pilot writers selected for the October 2021 retreat will work one-on-one and in group sessions with acclaimed screen industry leaders to develop their scripts and their craft, and to build tools and strategies to achieve success, thus expanding the diversity of new content.
Submissions are open from February 2 to March 30, 2021.
The J Lounge interviews Filmmaker Sarah Knight (The J Lounge podcast)
The J Lounge interviews Filmmaker and New York Women in Film & TV Grantee Sarah Knight for an insightful interview.
Local Producers Debut 48 Blocks: the Series (Shore Local News)
After years in the making, Little Rock Films and Studios’ production, “48 Blocks: the series,” is available to view on iwoman.TV, a streaming channel that supports women filmmakers…
48 Blocks: the series already took first place in the Crime Drama category at the New York Women in Film & TV Festival. Now it is up for the Audience Favorite Award.
Muslim Writer's Experience with Discrimination Turned into Film (Spectrum News 1)
GREENSBORO, N.C. — A Triad writer had an unsavory experience with a tow truck driver a few years ago. Now, it’s a short film opening up conversations on race and identity in America…
“Joe & the Shawl” premiered virtually at film festivals across the nation, ultimately winning various awards. It most recently won first place at the New York Women in Film & Television Online Shorts Festival.
Signe Baumane Gets NYWIFT Grant for My Love Affair with Marriage (Zippy Frames)
Independent animation filmmaker Signe Baumane gets New York Women in Film and Television Grant for her upcoming animation feature, My Love Affair with Marriage.
The second animation feature by Latvian-American Signe Baumane, My Love Affair with Marriage, has now secured a grant of $2,500 from the New York Women in Film & Television organization.
The 95-minute-My Love Affair with Marriage aims to examine the biological chemistry of love and gender, as well as the societal pressures on an individual to conform to social mores. […]
‘A Life Too Short’ Filmmaker Safyah Usmani Discusses ‘Honor Killing’ of Qandeel Baloch (Variety)
Filmmaker Safyah Usmani documented Pakistan’s changing laws surrounding honor killings through the story of Pakistani celebrity Qandeel Baloch’s death in “A Life Too Short.” …
Usmani participated in a conversation with Gloria Steinem hosted by New York Women in Film & Television on Friday. “A Life Too Short,” from MTV Documentary Films and produced by Oscar winner Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, details the events that led to the murder of Pakistani social media star Baloch. […]
Inspirational Women In Hollywood: How Cynthia Lopez of New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT) Is Helping To Shake Up The Entertainment Industry (Medium)
Formidable women in film and television have been honored for their diverse accomplishments for four decades, and there is tradition will not be quelled, even during a global health pandemic.
Today, Thursday, December 17, the 41st Annual NYWIFT Muse Awards, taking place virtually is being hosted by New York Women in Film & Television, celebrates women of outstanding vision and achievement both in front of and behind the camera in film, television, the music industry, and digital media. […]
It’s hard to keep up with Rashida Jones (Page Six)
Rashida Jones. First name’s Saudi Arabian with a sprinkle from Swahili. It means “rightly guided.” It fits. Her dad’s Quincy Jones. Her Grammy’s on a shelf with family pics. Her movie, “On the Rocks,” a Sofia Coppola comedy/drama co-stars Bill Murray and premiered at the New York Film Festival.
Plus, Thursday she joins Awkwafina and Rachel Brosnahan in getting the 41st annual New York Women in Film and Television Award. She says: “I live in California, but this is a New York honor. I love New York. I worship New York. It’s the best city in the world.” […]
The New York Film & Television Muse Awards Celebrate Women Using Art for Advocacy (The Mary Sue)
Today, despite a pandemic and a snowstorm, New York Women in Film & Television will present their annual Muse awards remotely to an amazing slate of NY Women. Rashida Jones, Alana Mayo, Ali Stroker, Rachel Brosnahan, Awkwafina, Gina Prince-Bythewood, Jodi Kantor, and Megan Twohey. This year’s honors reflect the theme “Art & Advocacy, as NYWIFT recognizes the role of the creative community in advancing positive social change.”
The Mary Sue got to chat with NYWIFT’s Executive Director Cynthia Lopez about what these awards mean this year and some of the amazing women across the industry who will be honored. […]
Awkwafina, Rashida Jones And Others To Be Honored Virtually At This Year’s NYWIFT Muse Awards (Forbes)
New York Women in Film & Television is going online for its 41st annual NYWIFT Muse Awards on December 17. The event’s theme is “Art & Advocacy,” as a way of honoring creatives for their role in advancing social change.
The honorees for this year’s Muse Awards include actress and rapper Awkwafina, actress Rachel Brosnahan, actress and producer Rashida Jones and others. Joining the list are other creatives including, Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, the reporters who broke the story on the sexual abuse allegations against Harvey Weinstein and President of Orion Pictures, Alana Mayo. […]
41st Anniversary Women in Film and Television Awards promises to be inspirational (AM New York)
On Dec. 17, the annual New York Women in Film & Television Muse Awards (NYWIFT) will be brought to you virtually.
amNewYork Metro spoke to the organization’s Executive Director, Cynthia López about the event and the luminary honorees. […]
NYWIFT Announces Ravenal Foundation Feature Film Grant Awardees (Women and Hollywood)
New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT) has named the awardees of the NYWIFT Ravenal Foundation Grant. Funded by the Alan M. & Mildred S. Ravenal Foundation, the grant supports the production of a feature film from a female director over 40. Funds may be used for pre-production, production, or post-production. Sarah Knight and Signe Baumane were selected from “a wide range of submissions from women filmmakers around the country,” a press release from NYWIFT details.
Knight received the first-place $5,000 NYWIFT Ravenal Foundation grant for Athena List Winner “In the Land of Fire & Ice,” a portrait of a powerful Kuwaiti CEO who finds herself under attack by a hostile activist investor. […]
7 Supportive Associations For Women Professionals (Wiki.ezvid.zom)
Women now work in every sector of society, but they’re still a long way from equal pay and rights. Given this reality, many groups have formed to fight for true equality, create community, and boost the profiles of working women. This list, in no particular order, highlights organizations carving out spaces for female professionals…
For #5, we present New York Women in Film & Television, an organization that advocates for equality in the moving image industry. NYWIFT produces many programs and special events, including the Muse Awards for Vision and Achievement, which honors women in front of and behind the camera. […]
If Your Life Were a Movie, What's Your Ending? (A Certain Age podcast)
If your life were a movie, what ending would you write? Emerging screenwriter Barbara Ward Thall hit her late-fifties and decided she wanted a wildly different end for her third-act, saying good-bye to decades as a senior ad and marketing executive at buzzy companies like Amazon’s Audible. Now at 60, she writes highly personal, female-led stories that won her a coveted spot in a writer’s program for women over 40 [NYWIFT’s The Writers Lab], backed by heavy-hitters like Oprah. Barbara shares ideas for applying screenwriting’s “three-act formula” to create your own cinematic third-act.
Women in Film’s Hire Her Back Offers Grants to Female Filmmakers Impacted by Pandemic (Variety)
Applications are open for the Hire Her Back Fund, a grant supporting women filmmakers whose careers have been adversely impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Members of Women in Film local chapters — WIF Los Angeles, New York Women in Film and Television, and Women in Film and Television Atlanta — are eligible to apply. …
“As production finally resumes after this devastating crisis, we don’t want to take a step backward or lose sight of what progress still needs to be made,” said NYWIFT executive director Cynthia López. “We must always continue to move forward. We look forward to work with our sisters in Women in Film Los Angeles on this important initiative.” […]
American Dance Guild Festival Week 3 Features Elaine Summers and Dianne McIntyre (BroadwayWorld)
Reaching into its archival treasure trove of rarely seen recordings of past events, The American Dance Guild will continue their virtual offering 10 Years Over 10 Weeks, a rich collection of video performances of honorees and guest artists over the last ten years of ADG Performance Festivals….
One of the films featured, Windows in the Kitchen, was preserved with funding from the NYWIFT Women’s Film Preservation Fund. […]
NYWIFT Announces 2020 Creative Workforce Summit: Documentary Makers, Industry, & Funders in Conversation (Women and Hollywood)
New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT) has announced the dates and theme for the second annual New York Women in Film & Television Creative Workforce Summit. Set to take place virtually October 20-23, Documentary Makers, Industry, and Funders in Conversation will consist of keynote speakers, panels, and film screenings. The event aims to “bring together some of the most unique and diverse voices of women working in the entertainment industry to establish forward-moving strategies to create change and mobilize support and leadership for the future,” a press release details. […]
Abigail Disney, Sheila Nevins & More To Appear At New York Women In Film & Television Virtual Summit (Deadline)
Abigail Disney, Sheila Nevins are among the notable speakers slated to appear at a documentary-focused edition of the New York Women in Film & Television Creative Workforce Summit.
The event, which will take place virtually from October 20 to 23, will feature keynote speakers, panels and film screenings. According to the NYWIFT announcement, the goal is to “establish forward-moving strategies to create change and mobilize support and leadership for the future.” […]
Hamptons Int’l Film Festival Honors ‘This Is Not A Burial, It’s A Resurrection’ At 28th Event (Deadline)
The 28th Hamptons International Film Festival has honored director Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese’s This Is Not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection as its Best Narrative Feature. …
Two new awards from New York Women in Film & Television honor an outstanding female filmmaker who has demonstrated exceptional artistic vision and dedication to their craft.
Farewell Amor, directed by Ekwa Msangi, was awarded the New York Women in Film & Television Award for Directing which comes with a $2,000 prize. Coded Bias, directed by Shalini Kantayya, was awarded the New York Women in Film & Television Award for Excellence in Documentary Filmmaking, and a $1,000 cash prize. […]
Charlotte Screenwriter Selected For The Writers Lab (WBTV Charlotte's "QC Life")
A screenwriter in Charlotte recently earned a spot in a highly selective program called The Writers Lab. The program is for women over 40 years old and is supported by big names like Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, and Oprah Winfrey. Julie Zografos was one of just 12 writers selected. She joined us on QC@3 to talk about this experience. Julie tells us this is The Writers Lab’s 6th year. She tells us they’ve just recently opened it up to international applicants. Julie says a lot of people applied, only 12 were selected and she’s so excited to be one of the 12. She tells us normally everyone flies into New York and converges in person, but this year it will be done virtually. We also got a chance to talk with Julie about her screenplay, “Dark Quarry” and what she hoping to get out of the lab. […]
Prestigious Writers Lab selects UNCSA Film aluma (University of North Carolina School of the Arts)https://www.uncsa.edu/news/20201001-julie-zografos-writers-lab.aspx
Julie Zografos, a 2013 graduate of the top-ranked School of Filmmaking, is participating in The Writers Lab, a prestigious mentoring program for women screenwriters over the age of 40. Supported by Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman and Oprah Winfrey, the lab begins Oct. 1 and runs through Oct. 4, completely online for the first time in its six-year history.
Co-founded by New York Women in Film & Television, Elizabeth Kaiden and Nitza Wilon, the lab is a four-day workshop that gives writers the opportunity to work intensively on their feature film scripts with the support of established film professionals. […]
Screenwriter Mitchell gets break with Writers Lab spot (Portland Tribune)
A screenwriter might never get used to hearing the words “no thanks,” but Christine Autrand Mitchell said it’s just part of the business. Mitchell has been writing screenplays for 10 years, and not one has been made into a studio movie. There have been some local projects, but nothing big yet.
…Her chances might have improved lately after Mitchell made the cut for the 2020 Writers Lab, which the New York Women in Film & Television association conducts for aspiring women screenwriters over the age of 40. […]
Viewer of the Day: Barbara Ward Thall of Montclair (News 12 New Jersey)
News 12 NJ Evening News Anchor Della Crews congratulates Montclair, NJ resident Barbara Ward Thall, who was selected for The Writers Lab 2020!
Montclair's Barbara Ward Thall Selected To The Writers Lab (New Jersey Stage)
The Writers Lab has selected Montclair resident Barbara Ward Thall as one of its 12 participants, its most inclusive class ever, with half its winners identifying as diverse, and half its projects identifying as “genre” for its 2020 script development lab…
Thall’s Western genre screenplay Little Sister was selected for the highly competitive program. The story takes place in 1849 Missouri, in which a gender defiant farmgirl drags her flighty mother along on a rescue mission to save her abducted sister from escaped convicts. Prior to screenwriting, Thall developed brand marketing programs and advertising campaigns that connected with consumers on a cellular, emotional level. […]
Theater and Film News: The Women’s Film Preservation Fund, American Popular Song Society, Rockers On Broadway, Biden Victory Fund (Times Square Chronicles)
The Women’s Film Preservation Fund (WFPF) of New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT) is opening submissions for its film Preservation grants for the 2020 cycle on October 1, 2020. The deadline is February 1, 2021.
Since 1995 the WFPF has been bringing awareness to women’s enormous accomplishment in filmmaking by funding preservation of films made by American women everywhere and films made in the US by women from other countries. To date, we’ve preserved approximately 135 of these American-made films, bringing back into view important lost films and significant but overlooked films from the past, showing that women have been integral to filmmaking since its inception. […]
NYWIFT Member Screening: “Long Way from Home,” September 10-14 (The New School)
Join us for this month’s virtual NYWIFT Member Screening of Kavery Kaul’s documentary feature Long Way from Home! Hailed by historian Robin Kelley as “one of the most powerful and inspiring documentaries of our era,” in this moving and provocative story, three remarkable girls enter ninth grade at top schools steeped in bias towards race, class, and culture. […]
Female screenwriter non-profit The Writers Lab goes international (exclusive) (Screen Daily)
The Writers Lab in the US, the non-profit for female screenwriters over 40 that counts Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman among its supporters, is partnering on an international platform with Untamed Stories in the UK and Spain’s Filmmarket Hub.
The collaboration will expand the reach of The Writers Lab beyond the US for the first time. Elizabeth Kaiden and Nitza Wilon co-founded the lab in 2015 and produce it with New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT). […]
No Rest for the Weekend Episode 719: Easmanie Michel (Podcast)
Hosted by Jason Godbey, Creative Director, Behind the Rabbit Productions
On this episode NYWIFT Special Projects Associate Easmanie Michel talks about her career as a filmmaker and the latest programs from New York Women in Film & Television. […]
INTERVIEW: MOM Film Festival celebrates mothers (Hollywood Soapbox)
The inaugural Making Our Movies Film Festival, also known as the MOM Film Festival, will take place today, Aug. 14 through Monday, Aug. 17. The showcase of films, courtesy of the nonprofit Center for Active Learning, celebrates filmmakers who are mothers and honors their role of creating art and raising their children.
The inaugural fest, which is presented virtually, is divided amongst several “blocks” of films with themes such as “Growing Pains,” “Life & Loss,” “Moms Night Out,” “Moms Are Human, Too,” “Life’s Lessons” and “The Changemakers.” All of the offerings are short films, and many of them touch upon important societal and family issues, especially in light of these historic times. […]
Writers Lab Selects Over-40 Screenwriters for 2020 Virtual Edition (Exclusive) (The Hollywood Reporter)
The Writers Lab, which supports women screenwriters over 40 with mentoring from leading filmmakers, has unveiled its mentors and 12 participants and their projects for a first-time virtual 2020 edition.
The screenwriting program, backed by Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, and Oprah Winfrey and New York Women in Film & Television, has as 2020 mentors producers Anne Carey, Susan Cartsonis, Shruti Ganguly and Mary Jane Skalski. Also helping get scripts across the finish line for 2020 lab participants is Frida Torresblanco, former Focus Features exec Jamie Zelermyer and screenwriters Mara Brock Akil, Pamela Gray, Lisa Jones, Gina Prince-Bythewood, Theresa Rebeck, Robin Swicord and Pat Verducci. […]
Enriching Education: Animation Workshops with NY Women in Film & Television (Motherhood Moment)
New York Women in Film & Television is pleased to announce it will present two exciting multi-day virtual animation workshops, one for teens and one for adults, in late July as part of its commitment to advancing the filmmaking and storytelling skills of the greater New York City community. Participants in the NYWIFT Women’s Media Workshops will be encouraged to draw on their community’s experience of the COVID-19 crisis to create their personal animated stories. The program is presented with the support of New York City Council Members Joe Borelli (District 51), Keith Powers (District 4), and Carlina Rivera (District 2)…
I had a chance to interview Easmanie Michel, NYWIFT Special Projects Associate, who curated the program. […]
Women's Animation Workshops Presented Virtually (Computer Graphics World)
New York Women in Film & Television will present two exciting multi-day virtual animation workshops, one for teens and one for adults, in late July as part of its commitment to advancing the filmmaking and storytelling skills of the greater New York City community.
Participants in the NYWIFT Women’s Media Workshops will be encouraged to draw on their community’s experience of the COVID-19 crisis to create their personal animated stories. The program is presented with the support of New York City Council Members Joe Borelli (District 51), Keith Powers (District 4), and Carlina Rivera (District 2). Completed projects will have a unique NYWIFT premiere on a live virtual platform and be available via the NYWIFT Vimeo channel. […]
'Hire Her Back' initiative launched to help women and BIPOC in film industry affected by COVID-19 pandemic (GMA/ABC News)
Women In Film, Los Angeles is launching a campaign to continue pushing for gender and racial equality in the film and television industries hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. The nonprofit organization’s “Hire Her Back” initiative will highlight how the virus has disproportionately impacted black, indigenous and people of color and urge employers to rehire women at the same rate as men in the industry. The initiative continues to advance the group’s goal of shining a light on gender parity in the realm.
WIF will partner with New York Women in Film and Television and Women In Film and Television Atlanta for the Hire Her Back Fund, which will directly benefit women in the television and film industries affected by the pandemic. […]
Academy of Motion Pictures Awards $2.5 Million in Grants (Philanthropy News Digest)
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced grants totaling $2.5 million in support of filmmakers from — and outreach to audiences in — underserved communities.
To that end, ninety-six organizations were awarded grants ranging from $5,000 to $200,000 — including a round of emergency COVID-19 grants announced in April — through the academy’s FilmCraft and FilmWatch programs, which were created to identify and empower future filmmakers from non-traditional backgrounds, cultivate new and diverse talent, promote motion pictures as an art form, and provide a platform for underrepresented artists. […]
FGI Partners With New York Women in Film and Television (Women's Wear Daily)
Fashion’s Leading Role: Knowing that fashion and film have proven to be a winning combination, the Fashion Group International has partnered with New York Women in Film & Television for a few events and film screenings.
Their collaboration will launch Tuesday with a webinar about the art of filmmaking and science of marketing in fashion films and how they are essential branding tools for fashion and lifestyle brands. Dressed documentary director David Swajeski will moderate the discussion. Artistix Fashion’s Andy Hilfiger, Vimeo’s Ina Pira and Matte Projects’ Matthew Rowean will share their thoughts during “The Art and Science of Fashion in Film” panel. […]
Film Academy Allocates $2.5 Million in Grants to 96 Organizations (Variety)
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the recipients of its 2020 FilmCraft and FilmWatch grants.
A total of $2.5 million has been allocated to 96 organization, including recipients of the emergency grant funds announced last month in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
COVID-19 Resources for the NYWIFT Community (Below the Line)
NYWIFT has announced several strategies to help their members in response to the coronavirus. The first of which is an online survey for members to keep the NYWIFT informed of the impact COVID-19 has had on their role in the media and entertainment industry. NYWIFT Talks, a weekly series that will bring updated news and information about the impact of COVID-19 on the industry, will have industry professionals discussing news on theatrical releases, digital advances, virtual tools, festival opportunities, production updates and more. […]
SPOTLIGHT March 2020: Cynthia Lopez, NYC Cinema Activist, Advocate and Administrator (Alliance of Women Film Journalists)
Throughout her impressive career as cinema administrator, advocate and activist in New York City, Cynthia López has combined her love of film with her commitment to public service to effectively create opportunities for filmmakers and to enhance cinema culture. She has been shaping NYC’s cinema landscape for two decades, starting with her influential input at the award-winning documentary series, POV, where she served as executive Vice President and co-Executive Producer, through to her appointment by NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio as Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, and on to her most recent post in as Executive Director of New York Women in Film and Television, Cynthia López has paved the way for female filmmakers to have greater opportunities to attain their career goals. […]
A Conversation with Emmy-winning producer Celia Costas (Patch)
To mark Women’s History month, the Hellenic Film Society will host Emmy-winning producer Celia Costas for an interview and audience Q&A session. Her more than 40 Hollywood credits include producer of films including Angels in America, Warm Springs, The Girl on the Train, and The Intern, starring Robert DeNiro and Anne Hathaway. Her current project is tick, tick…BOOM!, directed by Lin-Manuel Miranda, on which she is the executive producer.
The interview will be held following the screening of the Greek film, Pause, at the Museum of the Moving Image (MoMI) in Astoria. Both events are presented in association with New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT).
HFS Celebrates Women's History Month with Two Women-Centered Films (The National Herald)
Marking Women’s History Month, the Hellenic Film Society USA in association with New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT) presents a screening of Pause (Pafsi), directed by Tonia Mishiali, on Sunday, March 8, 4 PM at the Museum of the Moving Image (MoMI), 36-01 35th Avenue in Astoria.
NYWIFT Announces Loreen Arbus Disability Awareness Grant Recipient Ashley Eakin (BroadwayWorld)
New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT) is pleased to announce the presentation of the Loreen Arbus Disability Awareness Grant to Ashley Eakin for her narrative short film Single. The film completion grant, now in its 13th year, is provided through the generosity of longtime disability rights advocate Loreen Arbus and awards $7,500 to a woman filmmaker for a film on physical or developmental disability issues.
Meet Katie Chambers, Community Engagement Director, New York Women in Film & Television (NYSAE InView)
Why did you choose the field of association management and what about it keeps you going?
“I’ve always been a storyteller and producer at heart – writing, directing and organizing productions from the time I was a little kid in my grandparents’ living room all the way through my first year out of college. After working for a while in the for-profit entertainment space as a talent agent assistant, and eventually as an agent myself, I wanted to get back to work that was more consistently creative, and more importantly, gave me an opportunity to give back to my community on a daily basis.”
TVE-Spanish Public Television 2020 Oscars Segment
NYWIFT Executive Directory Cynthia Lopez was featured in an on-camera interview with TVE Spain for the 2020 Academy Awards, discussing inclusion and the lack of women nominees.
Researchers, Writers And Actors Highlight And Tackle Ageism In Hollywood (Forbes)
…Women have been become some of the most visible players in changing the ageist narrative, including Oscar winners Meryl Streep, 70 and Nicole Kidman, 52 who have taken on a different kind of role in their affiliation with The Writers Lab. Launched in 2015, and founded by Kyle Stokes and co-founders Elizabeth Kaiden and Nitza Wilon, The Writers Lab is a screenwriting lab for women writers over 40. Supported by Streep and Kidman, The Writers Lab 2020 is produced by New York Women in Film & Television with co-founders Kaiden and Wilon.
Its mission is to increase the number of stories written by female storytellers over the age of 40, not demand female-driven storylines […]
Sundance 2020: The Ultimate Party Guide (Variety)
Heading to Park City? From intimate dinners and cocktail parties to late night bashes (that end just in time to head to brunch), there’s plenty to keep this year’s film festival attendees out of the cold between screenings. Here is Variety’s ultimate party guide for Sundance 2020…
Sundance TV’s Women on the Front Lines: Changing the Game Panel
Ekwa Msangi, Haifaa al-Mansour, Monica Levinson, Hanelle Culpepper and Jackie Cruz. IFC Films’ Arianna Bocco will moderate the panel, presented by AMC Networks, New York Women in Film & Television, Women in Film Los Angeles and ReFrame
Sundance TV HQ, 1-2 p.m
Sundance TV’s New York Women in Film & Television and IFC Films Cocktail Celebration
Sundance TV HQ, 5-7 p.m. […]
Women Take Center Stage at Sundance (Digital Cinema Report)
In partnership with AMC Networks, Women in Film LA and ReFrame, New York Women in Film & Television will hold a panel discussion January 24th in Park City, Utah, during the Sundance Film Festival. The topic is Women on the Front Lines: Changing the Game. Sundance Institute reports that 46 percent of directors competing in this year’s festival are women, up six percent from 2019. While there’s still further to go, these statistics show that progress is possible when concerted efforts are made to address systemic biases.
The panel will bring together leading women from the front lines in entertainment to discuss gender parity, inclusion and the way forward. […]
Column: For your consideration: Women in Film has an all-female awards ballot (Los Angeles Times)
“Don’t say ‘nominate more women.’ Name the women who should have been nominated.”
When the inevitable awards season protest arises from the equally inevitable scarcity, or utter lack, of women among film award nominees in directing, cinematography and even writing categories, that’s what many people say, often adding with oblivious irony, that gender should not be part of any awards consideration. […]
"The Handmaid’s Tale Star Ann Dowd on Finding Success Later in Life: "Don't Ever Give Up" (Parade)
While Ann Dowd is known for going to dark places in The Handmaid’s Tale, the Emmy Award-winning actress was in a much lighter mood when she received an award from her distinguished peers. While recently walking the red carpet before Dowd was honored at the 40th Anniversary New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT) MUSE Awards, she shared the auspicious occasion with The Handmaid’s Tale author Margaret Atwood.
Dowd was honored along with Harriet director Kasi Lemmons, Caroline’s on Broadway founder Caroline Hirsch, writer/creator Shoshannah Stern, Vimeo CEO Anjali Sud, music sensation Gloria Estefan, and film producer Jane Rosenthal. Some 1,400 members of the NYWIFT attended the December 10 event. Among the guests were Robert DeNiro, Camryn Manheim, and Wendy Williams. […]
40th Annual Muse Awards For Vision And Achievement (The Knockturnal)
For the past 40 years, New York Women in Film & Television has empowered women in the entertainment industry, celebrating them for their talent, vision, and achievements through the annual Muse Awards Gala. Past honorees have included Meryl Streep, Sarah Jessica Parker, Laura Dern, Whoopi Goldberg, and Julianne Moore. The Muse Awards is attended by an audience of more than 1,200 leading executives from every major studio, broadcast and cable network, and film production company. This year’s showcase of accomplished women was attended by actors, producers, directors, writers, and industry leaders, such as Robert DeNiro, Margaret Atwood, Aisling Bea, Jen Ponton, Ana Villafañe, and Wendy Williams. […]
How Over-40 Female Writers Are Trying to Shatter Hollywood's Last Glass Ceiling (The Hollywood Reporter)
On Oct. 5, a group of 25 female writers and filmmakers converged at a lakeside retreat two hours outside New York, ready to share their work, as well as stories of unenthusiastic agents and subtle exclusion. Although they hailed from diverse backgrounds, the women shared one characteristic that makes them radioactive by Hollywood standards: They all had eclipsed the 40 threshold.
“We’re survivors,” said screenwriter Pamela Gray, sipping a glass of white wine. “If you’re over 40 and still pursuing a career …” she continued, as her thought trailed off. Everyone seemed to know where that sentence was headed, many having hit what is arguably the last remaining glass ceiling in the business.
The conversation — by turns pragmatic and optimistic — took place at the fifth incarnation of The Writers Lab, the only industry workshop devoted exclusively to script development for women writers over 40. […]
Kasi Lemmons, Jane Rosenthal, Ann Dowd Talk Golden Globes Female Director Snub (Variety)
The absence of women among director nominees for the Golden Globes is another example of how much work remains to be done to achieve gender parity in the entertainment industry, honorees said Tuesday night at the 40th annual Muse Awards presented by New York Women in Film and Television.
Harriet director Kasi Lemmons, The Irishman producer Jane Rosenthal and The Handmaid’s Tale star Ann Dowd shared their thoughts about the helming snub as the three were feted for their work. […]
Calendar: Week of December 9 (CBS News/CBS Sunday Morning)
…Tuesday sees the New York Women in Film and Television Muse Awards, hosted by our own Nancy Giles. The Muse Awards, honoring actor Ann Dowd, singer Gloria Estefan, Vimeo CEO Anjali Sud, director Kasi Lemmons, Tribeca Enterprises CEO Jane Rosenthal, and writer Shoshannah Stern, presented December 10 at 11:30 a.m. at the New York Hilton Midtown. […]
Caroline Hirsch to Receive Made in NY Honor at Muse Awards (Exclusive)
Carolines on Broadway owner and NY Comedy Festival founder Caroline Hirsch will receive the second of 2019’s Made in New York awards at the NY Women in Film and Television Muse Awards. Hirsch joins Emmy-winning filmmaker Jason DaSilva, who received his honor Monday night at the Gotham Independent Film Awards, as this year’s recipients of the annual plaudits celebrating excellence in the city’s creative community.
“A visionary producer with moxie, Caroline Hirsch is a ‘Made in NY’ original who set the stage for some of the most notable comedians in film and television today. Caroline has made New York City — and by extension the world — a much funnier place. In the process, she blazed a trail in the industry by supporting other women in the business and by setting a powerful example through her own stellar career,” New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment commissioner Anne del Castillo said. […]
Producer Jane Rosenthal On Impacting Careers and Bringing The Irishman To Netflix (Awards Daily)
Look back at films of the last twenty years and, more likely than not, you’ll see the name Jane Rosenthal repeating through some of the very best and biggest cinema offered. Wag the Dog. Meet the Parents. About a Boy. And this year alone Ava DuVernay’s When They See Us and Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman. Plus about 50+ other major titles and box office smashes all while serving as CEO and co-founder of Tribeca Enterprises, a global media company that includes the renown Tribeca Film Festival.
In honor of these contributions in both film and television, Rosenthal will receive the New York Women in Film & Television Career Impact Achievement Award on December 10. It’s an apt recognition for a woman who serves as an inspiration to rising female producers. It’s an award that holds significant meaning for Rosenthal. […]
Cynthia Lopez, Executive Director Of 'New York Women in Film & Television', On The Importance Of Diversity And Inclusion (People en Espanol)
Cynthia Lopez, the executive director of New York Women in Film and Television (NYWIFT) talked to People CHICA about the importance of having more Latinas and women of color in these industries. “It’s pivotal for Latina women to be part of the media and entertainment world. We have stories to tell. When you look at a recent USC study, only 1.3 of every 10 directors are women,” she says. “There are other statistics that show how we have a very small place in the market, especially around directing films.”
Lopez, of Puerto Rican descent, says the film Clemency by Nigerian director Chinonye Chukwu, is just one example of how having female and minority voices present in film can enrich content. “The way she used cinematic language to show the issue of black people on death row was captivating. Half the audience was sobbing, including myself,” she says. […]
Gloria Estefan, 'Harriet' Director Kasi Lemmons, Tribeca Co-founder Jane Rosenthal to be Honored at N.Y. Women in Film & TV Muse Awards (Exclusive) (The Hollywood Reporter)
Gloria Estefan, Harriet director Kasi Lemmons and Tribeca Enterprises CEO and co-founder Jane Rosenthal will all be honored at this year’s N.Y. Women in Film and Television Muse Awards luncheon. Additional honorees include Emmy-winning Handmaid’s Tale actress Ann Dowd, writer-creator Shoshannah Stern and Vimeo CEO Anjali Sud. The Muse Awards celebrate women of outstanding vision and achievement in front of and behind the camera in film, TV, music and digital media. Rosenthal, who is also one of the producers on Martin Scorsese’s Netflix film The Irishman, will be honored with a special Career Impact Achievement Award, in celebration of the Muse Awards’ 40th anniversary. […]
Disability Advocate Maysoon Zayid’s Sage Advice: 'If Your Dreams Turn Into a Nightmare Don’t Give Up; Find Another Dream' (Parade)
Stand-up comic and disability advocate Maysoon Zayid’s journey has never been an easy one, but her refusal to quit regardless of any obstacles, makes it an inspirational one. Her new audible original book Find Another Dream, (written and performed by Zayid), is the true story of how a Muslim girl with cerebral palsy, who grew up in New Jersey, created her own path to stardom. […]
Prolific NJ Filmmaker Profiled as Documentary 'Be Natural' Screens in Summit Oct. 18 (Tap into Summit)
The Film Society of Summit will host a screening and discussion of the documentary ‘Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché’ on October 18 beginning at 7 p.m. A discussion will follow with Katie Chamber, Director of Community Engagement at New York Women in Film and Television.
The film profiles Guy-Blaché, a pioneer filmmaker who founded Solax Studio in Fort Lee and made at least 1,000 films by 1920. Fewer than 200 have been found. […]
DOC NYC Turns 10 And Announces Its Biggest Lineup Ever (Forbes)
…The festival’s Visionaries Lifetime Achievement Tributes will honor Michael Apted and Martin Scorsese, and will feature special screenings of their respective films, 63 Up and Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese. Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert will receive the Robert and Anne Drew Award for observational filmmaking and New York Women in Film and Television’s Cynthia Lopez will receive the Leading Light Award for distinguished service to documentary in a role outside filmmaking. […]
More HIFF Films Announced For October Festival (27 East)
…For the 17th year, the festival will partner with New York Women in Film & Television, a non-profit dedicated to supporting, celebrating and advocating for women in media, to present their annual shorts “NYWIFT: Women Calling the Shots,” to support achievements in female filmmaking. This year’s shorts will include Remington Long’s Alchemy, Grace Kim’s An Interloper’s Kiss, Sini Anderson’s Catherine Opie B. 1961, Lizzy Hogenson’s Dani, Faren Humes’ Liberty, Celine Held and Logan George’s Lockdown, and Farida Zahran’s Youth. The Women Calling the Shots showcase will be preceded by NYWIFT’s brunch at Mulford Farm celebrating the women filmmakers at the festival. […]
No Rest for the Weekend: Indie Film News 9.27.19
On this episode host Jason Godbey talks the NYWIFT Road to the Emmy’s Event, the Katra Film Series, the new documentary Don’t Be Nice, and poses the question: why aren’t you watching indie films? And more… all on this edition of Indie Film News.
Women In Film LA Expands Sexual Harassment Help Line To New York (Deadline)
Women In Film Los Angeles (WIF LA) is partnering with New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT) and The Actors Fund to expand its Sexual Harassment Help Line to New York.
Launched in December 2017, the WIF LA Help Line is an active measure to provide support to those who have experienced sexual harassment or misconduct while working in the entertainment industry. When the #MeToo movement hit in October 2017, things shifted in the industry and WIF LA’s Help Line emerged as a crucial resource serving our community — and continues to serve as a resource today. […]
New York Women in Film & Television Announces New Board of Directors President Jamie Zelermyer (BroadwayWorldTV)
New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT) is pleased to announce the appointment of its new Board of Directors President, Jamie Zelermyer. Zelermyer has served on the NYWIFT board for four years, most recently as Vice President of Special Events through which she oversaw the production of the 2017 and 2018 NYWIFT Muse Awards. She has been a New York-based Producer and Production Executive for over 20 years and is currently producing Independent Feature Project’s signature program, IFP Week. Zelermyer was the VP, Physical Production at Focus Features / Rogue Pictures for six years, where she oversaw films including Admission, One Day, Jane Eyre, Sin Nombre and Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day. Most recently, she was the Program Manager of the Made In New York: Pilot Competition, a program founded by The Mayor’s Office of Film Media and Entertainment to tackle gender inclusivity in the television industry; she Executive Produced the two winning half hour pilots and Executive Produced season one of the winning show, Half Life. […]
NYWIFT Names Jamie Zelemyer Board of Directors President (Digital Cinema Report)
New York Women in Film & Television has named Jamie Zelermyer as its new board of directors president. Zelermyer has served on the NYWIFT board for four years, most recently as vice president of special events through which she oversaw the production of the 2017 and 2018 NYWIFT Muse Awards. She has been a New York-based producer and production executive for over 20 years and is currently producing Independent Feature Project’s signature program, IFP Week. […]
New York Women in Film & Television Unveils Screenwriters and Mentors For Fifth Annual Writers Lab (Deadline)
New York Women in Film & Television and The Writers Lab co-founders Elizabeth Kaiden and Nitza Wilon have revealed the 12 screenwriters to participate in The Writers Lab, which celebrates its fifth year. The program has also unveiled their roster of mentors. The Writers Lab launched in 2015 and is the only lab in the world devoted exclusively to script development for women writers over the age of 40. It creates a springboard to the next stage of production and expands the boundaries of today’s commercial narrative film. Many past participants have seen their scripts optioned and/or are actively working in writers’ rooms. […]
Diane Paragas’s Timely Immigration Story Yellow Rose Arrives in NYC (Honeysuckle Magazine)
In a media landscape dominated by outraged, emotional debates over our nation’s immigration crisis, DACA, ICE, detainment, and children’s immense suffering, writer/director Diane Paragas’s long-in-the-making film Yellow Rose has burst on to the scene. And it could not be more timely. The musical film follows 17-year-old Rose (Tony Award nominee Eva Noblezada), an undocumented Filipino girl who dreams of one day leaving her small Texas town to pursue country music. […]
The Ten Best Grants for Female Filmmakers (Cult Critic: The Film Magazine)
When artists are frustrated by the ordinary obstacles in their career, they chose a new path, The Art of Doing Nothing. They keep themselves busy by daydreaming and expecting the professional industry to discover their talents.
Do not wait to be discovered, put yourself out in the open to be discovered. […]
NYWIFT Presents "2019 NYWIFT Summit: Inclusion, Equality and Safety" at the Ford Foundation for Social Justice (Yahoo! Finance)
New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT) presented its first annual NYWIFT Summit on June 27th, 2019 from 4-8 PM, hosted by the Ford Foundation for Social Justice (320 East 43rd Street) with 175 film and television industry stakeholders in attendance. The theme for 2019 was Inclusion, Equality and Safety in the workplace for women working in the media industry. “We saw that NYWIFT was needed now more than ever, to raise our collective voice on issues that are vital for working women. We’ve been taking stock and mining what initiatives are being rolled out; how the networks, studios and agencies are responding and listening to our community of women across the industry,” said NYWIFT Board President Simone Pero in her opening remarks. […]
NYWIFT Members Doing Justice to True Crime (Honeysuckle Magazine)
Death Row Stories explores the fallibility of the ultimate criminal penalty, capital punishment. Narrated by current and former death row inmates, each episode of Death Row Stories seeks to unravel the truth behind a different capital murder case and poses tough questions about the U.S. capital punishment system. It airs Sundays at 8pm, ET/PT on HLN….Death Row Stories has six New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT) members working on the latest episodes! They share some insights from working on the series. […]
MovieMaker’s 15 Submission-Worthy Screenwriting Competitions of 2019 (MovieMaker Magazine)
With Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman supporting The Writers Lab, it’s already raised the bar in its five-year existence by presenting the kind of female voice sparingly-heard in Hollywood fare. Produced by New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT), The Writers Lab selects a dozen talented women over the age of 40 to go on a retreat with their feature script. They take part in panels, peer discussions, and one-to-one meetings with luminaries including Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Robin Swicord (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Memoirs of a Geisha) and Pulitzer nominee and award-winning screenwriter Theresa Rebeck (NYPD Blue, Trouble). […]
Chat with Cynthia López, Executive Director of NYWIFT (My New York Eye)
Cynthia López is the Executive Director of New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT) which advocates for equality in the moving image industry and supports women in every stage of their careers by illuminating their achievements, presenting training and professional development programs, awarding scholarships and grants, and providing access to a supportive community of peers. López is an Emmy, Peabody and duPont-Columbia Award-winning media strategist, and former Commissioner of the New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment.
NYWIFT is having their 20th anniversary of its Designing Women Awards, co-presented by Variety, on Tuesday, June 11th at the Directors Guild of America Theater. Designing Women celebrates the alchemy of design […]
‘Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ to Receive Designing Women Award (Variety)
The costume, makeup and design teams for “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” will receive the Variety Ensemble Award as part of the Designing Women Awards. New York Women in Film & Television has announced the honorees for the 20th anniversary of its Designing Women Awards, which will be co-presented by Variety for the first time on June 11 at the Directors Guild of America Theater. The 2019 ceremony, hosted by comedian Zainab Johnson, will feature costume displays from “Game of Thrones” and “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” Costume designer Donna Zakowska, makeup department head Patricia Regan and hair department head Jerry DeCarlo from “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” will receive the Variety Ensemble Award, along with their full design teams. Stars Rachel Brosnahan, Marin Hinkle and Caroline Aaron will present the award to their design colleagues. […]
A Mother of an Industry: The Challenges Moms in Entertainment Face (Shift)
…But the systemic nature of sexism in the industry means that fixing these issues won’t be as simple as resolving childcare. “Men are calling the shots, and they aren’t aware of the challenges that women face,” says Tonya McCornell, leader of the New York Women in Film & Television Moms Network, an affinity group that brings stakeholders together to help mothers in the industry. “We are working with moms who are afraid to admit to their bosses that they are mothers because they’ll lose the opportunity to work.” […]
NYWIFT Announces Ravenal Feature Film Grant Awardees Lydia Dean Pilcher and Suzanne Guacci (Shoot Online)
New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT) is pleased to announce the presentation of two grants funded by the Alan M. & Mildred S. Ravenal Foundation. The NYWIFT Ravenal Foundation Grant supports the production of a dramatic feature film from a female second-time feature film director over 40 years of age. Grant funds may be used for pre-production, production, or post-production. This year’s first-place $7,500 grant has been awarded to Lydia Dean Pilcher’s Liberté – A Call to Spy, which is currently in post-production. The film is based on the true story of three civilian women in Winston Churchill’s “secret army” who formed an unlikely sisterhood while entangled in a dangerous mission to stop Hitler. […]
Simone Pero Is Redefining the Meaning of ‘Impact’ (Stony Brook News)
Simone Pero could not possibly have chosen a more appropriate name for her strategic marketing and production firm specializing in the confluence of content and social action: For Impact Productions. Continuing to serve as visiting faculty, Pero, a Stony Brook alumna, was part of the original leadership team—along with Artistic Director Christine Vachon of Killer Films, Program Director Magdalene Brandeis, and Associate Provost Robert Reeves—responsible for creating what has evolved to become the Stony Brook MFA in Film with tracks in Directing, Screenwriting, TV Writing, and Producing, along with an Independent track….Named the president of the board of directors of New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT) in July 2017, Pero testified in December 2017 about sexual harassment in the workplace before the New York City Human Rights Commission, the Commission’s first public hearing on sexual harassment in more than 40 years. […]
Lea Salonga & Eva Noblezada Immigration Drama ‘Yellow Rose’ Set As LA Asian Pacific Film Festival Opening Night Film (Deadline)
The Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (LAAPFF) unveiled today that the Diane Paragas film Yellow Rose starring Tony Award-winning actress and Broadway icon Lea Salonga and Tony Award nominee Eva Noblezada will open the 35th edition of the festival. LAAPFF is set to run May 2-10 in Los Angeles during Asian Pacific Heritage Month….Yellow Rose is supported by New York-based Asian CineVision, Cinematografo Originals (ABS-CBN Global), and was awarded the Ravenal Foundation Feature Film Grant last year by the New York Women in Film & Television. […]
NYWIFT Announces The Writers Lab for Women Screenwriters Over 40 Opens Submissions (Broadway World)
New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT) and The Writers Lab co-founders Elizabeth Kaiden and Nitza Wilon are pleased to announce the return of The Writers Lab for 2019. Now in its fifth year, the groundbreaking program provides exclusive mentorship opportunities with leading filmmakers to women screenwriters over the age of 40, increasing opportunities for content made by women. The program has been supported every year since its inception by Academy Award winner Meryl Streep, fostering work written by and about women, with 48 writers having completed the program to date. […]
Documentary Producers Alliance Fights “Credit Creep” with Proposed Industry Guidelines for Producer Credits (Filmmaker Magazine)
In the world of documentary film, where projects gestate and then are produced over the course of years, and with funding often raised in stages from a variety of different sources, the determination of producer credits can turn into something like the Wild West. There are usually one or more producers who are actually producing the film, and they are supported by a bevy of archival producers, field producers, etc. But what about all the executive producers, co-producers, presenters, etc. — how did they become involved in a film, and what do their credits mean? […]
Sarah Jessica Parker and Ellen Burstyn Among NYWIFT’s 2018 Muse Award Winners (Women and Hollywood)
Sarah Jessica Parker and Ellen Burstyn are headed to the Muse Awards. Both are set to receive honors at the ceremony celebrating women’s contributions in entertainment. Presented by New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT), the 2018 edition will be held as a gala luncheon at the New York Hilton Midtown hotel on Thursday, December 13. Parker received an Emmy and four Golden Globes for her iconic “Sex and the City” character, Carrie Bradshaw. […]
Sarah Jessica Parker, Ellen Burstyn to Be Honored by NYWIFT (Variety)
New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT) is gearing up to host an afternoon of recognition for outstanding women in the entertainment industry, both in front of and behind the camera. The 39th annual Muse Awards will honor actresses Sarah Jessica Parker and Ellen Burstyn at a gala luncheon held at the New York Hilton Midtown hotel on Dec. 13. […]
"This Changes Everything" Documentary Makes Jaws Drop During NYC Premiere (OK Magazine)
#TimesUp! This Wednesday evening in NYC, film fanatics, creative souls, journalists and proud feminists came together to celebrate the premiere of This Changes Everything, the shocking documentary about discrimination of women in Hollywood starring A-listers, directors, industry CEOs and more. The evening was hosted by the award-winning production company CreativeChaos vmg and New Plot Film with presenting sponsors: LYFT Entertainment and NYWIFT (New York Women in Film and Television). See the photos! […]
Cynthia Lopez to Head NY Women in Film and Television (Variety)
New York Women in Film & Television has named veteran media executive Cynthia López its new executive director, replacing Terry Lawler. Lopez has won 11 news and documentary Emmy Awards, a Special Emmy Award for excellence in documentary filmmaking, three Peabody Awards, and two duPont-Columbia Awards. She was the executive vice president and co-executive producer on the PBS documentary series “POV.” She served as commissioner of the New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment in 2014-15. […]
2018 Hamptons International Film Festival Bestows Accolades On Filmmakers (East Hampton Star)
The Hamptons International Film Festival announced Monday morning the winning films in its competition categories, among other prizes…Anne Chaisson, the executive director of HIFF, presented Terry Lawler, the outgoing executive director of New York Women in Film and Television, with the first Industry Advocate for Women Award.[…]
#MeToo a year later: Where is Hollywood now? For some, it's still 'lip service' (USA Today)
There’s a consensus in Hollywood: Change is slow and it’s coming, but the industry can’t afford to let the gas run out. And it might. A year ago, the #MeToo movement took flight as The New York Times and The New Yorker published stories cracking open the decades-long predation of movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. Since then, the producer has been banished from the glitterati’s ranks, and more victims began speaking up about the horrors behind Hollywood’s doors. […]
New York Women in Film & Television Announces The 2018-2019 NYWIFT Board Members (Broadway World)
New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT) is pleased to announce the results of the 2018 Board of Directors election. As a nonprofit 501c3 public charity, NYWIFT is governed by an 18-member board of directors. Board members serve on committees in the areas of Development, Membership, Communications, Programming and Special Events. The board is elected by the membership. […]
NYWIFT: “Women Calling the Shots” Photo Exhibit Concludes NYWIFT’s 40th Anniversary Year (Honeysuckle Magazine)
This year, New York Women in Film & Television’s (NYWIFT) 40th anniversary ended with a reception and photography exhibit entitled “Women Calling the Shots.” The 30 photographs displayed at the WhiteBox nonprofit space were submitted by NYWIFT members. Each one captures a moment in time while they are working in their respective fields of television and film. […]
Participants Named for Writers Lab, Backed by Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman (Variety)
The Writers Lab, backed by Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman, has unveiled it dozen 2018 participants — all women writers over 40, Variety has learned exclusively. The program is the only lab devoted exclusively to women writers over 40, with the goal of fighting both ageism and sexism. The Writers Lab 2018 is produced by IRIS and New York Women in Film & Television, in collaboration with […]
Here's How to Get Your Documentary on Television (No Film School)
There are many avenues available for documentary filmmakers who are looking to get their films out into the world. CNN and POV (Public Broadcasting Service) provide two examples of TV broadcasting platforms to consider. During the panel, “Television Opportunities for Documentary Filmmakers” at NYWIFT’s (New York Women in Film and Television) Film Financing Day, advice was given on this very matter […]
How to Know if Your Documentary is in Need of a Sales Agent (No Film School)
Documentary filmmakers know, that in order to make a film, we have to wear many hats. We’re often a combination of directors, producers, cinematographers, sound operators, and editors…and due to low budgets, we even find ourselves as accountants, production assistants, and grant writers; the list goes on and on. We can’t be experts in every field, and in some cases, it can be vital to delegate the tasks to someone else […]
NYWIFT’s AfriAmerican Immigrant Screening: Local Stories, Global Themes – Madeline Johnson reports (Exclusive Guest Post) (AWFJ)
In Astoria’s historic Kaufman Studios, filmmakers from the African diaspora shared local stories that reverberated deep into universal themes and questions as part of the fourth annual New York Women in Film & Television’s (NYWIFT) Women Filmmakers: Immigrant Stories screening on May 31, 2018[…]
New York Women in Film & TV Announce 2018 Designing Women Honorees (Variety)
This year’s New York Women in Film & Television Designing Women Awards Gala, which honors makeup artists, hair stylists, and costume designers, will be held May 21 with some special guests. The 19th annual event, co-presented by Variety, will welcome actresses Nia Long, Christine Ebersole, and Debra Monk as presenters, with comedian Sunda Croonquist as emcee for the evening. […]
Film series puts projects showing 'NYC immigrant experience' in spotlight (AMNY)
A free film series highlighting the work and stories of female immigrants has returned to New York City for the fourth year, with screening dates expected through June. The Women Filmmakers: Immigrant Stories festival, which kicked off last week, rounds up movies and TV scripts that delve into the “NYC immigrant experience” within the five boroughs from varying perspectives, […]
Women Filmmakers: Immigrant Stories (Black Talent)
NEW YORK, NY (April 12, 2018) – Women Filmmakers: Immigrant Stories, the acclaimed screening series featuring films directed and/or produced by women telling the stories of NYC immigrants, returns for a fourth season. Funded by the city’s Department of Cultural Affairs, City Council Member Robert Holden and City Council Member Joseph Borelli as part of the Cultural Immigrant Initiative of the New York City Council, this year’s Immigrant Stories Series has expanded to include programs in both Queens and Staten Island. […]
USA TODAY Exclusive Survey Reveals Shocking Statistic of Sexual Misconduct in Hollywood (Business Wire)
MCLEAN, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–USA TODAY, part of Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI), published an exclusive survey with the alarming finding that 94% of the women questioned had experienced some form of sexual harassment or assault in their careers in Hollywood. USA TODAY partnered with The Creative Coalition, Women in Film and Television, and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center to conduct the survey, which focused specifically on Hollywood. […]
Nicole Kidman Lends Her Support to The Writers Lab (Hollywood Reporter)
Nicole Kidman is lending her support to The Writers Lab, which supports women screenwriters over 40 by providing mentoring from leading filmmakers. The Writers Lab was launched in 2015, with funding from Meryl Streep, who has continued to provide support every year since its inception. Kidman follows the example of past supporters, such as Oprah Winfrey, who have matched Streep’s donation. […]
The Fight for Equality at the Sundance Film Festival (Fox News Radio)
In the wake of sexual harassment scandals plaguing the entertainment industry–several groups at the Sundance Film Festival are stepping up their fight for equality. Out of 122 feature films premiering at Sundance, 37 percent are directed by women: (Murphy) “We want to highlight women, we want to feature women, but we understand that there are problems in the industry.” Amid the “Me Too movement”– […]
New York Women In Film & Television Invite Women Screenwriters Over 40 To Participate in The 2018 Writers Lab Funded by Meryl Streep (Black Talent)
New York Women in Film & Television and IRIS announce THE WRITERS LAB FOR WOMEN SCREENWRITERS OVER 40 are now open for submissions. The Acclaimed Program for Women Over 40 Is Now in Its Fourth Year.The Writers Lab returns in 2018, once again with funding from Oscar winner and NYWIFT Muse honoree Meryl Streep. The Writers Lab, established for women screenwriters over the age of 40 […]
With Momentum from #MeToo, NYC Human Rights Commission Holds Hearing on Workplace Sexual Harassment (The Ink)
…a hearing Wednesday sponsored by the New York City Commission on Human Rights at the City University of New York Law School in Long Island City. The event was inspired by the momentum of the #MeToo movement and headlines detailing the demise of many powerful men in Hollywood and beyond. Representatives of industries from construction to modelling and individuals came to testify about their own experiences with sexual harassment in the workplace. Many also presented possible solutions to existing city policies in front of the six, all female, commissioners and more than 250 people in the audience…
Simone Pero, president of the trade association New York Women in Film & Television, agreed. She said training would end a “culture of silence” in an industry historically known for deterring women from coming forward with complaints out of fear for their future careers. […]
Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul Speaks at New York Women in Film & Television’s Muse Awards (Tumblr)
Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul kicked off the New York Women in Film & Television’s (NYWIFT) 38th Annual Muse Awards lunch on Dec. 14 by recognizing the vision and achievements of the women who work in New York’s entertainment industry. “You are the ones who can use your art and talents to put a spotlight on what is going on in society today,” […]
Judith Light Praises 'Truth-Telling,' 'Courage' in Hollywood at New York Women in Film & Television Event (Variety)
As always and even more so today, women in our business are taking up the mantle of courage and truth-telling and consciousness and they move and inspire me,” Judith Light said on stage at the New York Women in Film & Television’s 38th annual Muse Awards on Thursday. “We are awake now in a way we have never been before.” Light avoided the red carpet because she did not want to talk “Transparent,” according to the org’s publicist on the carpet. […]
Laura Dern Says It’s ‘Really Exciting’ That Star Wars: The Last Jedi Has Strong Female Leads (Just Jared)
Laura Dern is all smiles while striking a pose at the 2017 Muse Awards held at New York Hilton Midtown on Thursday (December 14) in New York City. The 50-year-old actress was honored at the annual gala holiday luncheon celebrating the vision and achievements of women who work in the entertainment industry. […]
Judith Light delivers powerful speech about Hollywood reckoning (Page Six)
Judith Light gave an emotional speech about women rising up in the entertainment industry upon accepting an honor at New York Women in Film & Television’s annual Muse Awards on Thursday. “As always, and even more so today, women in our business and in our world are taking up the mantle of courage and truth telling and consciousness and they move and inspire me,” said Light, tearing up as she spoke. […]
New York Women in Film & Television to Honor Laura Dern, Judith Light, Others at Muse Awards (Variety)
New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT), which focuses on gender equality in the New York entertainment industry, will celebrate its 40th anniversary by honoring six leading women in entertainment at the 38th Annual Muse Awards on Dec. 14 at the New York Hilton Midtown. The gala, emceed by Nancy Giles, will honor women who have made strides in film, television, and digital media. […]
Watch NYWIFT’s Fall Shorts Festival Online Now (Women and Hollywood)
Want to check out a film festival without the hassle of ordering tickets, waiting in long lines, and dressing up? You’re in luck. You can experience the New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT) Fall Shorts Festival from the comfort of your home, so put on some pajamas, order a pizza, and enjoy. WIFT’s first-ever online film fest runs through November 17. The lineup consists of 74 projects by NYWIFT members. […]
Industry Leaders, New York Legislators Urge Governor to Sign Diversity Tax Credit Bill (Variety)
Leaders of New York’s film and TV production community and local legislators called on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to sign the TV diversity tax credit bill that would earmark $5 million in state incentives in an effort to open doors for more women and people of color as writers and directors. […]
Meryl Streep, Oprah Winfrey-Funded Writers Lab Selects Projects (Hollywood Reporter)
Twelve projects have been selected to participate in The Writers Lab, produced by New York Women in Film and Television and IRIS, an organization that promotes female voices in fictional film. Meryl Streep and Oprah Winfrey fund the program, entering its third year, which bills itself as the only lab in the world devoted to providing script development for women writers over the age of 40. […]
Hollywood is ignoring women over the age of 45, and these experts know why (Mic)
A new study finds that sexism remains alive and well in Hollywood — especially against older women. A report released Monday by the Media, Diversity and Social Change Initiative at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism found that of the top 100 grossing films of 2016, just 34 had women in leading roles. Women over the age of 45 constituted just eight of those 34 films. […]
New York Women in Film & Television Announces New Board President Simone Pero (Broadway World)
New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT) is pleased to announce Simone Pero as the new President of its board of directors as of July 1, 2017. Pero was most recently Vice President of Special Events, and previously Vice President of Membership. She is founder of For Impact Productions, a social impact film marketing and production company. […]
New York State Adds Diversity Reports to Film Tax Credit Application (Tumblr)
In a push to encourage diversity across New York State’s film and television industry, applications for the New York State Film Tax Credit Program now include two new forms that will provide critical information to support that effort. The forms, which are optional for applicants, will gather additional hiring and vendor information to help direct development of industry-inclusive programs and policies: […]
Women Directors Play Lead Role in Stony Brook Film Festival This Summer (Stony Brook)
Bucking the age-old Hollywood gender trend of male directors dominating the big screen, Stony Brook Film Festival is taking a decidedly female turn this summer by choosing an unprecedented number of films directed by women. And that wasn’t necessarily the plan. They were just the best films submitted, said Alan Inkles, founder and director of the Stony Brook Film Festival […]
Carmen Ejogo at NYWIFT's Designing Women (Vimeo)
Actress Carmen Ejogo at New York Women in Film and Television’s 2017 Designing Women Gala. Topic: Gaining experience in acting when you are within an underrepresented group. […]
New York Women in Film & Television Announces 2017 Designing Women Honorees (Variety)
Makeup artist Kyra Panchenko (“Snatched,” “The Girl on the Train,” “Kill Bill”), hair stylist Melissa Forney (“Hidden Figures,” “Empire,” “Selma”), and costume designer Melissa Toth (“Manchester by the Sea,” “The Visitor,” “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”) have been named the 2017 Designing Women honorees, presented annually by New York Women in Film & Television. […]
Apply Now for NYWIFT Fund for Women Filmmakers Grants (Women and Hollywood)
The New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT) Fund for Women Filmmakers is now accepting submissions for its 2017 grants. According to a NYWIFT press release, female filmmakers are welcome to apply to four different categories: the Loreen Arbus Disability Awareness grant, In-Kind Post Production grants, the Nancy Malone Marketing and Promotion (MAP) grant, and the Ravenal Foundation Feature Film grant. […]
SVA's Dusty Awards Presenters Announced (Animation Magazine)
Reeves Lehman, chair of the Film and Animation BFA programs at New York’s School of Visual Arts, and award-winning producer Annie Flocco — director of SVA’s 28th Dusty Film & Animation Festival — have revealed this year’s prestigious Dusty Awards presenters. The event will once again be hosted by media personality Valerie Smaldone, and is set for May 8 at 6:30 p.m. EST at the SVA Theatre, streaming online at dusty.sva.edu. […]
Attention, Screenwriters: New Opportunities for Horror, TV and Women Over 40 — Roundup (Yahoo)
Every week, IndieWire’s Filmmaker Toolkit rounds up the latest in opportunities that can help those looking to advance projects or get a career started in the film industry. The following grants, labs, fellowships, contests and other non-profit opportunities could be a great way to help kickstart your movie and TV dreams. […]
Women Filmmakers: Immigrant Stories - Acclaimed NYWIFT Screening Series Returns February 27th (Film News)
Women Filmmakers: Immigrant Stories Series, the acclaimed screening series featuring films directed and/or produced by women telling the stories of NYC immigrants. Funded by the city’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley as part of the Cultural Immigrant Initiative of the New York City Council, this year’s Immigrant Stories Series has received extra funding to expand the series to include two screening programs per month through June 2017.
Passing Straight: What being queer means for women working in television, both behind and in front of the camera (Curve Magazine)
My agent’s assistant once told me in a meeting that my agent “thinks that you can only play lesbian characters.” Even though my agent was a gay man he assumed that because I had short, spiky hair I would be seen as lesbian, and therefore more easily cast in lesbian roles. According to GLAAD’s most recent “Where Are We on TV” report, only 33 percent of the 4 percent of LGBT characters in primetime programming on broadcast networks are actually lesbians. So to be typecast would mean fewer jobs for me.
Meryl Streep Supports The Writers Lab for Women Screenwriters Over 40 (Again) (Women and Hollywood)
Once again, three-time Oscar winner Meryl Streep is putting her money where her mouth is. For the third year in a row, the actress is supporting The Writers Lab, a program for women screenwriters over the age of 40. Streep has divulged that as soon as she turned 40, she was immediately offered a number of witch roles, a disturbing but predictable indication of how Hollywood sees aging women: wrinkly and monstrous. We’re betting these depictions have something to do with the fact that the overwhelming majority of screenwriters who get hired to pen high-profile films are men.
Dispatches from NYWIFT 37th Annual Muse Awards Honoring Women in Film, Television & Media (Indie NYC)
The New York Women in Film and Television (NYWIFT) had it’s 37th annual Muse Awards gala luncheon on Thursday, December 8 at the Hilton hotel in New York City, to recognize and celebrate extraordinary women for their achievements, talent and vision in the entertainment industry.
Bloomberg Media COO Jacki Kelley honored with Muse Award (Bloomberg Media)
At a star-studded gathering yesterday, New York Women in Film and Television honored five inspiring women with its annual Muse Award. Along with actors Mary-Louise Parker, Debi Mazar and Martha Plimpton, and Firelight Media founder Marcia Smith, Bloomberg Media’s COO Jacki Kelley was recognized for her visionary leadership. […]
After Trump election, women in media urge protection of free speech (Crains New York)
President-elect Donald Trump cast a shadow on the 37th annual New York Women in Film and Television’s Muse Awards luncheon on December 8. The gala recognizes and celebrates the achievements of women in the film, television and digital media industries. Some of this year’s six honorees flagged the election and state government actions at the Standing Rock pipeline protests in the Dakotas as aggressive acts against the media and free speech. […]
37th Muse Awards a Resounding Success (Curve Magazine)
After a year which saw many setbacks for minorities and women, especially the disappointing results of the presidential election, the New York Women in Film and Television’s 37th annual Muse Awards, gave many women hope and courage to continue the good fight for equality in business, in politics, in civic life, and in the film and television industries. […]
CBS Sunday Morning's Calendar: Week of December 5 (CBS News)
Thursday’s the day our own Nancy Giles hosts the annual New York Women in Film and Television Muse Awards gala. 36th Annual Muse Awards, December 8, 11:30 a.m., at the Hilton New York. New York Women in Film and Television. […]
Mary Louise Parker, Martha Plimpton, and More Honored at NYWIFT Muse Awards (Women and Hollywood)
New York Women in Film and Television will hold its 37th annual Muse Awards Gala on December 8, and has announced the recipients of this year’s awards. The Muse Awards recognize and celebrate the achievements of women in the film, television, and digital media industries. Actress and CBS commentator Nancy Giles will host the ceremony’s events.
Catching Up with Debi Mazar (NBC New York)
New York Women in Film & Television Announces Muse Awards Honorees (Variety)
New York Women in Film and Television’s 2016 Muse Awards gala luncheon is set for next month in New York City, with actress and CBS commentator Nancy Giles on board to recognize five stand-out women in the film, television, and digital media industries. […]
MoMA to Screen Films by NYWIFT's Women's Film Preservation Fund, Today (Broadway World)
New York Women in Film & Television’s (NYWIFT) is pleased to announce that the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) has invited two films by the animator Jane Aaron, preserved by NYWIFT’s Women’s Film Preservation Fund (WFPF), to screen at To Save and Project, MoMA’s International Festival of Film Preservation. […]
New York Comedy Festival brings shows to Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx (AMNY)
New York is comedy central. The biggest names perform here often. The most iconic live franchise on TV shoots here. The city’s venues are legendary. So it stands to reason that organizers of the New York Comedy Festival, which kicks off its 13th edition on Nov. 1 and runs through Nov. 6, must think big. […]
Female Filmmakers Buck the Industry (East Hampton Star)
One of the many surprises in “Wig Shop,” Kat Coiro’s compelling 15-minute contribution to the Hamptons International Film Festival’s program of shorts by female filmmakers, was Emily Mortimer’s performance as an Orthodox Jewish woman. […]
The 40th Anniversary Of "Charlie's Angels" . . . And The Uneasy History Of "Jiggle TV" (Fast Company)
It’s been 40 years since Charlie’s Angels first premiered on ABC, catapulting the once struggling network to the number one spot and three relatively unknown actors to supernova stardom. Farrah Fawcett, Jaclyn Smith, and Kate Jackson assumed the roles of Jill Munroe, Kelly Garrett, and Sabrina Duncan, respectively, after a contentious battle with wary execs who weren’t convinced that women could carry a detective show on their own. […]
New York Women in Film & Television and IRIS collective announce 12 winning screenwriters (Crains New York)
Female writers over the age of 40 are tapped to participate in The Writers Lab, funded by Meryl Streep […]
Meet The Women Making Your Favorite Shows Look Good (Bust)
On June 13th, New York Women in Film & Television held their annual “Designing Women” event to celebrate and recognize women working in costume design, hairstyling and makeup in film, television, and digital media. This event is not only spectacular for spotlighting women in the film and television industry, but also those who work behind the scenes—often overlooked, but crucial to the final product. […]
Meet the Woman Behind the Makeup in Tyler Perry & Spike Lee Movies (Galore Magazine)
Throughout her 20 plus years in the industry, makeup artist Anita Gibson has become one of the top film makeup artists in the industry without any traditional makeup schooling. Directors like Spike Lee and Tyler Perry rely on her expertise to make their stars look incredible on screen. She just received an award at the 2016 New York Women in Film & Television’s Designing Women Awards, and now she’s sharing advice with us on how she managed to work her way up in the film industry and how you can too. Read her story, as told to Kayla Jackson, to see how she’s a legend in her own unique way: […]
Will Arnett, Ray Liotta, Maura Tierney Present at the Women in Film & TV Awards (Fashion Week Daily)
Last eve, New York Women in Film & Television hosted its 17th Designing Women Awards Gala, which celebrates the leading ladies in costume design, makeup, and hairstyling who take their talents to the sets of big and small screen projects. Will Arnett, Lela Loren, Ray Liotta, and Maura Tierney presented costume designer Sarah Edwards, makeup artist Anita Gibson, hair stylist Rose Chatterton, and the crew of The Affair their honors, with comedian Jessica Kirson on emcee duty. Below, the best bits from each of the speeches, and the lowdown on the evening’s honorees […]
Hollywood Stars Speak Out in Effort to Combat Gender Pay Gap (NPR)
Actress Robin Wright made a splash when she revealed that it was only by threatening to go public that she was able to negotiate her House of Cards salary to be the same as that of her male co-star. Pay equity in Hollywood isn’t a new issue, but getting around it by sharing salary information might be a new way to combat it. […]
New York Women in Film & Television Announce Designing Women Honorees (Variety)
Makeup artist Anita Gibson, hair stylist Rose Chatterton and costume designer Sarah Edwards will be honored at New York Women in Film & Television’s 17th annual Designing Women Awards Gala June 13. Co-presented by Variety, the gala brings together names including Ray Liotta and Maura Tierney to recognize the make-up artists, hair designers and costume designers that create and oversee the diverse characters in film and TV. […]
Staten Island Documentary Gets Citywide Attention (Immigrant Screening Series) (NY1)
A documentary about Staten Island students from immigrant families is reaching audiences across the city. NY1’s Aaron Dickens filed the following report. Gabriela Juarez-Aureoles says she has always felt welcome in her community because many of her classmates come from immigrant families like herself. […]
Meryl Streep Boosts Over-40 Women Screenwriters (Ms. Magazine)
Back in 1986 Newsweek made a point of suggesting that for all practical purposes, women are dead at age 40. Women over 40, they wrote, are “more likely to be killed by a terrorist” than get married. And Newsweek had statistics to back it up: Women over 40, they claimed “have a minuscule 2.6 percent probability of tying the knot.” What is it about women and age 40? Well, this month, Meryl Streep is taking a stand against this extraordinary, sweeping discrimination against perhaps America’s most powerful demographic. Streep, who is over 40, fully represents the striking contradiction of female stereotypes. Having worked all her life in Hollywood, she remains always ethereal, always brilliant, always beautiful. […]
Meryl Streep to Fund The Writers Lab, Supporting Women Screenwriters Over 40 (EXCLUSIVE) (IndieWire)
Meryl Streep, currently presiding over this year’s Berlin International Film Festival jury, has signed on once again to fund The Writers Lab, a four-day screenwriting retreat and development intensive for women screenwriters over the age of 40. […]