Professional Development Opportunities

Jim Arnoff (NYWIFT Member, career coach, talent agent, consultant) will lead the upcoming course Pitch Your Scripted Television Series to the Industry Experts at School of Visual Arts. Participants will receive amazing access to industry pros (networks, production companies, showrunners), and will learn the ins and and outs of packaging, networking, pitching and negotiating your television series. Be part of a television community for networking, support and resourcing. The weekly 10 part course will be held on-line, on Wednesday nights from 7:30-9:30pm ET. The course begins Feb 1Learn more

Manhattan Edit Workshop presents Sight, Sound & Story Live – Making the Grade: Color Correcting the TV Series. The workshop series will continues with colorists Todd Bochner & Billy Hobson, with moderator Jason Druss. The FREE event will take place Jan 31 at 8pm ET. Learn more and register.


Jim Arnoff (NYWIFT Member, career coach, talent agent, consultant) will lead the upcoming course Pitch Your Scripted Television Series to the Industry Experts at School of Visual Arts. Participants will receive amazing access to industry pros (networks, production companies, showrunners), and will learn the ins and and outs of packaging, networking, pitching and negotiating your television series. Be part of a television community for networking, support and resourcing. The weekly 10 part course will be held on-line, on Wednesday nights from 7:30-9:30pm ET. The course begins Feb 1Learn more


The next meeting for the NYWIFT New Works Lab will be held on Jan 14 at 11am EST. Open to writers, directors and actors, the workshop was formed to give the writers positive critiques for their screenplays or plays for both shorts and full lengths. Scenes are staged by directors and read by actors during workshop meetings. Learn more about the New Works Lab.

The next New Works Lab meeting will feature guest speaker, WGA Paul Selvin Award Winner Jacob Krueger as he shows attendees why more and more successful writers are abandoning 3 act structure for a more intuitive approach. Learn why writers get “lost in the second act” and how to make sure that never happens to you again. Plus, discover a new way of thinking about structure that helps you transcend the tired old formulas, and grow your script organically, by connecting to your characters and your instincts as a writer. To RSVP to this meeting email Jaclyn Powell at


The next NYWIFT Career Focus Group Meeting will take place on Jan 17 at 6:30 PM ET, coordinated by new group leader Jihan Joseph. Their guest speaker will be Maddie Rivera, who started at an NYC rental house and now works as an AC in film and TV. Full bio to follow. If you would like to attend, please RSVP here.

The Career Focus Group develops programs and services for members facing career transitions. It meets regularly for talks with guest speakers and guided group sessions. Participation in this affinity group is free and open to all members of NYWIFT. If you would like to join its mailing list, check off Career Focus Group under Committee on your NYWIFT member profile here.  


Digital Entertainment World is offering NYWIFT Members a special 20% discount off conference tickets. Join industry leaders online for 2 days of virtual programming dedicated to what’s on the horizon for streaming, games, music, rightstech, connected entertainment and more. The two day event will take place Feb 7-8. Learn more and purchase tickets. 20% discount applied within link.


The Women in Film Project is offering NYWIFT Members the chance to have their profiles featured on their platform. The Women in Film Project is an online platform that is dedicated to sharing and highlighting the inspiring stories from female creators around the world, showing creators everywhere that their story and voice matter. To share your story, simply fill out this 15 minute questionnaire and they will publish it on the website page with no strings attached. Learn more and submit a questionnaire to be featured. Email for questions and info.

WIFT-AT (women and gender diverse individuals in film and television in Atlantic Canada) has formed an online community of practice to increase sustainability and diminish carbon footprint in the film, tv and media industry. The group was launched with a panel discussion led by the Directors Guild of Canada’s national Climate Action Chair, Clara George. Many of the collaborations, practices shared, or tools built will not be geographically specific, so all WIFT members who are interested in greater sustainability in the industry are welcome. The community is a private Facebook group housing resources, tools, and colleagues! Email to join the group.

Sign up for the MediaMKRS mailing list to hear about their next programs and opportunities. MediaMKRS is the workforce development program within Reel Works. Partnered with the NYC Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, the City University of New York, media companies, and unions, they train talented New Yorkers for careers in media and entertainment. As IATSE’s primary partner for trainings in NYC, they offer union training for the wardrobe, hair, set-dressing, grip, and shop craft departments to diverse New Yorkers. Additionally they partner with companies — Warner Bros. Discovery, Jigsaw Productions, Paramount — to give in demand credentials for careers in production and post production. Learn more and sign up for their outreach list.


Polaris North continues to run their Professional Audition Workshops through November. Workshops take place on Wednesday nights at 7pm ET with actors introducing themselves through their work: monologues or sides, whichever in film/tv/theatre/commercial. Each actor will each have 5 minutes to audition. The workshop is on camera, so attendees can review their clips.  The workshop guest may give as much feedback and direction as they like. The sessions end by 9pm with a brief Q&A. The next workshop will be held Nov 9. Workshop fees are $35 for Polaris Non-Members. RSVP.


Group Effort Initiative (GEI) is looking for NYC-based candidates to apply today! GEI strives to create a pipeline for members of underrepresented communities to get real experience towards lasting careers within the entertainment industry. GEI offers paid internships, entry-level job opportunities, on-set production assistant opportunities, mentorships and education that focuses on professional development, soft skills and entertainment-specific training. Candidates should be at early career, and belong to an underrepresented group (i.e. people of color, LGBTQ+, people with disabilities, etc.) Applications are currently accepted on a rolling basis. Learn more and apply.

Enrollment is open for the workshop How to Write a Screenplay in 8 Weeks, led by NYWIFT member Marilyn Horowitz. If you want to get your screenplay done well, and fast, this is the right class for you. Using Marilyn’s trademarked writing method, attendees will call on their native expertise to create a gripping story, and get it written in eight weeks. This is an intensive class so be prepared to write 15-25 pages a week. To facilitate this, you will have a supportive fellow writer to confer with, learn to write great dialog, and a foolproof method for structuring a good story. It’s easy to write when you know what you’re writing, and have a solid craft. The workshop will begin Sep 20 and will run Tuesday nights from 6:30-9pm ET. Learn more and register or email for more info. 




Sign up for the Revlo newsletter and submit your pitch today. Revlo is on a mission to revolutionize representation of marginalized communities in main-stream media. Revlo will eventually launch as an online marketplace that connects pitches to producers and other industry professionals through community engagement. Sign up for their weekly newsletter and join a community of filmmakers and film lovers to see and share work by and about marginalized communities, and to be among the first to know when their marketplace platform launches. Learn more and sign up.


Sign up for Shiny New Directors Network. Shiny connects agencies, brands & production with new directors, across commercial production worldwide. New directors looking to put themselves forward for sponsorship, and connection with a VIP production company or agency studio may sign up to be included on their networking list, which is shared with commercial production companies and agency studios in the Network. Learn more and sign up.


Summer of Rage: Reproductive Justice on Film, a panel co-presented by NYWIFT and Film Fatales, is now available to watch on Vimeo. The discussion features Cynthia Lowen (Battleground), Emma Pildes (The Janes), Tracy Droz Tragos (Abortion: Stories Women Tell) and Angela Tucker (Belly of the Beast). With so many fundamental human rights currently under attack in this country, the group gathers to listen, to learn and to take action. Watch the conversation with documentary filmmakers who have been on the front lines of Reproductive Justice in the United States. Hear what they’ve seen, what they’ve learned, how they feel about the current situation and what they, and we, as artists, can do now. And why we must continue to tell these stories. Watch now.


Haven Studios NY will be available beginning Aug 1. The stage, located in the Crew Zone in Mt. Vernon, NY (right outside of the Bronx) is a Certified Women Owned Business as well as a NYS Qualified Production Facility (QPF).The facility is approx 70,000 sq ft including a 30,000+/- soundstage. Learn more about the facility and contact Nicole Zeller at for inquiries and questions. 

Hello World Communications is seeking cinematographers. They are looking for cinematographers (preferably female) with fashion experience, editors, and augmented reality designers. Please send resumes and reels to Ron Yoshida at


NYWIFT member Beth Ann Dailey is hosting the fall group, BreakThrough: Creativity Coaching for Writers and Filmmakers. Beth began working with writers while in the TV Lit Department at the William Morris Agency in Los Angeles and recently became a certified coach. Beth’s approach is based on her training with Eric Maisel. She helps writers and filmmakers start and finish projects, submit their work, and set goals, including how to consistently prioritize and make time for their creative efforts. Learn more.


E/S Collab is running a Film Business Essentials Series – 10 crash courses and workshops for emerging producers looking for practical information that can be used and implemented right now. E/S Collab’s courses are not designed to replace the expertise of legal and business affairs representatives, but to help creative producers understand the important questions to ask, the conversations needed to be had with collaborators and stakeholders early on, and the instructions to give their team, in order to ensure their short-term, long-term and project’s goals are met. Learn more. Enter code NFP10 for a 10% discount.



Sundance Co//ab has launched their new learning pathway, Independent Fiction Producing. The program is a curated collection of resources and tools created for producers to build their skills and inspire them to move their project forward. This learning pathway offers a wealth of resources to explore the essential elements of fiction producing so producers can effectively lead and collaborate with their team, to bring creative projects into existence. Learn more.


NYWIFT member Lukia Costello is looking to put together a NYWIFT affinity group for members in Western and Central New York. NYWIFT affinity groups are for members who would like to benefit from meeting informally with other members in related professions or interests. If you are a NYWIFT member, resident of these regions, and are interested in joining please contact Lukia at


NYWIFT member Jenny Kleiman is hosting a screenwriting workshop Working the Wound: Creating Complex Womxn, BIPOC, & LGBTQ Protagonists. Using this unique approach to the craft of screenwriting, Jenny Kleiman uses characters’ misbehaviors and trauma (yes, in comedy too!) to develop complex story arcs. Specializing in plot problem-solving, these workshops will help you identify and hone your voice. Further, in an effort to combat and destroy familiar tropes previously reserved for women and minorities in cinema, these workshops are specific to developing and honing the inner narratives, experiences, and tribulations of minority leads.  Learn more. Contact and use NYWIFT in the subject of your email to receive 10% off 8 weeks of classes.



Haven Studios NY in Westchester County, NY will be available to rent beginning April 1Haven Studios NY is a 70,000 sq ft of sound stages, studios and additional production spaces, located just 20 minutes from Manhattan in film friendly Mt. Vernon, NY (lower Westchester County). Owned and operated by sister’s Nicole and Gabrielle Zeller, Haven Studios NY is a NYS QPF, as well as a certified women owned business (certified WBENC).  Host to successful productions by top television/film production companies, Haven Studios NY is experienced and equipped to handle all of your production needs. Learn more about the facilityFor questions or additional information call their office at (914) 699-6230 or email them at


Interested in hosting a virtual screening event using POV films? The POV Community Network is a free digital film library for educators, nonprofits, librarians, media centers, and other engaged community members to host free community screening events of POV films and access film discussion guides, lesson plans, reading lists and more. Partners can host online screenings to watch films together through Zoom and/or other virtual platforms, request Q&A discussions with POV filmmakers, and organize group conversations after watching POV films. Create a free account and register.


Roadmap Writers, a screenwriting education and training platform for Career Writers looking for a guided path to success, has a full lineup of fall workshops. Upcoming workshops include: Rewrite ClassWhat Comes Next: Plotting Your Season and Crafting Your Bible, Advanced Marketing Prep, and more! The programs are hosted by working industry executives and are designed to empower writers with actionable tools and insights to elevate their craft and cultivate relationships with industry professionals. Learn more about upcoming workshops and enter code NYWIFT for a 15% discount.

The Know (formerly known as The Knowledge Project)is running Remote Writing & Media Workshops for middle and high school students. Workshops being offered include: Drawing for Portfolio & Comics, Playing with Sequential Art: Comics, Facts, Interviews & Stories: Making a Podcast, and Winged Words: A Story Through Poetry. Learn more about each workshop. Contact or call 917-364-8813 to sign up.


Toss It, a film by NYWIFT member Michele Remsen, has been awarded the ReFrame Stamp. Toss It is a recipient of the NYWIFT Nancy Malone Marketing and Promotion Grant. In partnership with IMDbPro, the ReFrame Stamp aims to celebrate studios, networks, & creatives that have demonstrated measurable progress towards gender parity when developing, producing, financing, and marketing their product. Learn more about the ReFrame Stamp and see if your film is eligible.


Lumberyard Studios will be open and available for rental as soon as the Governor’s office opens the Capital Region, likely weeks before NYC or the lower Hudson Valley. Opened in September 2018, Lumberyard is a purpose built QPF located 2 hours north of Manhattan, and minutes from the Hudson, NY Amtrak station. Learn more about the facility. To schedule a call or to learn more about capability, availability, and rates – contact Ruth Moe at or (914) 582-7026.


Manhattan Edit Workshop is offering NYWIFT members a 10% discount on their online post-production courses. Interested in learning or expanding your knowledge with ONLINE Learning in Avid. Pro Tools, Premiere Pro, Photoshop, After Effects, Audition, Resolve, or Final Cut Pro?  NYWIFT Members get 10% off courses including our signature class – Six Week Intensive Art of Editing Workshop. Members can use this code for MC 101, MC 110, MC 201, MC 210; Pro Tools 101, 110; Premiere Pro 101, 201, 250; Photoshop I, II; After Effects I, II, III; Audition 101; Final Cut Pro 101; COL 101, 201; RES 101, 201, and our Six Week Intensive Workshop. Learn more. Enter code NYWIFT10 when registering.


As we are all experiencing this unprecedented global crisis, the Sundance Co//ab will bring more resources, tools and support to the community. For right now, they are opening all of their Member Q&As and Master Classes for free to the community. Free, upcoming live online events include:.


NYWIFT is looking to launch a mentoring initiative for members in the makeup field – if you are a makeup artist interested in mentoring or a makeup artist interested in being a mentor, please email us at Send your resume and let us know if you’re interested in being either the mentor or the mentee. We’d love to match you up.

Don’t forget to add your crew/professional title to your NYWIFT profile! Our membership directory continues to be a fantastic resource for members that are seeking to crew up and hire for projects.


Downtown Community Television Center is looking for film workshop instructors. DCTV’s hands-on filmmaking workshops in producing, production, and post-production are dedicated to cultivating New York’s ever-expanding community of media makers, and they are currently seeking skilled and passionate working professionals with teaching experience to lead them. Learn more and apply.


NYWIFT is now featured on Sundance Institute’s new Inclusion Resource Map, which is designed for artists to easily discover opportunities for funding, education, mentorship, and networking. The map is a searchable storehouse of opportunities and programs available to U.S. based artists from underrepresented communities. Check it out and share with it your network.