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Weekly Deals, News and Tips

Dear NYWIFT Members: 

Just a quick note: starting today we are shifting our weekly e-blast publication schedule so that you’ll receive these “Weekly Deals, News and Tips” emails every Thursday. Please keep this in mind as you send us your time-sensitive listings for inclusion in the e-blast. The deadline to submit listings will still be Mondays at 10 AM, and you can send info to communications@nywift.org

Read on, and enjoy today’s sunny weather!

– The NYWIFT Staff

Call for Submissions: NYWIFT Member Screening Series

All NYWIFT members are welcome to submit their completed projects for consideration for the NYWIFT Member Screening series. This series celebrates our talented community with monthly screenings of members’ work in a theatrical setting, followed by a Q&A. We are continuing the series throughout the summer this year in a virtual setting via Cinesend and Zoom. Projects must feature the work of a NYWIFT member in a key creative role. Learn more and submit

DEADLINE TOMORROW: New York State is Accepting Video PSA Submissions

The NYS Governor’s Office is seeking videos PSAs highlighting the importance of wearing masks in public. Videos should be less than 30 seconds long and show a mask properly worn over the mouth and nose. The top five videos will be posted and New Yorkers can vote for their favorite. The winning video will be used as a Public Service Announcement (PSA). The deadline to submit is May 15Learn more.


Tell NYWIFT about Your Screenings and Streamings!
Do you have a new project screening in NYC? Did your web series premiere? Is your documentary available for streaming or on demand? Email communications@nywift.org so NYWIFT can let the entertainment community know about your work as it premieres. Please email your news no later than 10 AM on Monday to be listed in that week’s e-blast. The e-blast usually goes out on Thursdays. 


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Remember, each highlight below is just one of many offers we have available! To see the full listing for each, click through after the highlight.


Listen to the Latest NYWIFT Podcast:

On the latest episode of #WomenCrushWednesdays we celebrate Mother’s Day with acclaimed comedian, actress, writer, producer Judy Gold! Judy discusses her involvement with the documentary film Call Your Mother which interviews numerous all-star comedians about their relationships with their mothers and how it has shaped their comedy. Janine and Leah discuss the upcoming “We Are One: A Global Film Festival” which will run from May 29 – June 7 free on YouTube.com/WeAreOne and AMC & Regal’s announcement to no longer showcase Universal films. Katie’s Korner gives you the latest NYWIFT programming and events news. If you have any feedback, topic recommendations and/or interview suggestions reach out at communications@nywift.org. Don’t forget to subscribe and share! Listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Anchor.

From the NYWIFT Blog:

State of the Industry: A Conversation with Adriana Shaw of Herflix by Heidi Philipsen: Adriana Shaw is the Founder and President of Herflix, an online movie theater curating and streaming films by, for & about women, with 32 years of experience as a successful executive in home video and film distribution. Now sheltering at home, she discusses how she is coping during the COVID-19 pandemic and how her Herflix is adjusting to the challenging times. Continue reading…

Professional Development:


Women in Film & Television US is hosting an upcoming conversation with Gavin Garrison, Lead Creative Producer at Amazon Studios. Gavin is a cinematographer and producer based in Los Angeles. His credits include Discovery’s Emmy-nominated Whale Wars, and the mini-series Eco-Warriors. Gavin later went on to work in development for Paramount Studios while receiving his master’s degree from the University of Southern California. Gavin is now a Lead Creative Producer at Amazon Studios, working across multiple platforms. Gavin is a member of the Producer’s Guild, the Television Academy, and SAG-AFTRA. All WIFTI chapter members (including NYWIFT members) are invited to participate. The conversation will take place via Zoom May 14 at 7pm EST. Register.


Made in NY Media Center by IFP is hosting a Master Class with Producer Scott Budnick. Scott will discuss his career including his work on blockbuster comedies such as Old School and The Hangover as well as his recent work with social impact and the film Just Mercy.  The conversation will be moderated by producer Cecilia Mejia. The event will be held May 19 via Zoom. Purchase tickets. Enter code SCOTTBNYWIFT for a 20% discount.

Join Stony Brook Manhattan’s MFA in Film Program for a virtual open house for their Film Producer MFA. The open house will be followed by an in depth conversation with Killer Films Co-Founder Pamela Koffler, and Social Impact Producer and NYWIFT Advisory Board President Simone Pero. For producers interested in an MFA: Stony Brook University, in Manhattan, in association with Killer Films, offers an MFA in Film with Tracks in Directing, Screenwriting, Producing, and TV Writing This 45-48 credit 2 plus-year program with 18 core TV courses, is still accepting applications. The virtual open house will take place May 28 at 12pm via Zoom. RSVP to MFAManhattan@stonybrook.edu.


Made in NY Media Center by IFP is hosting the next event in their Womxn Owning It program series. Womxn Owning It is a program series designed to celebrate female-identifying creators and creative entrepreneurs breaking down boundaries in the media + tech industries. Their next event is Owning it by Monetizing Your Work, Alex Wolf of Creative Business School will share tips and insight on how to monetize your work as a creative entrepreneur and the importance of building your audience. The event will take place on May 28 at 5 PM via Zoom. Learn more and register.


Casting Through COVID-19, a new episode of Stage Screen and In Between with HELEN, is now available to stream on YouTube. NYWIFT member Helen Proimos discusses the challenges of casting during a pandemic with casting director, producer and NYWIFT member Donna McKenna. Watch the discussion. Stage Screen and In Between In airs in Manhattan on Fridays at 4pm on MNN (Fios – Ch. 34, RCN – Ch.83, Spectrum – Ch. 56 & 1996) or through livestream at MNN.org.


Looking to brush up your skills? See more professional development opportunities.


Screenings and Festivals:

Tickets and passes are now available for this year’s virtual Cascadia Film Festival. Cascadia is an international women’s festival that celebrates and showcases films directed by women. This year’s films, as well as interviews, panel discussions, and Q&As will be available for streaming through the festival website May 14-17. Purchase tickets.


Join Women’s Weekend Film Challenge for a Honey Boy watch party and Q&A with director Alma Har’el on Saturday, May 16! It’s free/pay-what-you-can but spaces are limited, so register here.


The Brooklyn Film Festival has announced that this year’s 23rd annual festival will take place virtually. The full film lineup of more than 140 films will be viewable for free May 29 – June 7 through the festival’s website. All films will play via BFF’s website for the whole duration of the festival, but viewers must first open a free account and can begin to pre-register on the BFF website.


Inside Out, a new podcast from NYWIFT member Yhá Mourhia Wright is now available for listening. The podcast shines a light on the journey behind entrepreneurs, entertainers, and thought-leaders who are ready to keep it real about the ups and downs of their path. Inside Out is available through Apple Podcasts, Spotify, RadioPublic, and more. Learn more and listen.


NYWIFT Member Sue Lange has taken advantage of downtime and created a web series of humorous Zoom interviews. It’s called Skip Intro and consists of interviews between words trying to sign up for unemployment benefits because they’ve been removed from the dictionary and their case worker down at the Agency. Words include: “retiring,” “Hodad,” etc. Watch now.


See a full list of screenings and festivals

Call for Submissions:


IFP is now accepting submissions for the 42nd annual IFP Week’s Project Forum (Sept 20-24), the only international co-production market for narrative fiction and non-fiction features and series in the U.S. The program supports both emerging and established artists by providing creative and business opportunities to groundbreaking storytellers working in a wide variety of formats. A primary outcome for all artists participating is the facilitation of career-spanning relationships with distributors, financiers, production companies, festival programmers, sales & talent agents, collaborators, and others. The final deadline to submit is May 19 (final deadline for documentaries and series).

The Athena Film Festival at Barnard College is now accepting submissions for their Virtual Writers Lab. The lab provides women identified storytellers with training, skills, and a robust supportive network. Participants will have several one-on-one mentoring sessions with experienced screenwriters as well as peer-to-peer and group sessions. The Virtual Writers Lab will also include industry events where participants will learn about how to navigate the industry as well as a keynote conversation from an established filmmaker. The Lab will take place the week of July 27 and is open to women writers who have not had a film produced or pilot picked up in the last 10 years. The deadline to submit is June 1. Submit.

See a full list of submission opportunities.

Crowdfunding Spotlight:

Trilogy is a set of three short films celebrating the artist’s life and human struggle in New York City, written and curated by NYWIFT member Kaye Tuckerman. Trilogy consists of Match Boy, Canvas, and The Extension. Match Boy challenges individuals’ treatment of strangers, perception of the afterlife, and exploration of the ways to find heart in the bleakest of times. Canvas depicts a world class artist with money to burn. Slick, bougie, fancy, and fine, yet still judged by the elite for her black canvas. The Extension is a homage to the artists who dream, believe, hustle, and hope on a daily basis in New York City, set to an electrifying nine-minute original track by award winning composer Uli Geissendoerfer. Contribute to the campaign. Read more about Kaye Tuckerman.


See the full list of member projects currently crowdfunding.

Member-to-Member Discounts:

Get a complimentary career coaching session from member and certified coach Joanne Zippel of Zip Creative! Joanne Zippel’s Creative Coaching practice evolved out of her work as a manager of playwrights and screenwriters—guiding their careers and helping them to pursue their passions in what is well known as an often difficult, changeable and sometimes arbitrary business. Helping highly motivated people clarify and achieve their vision has long been, and remains, central to her work as a producer, entrepreneur and coach. Through the unique combination of her professional experience in the entertainment industry and her life coaching she can help you clarify your vision, build a solidfoundation from which to make authentic career and life decisions and take practical action on them. Read more.

See all member-to-member discounts here.

Give Back:

The City of New York’s Volunteer Coordination Task Force is leading a safe volunteer response to address the needs of those most affected by COVID-19. To learn about volunteer opportunities, sign up to support COVID-19 Relief Efforts with New York Cares. Help now

Find more opportunities to give back to the community.


Does your event or crowdfunding campaign need a shout-out in our weekly Deals, News and Tips? Email us at communications@nywift.org. Listings for each week are due no later than 10 AM on Monday.