NYWIFT Blog

NYWIFT Talks: 2024 Tribeca Festival

Join us for NYWIFT Talks, as we head to the 2024 Tribeca Festival, highlighting our very own NYWIFT Members with projects at this year’s festival. We'll be in conversation with Audrey Rosenberg, Geneva Peschka, Lauren Wimbush and Kristi Zea. Moderated by NYWIFT Board Member Okema T. Moore.

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NYWIFT Talks: 2024 ReelAbilities Film Festival

Join us for NYWIFT Talks to discuss ReelAbilities Film Festival: New York taking place April 3-10, 2024. We’ll speak with Isaac Zablocki (ReelAbilities Director and Co-Founder), Ravit Turjeman (ReelAbilities Chief Operating Officer), and Xian Horn about what’s in store for this year’s festival, their upcoming Industry Summit, and the importance of disability representation and accessibility in all forms of media. This conversation will be moderated by NYWIFT CEO Cynthia Lopez.

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NYWIFT Talks: The Importance of Intimacy Directors/Coordinators on Set

Join NYWIFT for a candid conversation with Intimacy Directors/Coordinators on the importance of their roles on film sets. Speakers included will be Rocío Mendez (Award Winning Actor, Fight and Intimacy director), Divya Johnson (Intimacy coordinator 1st Black IC (1st enby) 1st Black ID on Broadway & SAG Stunt Performer), and Alicia Rodis (Intimacy Director and Coordinator). Moderated by NYWIFT Board Member Zenaida Mendez

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NYWIFT Talks: After the Picket Line: The Continued Road to Pay Equity and Sustainability

Join us for NYWIFT Talks co-presented with Woodstock Film Festival, as we continue the conversation on the road to pay equity and sustainability for creatives. Panelists include Rebecca Damon (SAG-AFTRA Executive Director, New York Local, Labor Policy & International); Linda Powell (SAG-AFTRA Executive Vice President); Sarah Montana (Writers Guild of America, East); and Celine Robinson (Television writer, Co-Executive Producer, WGAE member). Moderated by Thelma Adams, writer, a two-time Chair of the New York Film Critics Circle.

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NYWIFT Virtual Hangout with PWIFT

Gather together online with your NYWIFT colleagues at our March 6th virtual speed networking mixer. We will be joined by our friends from Philadelphia Women in Film & Television (PWIFT)! Come ready to share creative ideas, suggestions, and contact info for further engagement.

We will begin the evening with a ten-minute salon conversation to discuss PWIFT's latest opportunities and initiatives, followed by about 90 minutes of speed networking, during which you will be randomly paired off with other attendees to network one-on-one. This is a great opportunity for NYWIFT members to network with their WIFT sisters.  NYWIFT will also offer a discount on membership to any new members who attend that evening.

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NYWIFT Talks: Celebrating Black Women in Media

Embrace the richness of Black History Month with NYWIFT! Join us for an enlightening journey as we pay tribute to the incredible accomplishments of Black women in media. In an engaging and candid conversation with Latasha Gillespie, Christina Norman, and Alicin Williamson we'll delve into the profound influence Black women have wielded across the industry, exploring the depths of their contributions and the profound mark they've left. Moderated by NYWIFT Board President & Executive Director of Black Public Media, Leslie Fields-Cruz.

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NYWIFT Virtual Hangout with WIFV DC

Gather together online with your NYWIFT colleagues at our October 2023 virtual speed networking mixer. We will be joined by our friends from Women in Film & Video DC! Come ready to share creative ideas, suggestions, and contact info for further engagement.

We will begin the evening with a ten-minute salon conversation to discuss WIFV DC's latest opportunities and initiatives, followed by about 90 minutes of speed networking, during which you will be randomly paired off with other attendees to network one-on-one.

This is a great opportunity for NYWIFT members to network with their WIFT sisters. NYWIFT will also offer a discount on membership to any new members who attend that evening.

NYWIFT hangouts are a safe space to ask entertainment related questions, seek advice, employment and other industry opportunities. Prep your elevator pitch and get ready to make connections! As always, all members are welcome and encouraged to attend and mix, mingle.

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NYWIFT Virtual Hangout with WIFV DC

Gather together online with your NYWIFT colleagues at our October 2023 virtual speed networking mixer. We will be joined by our friends from Women in Film & Video DC! Come ready to share creative ideas, suggestions, and contact info for further engagement.

We will begin the evening with a ten-minute salon conversation to discuss WIFV DC's latest opportunities and initiatives, followed by about 90 minutes of speed networking, during which you will be randomly paired off with other attendees to network one-on-one.

This is a great opportunity for NYWIFT members to network with their WIFT sisters. NYWIFT will also offer a discount on membership to any new members who attend that evening.

NYWIFT hangouts are a safe space to ask entertainment related questions, seek advice, employment and other industry opportunities. Prep your elevator pitch and get ready to make connections! As always, all members are welcome and encouraged to attend and mix, mingle.

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NYWIFT Virtual Hangout – May 2023

Are you a NYWIFT member? Or considering becoming one? Gather together online with your current or soon-to-be NYWIFT colleagues at our May 2023 virtual speed networking mixer.

Come ready to share creative ideas, suggestions, and contact info for further engagement. Enjoy 90 minutes of speed networking, during which you will be randomly paired off with other attendees to network one-on-one. Meet future collaborators and get to know the NYWIFT membership. A great event for longtime members and those interested in joining alike! 

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NYWIFT Talks: Earth Month

Join us for NYWIFT Talks: Earth Month which will recognize filmmakers who are using their media platform to advocate for environmental justice. Directors and producers whose work has explored climate change from various perspectives - from man-made disasters to natural disasters to wildlife endangerment - will discuss how filmmaking can shine a light on how these issues impact our society, particularly marginalized communities. Speakers include Natalie Cash, Judith Helfand, Audrey Rosenberg, and Charlie Tetiyevsky.

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NYWIFT Virtual Hangout with WIFT Toronto

Gather together online with your NYWIFT colleagues at our February 2023 virtual speed networking mixer. We will be joined by our friends from WIFT Toronto! Come ready to share creative ideas, suggestions, and contact info for further engagement.

We will begin the evening with a ten-minute salon conversation to discuss WIFT Toronto's latest opportunities and initiatives, followed by about 90 minutes of speed networking, during which you will be randomly paired off with other attendees to network one-on-one. This is a great opportunity for NYWIFT members to network - internationally! - with their WIFT sisters. 

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NYWIFT Talks: Stuntwomen in Film & Television

On this week’s NYWIFT Talks, we continue our conversation with more stuntwomen in film & television to discuss their work and how the pandemic has changed their career, and what new protocols have been set to keep everyone safe. Speakers for this conversation include stuntwomen Brenda Garcia, Ashley Pynn and Jenel Stevens. Moderated by NYWIFT CEO, Cynthia Lopez.

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NYWIFT Virtual Hangout with BIPOC Doc Editors

Gather together online with your NYWIFT colleagues at our January 2023 virtual speed networking mixer. We will be joined by our friends from BIPOC Doc Editors! Come ready to share creative ideas, suggestions, and contact info for further engagement.

NYWIFT hangouts are a safe space to ask entertainment related questions, seek advice, employment and other industry opportunities. Prep your elevator pitch and get ready to make connections! As always, all members are welcome and encouraged to attend and mix, mingle and get to know our dynamic and talented members and staff in an informal setting.

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Gotham Owning It Skill Share in Partnership with NYWIFT and WIF LA

Learn new skills and share your own expertise during this community Skill Share!

Looking for a certain skill set to help complete your project? Willing to offer your skills to support a fellow creative? Join The Gotham’s Owning It program in partnership with NYWIFT and WIF LA for a community skill share.

During this event, you’ll barter and exchange skills, learn best practices for bartering skills, and spend time networking with attendees.

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How to Go Where Angels Fear to Tread: Fair Use of Copyright, Trademark and Rights of Publicity with Moses Singer LLP

Intellectual property experts from Moses Singer will explain the legally permissible ways in which producers can use copyrighted works, trademarks and names, likenesses and individual  personas without incurring liability for infringement. Elizabeth A. Corradino, David Rabinowitz and Toby Butterfield will address fair use of both copyrighted works and trademarks, and non-commercial or otherwise permissible references to famous (and non-famous) individuals. The panel will discuss the limits of these concepts, and ways to mitigate risk when relying on them.

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NYWIFT Virtual Hangout with the WGAE Audio Alliance

Gather together online with your NYWIFT colleagues at our September 2022 virtual speed networking mixer. We will be joined by our friends from the Writers Guild of America Audio Alliance! Come ready to share creative ideas, suggestions, and contact info for further engagement. We will begin the evening with a ten-minute salon conversation to discuss the Audio Alliance's latest opportunities and initiatives, followed by about 90 minutes of speed networking, during which you will be randomly paired off with other attendees to network one-on-one.

This is a great opportunity for NYWIFT members looking to learn more and connect with writers working in the podcasting space! And for WGAE Audio Alliance members to connect with the wider TV/Film community, including producers, directors, actors, composers, and more. 

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NYWIFT Talks with Executive Director John Carson Woo of Asian CineVision, Inc

On this week’s NYWIFT Talks, we speak with Executive Director at Asian CineVision, Inc, John Carson Woo to discuss the upcoming 2022 Asian American International Film Festival. This conservation will be moderated by NYWIFT Board Member, Sibyl Reymundo-Santiago.

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NYWIFT Talks: ‘Sneakerella’

In this week's NYWIFT Talks, we discuss with the team behind Disney+'s latest film, Sneakerella. Join us for a conversation with Executive Producers Rachel Watanabe-Batton, and Jane Startz. This will be led by NYWIFT Board Member and Executive Director of Black Public Media Leslie Fields-Cruz. Learn more about the new film below. 

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