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Young New Yorkers Get the Chance to Meet Filmmakers at "Made in NY" Tribeca Connection

Young filmmakers and film professionals meet with established directors at “Made in NY” Tribeca Connection.

April 20, 2011 - Aspiring young filmmakers and film professionals were given the opportunity to meet established directors and producers at “Made in NY” Tribeca Connection, a networking event presented by the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment and the Tribeca Film Festival on Tuesday, April 19 at Tribeca Cinemas.

Over eighty participants and graduates of the various “Made in NY” workforce development programs and the Tribeca Film Institute’s Film Fellows were on hand to meet each other, learn about the production industry and festival circuit, and gain helpful tools and resources to develop their careers.

The evening provided the young New Yorkers with the invaluable experience of networking as they discovered how it plays an important part in achieving success in the entertainment industry through their personal interactions with the seasoned professionals in attendance. Among the filmmakers who shared their stories about working in production were: Anne Carey (producer, The Savages, Adventureland), Nekisa Cooper (Sundance Institute Creative Producing Fellow; producer, Pariah), Michael Cuesta (director, Tell Tale, Roadie), Nick Huston (co-producer, Gun Hill Road; co-founder, Rosetta Films) and Paola Mendoza (director, Entre Nos, On the Outs).

The Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment’s workforce development programs include: the “Made in NY” PA Training Program, developed in partnership with Brooklyn Workforce Innovations, which gives unemployed and low-income New Yorkers their start in the TV and film industry as production assistants; the “Made in NY” Mentorship Program, created with IFP, which matches individuals at the emerging and mid-career levels with industry professionals to increase their access to the production industry; and the “Made in NY” Production Crafts Training Program, created with BWI, which helps women, minorities, and struggling New Yorkers prepare for and get jobs in film and television production and is taught by members of local labor.

Participants of the “Made in NY” workforce development programs and Tribeca Film Fellows were on hand to learn how to network.

The Tribeca Film Fellowship Program, created by the Tribeca Film Institute, provides young filmmakers in their junior or senior year of high school with the resources, knowledge, and experiences necessary to develop their academic and professional futures in the world of film and media.
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