NYFTSA – New York Film & Television Student Alliance
- New York Film & Television Student Alliance (NYFTSA) is an organization that helps provide different opportunities for young college students pursuing a career in the film or television industry.
- Through the work of its members, the group organizes a statewide summit (divided by region) that recruits industry professionals to work with students and present their experiences.
- During the course of the year, the Alliance plans different opportunities for members to experience; this ranges from trips to Tribeca Film Festival, meeting members of different alliances across New York State, visiting sets of popular
Television shows, and working with a talented faculty advisor to learn different aspects of the industry.
What the Press Says
New Organization Will Work to Promote and Support
Next Generation of Homegrown Film Talent
Empire State Development (ESD) today announced that on Saturday, December 6, the first annual summit was held to promote the formation of the New York Film Student Alliance (NYFSA). The day-long event was held on two campuses – Ithaca College in
the Finger Lakes and Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn – and attended by over 200 students.
In addition to a full day of panels and breakout sessions held at each campus, the day included 90 minutes of virtual programming featuring film industry speakers originating from Kingsborough and broadcast to Ithaca and Rochester Institute of
Technology. With the creation of its first chapter at Ithaca College, NYFSA aims to be a new student-run organization that will bring together film students from the dozens of New York campuses across the state which offer production majors or minors
in film or television production and post-production.
“New York State’s natural resources, striking architecture, vibrant communities and innovative incentive programs are luring record breaking numbers of film and television productions to New York State,” said Empire State Development President,
CEO & Commissioner Kenneth Adams. “I commend the New York Film Student Alliance for tapping into the unlimited potential of the all the emerging talent we have here in the Empire State.”
The weekend’s summit featured presentations on a variety of topics including the latest Canon and Arri cameras, Avid Media Composer software, and the art of Production Design; workshops on the Cinematographers Guild, Acting, and a Q&A with the
Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers. Two programs at Kingsborough were broadcast live to audiences at Ithaca and R.I.T. – a panel discussion on “The Changing Face of the Production Industry” featured Debbie Bartok of McCann New York;
Yana Collins Lehman, Managing Director of Trevanna Post; independent producer Erin Lee Carr; and Marcelo Gandola, EVP Hogarth North America. The second broadcast presentation featured a conversation with Alex Halpern, the founder and owner of Post
Factory NY, and an award winning director and producer of films, music videos, commercials and TV.
With the success of this summit and the demonstrated enthusiasm of the participating film and TV students to network with one another at the various schools, the Governor’s Office for Motion Picture and Television Development (MPTV) has committed
to helping make the NYFSA Summit an annual event. In addition, MPTV will continue to actively engage with students through a series of New York Loves Film workshops at colleges and universities they’ve been holding in each of the state’s ten economic
development regions since Oct. 2013. These workshops have included meetings between groups of regional filmmakers, industry business executives, and film and television students; in fact it was these workshops which prompted the conversations that
ultimately led to the creation of NYFSA. [NYFTSA]
Spotlight on Members
Craig Cohen, Lisbeth Kaufman, Eric Michelson, Mary Miles, Emellie O’Brien, Jeffrey Schneider
Deb hosted her 9th year of industry panels at NYPA’s partner high school