NYS Short-film competition

The State of New York is running a short-film competition that invites amateur filmmakers to create their take on the world-famous “I LOVE NY” slogan depicting what they love about New York “In A New York Minute” (a 60-second film.)

Filmmakers will compete for top-notch prizes (professional HD video equipment, scholarships to professional film workshops, a mentorship with a high profile filmmaker, New York weekend getaways) and the opportunity to have their short film screened on a national television network.

One prize will also be awarded to the top film submitted by a New York college/university student who is named the Student Filmmaker of Distinction. A separate category, the Young Filmmaker of Distinction, recognizes filmmakers 14 to 18 years old. Judges for the competition include Tina Fey, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Doug Liman.

The contest opens on June 1; entries will be collected through July 15, and we will announce the winners in September.

The competition will be unveiled this week with a press event at George Eastman House in Rochester. We would like to invite students, teachers and local filmmakers to join us for the announcement. The event will take place on Thursday, May 29th at The George Eastman House. We’ll unveil the details of the competition to the public and the media – including a short video from judge Tina Fey. NY State regional film commissioners will be there; students can ask questions and be in the news photos. They’ll be the first to get all the details!

The event will begin at 2:00 pm; we are asking guests to arrive at 1:30 pm.  I have included the event details and an overview of the contest below.  Information on RSVPs is below. 
We’re eager to let as many students and aspiring filmmakers as possible know about the competition. I can be reached at 507.645.9525 or betsy.spethmann@cegny.com.

WHAT: Press conference officially launching the “I Love NY” Short Film Competition. Attendees include Dan Gundersen – Upstate Chairman of Empire State Development Corporation, Pat Kaufman – Executive Director of The Governor’s Office for Motion Picture and Television Development, Dr. Anthony Bannon – Director of The George Eastman House, and others.

WHEN: Thursday, May 29, 2:00 PM -Guests should arrive at 1:30 PM
WHERE: George Eastman House, Rochester, NY – Dryden Theater
Parking will be available on site