Justin Conley, NYSSSA 2013

The NYSSSA program opened my eyes to types of filmmaking that I had never been exposed to previously. My high school, Kingston High School, has no film or media program. Since attending, I have begun making more experimental films, having now much more confidence than I had before in expressing myself as an artist. It was a truly enlightening experience, the most life changing and educational that I could have possibly hoped for. I made the best friends of my life, people that I am now collaborating with on projects, people that I could have never hoped to meet while still in high school without this program. For that alone, for the shift in perspective I’ve undergone by becoming their friend and collaborator, I am eternally grateful to the program. — Justin Conley

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

Nichols School Flick Fest | April 22, 2008

The Nichols School Flick Fest is in three weeks. If you have student film and video entries that you would like to have considered for the festival send them in ASAP (the late deadline in this Friday). There is no entry fee and attendance to the festival is free. The festival is Tuesday, April 22nd at 7:00pm at the Flickinger Performing Arts Center at Nichols School

Send work labeled with the student’s name, address, school, title and TRT to:
Andrea Mancuso
Nichols School
1250 Amherst St.
Buffalo, NY 14216
716 875-8212×252

If you have any questions email Andrea amancuso@nicholsschool.org