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Voices From the Global Village: Jeff Friday and Independent Filmmakers Gary Nadeau and Andrew Fitzgerald among speakers at MCNY 5th Annual Short Film Festival

April 7, 2014

For Immediate Release:

Jeff Friday and Independent Filmmakers Gary Nadeau and Andrew Fitzgerald among speakers at MCNY 5th Annual Short Film Festival

New York, NY – April 7, 2014 – The Metropolitan College of New York School for Business Media Management MBA program is proud to announce that film producer and founder of American Black Film Festival Jeff Friday will keynote the MCNY 5th Annual Media Management Short Film Festival on April 10 in the school’s Conference Center at 431 Canal Street, New York, NY.

While best known for producing groundbreaking events and television like the American Black Film Festival (ABFF) and Black Movie Awards (BMA), Friday regularly provides strategic advisory services to a variety of multinational companies in entertainment and media. Award winning indie filmmakers Gary Nadeau and Andrew Fitzgerald will join Friday on a panel focusing on getting started in the industry and independent filmmaking.

With the theme “Celebrating the Dream,” the festival is a two-day celebration of both the business and creative aspects of the film industry that continues to grow and expand into divergent media fields. Mr. Friday’s keynote and filmmakers panel discussion on April 10 will be followed the next night with the screening and judging of the short film finalist submissions on April 11.

“Since last semester, students have been working on aspects of planning, branding and promoting the festival through various class projects,” says Kristie Velasco, Coordinator of the Media Management MBA Program for MCNY. The festival, which grew out a classroom project, has developed into a platform for burgeoning filmmakers, and provides real time project management experience for the school’s media management MBA students.

“We are excited to be hosting our 5th Annual Festival as part of our celebration of the 50th Anniversary of MCNY and the 30th Anniversary of the School for Business,” says Dr. Tilokie Depoo, Dean School for Business. “We are truly excited to welcome Mr. Friday to speak about his experiences in the film industry and provide insight into challenges facing independent filmmakers and business managers in these rapidly changing fields.”

In 2001, Friday founded Film Life, Inc. One year later he acquired the rights to the Acapulco Black Film Festival, moved it stateside and renamed it the American Black Film Festival (ABFF). With diversity and social responsibility at its core, the festival supports aspiring actors, filmmakers and industry executives in unprecedented ways. Since its inception, the ABFF has showcased more than 800 films, rewarding and redefining artistic excellence in independent filmmaking. Now in its 17th year, it is widely considered the premier international festival for African American and urban content.

The event is free and open to the public. Please contact Prof. Kristie Velasco at, or at (917) 719-0293 if you have any questions. Additional information, including winning films from prior years, is available on our website at


Founded in 1964 by educational pioneer Audrey Cohen, Metropolitan College of New York has been dedicated to helping students achieve their academic dreams for 50 years. The only one of its kind in the country, the one-year ACBSP accredited Master of Business Administration in Media Management at MCNY is a unique Purpose Centered Education program geared towards achievement-oriented, media professionals. The curriculum balances traditional MBA competencies with those particular to the media industry. To accommodate working professionals, classes meet on evenings and weekends. For more information about the school or the Media Management program visit us at or call 1-800-33-THINK.

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