MCNY’s Annual Media Management Short Film Festival

We know you have Questions and we have the Answers!

What is this film festival about anyway?
“New Beginnings”  is the theme for this year’s event, which includes a moderated movie industry and filmmakers panels on September 15th, followed by the screening of the selected short films on September 16th.  The festival, which grew out a classroom project, has crystallized into a platform for burgeoning filmmakers, and provides real time project management experience for the school’s media management students.

When is it?
The film festival is a two day event from 6-9 p.m. Thursday September 15 and Friday September 16, 2016.

Where is it?
The Festival will be held at our new location at 60 West Street, New York, NY 10006 on the corner of West and Rector Streets.

How do I get to the school?
By Train you can take the 1 Train to Rector Street. If you are traveling by car:  The College can be reached from the East River Drive by exiting at Rector Street or via the West Side Highway by exiting at Albany Street, making a right on Washington Street and making a right on the corner of Rector Street. Parking is available in private lots.

If I am a filmmaker how can I participate?
Any filmmaker with a short film of 15 minutes or less can participate in the film festival. Filmmakers must agree and register on our website, and submissions can be made via Film Freeway.  Additional details about the festival will be available here, http://www.mcny.edu/filmfestival, via our Facebook™ page at “MCNY Annual Short Film Festival”  or you can find a link from our website at www.mcny.edu.  Additional information can also be obtained from the Media Management Program in the School for Business and by following us on Twitter @MCNYFilmFest or @MCNYMediaMBA.

What are the criteria for your films?
Outside of a time limit of 15 minutes, films must reflect and celebrate this year’s theme of the festival: New Beginnings. Keep in mind this is a school run event so excessive profanity, nudity, hate or violence inducing content will definitely not be selected to be screened.

Who judges the films?
The initial review is done by a jury panel comprised of other amateur filmmakers, MCNY Media Management MBA alumni and current Media Management MBA students. Once we narrow our search down, final sections will be made by our industry judges who each have expertise in the industry and will be on hand at Friday’s screening to view and announce top entries.

Tell me more about the Metropolitan College of New York.
Founded in 1964 by educational pioneer Audrey Cohen, Metropolitan College of New York has been dedicated to helping students achieve their academic dreams for over 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.  Additional information can be obtained on our website at www.mcny.edu or by calling 1 800 33 THINK.

Why is it a media management short film festival?
This event originated as a class project, and is used an applied learning tool for our media management students who want hands-on training with project management. The festival also is a networking opportunity for students and the general community interested in the film industry. For more information about the school or the Media Management program visit us at www.mcny.edu or call 1-800-33-THINK.

What are the benefits to participating in this event?
There are several benefits to participating depending on who you are:

  • As a student you will receive hands on training in project management as well as connect with leading professionals in the film industry.
  • As a filmmaker your short film will be screened at a New York City film festival, and you will have the opportunity to meet industry insiders as well as network with a community of artists, business people and film enthusiasts.
  • As a judge or panelist it is an opportunity to share hard earned knowledge with a worthy and excited audience.
  • As an audience member you will get to network and meet professionals in the film, business and media industries, as well as see amazing short films from some of the most talented rising artist from around the world.

Wait, what are the rewards?
Beyond the screening of your short film at a New York City film festival, there will be other modest prizes to show our appreciation for and recognition of the filmmaker’s participation.  Recognition will be given to the three top entries scoring the highest by our professional industry jury panel in the festival and a prize for the top MCNY student submission.

What do I do if I have questions?
If you have questions about the event, your film, or anything else you can contact us via our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/mcnyedu, via our website or via Twitter @MCNYMediaMBA.  Please clearly indicate that you have a question about the MCNY short film festival and allow at least 24 hours for a proper response.

What do I do if I have difficulty uploading a film?

If you are having difficulty uploading your film to our site, email us at MediaManagement@metropolitan.edu.  We can make arrangements to secure a copy of your film for consideration in an alternative format.

Who is sponsoring this event?
The film festival is sponsored by Metropolitan College of New York and a number of other committed companies who will be announced over the course of time leading up to the event.  Previous sponsors have included Revolt TV, The Shadow League, the Fader, The Source Magazine, Soi66, Little Kingdom, Cinematiq, Tourism Malaysia, Lords Bakery, Dunkin Donuts, Smart Water and, Kraft Foods, among others.

Additional sponsorship opportunities are available. If you are interested in sponsoring the festival or learning about ways to partner with MCNY Media Management MBA program, please contact Professor Kristie Velasco, Festival Coordinator for the Media Management MBA Program at kvelasco@metropolitan.edu