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Beni Matias, Ron Simons and Ralph Scott to join Festival Panel Discussion on April 9

The Metropolitan College of New York School for Business Media Management MBA program is proud to announce that Bienvenida “Beni” Matias, Ron Simons and Ralph Scott, will join the Panel Discussion for the MCNY 6th Annual Short Film Festival on April 9, in the school’s Conference Center at 431 Canal Street, New York, NY.

Bienvendia “Beni” Matias is a founding member of NALIP (National Association of Latino Independent Producers) serving as its first national coordinator and conference organizer, and recently completed a two year plus stint as NALIP’s acting executive director. She was director of production at the Independent Television Service, executive director of the Association of Hispanic Arts and AIVF, publisher of The Independent magazine, and executive-in-charge of production at WNYC-TV.

Ron Simons is the Founder and CEO of SimonSays Entertainment. Ron is a three-time Tony Award-winning producer and actor. He leads the SimonSays Entertainment strategic planning and development of theatre and film projects including the critically acclaimed films Night Catches Us, Gun Hill Road, Blue Caprice and Mother of George (all premiered at Sundance). His first documentary 25 to Life premiered at the American Black Film Festival where it won Best Documentary. He also produced the Broadway productions of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder (Tony Award for Best Musical), Porgy & Bess (Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical), Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Tony Award for Best Play, Drama Desk, New Drama Critics and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Play, Drama League Award for Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Play), A Streetcar Named Desire (AEA’s Extraordinary Excellence in Diversity on Broadway Award).

For more than 20 years, Ralph Scott has been instrumental in the promotion and exhibition of non-stereotypical African American images. As an independent film maker or promoter, Program Director of the Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center, or as an executive at BET or Centric Television, he has made it his mission to promote and support filmmakers that have a non “Hollywood” approach to Black life on film.

With the theme of “Converging Futures”, 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 as content and technology converge. 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.

“Our Media Management MBA students are busy reviewing the almost 1000 films submitted to the competition from around the globe, and are working to identify the film finalists to be screened and judged on April 10th during the Festival,” says Prof. Kristie Velasco, Director of the Media Management MBA Program for MCNY. “We are especially excited that almost a dozen graduates from around the world, including alumni who helped found the film festival, are actively assisting our current students in the initial review of the films in competition. It is this extended Media Management MBA community, encouraged and cultivated by MCNY and the School for Business, that strengthens our program while it helps provide our students with a growing network of media managers who can support their entry into the media industries.”

“The panel of experts assembled for this year’s Panel Discussion is a remarkable grouping of professionals with insightful knowledge of the media industry,” says Dr. Tilokie Depoo, Associate Vice President and Dean, School for Business. “They bring their years of experience, professional linkages, expertise, and unique perspective to what promises to be a wonderful discussion of the business and future of the film industry in light of convergence.”

Beni Matias has produced and directed documentaries independently, for public television and nonprofits. Her documentary film El Corazón de Loisaida (The Heart of Loisaida),produced and directed with Marci Reaven, was recognized by the New York Public Library as part of their major film preservation initiative, “Twentieth Century Mirrors: America Through the Eyes of Independent Filmmakers.” She is currently producer/director of the documentary Coquito! (funded by the Latino Public Broadcasting) with producers Tami Gold and Sonia Gonzalez-Martinez. As a consultant, she works with filmmakers developing all aspects of documentary production.

As an actor, Ron Simons has appeared on stage, in film and television. He and fellow cast members won the London Stage Award for Acting Excellence for the play Boy Steals Train that he co-developed.  His film and television credits include Blue Caprice, Night Catches Us, 27 Dresses, Mystery Team, Phoebe in Wonderland, Law & Order, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, As the World Turns and Nowhere Man. Ron is a recipient of the Heritage Award from Columbia College’s Black Alumni Council, IFP Cannes’ Producer’s Network Fellow and a Sundance Producers’ Summit Fellow. He holds a BA from Columbia College, an MBA from Columbia Business School and an MFA from the University of Washington’s Professional Actor Training Program.

Ralph Scott was one of the founding executives of Centric Television and was Executive Producer of Lens on Talent and Scene Stealers for BET. He is also currently Chairman of the Student Digital Arts and Cinema Committee and Co-Founder of Visual AIDS: A Cinematic Look at the HIV/AIDS Epidemic. A graduate of West Virginia State College, Ralph began his film career alongside Haile Gerima at Howard University on his world-renowned film Sankofa, and then on Steven Spielberg’s Amistad. His varied industry experience includes work on Motown 40, the NAACP Image Awards and at the William Morris Agency.

Contact Prof. Kristie Velasco at mediamanagement@mcny.edu for more information

Poster Competition Deadline Extended to March 20

2015 MCNY Annual Short Film Festival Poster Competition

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Metropolitan College of New York School for Business Media Management MBA Program will be presenting the MCNY 6th Annual Short Film Festival April 9 – 10, 2015, organized, developed and produced by its Media Management MBA students to celebrate short films, filmmakers and the business of film. This year’s theme is “Converging Futures” which contemplates the future and changes to the traditional film industry as a result of converging technology, the advent of the Internet and the global marketplace.

poster for website finalFor the third year, the Festival is putting a call out to student artists and graphic designers for our annual festival poster artwork. Students, Student Artists and Student Designers are encouraged to submit work for the Film Festival Poster Competition by close of business March 20, 2015.  This year, we hope to have as many diverse submissions interpreting our theme and branding our festival.

Rashaad Ernesto Green and Nancy Gerstman to be Panelists at the MCNY 6th Annual Short Film Festival April 9, 2015

For Immediate Release:       

CONTACT: Prof. Kristie Velasco mediamanagement@metropolitan.edu

New York, NY – March 3, 2015 – The Metropolitan College of New York School (MCNY) for Business Media Management MBA program is proud to announce that Director/Writer/Producer Rashaad Ernesto Green and Zeitgeist Films Co-President Nancy Gerstman will be panelists at the MCNY 6th Annual Short Film Festival on April 9, 2015 at the MCNY Conference Center, 431 Canal Street, New York, NY.
Nancy Gerstman is Co-President and Co-Founder of the New York-based distribution company Zeitgeist Films. Formed with Emily Russo in 1988, Zeitgeist acquires and distributes independent films internationally, including first films by notable directors Todd Haynes, Christopher Nolan, Francois Ozon, the Quay Brothers and Gianni di Gregorio.
A graduate of Dartmouth College and the Graduate Film Program at NYU Tisch School of the Arts, New York native Rashaad Ernesto Green was nominated for a Grand Jury Prize for his first feature film Gun Hill Road, starring Esai Morales and Judy Reyes, (Mi Alma Films) which premiered in the 2011 Sundance Film Festival U.S. Dramatic Competition and garnered a Best Supporting Actress win for the performance by Harmony Santana at the Independent Spirit Awards.
With the theme of “Converging Futures,” the festival is a two-day celebration of both the business and creative aspects of the film industry that continue to grow and expand into divergent media fields as content and technology converge. 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.
The Annual Short Film Festival Poster Competition is accepting submissions through March 15th the official Festival poster. All students from any institution are eligible to submit.
“This is the sixth year that students have been producing and marketing the Annual Short Film Festival as part of our Media Management MBA program,” says Prof. Kristie Velasco, Director of the Media Management MBA Program for MCNY. “I am incredibly proud of the students and alumni who over the years have successfully cultivated the festival. Now, established internationally, the film festival has received over 1000 submissions this year from around the globe.”
“The festival has become an annual opportunity for students to get practical, hands on experience in the business and management of planning and producing a multi-day film festival with a global reach,” says Dr. Tilokie Depoo, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the School for Business. “We are truly excited to welcome these industry leaders to speak about their experiences in film and provide insight into challenges facing filmmakers and business managers in the rapidly changing media industry.”
The event is free and open to the public. Additional information, including winning films from prior years, is available on our website at www.mcny.edu/filmfestival.
About Nancy Gerstman
Born in Queens, NY, Nancy Gerstman has worked in all aspects of film distribution and exhibition including a stint at Landmark Theatre Corp., the largest independent theatre chain in the US, and is Permanent Artist-in-Residence in the Master’s Program in Media and Communication Arts at City College of New York. The films of her distribution company, Zeitgeist, have received international acclaim, including five Academy Award nominations and one win, for Nowhere In Africa as Best Foreign Language Film.
About Rashaad Ernesto Green
Rashaad Ernesto Green was the recipient of the Princess Grace Foundation Award and Spike Lee Fellowship at NYU and was included in Filmmaker Magazine’s elite 25 New Faces of Independent Film in 2010 and indieWIRE’s 2009 Ten New Voices in Cinema. In 2011, he won the 2011 Horizon Award at the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts, and has been supported by HBO, Time Warner, Sundance Institute, Tribeca Film Institute, the HUMANITAS Foundation, NALIP and IFP.

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

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.

MCNY Annual Short Film Festival Announces Winning Festival Poster and Welcomes JAMBOX Entertainment and The IFC Center as Sponsors

The Metropolitan College of New York School for Business Media Management MBA program is proud to announce the winner of the Inaugural MCNY 4th Annual Short Film Festival Poster Competition is the submission by Arsenije Catic, a 3rd year undergraduate student of Interaction Design Department at Belgrade Metropolitan University, from Belgrade Serbia.  In addition, they are honored to welcome Jambox Entertainment and the IFC Center among the list of sponsors of this year’s festival.

Kristie Velasco, Program Coordinator of the Media Management MBA Program in the MCNY School for Business said, “This was our first poster competition, and we were excited to receive a number of excellent submissions.  It was close, but this image ultimately was the one our Media Management MBA students voted to represent the MCNY 4th Annual Short Film Festival.  With the theme “Reflections of a 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.  “We usually dream of what we see and what we know. Dreams are abstracts of our imaginations,” said Mr. Catic of his submission.  “My work represents this kind of dream — the dreams that are inward and outward.”

New sponsors have also joined corporate and community sponsors from past years in support of the students in their organizing efforts.  JAMbox Entertainment was founded by Lee Evans, whose many accomplishments include work with singers Marc Anthony, Cyndi Lauper, Harry Belafonte, The Force M.D.s, Brass Construction, Rainy Davis, Afrikaa Bambaataa and a long list of dance Hip Hop and Latin freestyle favorites from the ‘80’s and early 90’s including artists Cyre, and The Cover Girls.  Working with MCNY as a mentor and site supervisor for student internships at his recording studios, Mr. Evans said, “JAMBOX Entertainment is proud to be a sponsor of the MCNY 4th Annual Film Festival! We have always been a supporter of up and coming artists in the field pursuing their dreams. The MCNY Short Film Festival provides a much-needed platform for aspiring filmmakers to show their work, build their network, and meet professionals in their field. What a great opportunity!”

Opened in June 2005 in the historic Waverly Theater, The IFC Center, the ultimate entertainment space for New Yorkers seeking out the best in independent film, has joined the number of community and corporate sponsors of the festival and has joined Jambox Entertainment in underwriting some of the prizes for the festival.   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.

Integral in the MCNY Purpose Centered Education teaching model is our Constructive Action, where in the MBA Programs, students conduct extensive business research, plan and begin implementing new media ventures in a myriad of fields.  As in past years, the Festival is proud to welcome Throwbax and Grave Shift Studios to join returning Soi66 on the list of student companies supporting the Festival as sponsors as well.

MCNY 4th Annual Media Management Short Film Festival is scheduled for 6-9pm on April 4 and 5 in the school’s 11th Floor Conference Center at 431 Canal Street, New York, NY, and will include a Keynote address by film and television executive Peter Anthony Andrews on Thursday, April 4 followed by the screening of the short film finalists on Friday April 5. The event is free and open to the public.

EXPERIENCING TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES WITH UPLOAD--EMAIL TO CONFIRM SUBMISSIONS!!!

We are currently experiencing a glitch with our upload system and are in the process of trying to rectifying the issue.  We have extended our deadline for submission to March 31.  Please email us at MediaManagement@metropolitan.edu to confirm that we have received the film that you have submitted asap.  Thanks for you interest.

Poster Competition Submission Form

Poster Competition – MCNY 4TH ANNUAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL POSTER COMPETITION

The Metropolitan College of New York School for Business Media Management MBA Program is accepting submissions for our First MCNY Short Film Festival Poster Student Competition. Submissions are only $5!* The deadline for all submissions is close of business on March 17, 2013.Metropolitan College of New York School for Business Media Management MBA Program will be presenting the MCNY 4th Annual Short Film Festival April 4 – 5, 2013, organized, developed and produced by its Media Management MBA students to celebrate short films, filmmakers and the business of film.  This year’s theme is “Reflections of a Dream.”For the First year, the Festival is putting a call out to student artists and graphic designers for our annual festival poster artwork. Student Artists and Designers are encouraged to submit work for the Film Festival Poster Competition by March 17, 2013.  This competition is open to artists of all backgrounds. Late submissions will NOT be accepted.*per entry

 

* required information

 

Poster Competition 2013

Registration Information
First Name:*
Last Name:*
Email:*

Address Line 1:

Address Line 2:

Phone:

City:

State:

ZIP/Postal Code:

Country:

Art Medium:

 Digital Imagery
 Drawing/Illustration
 Grafitti
 Graphic Design
 Painting
 Photography

Artist’s Statement (Attach a 50-100 word explanation of how you believe your submission demonstrates the required submission criteria of the competition.):

Attach your Bio:

 

Print out form, complete all required sections and submit with entry fee for each piece of artwork.

Call for Submissions: Inaugural MCNY Short Film Festival Poster Competition

Help us celebrate our 4th Annual Short Film Festival!

The Metropolitan College of New York School for Business Media Management MBA Program is accepting submissions for our First MCNY Short Film Festival Poster Student Competition. Submissions are only $5! The deadline for all submissions is March 15, 2013.

Metropolitan College of New York School for Business Media Management MBA Program will be presenting the MCNY 4th Annual Short Film Festival April 4 – 5, 2013, organized, developed and produced by its Media Management MBA students to celebrate short films, filmmakers and the business of film.  This year’s theme is “Reflections of a Dream.”  For the First year, the Festival is putting a call out to student artists and graphic designers for our annual festival poster artwork. Students, Student Artists and Student Designers are encouraged to submit work for the Film Festival Poster Competition by March 15, 2013.

Late submissions will NOT be accepted.

Guidelines: The competition is open to all student artists and graphic designers; you must have an .edu email address to enter a submission. All submissions must be received by the deadline of close of business on March 15, 2013. There is no limit to the number of submissions entered but each submission entry requires a $5 entry fee to defray the cost of administration. Only Money Orders will be accepted.  Entries will only be accepted from individuals who are currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate school. No additional prize money will be awarded.

We are looking for images that celebrate Short Film, Filmmakers and the business of film in an interesting, relevant and visually innovative way that avoids stereotypes and clichés. This year’s theme for our Film Festival is “Reflections of a Dream”.  Entries will be judged using the following criteria:

*Overall impact of the display for eye-catching appeal, visual attractiveness, and its ability to draw the viewer in;

*Clarity of the message’s demonstration of Short Film/film festival;

*Appropriateness of the graphics for the festival;

*Creativity;

Entries must be submitted as both a mounted image on at least an 8 1/2″ w x 11″ hard board as well as a high-resolution jpeg file

In the artwork, you must include “MCNY 4th Annual Short Film Festival, April 4-5, 2013” “School for Business Media Management MBA Program” and the unaltered MCNY logos (which will be provided upon successful registration by emailing MediaManagement@mcny.edu) and the festival theme “Reflections of a Dream.”  Entries may be in the form of photography, painting, graphic art, and illustration, in color or black and white. The design must be simultaneously provided in a high resolution jpeg file so that it is easy to translate into a range of online and print materials such as 24×36 posters, newsprint ads, t-shirts, film, street banners, bus advertisements, etc.

Place your name, address, email and phone number on the back of each submission. All submissions will be judged based on content, appeal and marketability. The decisions of the judges will be final. MCNY does not take on liability for submissions. Please provide a self-addressed envelope (with whatever packing protection you desire be utilized to return the submission to you safely, for which you assume all responsibility) with appropriate postage and insurance if you would like your design(s) to be returned to you

All submissions become the shared property of the artist and MCNY. By submitting an entry, the entrant agrees that MCNY has permission to use the image for purposes including, but not limited to:  slides, brochures, advertisements, display, t-shirts, souvenir programs, festival badges & tickets, websites, postcards, etc.

Copyrighted material: Material that is not original or the property of the artist is prohibited.

If your poster design is selected, you will win USD$250 and your design will contribute the look of the Festival by appearing on Festival posters, postcards, program, invitations, and much more, providing significant and immeasurable exposure to your artwork/design. Finalists will be announced by March 22, and the winning poster will be revealed by the end of that month (March 29, 2013) in New York, NY. All posters that advance to the final round will be exhibited during the 2013 MCNY 4th Annual Short Film Festival, April 4-5, 2013.

*Each submission must have a separate Submission Form (see below) attached to the piece.

 

Deliver submissions to:

Metropolitan College of New York

School for Business

Media Management MBA Program

Attn: MCNY Annual Short Film Festival 2013

c/o Prof. Kristie Velasco

431 Canal Street

New York, NY 10013

For further information, please email MediaManagement@metropolitan.edu

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