Committees and Affinity Groups
Participating in a committee is a wonderful way to meet and work with the dynamic women of NYWIFT. Committees form the engine of the organization and play an important role in achieving an effective, progressive organization. Committee members are a vital part of operations and keep the organization running and growing.

Affinity groups are for members who would like to benefit from meeting informally with other members in related professions. There is a current list of affinity groups below. If you would like to start an affinity group, contact kchambers@nywift.org.

To join a committee, you can check off the box for the committee you are interested in when you update your membership profile.

Use your ideas and creative energies to help women in film, television, and digital media—and enhance your connections with other women in the industry. Get involved today! 


Archive Project

Documents and preserves women's contributions to New York's film, television and digital media industries since NYWIFT's inception (1977), through producing video/oral histories of women in the field.  Contact: Norma Davidoff ( NDavid7336@gmail.com).

Fund for Women Filmmakers
Solicits in-kind donations from New York post-production facilities for the Fund for Women Filmmakers. The fund provides completion funding and in-kind contributions to independent producers and nonprofit organizations. Contact: Terry Lawler (212-679-0870,  tlawler@nywift.org).

Strategizes NYWIFT's internal and external marketing, communications and advocacy. Finds ways to use digital initiatives to serve the organization and its members through content development, social networking, etc. Contact: Margarita Cortes ( margarita@msophiapr.com).

Helps members get the most from NYWIFT membership, including creating programs to recruit and retain members. Contact: Destiny Lilly ( destinylilly@me.com).
  • Intern/Mentor Subcommittee: Provides professional mentors to NYWIFT interns. Contact: Victoria Vasquez (212-679-0870, ext 39;  info@nywift.org).
Produces a wide range of programs for our membership and industry professionals. For Program Producers Guidelines Click here. 

Contact: Duana, Program Coordinator: 212-679-0870 x 22; dbutler@nywift.org.

  • Documentary Subcommittee: Presents screenings of nonfiction productions and panels about technique and craft. Contact: Marcia Rock (212-998-7985,  marcia.rock@nyu.edu).
  • International Subcommittee: Creates international-themed programs and liaises with Women in Film International. Contact: dbutler@nywift.org
Special Events
Plans and executes the annual Muse Awards Luncheon and Designing Women. Contact: Jamie Zelermyer ( jzelermyer@gmail.com).

Women's Film Preservation Fund

Raises funds to make grants for the restoration and preservation of women's films. Contact: Kirsten Larvick ( kirsten@kirstenstudio.com).


Actors Alliance
The Actors Alliance is building a collective voice to counter the pervading climate of normalized discrimination that dominates our industry. Connect with a supportive community that will help create greater opportunity and safer working conditions for female performers. Contact: Meissa Hampton ( mail@onepairofshoes.com).

Career Focus

Develops programs and services for members facing career transitions. Contact: Katie Chambers (212-679-0870 x23, kchambers@nywift.org).

Moms Network
The NYWIFT Moms Network is a supportive community for working moms in the film and TV industry. While most of its members are moms with children of varying ages, they also have members who aren’t moms but enjoy the supportive, knowledge-sharing environment The NYWIFT Moms Network provides.  Meetings are usually held during the week while the kids are in school or on the weekends, but always at kid-friendly places where kids are welcome to tag along. The group invites experts from different areas of the film and TV industry to come in and offer their insight on topics ranging from project development to distribution and everything in between. The group also brainstorms about content and works on projects together. Contact: Tonya McCornell ( tmccornell@yahoo.com)

New Works Lab
Open to writers, directors and actors, the workshop was formed to give the writers positive critiques for their screenplays or plays for both shorts and full lengths. Scenes are staged by directors and read by actors during workshop meetings. Directors will work with actors and writers to present a more polished reading. At the end of the season the group will select the best short and full length works to present to an audience of industry professionals with the hope of getting the work produced. Contact: Denise Rogers ( denise2ro@yahoo.com).

Writers Group
Provides networking and support for NYWIFT writers. To join or for more info, contact Jennifer S. Wilkov at ( yourbookisyourhook@gmail.com).

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NYWIFT programs, screenings and events are supported, in part, by grants from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts