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Made in NY Media Center Launches Fellowship Program to Support Diversity Among Storytellers and Entrepreneurs

Made in NY Media Center Launches Fellowship Program to Support Diversity Among Storytellers and Entrepreneurs

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Media and Entertainment Commissioner Cynthia López, the Made in NY Media Center by IFP and NYCEDC have announced the creation of ten Made in NY Fellowships, a year-long program that will provide expanded resources and opportunities for New Yorkers to bring their media projects to the next level. The Made in NY Fellowship Program seeks to foster a diverse media industry, recognizing that different experiences, perspectives and cultures are critical to advancements in innovation and creativity. 10 fellowships will be available to those working on projects in documentary filmmaking, narrative filmmaking, gaming, post-production, animation, virtual reality and media/technology.

“Through these Made in NY Fellowships, we will help further strengthen the City’s thriving media and entertainment industry by supporting creative New Yorkers of all backgrounds to share their unique perspectives and tell their stories,” said Commissioner Cynthia López, Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment. “Fellows will gain access to the resources they need to generate new ideas and elevate their innovative projects while collaborating with their peers in the creative environment that exists at the Made in NY Media Center by IFP.”  
“The strength of the Media Center is based on original and diverse ways of thinking,” said Joana Vicente, Executive Director of IFP and the Made in NY Media Center by IFP. “Since we opened our doors in 2013, we’ve aimed to bring together creative professionals and entrepreneurs from different backgrounds to express new ideas and develop innovative ways of storytelling. We are proud to be honoring that commitment as we partner with the Mayor’s Office and provide opportunities that will foster collaboration, innovation, and understanding.”
“The Made in NY Media Center by IFP already provides dozens of innovators with the space, equipment, and knowledge they need to grow their businesses,” said NYCEDC President Maria Torres-Springer. “Our City’s economic success has always been fueled by the diversity of its people and businesses, and this Fellowship will build upon the incubator’s success, providing a group of talented artists from a variety of backgrounds with the opportunities and tools to take their projects to the next level and to earn jobs in creative fields right here in New York City.”
Recipients of the Made in NY Fellowship will receive 12 months of incubator membership at the Made in NY Media Center by IFP. Located in DUMBO, Brooklyn, the Media Center is a co-working space and exhibition venue designed to connect the next generation of artists, innovators and entrepreneurs through education, events and industry resources. It was developed through a partnership between Independent Filmmaker Project, the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment and the New York City Economic Development Corporation.
As part of the program, fellows will also be mentored by industry leaders and knowledgeable Made in NY Media Center and IFP staff, participate in classes and have the opportunity to attend a variety of networking and industry events. They will also be provided with space at the Media Center where they can cultivate their work in a collaborative environment. Individual entrepreneurs as well as both for-profit and non-profit companies will be eligible to apply, including registered businesses.
To apply for a Made in NY Fellowship, visit the Media Center site. Applications are due by 11:59pm (ET) on September 30. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to present in front of a review panel made up of Made in NY Media Center and IFP Staff and industry leaders, including Joana Vicente; Sabrina Dridje, Director of the Made in NY Media Center by IFP; Shana Dressler, Program Director of 30 Weeks and Founder of the Social Innovators Collective; and Barin Nahvi Rovzar, Executive Director of R&D and Strategy at Hearst Corporation. 
The ten fellowships will be named in October in conjunction with the second anniversary of the Made in NY Media Center by IFP. The fellowships will start November 2.

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