NYC Indie Filmmaker Vigil Chime Wins the Academy’s Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting

NYC Indie Filmmaker Vigil Chime Wins the Academy’s Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting

The Writers Lab, presented by New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT) and IRIS and funded by Meryl Streep and Oprah Winfrey, pairs twelve women screenwriters over the age of 40 for a weekend of one-on-one mentoring and script development with accomplished film industry leaders. One of this September’s participating writers may be on the path to becoming one of those leaders herself: Vigil Chime has been awarded the prestigious Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for her script Bring Back Girl, about a Nigerian teen kidnapped by Boko Haram – the same project she took to The Writers Lab. Continue reading NYC Indie Filmmaker Vigil Chime Wins the Academy’s Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting

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A Look Back at Designing Women 2016

A Look Back at Designing Women 2016

NYWIFT’s annual Designing Women gala, honoring top hair stylists, makeup artists and costume designers, has been a star-studded highlight of the New York entertainment industry’s Spring calendar since its inception in 2000. As we prepare for the 2017 event on Tuesday, June 6th at NYU Law School, we take a look back at last year’s ceremony, which honored hair stylist Rose Chatterton, makeup artist Anita Gibson, costume designer Sarah Edwards, and the team from Showtime’s The Affair. Continue reading A Look Back at Designing Women 2016

NYWIFT Member Jill Rosen Talks Entertainment Publicity and Sundance Success

NYWIFT Member Jill Rosen Talks Entertainment Publicity and Sundance Success

At this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Focus Features, Amazon, Fox Searchlight and Netflix were among the buyers in a bidding war for Michael Showalter’s dramatic comedy The Big Sick. Amazon won, paying $12 million for the U.S. rights. And NYWIFT member Jill Rosen was right there at the heart of the action building buzz for the breakout film. Rosen explains what goes into being a marketing and publicity consultant, and discusses some of the highlights from Sundance. Continue reading NYWIFT Member Jill Rosen Talks Entertainment Publicity and Sundance Success

A Look Back at Designing Women: Feeling the Love for Hair Stylists

A Look Back at Designing Women: Feeling the Love for Hair Stylists

After honoring costume designers annually starting in the year 2000 at what was then called Designing Hollywood, NYWIFT added a category for hair stylists in 2006. After all, hair literally – and figuratively – is what tops off a character’s look on screen! Our very first hair stylist honoree was Lyndell Quiyou. Continue reading A Look Back at Designing Women: Feeling the Love for Hair Stylists

A Look Back at Designing Women: The Diverse Range of Makeup Artists

A Look Back at Designing Women: The Diverse Range of Makeup Artists

In 2004, four years after NYWIFT began honoring costume designers at what was then called Designing Hollywood, we added a category for makeup artists to the mix. We began paying tribute to the subtle artistry of designing an actor’s, well, face – how makeup artists use their tools to catch the light a certain way, portray age, stress, culture and other factors that make a character real, alive and unique. Continue reading A Look Back at Designing Women: The Diverse Range of Makeup Artists

A Look Back at Designing Women: Costume Legends Patricia Field and Ann Roth

A Look Back at Designing Women: Costume Legends Patricia Field and Ann Roth

They say “clothes make the man” – or woman – which is one reason why every year NYWIFT honors costume designers at our Designing Women awards. When a character appears on screen, his or her clothes are often the first thing we see. Costume designers don’t just make actors look pretty (though they sometimes do that too) – they pack a wealth of information into every thread. We look back at two costume legends we honored, including one from our very first ceremony. Continue reading A Look Back at Designing Women: Costume Legends Patricia Field and Ann Roth