New York Lounge at Sundance 2013

(January 29th, 2013) Each year the New York State Governor’s Office for Motion Picture and Television Development creates a pop-up NY Lounge during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, UT.  This year’s Lounge took over the Willie Holdman Gallery and used the unique space to feature NY State Location Images from the Buffalo/Niagara and Rochester/Finger Lakes regions in place of the art.

Every year this Lounge serves as a gathering point for many NY based film professionals and those with an interest in New York Production.  Along with consuming New York State produced bagels, cider, and coffee, participants were able to see topical panel discussions, acoustic performances from New York Artists, and speak with New York State Regional Film Commissioners regarding the New York State Film Production Tax Credit and most importantly filming in New York State Locations.

The panel discussions are always heavily attended at the New York Lounge and feature the latest trends and business aspects of film production, with a special focus on New York State.  In case you couldn’t get out to Park City to see the panels, the New York State Film Office has them archived at their USTREAM channel of which you can find a detailed listing and links below:

  • 1/21/13 Film Finance panel »Experts from EP Financial Solutions and HSBC will discuss the aspects offilm production, film financing, and production incentive financing you need to know.

    MODERATOR: John Hadity, EP Financial Solutions

  • 1/20/13 Distribution Trends » DESCRIPTION: This panel will feature players from both the traditional and emergingWorld of distribution who will discuss the unprecedented options for Filmmakers to createintegrated platforms tailored to achieve their unique goals.

    HOST/MODERATOR: Steven Beer – Franklin, Weinrib, Rudell & Vassallo (FWRV)

  • 1/19/13  More Dollars on the Screen: Innovative Tools for Independent Filmmakers »A panel of filmmakers and post-production professionals, including active members of thePost New York Alliance (PNYA), looks into the current state of technological innovation forcinema, and how the latest advances can be used to make the most of today’s productionbudgets. From cameras to tax credits, new tools for filmmakers are appearing faster than youcan say “action.” This discussion will continue a real-world dialogue on how filmmakers cantake advantage of the newest resources to make the most of their budgets, to expand theiraudiences and to bring their stories to the screen.

    MODERATOR: Alex Halpern, filmmaker and founder/CEO of Post FactoryNY

  • 1/18/13 Empowerment Town Hall »Welcoming industry professionals from both the creative and businessside of film, the Empowerment Town Hall will discuss community challenges, resources, and opportunities available for successful filmmaking in New York and beyond.

    HOST/MODERATOR: Steven Beer – Franklin, Weinrib, Rudell & Vassallo (FWRV)

The New York lounge was sponsored this year by the New York Production Alliance, EP Financial Solutions, PostFactory, ARRI, HSBC, Franklin, Weinrib, Rudell & Vassallo (FWRV) and Mandarin Oriental.

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