Filmmakers Workshop

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The Filmmakers Workshop is a new program of New York Stage and Film (NYSAF) to support early-career Screenwriters and Directors and provide participants with creative development and mentorship.  Featuring a tailored, process-oriented approach that mirrors our celebrated development of plays and musicals, it is one of only a handful of programs in the country (especially on the East Coast) to provide the immediate and necessary steps in the development of the filmmaker.



The Workshop’s main feature is a Summer Residency at Vassar College during NYSAF’s annual Powerhouse Theater Season.  Over an 8-day period, participants engage in one-on-one feedback sessions with professional mentors, panel discussions, screenings, developmental screenplay readings, and production discussions all designed to bring each screenplay and project closer to completion.   We also provide continued development support after the Residency, culminating in a New York City Presentation to introduce the artists and their projects to industry leaders.


Michael Hoffman screens THE LAST STATION

The Workshop features Mentors including leading writers, directors, actors, producers and others, drawn from the program’s Advisory Board and beyond. Mentors participate in all phases of the Workshop, are in residence throughout the Summer Residency and work with the filmmakers one-on-one, providing a range of responses to their material.

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Panel discussion with Mentors Jennifer Westfeldt, Stuart Zicherman and Ken Olin

The Filmmakers’ Workshop Advisory Board Includes: 

Kevin Bacon – Ramin Bahrani – Anthony Bregman – Miranda DePencier – Peter Gallagher – Billy Goldberg – Tony Goldwyn – Bingo Gubelmann – Peter Hedges – Zach Helm – Michael Hoffman – Keith Huff – Richard LaGravenese – Susan Landau – Michael London – Julianna Margulies – Bill Migliore – Rob Morrow – Stephen Nathan – Michael Nozik – Ken Olin – Marc Platt – Frank Pugliese – Jose Rivera – Cherie Rodgers – Rena Ronson – Per Saari – Alex Saks – Nancy Savoca – Kyra Sedgwick – John Patrick Shanley – John Slattery – Daniel Steinman – Jon Tenney – Nia Vardalos – Jennifer Westfeldt


Mentors Miranda de Pencier, John Patrick Shanley and Amanda Beckner

The 2016 Filmmakers Workshop will be in residence from July 11-17. Applications for participation will be accepted on an invitation-only basis. For program inquiries, please contact


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