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ATL Events & Screenings

WIN Inter-guild Mixer
Saturday, September 7th at 11:00am at Eagle Rock Distribution

Join us for a special Inter-Guild Networking event and Master Class with Producer Maggie Monteith. Ms. Monteith will offer insight on pitching, story development, the green light process, casting, marketing and more — including how women can create more opportunities for themselves and other women in our industry.

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NYC Events & Screenings

PGA East Documentary Salon Screening
THE HOTTEST AUGUST + Q&A and Reception
Wednesday, August 21st at 6:40pm at Light Iron

A complex portrait of a city in its inhabitants, The Hottest August gives us a window into the collective consciousness of the present. The film's point of departure is one city over one month: New York City, including its outer boroughs, during August 2017. It's a month heavy with the tension of a new President, growing anxiety over everything from rising rents to marching white nationalists, and unrelenting news of either wildfires or hurricanes on every coast. The film pivots on the question of futurity: what does the future look like from where we are standing? And what if we are not all standing in the same place? The Hottest August offers a mirror onto a society on the verge of catastrophe, registering the anxieties, distractions, and survival strategies that preoccupy ordinary lives.

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PGA East Screening + Q&A
Thursday, August 29th at 7:00pm at The IFC Center

She risked everything to stop an unjust war. Her government called her a traitor. Based on world-shaking true events, Official Secrets tells the gripping story of Katharine Gun (Keira Knightley), a British intelligence specialist whose job involves routine handling of classified information. One day in 2003, in the lead up to the Iraq War, Gun receives a memo from the NSA with a shocking directive: the United States is enlisting Britain’s help in collecting compromising information on United Nations Security Council members in order to blackmail them into voting in favor of an invasion of Iraq. Unable to stand by and watch the world be rushed into an illegal war, Gun makes the gut-wrenching decision to defy her government and leak the memo to the press. So begins an explosive chain of events that will ignite an international firestorm, expose a vast political conspiracy, and put Gun and her family directly in harm’s way.

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Applications are Open For NYC Women's Fund for Media, Music and Theatre

The Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME) and New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) have announced that applications are open for NYC Women's Fund for Media, Music, and Theatre. The $5 million grant program launched last year and awarded a total of $1.5 million to 63 film, digital and theatre projects in the first round. This year, an additional $500,000 has been added to expand the fund to include music projects with a maximum grant of $20,000 each.

All recipients must be NYC residents. Anyone can apply and be awarded a grant regardless of actual or perceived sex, gender, gender identity or gender expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, creed, partnership status, marital status, disability, race, color, national origin, alienage, citizenship status, military status, or any other class protected by City, State, or Federal law.

Applications and eligibility requirements are available at To sign up for updates on the Fund, please visit MOME's website. You can use hashtag #NYCWomensFund to participate in the conversation. Applications close on October 1, 2019 and recipients will be announced in March 2020.

SVA SocDoc Theater Rental deals for PGA East members

SVA's SocDoc Theater is available for rent for sneak-peeks, "For Your Consideration" screenings, works-in-progress feedback sessions, and workshops throughout the summer (and much of the rest of the year!)

Our little jewel box theater seats 48, has a brand new screen and digital projector, and can show most media (excluding DCP). There is a small area for receptions, and the theater is centrally located on West 21st Street & 7th Ave, in Chelsea, New York City.  

As a special offer for PGA-E Members, we are offering a discounted rate of $450 for a three-hour booking for rentals occurring in July & August (discounted from our usual $600). Get in touch with SVA SocDoc’s Rose Vincelli Gustine for more information and to book the theater:, 212-592-2709 or

Film & TV Industry Diverse Suppliers Directory Now Available

In an effort to support the goals of increasing diversity in New York State’s film and television industry vendor community, The New York State Department of Economic Development created a list of New York State-based diverse vendors originated from Supplier Diversity Showcases they held in 2017 and 2019 in New York City. It includes a range of business and support services principally operated by diverse owners.

 We are sharing this link with PGA members to ensure that you are aware of this resource and to make you aware that if you would like to be added to the list, send an email to and indicate your desire to be included in the directory. Note: In order to be considered, you must be based in New York State and self-identify as diverse.

Click here to read more about the directory. Members can and search the directory here.

20% Off Submission Fee to YoFiFest
PGA members get 20% off submission fee with code "PGA"

Voted one of the Top 100 Best Reviewed Festivals on Film Freeway (nine times!), YoFiFest was created by filmmakers for filmmakers. Movie Maker Magazine says  “what stood out at YoFiFest was the organizers’ obvious respect for the people who craft cinema and video.” We have received two Westchester Magazine “Best of Westchester” awards and were named one of the Top Ten Hippest Things about Yonkers by and The Journal News. YoFiFest celebrates the independent, artistic spirit from around the world, and right in our own back yard. 

We’re looking for compelling stories with a unique point of view that are well told. We’re not hung up on premier status, industry connections or price-tags. Each film is selected on its own cinematic and storytelling merit; not whether celebrities are in it, what the budget was, or who the filmmaker knows.

Being filmmakers ourselves, we understand and respect the amount of hard work that goes into each film, so we take the selection process very seriously. Over 99% of the films that played at last year's festival came from FilmFreeway submissions. Every film submitted is watched in its entirety at least twice by members of a diverse screenings committee and all the films get watched before any scheduling decisions are made. Since the festival isn’t “pre-programmed”, every film has a shot at every slot, so your film could end up as part of the opening night program! 

YoFiFest is all about audiences and filmmakers connecting. In addition to the screenings and filmmaker Q&As, there are “mini film school” workshops, discussions featuring top film and television industry professionals, networking events, receptions, breakfasts, and parties where filmmakers and film fans can meet and mingle. 

Conveniently located just north of Manhattan, we draw an enthusiastic audience from NYC, the Hudson Valley, New Jersey, Connecticut and beyond. In a few short years, YoFiFest has established itself as a noteworthy festival circuit happening. The word on the street is we take good care of our filmmakers, throw great parties and, of course, show awesome movies!


PGA East Pre-Release Screening
September 11th