On Tuesday, April 17, the Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME) hosted the second annual 2018 MOME Finance Lab, an afternoon of collaboration and networking in support of film projects by, for or about women. The event provided over thirty women filmmakers with an unprecedented opportunity to pitch multiple financiers for investment in their projects, in 10 minute speed pitch sessions. The aim of the event is to cultivate films in New York City made by, for, and about women, and seeks to address the persistent gender gap in the filmed entertainment industry.
"Through the MOME Finance Lab, our agency plays the role of 'connector' between women filmmakers and the financial backers that can help bring their projects to life," said Media and Entertainment Commissioner Julie Menin. "We were so pleased to bring this program back for a second year, as we continue to initiate programs to support women in the entertainment workforce – whether they are new to the industry or seasoned professionals."
The keynote address for the MOME Finance Lab was delivered by Abigail Disney, Emmy-winning director and producer, philanthropist, and the CEO and President of Fork Films along with her partner, Adrienne Becker, CEO of Level Forward. Disney and Becker are passionate about advancing women's roles in the public sphere, and has spearheaded a variety of media and entertainment projects with a commitment to innovation, inclusion and impact.
The following production companies and financial firms were represented at the MOME Finance Lab: A24, Cinereach, Green Hummingbird Entertainment, Garnet Girl, Stay Gold Features, 30West, Symbolic Exchange, Cherkas Strategic Consulting, Lagralane Group, Cinetic Media, Twin Oaks Advisors, Motto Pictures, Maven Pictures, Park Pictures, Saboteur Media, BuzzFeed Studios, Fifth Third Bank, Impact Partners, Vine Alternative Investments, Andrew Lauren Productions, Fork Films, Boundless Pictures, Field of Vision, First Look Media, Praxis Films, GoldCrest, and Three Point Capital.
The 2018 MOME Finance Lab was made possible by generous support from PUBLIC and Winston Baker. Co-Founded by Katherine Winston and Amy Baker, Winston Baker is a women-owned business and the leading producer of entertainment conferences worldwide addressing finance, innovation and growth. Winston Baker has been successfully organizing high-level conferences globally since 2008 in cities such as New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Menlo Park, Cannes, Zurich, Shanghai, Beijing, Los Cabos, Rio de Janeiro, Toronto, Moscow and Singapore.
Thank you to the selection committee this year including representatives from Writers Guild of America East, New York Women in Film & Television, Firelight Media, Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP), Producers Guild of America, Asian Cinevision, Cinema Tropicale, Women Independent Producers, Black Public Media, and Film Fatales. Submission has closed for the 2018 MOME Finance Lab.
MOME Finance Lab does not discriminate based on race or gender. All programs and activities of the MOME Finance Lab are open to all eligible applicants, without regard to race, gender, national origin or other characteristic protected by law. Read highlights from the 2016 MOME Financial Lab here.