Cool, 4th Annual New York Public School Film Festival Selections From Harlem to Hollis Revealed

The Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME) and the New York City Department of Education (DOE) are proud to announce the 4and Annual New York Public Schools Film Festival, which celebrates the talent and diversity of student voices. The festival will be available to New York audiences as part of the city’s Movies Under the Stars series on May 20.and and 21st as well as online at

The screenings of Films Under the Stars are:

  • Jackson Heights, Queens; May 20and 20:00
  • Raury Staunton Land at Travers Park, 34and Avenue between 77and and 78and Streets
  • Harlem, Manhattan; May 21st 20:00
  • James Baldwin Lawn at St. Nicholas Park, St. Nicholas Ave and W. 135and Street

A record 152 films were submitted this year, a 66% increase over last year, by middle and high school students in New York City at 50 schools across five boroughs. A total of 37 short films were selected for inclusion in the festival.

“New York’s parents, students and communities deserve opportunities that showcase unique talent and amplify examples of creativity,” said New York Mayor Eric Adams. “The New York Public School Film Festival allows students from all five boroughs to embark on new journeys and embark on Oscar-winning careers. I’m thrilled to see the product of New York’s brightest young filmmakers.

“The New York Public School Film Festival is a perfect example of how this administration is committed to developing a diverse and inclusive workforce within the creative sectors,” said Deputy Mayor Maria Torres-Springer. “By spotlighting these young filmmakers from across the five boroughs, we’re investing in their individual potential and their collective contributions to New York’s creative economy.”

“We are proud to partner with the Department of Education for the New York Public School Film Festival, which was created to provide students with the opportunity to have their work recognized by industry leaders as they explore film careers. The festival, now in its fourth year, serves as the city’s platform to celebrate the talent and diversity of student voices,” said the Mayor’s Office Commissioner for Media and Entertainment, Anne del Castillo.

“I’m so proud of our student filmmakers selected for the New York Public Schools Film Festival this year,” said Schools Chancellor David C. Banks. “Filmmaking, like all arts, enhances students’ creative voices and unique perspectives. More than ever, the films selected this year honor the diversity of student voices in New York. Thank you to our partners at the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, without whose collaboration this NYC Public Schools Film Festival would not be possible.

“The Public School Film Festival is an inspiring showcase for emerging New York talent, and we’re proud that Travers Park and St. Nicholas Park are setting the stage for this year’s young creative filmmakers,” said Parks Commissioner of New York City. New York, Sue Donoghue. “We congratulate the participating students and thank the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment and the Department of Education for their continued partnership.”

This year’s films address global social and justice issues such as violence in the AAPI community, the influence of new technologies on daily life, mental health, Ukraine, racial profiling, etc., all from the unique perspective of NYC students.

The social commentary, based on the individual experiences of student voices, is passionate, irreverent and edgy.

The films also challenge and examine pop culture, while blending different genres and experimenting with traditional forms and often feature the student’s neighborhoods, schools and communities as the main characters in their narratives.

The New York Public Schools Film Festival was created to provide students with an opportunity to have their work recognized and encourage careers in film. The films represent the talent and diversity of students in the five boroughs and were chosen by a panel of teachers and media professionals from the NYC Public School Film Festival.

Short films submitted by the student, each 1-5 minutes in length, in categories such as Animation, Experimentation, Short Film, PSA/Advocacy, and Documentary.

Film festival selections include:

Entertainment (9)

  • First in place by Solomon Shulman; LaGuardia High School, Manhattan
  • The endless corridor by Kingston Wong; MS 74 Nathaniel Hawthorne College, Queens
  • David versus Goliath by Jackson Rob Milott; The Beacon School, Manhattan
  • the fox king by William Chellis French; West End High School, Manhattan
  • space cat by Abigail Summer Rees; Stuyvesant High School, Manhattan
  • Find a friend by Juniper Candelario; Brooklyn High School of the Arts
  • morse code flower by Samya Blake; Brooklyn High School of the Arts
  • A hundred seeds, a hundred wishes by Kaitlin An; Brooklyn High School of the Arts
  • empty stomach by Dayanara Moranchel; High School of Digital Arts and Film Technology, Brooklyn

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Experimental (5)

  • Two doors two worlds by Brianna Daney, Rihanna Garcia, Georgia Grodsky, Janice Kim, Stella Leighton; MS74 Nathaniel Hawthorne College, Queens
  • Real Girl/Clay Girl by Kaliope Tapper; Frank Sinatra School of the Arts, Queens
  • Room by room by Myles Spivey, Alexa Stone, Connor Margolis, Justice Repucci, Tehodora Pritchett, Joseph Ulloa, Emma White, Craig Ashton Marshall, Francisco Aponte, Elliot Stone; MS 243 The Center School, Manhattan
  • be the change by Danny Lopez; School of Theater Arts Production Company, Bronx
  • shine your light by Anastasia De Jesus; School of Theater Arts Production Company, Bronx

Short film (10)

  • A silent dream by Avery Hong; Brooklyn Technical High School, Brooklyn
  • Toxic productivity by Olivia Dartley Dartley; The Clinton School, Manhattan
  • Do not touch by Richecia Henry, Issac Allen; Academy for Careers in Television and Film, Queens
  • hellish science by Alpha Bah, Christopher Cumberbatch, Shay Thomas, MD Sayef, Jayshaw Chery; East Brooklyn Community High School
  • Black Forest by Kim Leonhardt; Brooklyn Collaborative Studies (Reelworks)
  • The email by Isaac O’shea Allen; Academy for Careers in Television and Film, Queens
  • Advantages of Con by Sékou Cherif; High School of Art and Design, Manhattan
  • Latinx in “America”? by Roselin Lopez; PSIS 187, Manhattan
  • Simon’s world by Simon Grinfeld, Lev Vitrak; PS 145 Bloomingdale’s School, Manhattan
  • unwavering love by Oscar Giles; Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, Manhattan

PSA (5)

  • Talking murals by Joshua Alatriste; Frank Sinatra School of the Arts, Queens
  • The good thing by Zane Mills VanWicklen; High School of Art and Design, Manhattan
  • Exhaustion by Veronica Royzen and Abigail Tenenbaum; Staten Island Technical High School
  • Represent us correctly by Abeer Saed; East Harlem Young Women’s Leadership Middle School, Manhattan
  • Hate crimes by Hayden Celentano; Midwood High School, Brooklyn

Documentary (7)

  • a day in the life from adam by Adam Bailey; New Dorp High School (Reelworks), Staten Island
  • Asmait: Around the World by Ruth Allen; Edward R. Murrow High School, Brooklyn
  • Culture by Nana Kwame Williams; High School of Digital Arts and Film Technology, Brooklyn
  • black history month by Jaylette Jones; Tottenville High School, Staten Island
  • The last piece by Christian Zumba; Midwood High School, Brooklyn
  • Friendship by Dina Yamazaki O’Leary; Academy for Careers in Television and Film, Queens
  • What it takes to be a winner by Gio Choi; Susan E. Wagner High School, Staten Island
  • We achieve greatness by Katie Marrow, Patricia Marcero; P37r, Staten Island

In addition to the film festival, MOME and DOE host several student-facing events each year to provide opportunities for industry dialogue.

In March, students were invited to take a behind-the-scenes look at a college-level Film & Media program at City University of New York (CUNY) Lehman College to explore how programs at three CUNY colleges can lead to careers in film. Film Industry. .

In February, students were invited to a panel discussion on careers in film and media, featuring award-winning New York-based producers, writers, editors and directors, including Radha Blank (The forty-year-old versionthe FOXs Empireby Netflix She must have it); Lisa Cortes (All In: The Fight for Democracy, TheRemix: Hip Hop Fashion X, Apollo, Precious); Keli Goff (HBO) And just like that, Black Lightning, Reverse RoeBET Being Mary Jane); Shaka King (Judas and the Black MessiahHBO Random acts of theftHBO high maintenance) and Jean Tsien (PBS’ Asian Americans, Apollo, Miss Sharon Jones!).

MOME and DOE extend their sincere thanks to the panelists involved in the 2022 official selection process, including:

  • DOE educators: Frank Aiello, Michael Bridenstine, Corrine Doron, Shea Ryan and Ricardo Thompson
  • Adobe professionals: Raibar Chener, Jesse Lubinsky, Mike Kanfer, Karl Soule, Clayton Dutton, Jonathan Carrera, Dave Helmly
  • Industry Partners: Jimmy Gass (Epic Games), Ariel Goldberg (Skydance), Jeff Dares, Steve Mcintosh (BAM), Chrisine Mendoza (Urban World Foundation), Raphaela Neihausen (Doc NYC), Kareema Partin (AD Cinematters), Jeff Scher, Abby Verbosky (ReelWorks), Chris Wisniewski (Alliance for Young Artists and Writers)

The Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment

The mission of the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment is to support and strengthen New York City’s creative economy and make it accessible to everyone.

In 2019, the creative industries represented more than 500,000 local jobs and have an economic impact of $150 billion per year.

The MOME comprises five divisions: The Bureau du Film, which coordinates on-site production in the five boroughs; NYC Media, the city’s official broadcast network and production group; the Office of Nightlife, which supports the city’s nightlife economy; the Press Accreditation Office, which issues press cards; and Programs and initiatives to advance industry and workforce development in NYC’s creative sectors.

Photo credit: 1) “LatinX in America”, Screenshot.

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