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AFFMedia Production Lab - Fall 2023

Increasing Representation in Media

  Astoria Film Festival's Media Production Lab to Empower

Historically-Ignored Youth and Foster Inclusive Media Representation

The AFF Media Production Lab aims to empower historically-ignored youth between the ages of 15 and 30 throughout NYC, providing them with essential skills, hands-on experience, and valuable connections to pursue industry careers, particularly in Production Assistance, as well as an introduction to jobs in Post-Production: Marketing, and Post-Production: Editing/VFX.

Through strategic partnerships with studios, production companies, film/tv marketing organizations, editors groups, and seasoned film/media professionals, the AFF Media Production Lab is committed to increasing opportunities for historically-ignored individuals across the entire media ecosystem.

"We are dedicated to increasing representation of historically-ignored voices and faces in the media by providing training and mentorship to our lab fellows," said Nina Fiore, Founding Director of Astoria Film Festival. "Our goal is to create systemic change and greater diversity in the media industry by empowering the next generation of production professionals."

The AFF Media Production Lab Program seeks to provide youth in Queens with the skills needed for the participants to pursue careers in Media Production. 


Oct 18 in Zoom
7-8pm Work on Pitches in groups:

8-9pm Master Class on Pitching with Emmy/BAFTA/Annie-winning SONY TV KIDS VP Bryan Korn


IN PERSON OCT 24 4:30-5:30pm at Variety Boys and Girls Club  
Master Class with Professional Emmy-winning Horror Film Makeup Artist Charles Zambrano


8-9pm Horror Filmmaker Panel

Oct 25 in Zoom
7-8pm Work on Pitches
8pm Pitch ideas for lab production project to Thomas Moore, Art Director for MTV/HBO and more, and filmmaker

Nov 1 in Zoom
7-8pm Master Class on IP Law in Tech and Film with Dauna Williams, Esq (Harvard Law)

8-9pm Outline project/script/storyboard

Nov 5

1-3pm ZOOM - Scriptwriting


IN PERSON NOV 7 TUES 4-5pm Tour of the ARRI Rental Studios in LIC NY

Nov 8 in Zoom

7-8pm Speak with Ben, Showrunner/EP of Sesame Street about his work

8-9pm: Work on Pre Production Set Binder: Script, Storyboards and Shotlist

IN PERSON NOV 18 & 19, SAT/SUN 9am-5pm both days -
In Person Illumination Training Workshop by Gaffer and Grips with The MBS Group
at Kaufman Astoria Studios

Nov 29 in zoom
Pre Production: Shotlist, production schedules, and call sheets

Meet with Nick Katsivelos, NYU Tandon Virtual Production Lab

On Set Production of Lab Project
IN PERSON DEC 2 & 3, SAT/SUN 2-7pm In Person Filming Sessions at Variety Boys and Girls Club of Queens (VBGCQ)


Dec 13 

12-2pm ARRI CAMERA WORKSHOP at ARRI Rental Studios


7-9pm Editing Class in ZOOM by SVA grad and Editor Joseph Rana 


JUNE 1, 2024 - Film Premiere at Astoria Film Festival Youth Festival in the Zukor Theater at Kaufman Astoria studios

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