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Film Talks NEFL7

Film Talks take place virtually using Zoom and can be accessed by All-Access, Day Pass, individual and combo packages.  Limited tickets, registration now open.

FILM TALK 1:  FIX YOUR PITCH keynote presentation with Jacob Krueger 

10am Friday, Nov 13th.  Join opening remarks starting 9:30am

Prepare for NEFL’s pitch-contest with this special Film Talk with award winning screenwriter Jacob Krueger. 75 minute presentation will include Q&A for all joining us virtually.  Here’s what you’l learn:

  • What a producer, agent or manager is really looking for when they hear a pitch
  • How to succeed at pitching even if you’re shy!
  • The 3 keys to every successful pitch
  • How to avoid the 5 most common pitching mistakes
  • How to find pitchable elements even in a “low concept” or “character driven” project
  • How to find your hook and make producers salivate without “selling out!”
  • Unique pitching techniques specifically designed for NEFL’s 3 minute pitch contest (Nov 15th). 
  • Purchase the combo Film Talk 1 + Pitch Contest & $ave!

About The Keynote:  Jacob Krueger

The founder of Jacob Krueger Studio in NYC, Jacob has worked with thousands of writers, from Academy and Tony Award Winners, to young writers picking up the pen for the first time. His writing includes The Matthew Shepard Story, for which he won the Writers Guild of America Paul Selvin Award and was nominated for a Gemini Award for Best Screenplay. To follow Jacob’s screenwriting podcast or to study with him online, please visit

FILM TALK 2:  FINANCE & PRODUCTION during Covid – 11am Sat. Nov 14th

As if filmmaking and fundraising weren’t hard enough, award-winning writer Andy Maycock will take us through the steps he used to raise $7,500 in under 30 days to direct and produce the trailer to his feature Best Man’s Privilege.  Vinca Jarrett, a film finance Pro (she founded the company), will share what to say to investors and how to strategize your next fundraising campaign, whether a one-off or slate.  Yes, it’s challenging, yet it’s possible, even during Covid.  Other panelists tba.

VINCA JARRETT is president of FilmPro Finance, a financial consulting service for investors and producers for funding one-off films and building film slates. Vinca has worked on slate financing deals with investment banks including CIBC,  West LB, Bank of America, Merrill Lynch, and ICB, to introduce financiers to top tiered producers with  A-list packaged projects.    She is currently writing SHOW ME THE F#©K!NG MONEY (SMTFM): HOW TO INVEST, RAISE AND RECOUP MONEY  IN THE FILM INDUSTRYand launched the TV series of the same name in 2014 in which she interviews A-list financiers, distributors, bankers, investors,  attorneys, casting agents, and producers from around the world during Cannes, TIFF, Berlinale, and AFM. Sample SMTFM episodes can be watched at Facebook   For more see Vinca’s full bio here.

ANDY MAYCOCK‘s grand-prize-winning script THE HITCHCOCK MURDERS (NEFL 3) earned him a trip to the Sundance Film Festival in 2016, he’s been a two-time semifinalist at the Austin Film Festival, and his haunted-house thriller THREE STOREYS is currently under option. Under difficult conditions but with the help of a tremendous team, Andy finished shooting the trailer for his feature-length romantic comedy THE BEST MAN’S PRIVILEGE over the summer (see pic).   He was named a “Top 25 Screenwriter to Watch in 2020” by the International Screenwriters Association, and teaches English at Guilderland High School.




Registration for Industry access to the Northeast Filmmakers Lab 7th ed. takes place on

Early Bird  Registration – 25% discount (Oct 1 – 30th)

Discount Registration – 10% Oct 31 – Nov 6th

Student Discount – 50%

All Access Pass, Day Passes, Film Talks, Pitch Contest, Industry Mixers (included w Access & Day Pass), Screenings (tba)



Film Lab Chosen Beneficiary of Wine & Dine 2019

The Northeast Filmmakers Lab / Capital Cinema Cultural Exchange, Inc was chosen among other leading arts organizations in the Capital Region as a Spotlight Beneficiary to Albany’s Wine & Dine Festival 2019.

Premier Beneficiaries this year include the Albany Barn, Capital Repertory Theatre, The Palace Theatre and Park Playhouse.  Other Spotlight Beneficiaries include the Albany Center Gallery, Albany Institute of History & Art, The Albany Symphony, Black Dimension in Art, Capitaland Chorus, eba and Steamer No. 10.

Total distribution and allocation of awards will be based on the final net proceeds at the conclusion of the 2019 Festival which spans Thursday, January 17 – Saturday, January 19th.

Should you attend, tell them “Capital Cinema” sent you.  Be sure to participate in the 2019 Auction.   Check out all the auction items.

For more information about Albany Wine & Dine 2019 Beneficiaries



Industry Mixer


Friday, October 26th  5:30PM – 7PM 

Attention lab participants and Film Columbia filmmakers!  Grab your first beer on us, network with filmmakers and key industry speakers.  Limited to guests of Film Columbia.   Sponsored by the Northeast Filmmakers Lab & Chatham Brewery.

Electric City Script Contest Awards Party – 5pm Feb 24th

CCCE is a proud sponsor of the FIRST Electric City Script Contest Awards Party, Saturday, February 24th, 5p-8p, 820 Eastern Avenue, Schenectady NY.  Click on the link to reserve your tickets.  Only $12.00 (includes Champagne Reception, Food Stations, Awards Presentation, After Party, Entertainment)

Northeast Filmmaker Panelists Reach Sundance

Congratulations to producers Christina King, Jeremy Yaches and director, Jeremiah Zagar for WE THE ANIMALS, a feature film making its world premiere at Sundance 2018 in the NEXT category.   All served as advisors in the Northeast Film Lab (2016) 3rd edition, founded by Michael Camoin, who served as the film’s location manager.  Each appeared on Film Talks ranging from such topics as producing, financing to location management.  Principal photography for We The Animals took place in upstate New York.

We The Animals / U.S.A. (Director: Jeremiah Zagar, Screenwriters: Daniel Kitrosser, Jeremiah Zagar, Producers: Jeremy Yaches, Christina D. King, Andrew Goldman, Paul Mezey) — Us three, us brothers, us kings. Manny, Joel and Jonah tear their way through childhood and push against the volatile love of their parents. As Manny and Joel grow into versions of their father and Ma dreams of escape, Jonah, the youngest, embraces an imagined world all his own. Cast: Raul Castillo, Sheila Vand, Evan Rosado, Isaiah Kristian, Josiah Santiago. World Premiere.

More about Sundance 2018       #WeTheAnimals