Film NYC Intensive

Are you a budding filmmaker or cinematographer who loves New York City? Fascinated by video and want to learn more? Take part in the MMC Summer Academy’s week-long Film NYC Intensive, where you will create your own tribute to the “city that never sleeps.”




Film NYCTaught by MMC’s own professors of Digital Media and Video Production, this intensive gives you the chance to create your own short film and experience the city like never before. Your time will be divided between in-class instruction and hands-on production of your own video.

Rising juniors and seniors will receive college-level instructions and real-world experience in various aspects of videography, including storyboarding, filming, and editing in MMC’s state-of-the-art facilities. 

Applicants must be 16 years of age on or before July 1, 2020 in order to participate in the Film NYC Intensive. Residential and commuter options are available.



Sunday, July 5, 2020 to Saturday, July 11, 2020 (inclusive of housing check-in and checkout)


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meet the director and faculty

  • Sarah Nelson Wright, MFA
    Summer 2020 Film NYC Faculty

    Professor Sarah Nelson Wright is Director of the Theresa Lang Center for Producing at Marymount Manhattan College, which encompasses all media-making labs and equipment. She teaches video and new media storytelling in the Department of Communication and Media Arts and creates multimedia storytelling projects about New York City. Her current work focuses on ethical fashion and environmental issues.

    Professor Wright has a background in media, art, and culture, and holds a Master of Fine Arts in Integrated Media Art from Hunter College. Read more.



a typical day

Although no two days will be exactly the same during the Film NYC  intensive, a typical day during the program might look like this:

10:00am – 1:00pm:  Field Trip to Museum of the Moving Image and Astoria Kaufman Studios

1:00pm – 2:00pm:  Lunch with Program Professors

2:00pm -3:00pm:   Film Framing Strategies

3:00pm- 5:00pm:  Shoot Footage in the Central Park

5:00pm- 6:00pm:  Video Editing Best Practices

7:00pm – 10:00pm:  Movie Night at NYC’s Film Forum




Participants will be housed in the College’s 55th Street Residence Hall. Housing is available to students accepted for the intensive, and who will be at least 16 years of age as of July 1, 2020. Note: All program participants who live outside of a 25-mile radius of Marymount Manhattan College are required to live in the residence hall for the duration of the program.

View the Residence Hall Information Sheet

View the Resident’s Guide to Community  Living.

Residence Hall Check-in will take place on Sunday, July 5, 2020. Check-out will take place on Sunday, July 11, 2020 (by no later than 10:00 am). Additional information regarding check-in and check-out will be provided to each accepted student.



All students participating in the Film NYC Intensive and who are living in the residence hall are required to participate in the Marymount Manhattan Dining Dollars meal plan. The cost of this plan for the one week period will be $50.

The meal plan is a declining balance card, and students may add more money to their card throughout the course of the program. Students will have access to the MMC cafeteria (located on the main campus at 221 East 71st Street) from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm, Monday through Thursday.

Evening and weekend meals are not included in the meal plan. Grocery stores and restaurants are located near the 55th Street residence hall. The estimated budget for additional meals, transportation, and other personal costs is approximately $100. This budget will vary depending on the student’s individual needs.  



This is a non-credit intensive. College credit is not available. 



Program Costs: Residential Option
Tuition and Housing:         $1,700
Meal Plan:                             $     50
Total Program Cost:           $1,750


Program Costs: Commuting Option
Tuition:                                  $   1,200
Total Program Cost:            $   1,200 (exclusive of transportation)


Payment Due Dates
Deposit:                                             $    550       Due on or before 5/22/2020
Final Payment (Residential) :       $ 1,200       Due on or before 6/7/2020
Final Payment (Commuting:       $   650       Due on or before 6/7/2020


Refund Policy
All requests for a refund must be made, in writing, to Jacqueline Noel (
On or before 6/1/20                                 100% Refund
Between 6/2/19 and 7/7/20                    50% Refund
After 7/7/20                                                 0% Refund



  1. Marymount Manhattan Summer Academy Application .
  2. Marymount Manhattan Summer Academy Recommendation Form from a high school teacher.
  3. Statement of Purpose: In one or two pages, please describe what you hope to achieve during the Film NYC Intensive and what has prepared you for this experience.



Applicants who apply by May 1, 2020  will be notified of acceptance into the program by May 10, 2020. Enrollment and registration in any Summer Academy Intensive do not imply acceptance into any degree program at Marymount Manhattan.

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