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The full list of BAFTA New York committees and their misisons.

Finance Committee

Chair: Jeff Cotugno

MISSION: To maintain oversight of the Academy’s finances. Develop and administer appropriate and successful financial plans and procedures to ensure the present and future financial health of the Academy while operating within the framework of the BAFTA in New York Inc’s by-laws and overall mission statement.

Television and Documentary Committee

Co-chair: Molly Thompson and Susan Sheppard

MISSION: To produce entertaining events that showcase British television programming and television trends and introduce British talent to American audiences. The focus is also to educate BAFTA members on challenges facing the television industry on both sides of the Atlantic through panel discussions, screenings and one-on-one evenings with particular guests.

Film and Special Events Committee

Co-chair: Luke Parker Bowles and Harlene Freezer

MISSION: To provide our membership with an environment that fosters the education and advancement of motion picture arts through panel discussions and other events. This may include panels addressing film development or finance and associations and co-events with other film based New York organizations, festivals and events.

Screening Committee

Co-Chair: Jill Hawkins and Lisa Harrison

MISSION: To develop and manage an exciting and dynamic program of screenings throughout the year. Through the Screening committee, develop relationships with studios, distributors and PR companies to introduce BAFTA New York Members to the widest range of new studio and independant films, Q&As and film themed events; commitment to a continuing program of exciting technologically advanced event management systems to enable a smooth and member friendly registration system designed to provide all member categories with access to the greatest number of all screenings using sophisticated wait listing and cancellation systems.

Contact: [email protected]

Sponsorship and Fund Raising

Chair: Matthew Kearney
Co-Chair: Christina Thomas

MISSION: To provide the backbone for sustainable growth of BAFTA in New York by developing longstanding relationships with our sponsors. To work closely with each sponsor to provide an individual tailored package of benefits, including unique networking and corporate entertaining opportunities, as well as the profile and prestige of being associated with our brand.

Contact: [email protected]


Chair: Jill Hawkins and Christina Thomas

MISSION: To grow the membership of BAFTA New York to include all qualified professionals working in the film and television industry in New York City
To create networking events for our members to come together more often on a social basis.

Contact: [email protected]

Educational Outreach

Chair: Linda Kahn,
Co-Chair: Susan Margolin

MISSION: To work with schools and college groups to expand the role of BAFTA New York in the community. Activities include film screenings for community groups, managing the scholarship and mentoring programs for undergraduates in NYC area.

Childrens Committee

Co-chair: Doug Schwalbe and Jennifer Lupinacci

MISSION: The BAFTA Children's committee is dedicated to bringing outstanding British children's and youth programming to the United States with the aim of improving understanding between the two countries. It creates events to promote British audiovisual storytelling to young audiences in all forms; stop frame, traditional 2D and CG animation as well as live action in both television programs and feature films. From pre-school through the teenage years, the BAFTA children's committee works on expanding the footprint of British programming in the United States.

Social, Digital and Interactive Media

Chair: Susan Margolin
Co-Chair: Patrick Connolly

MISSION: To create awareness of BAFTA NY and its screenings and events using social media
To educate the New York metro community and beyond about activities involving British Film and Television via web and social media.
To produce educational events around the dynamic and quickly evolving Digital landscape for our membership and for the greater film and TV community.