About Us


coun·cil (ko̵un′səl)

  1. a.(noun) An assembly of persons called together for consultation, deliberation, or discussion.

The New York Film/Video Council is New York’s oldest continuously operating non-profit serving the independent film, video and electronic arts community. For over 70 years, we’ve been a haven for lively discussions, panels and screenings.

Founded in the 1940s, the Council was one of the only film organizations operating in New York.  Now, in a rich sea of film and media organizations, the Council is unique in drawing together members for conversation across the breadth of our community. 

Our roster of members includes important narrative, avant-garde and documentary filmmakers, programmers, archivists, scriptwriters, critics, professors, animators and others with a passion for film.  NYFVC members are affiliated with such organizations as The Museum of Modern Art, Filmakers Library, The New York Public Library, the IFP, Maysles Films, SVA, EAI, Columbia, and BAM.

Over the years, NYFVC programs have addressed technological innovation, independent production, finance, production, distribution and exhibition, international production, fair use, restoration, non-theatrical media for social change among other urgent topics. The evolution of the NYFVC has always mirrored the evolution of the field.

In 2015, the Council fulfills our mission by generating programs that bring members into conversation with some of the most dynamic and diverse film and media people and happenings in New York.

Dedicated to service, the NYFVC is run by an entirely volunteer board and spends every penny of dues on programming and events, which are largely FREE for members. Join or give a gift of membership today!

It is a never-ending source of amazement to me that the NYFVC keeps renewing and adapting to the myriad changes in the world of media. The Council has helped make New York City an exciting place to work and live.
— Bill Sloan, Curator and Chief Emeritus, MoMA Film Library
I always enjoy working with the Council, associating myself with their good work.
— Albert Maysles, Filmmaker and NYFVC Member

Board of Directors

Rebecca Cleman
Director of Distribution, Electronic Arts Intermix
Laura Coxson
Producer, Distribution, Janus Films

Sarah J. Christman
Filmmaker; Associate Professor, Brooklyn College/CUNY
Jon Dieringer
Publisher, Screen Slate

Mary Kerr
Film Producer; Professional Development Manager, Creative Capital

Amélie Garin-Davet
Programmer, Cultural Services of the French Embassy

Paul Dallas
Writer and Programmer
Jessica Green
Cinema Director, Maysles Cinema
Tara D. Kelley
Archivist and Librarian, New York Public Library
Zachary Levy
David Reilly
Programmer, BAMcinématek
Howard Weinberg

Crista Grauer
Mixed-Media Artist
Ingrid Scheib-Rothbart
Fassbinder Foundation

William Sloan
Curator and Chief Emeritus, MoMA Film Library