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Gotham EDU

About the Gotham EDU

The Gotham EDU is dedicated to championing and empowering young professionals as they face the challenges of transitioning from student to industry professional. The Gotham EDU provides an engaging and collaborative environment that expands the creative and professional horizons of our students and partnered academic communities. By prioritizing resources, mentorship, and community, Gotham EDU seeks to provide more equitable access to the Film and Media Industry for the next generation of storytellers.

2022 Programs

The Gotham EDU Film and Media Career Development Program

This hybrid program is designed to provide a cohort of approximately twenty talented students with the access, community, mentorship, and resources to make informed and strategic career-making decisions as they continue their academic studies. During this six-week program, students will attend interactive workshops, peer meetups and discussions, as well as one-on-one mentor sessions with industry professionals from across the media landscape: this includes screenwriters, showrunners, executives, producers, and distributors across scripted & documentary film, TV, and audio industries. The goal is for each student to complete the program with a working knowledge of the various sectors within the film and media industry and gain perspective on the many roles and responsibilities within the phases of media making. Students will also identify sectors within the industry that align with their values and skill sets. In tandem with weekly workshops and discussions, each student will develop a creative concept with the support and encouragement of their mentors and peers.

The Film and Media Career Development Program Dates:

Session I: Wednesday, June 1, 2022 – Friday, July 7, 2022

Session II: Monday, July 11, 2022 – Friday, August 18, 2022

The Gotham EDU Curatorial Fellowship Program

During this virtual spring semester program, fellows play an active role in the review and curation process for projects participating in the Gotham Labs and Gotham Week Project Market. Each student is paired with a Gotham programmer who will act as both supervisor and mentor throughout the spring. Skill-building workshops will be led by Gotham programmers, focusing on the review process, coverage writing, bias exploration, as well as networking strategies. Students are also responsible for supporting the Gotham programming team in the administration and production of Labs and the Gotham Week’s Project Market.

The Focus Features | JetBlue Short Film Student Showcase

The JetBlue and Focus Features Short Film Student Showcase provides master’s program students an incredible opportunity to participate in the Short Film Showcase – a unique commercial entry point for short thesis films entering the industry. The Gotham will celebrate the five winning student films at the 32nd Annual Gotham Awards in November of 2022. Winning filmmakers will be offered distribution on JetBlue’s airline platform and Focus Features digital streaming or VOD platforms. This opportunity gives five selected fiction short filmmakers a cash prize of $10k, media promotion and mentorship, as well as distribution potential with JetBlue and Focus Features.


For more information about Gotham EDU and our programs please contact Cait Carvalho, Director of Curriculum, Gotham EDU.