NEW YORK, September 24, 2008 – I Love New York (www.iloveny.com), the marketing arm for the State of New York, received some star power help today to honor Syracuse resident Sean Cunningham with the Grand Prize in the first-ever I Love New York Short Film Competition.
Representatives of Empire State Development (ESD) and The Governor’s Office of Motion Picture and Television Development joined Ugly Betty star America Ferrera on the set of the hit ABC series to both announce the winner and welcome the cast and crew to their new home in
Cunningham’s short film, Discover a Different New York, was one of several hundred entries in the inaugural I Love New York Short Film Competition presented by ESD. The competition is part of the State of
A panel of entertainment industry celebrities with strong ties to
New York Governor David A. Paterson praised the winning entry while noting the importance of filmmaking to both the State and
“It was only fitting that this award for creative filmmaking was announced on the set of Ugly Betty, which is wisely taking advantage of our State’s tripled tax incentive on film and TV production,” said Governor Paterson. “The film and TV industries are vital to the State’s economic success and contribute an estimated $7 billion annually while employing more than 100,000 people, so we are gratified to see a show such as Ugly Betty return to
Ugly Betty’s producers saw the benefits that filming in
“Our adjustment to shooting in
Location was a topic that struck a positive chord with ESD officials and the film competition’s judges as well.
“The I Love New York Short Film Competition brought together the tourism and film industries, both of which are invaluable assets to the state, providing jobs and billions of dollars annually to
According to Thomas Ranese, chief marketing officer of ESD, the competition has helped demonstrate the affection that people feel towards the entire State, including
“We created this competition to help people see that
The Grand Prize winning film will appear as part of a commercial during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade broadcast, as well as on jetBlue Airways seatback televisions and the Independent Film Channel (IFC). Film festivals across the state have partnered with the competition, including Hamptons Film Festival; Lake Placid Film Forum; New York Film Festival; Rochester High Falls International Film Festival; Syracuse International Film Festival; Tribeca Film Festival; and Woodstock Film Festival.
Sponsors of the I Love New York Short Film Competition include the Independent Film Channel (IFC), The Independent Feature Project (IFP), jetBlue Airways, The New York Post and Sony. For more information about the “I Love
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