persephone_001Poughkeepsie, NY– Dutchess Tourism, Inc., operating as Film Dutchess in the industry, will host an exciting film conference, Tuesday, June 5 at The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park. Organized in partnership with the Orange County NY Film Office, Stockade Works and the Hudson Valley Film Commission, this informative event will connect industry professionals and share knowledge on various topics while also helping businesses and municipalities learn how to become part of the growing Hudson Valley film industry.

In addition to a networking reception, the day will include breakout sessions, panels and presentations covering topics from film industry trends, casting, job training and film festivals to local economic development opportunities. The conference will feature a broad list of speakers including: actor/director Mary Stuart Masterson; Jerry Stoeffhaas, deputy director of the NYS Governor’s Office for Motion Picture & TV Development; and producer William Horberg, Chair of the Producer’s Guild of America East. For a full list of speakers and panel descriptions as well as registration and sponsorship info visit

According to Hudson Valley Film Commission Founder & Director Laurent Rejto, the film industry in the Hudson Valley generated more than $30 million in direct spending in 2017. Rejto will lead a discussion on the many benefits that film & TV productions bring to the region including job creation and other economic opportunities. Other topics of conversation will include location needs, insurance, liability and permit info, as well as other related issues.

Dutchess Tourism President & CEO Mary Kay Vrba noted, “The number of inquiries that have come into our office from television and film productions over the past few years has sky rocketed and we want our businesses to be able to take advantage of the economic benefits that filming brings to our region.” She added, “Teaming up with these great partners helps us educate our community so that we can be as film-friendly as possible.”

“The Orange County Film Office is pleased to be working with Film Dutchess and Stockade Works on this second Hudson Valley Film Conference,” said Dawn Ansbro, executive director of the Orange County NY Arts Council, Inc. and the Orange County NY Film Office. “The first one, which was held last October at SUNY Orange in Newburgh, was incredibly well-attended. With so much information to share and so much interest, we’re committed to working with our fellow film offices to help prepare and educate the region about film.”

Stockade Works Co-founder & Executive Director Beth Davenport added, “Stockade Works is thrilled to be collaborating on the second annual Hudson Valley Film Conference. Our panels and breakouts bring new perspectives and ideas to both those entering the industry and established professionals. From learning about new trends in film and television to industry roundtables, the day is sure to be packed with insights and plenty of networking opportunities.”



About Dutchess Tourism

Dutchess Tourism, Inc. is the officially designated destination marketing organization for Dutchess County and is accredited by the Destination Marketing Accreditation Program (DMAP) of Destinations International. It is an independent 501c6 non-profit organization that works to bring tourism dollars to area businesses by marketing and promoting the assets of Dutchess County to the nation and the world. 

For more information on the support efforts Film Dutchess offers, visit

The office is located at 3 Neptune Road in the Town of Poughkeepsie with 18 Tourist Information Centers located around Dutchess County. The website is and they can be reached at 845-463-4000. Dutchess County Tourism was founded in 1984 under the umbrella of the Dutchess County Economic Development Corporation, became incorporated as Dutchess Tourism, Inc. in 2014 and is partially funded by monies received from the County of Dutchess.

Contact: Nancy Lutz