January 12, 2018
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Announces Winning Films for I LOVE NEW YORK @Tribeca Student Film Competition

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Students Created New York State Tourism-Based Short Films; Three Winners Receive Scholarships and Film Equipment

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the winners of the state's first I LOVE NEW YORK @Tribeca Student Film Competition, representing New York's 11 Tourism Regions. Each finalist received a stipend to create the short one-to-three-minute film focusing on a specific vacation region across the state.

"Tourism is the lifeblood of New York and the films created by these talented student filmmakers will help us promote some of our favorite statewide destinations," Governor Cuomo said. "This contest continues New York's support for film and television production statewide, and I congratulate the winners and all participants."

First introduced at the New York State Tourism and Craft Beverage Summit, the I LOVE NEW YORK @Tribeca Student Film Competition invited film students from across the state to submit ideas for a short film featuring one of New York's eleven vacation regions. More than 50 applications were received, each with a creative treatment describing the filmmaker's vision.

Robert Keith Toman, a student at Five Towns College, was awarded first place for his short film titled "Inherited View" about Long Island. The film is a first-person narrative about growing up on Long Island, paying tribute to the region's vineyards and beaches, and attractions like the shopping in Greenport and the Montauk lighthouse. He will receive a $15,000 scholarship, a DSLR camera, film-editing software and a five-day vacation in New York State.

Second place was awarded to Noah Evans from Columbia University. His film, "Climb," focused on The Adirondacks. He will receive a $10,000 scholarship, a DSLR camera, film-editing software and a weekend getaway in New York State. Andrea Ross, a SUNY Binghamton student, won third prize for her Central New York film. She will receive a $5,000 scholarship and a DSLR camera.

To view the winning film submissions, please visit www.iloveny.com/filmcontest.

Tribeca Film Festival Co-Founder and CEO Jane Rosenthal said, "This was a great opportunity for students to showcase one of New York's vacation regions. Tribeca has always been dedicated to storytelling and encouraging the development of young filmmakers, and the finalist films represented a wonderful range of technique and style. We congratulate the finalists and the winners of the competition."

Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, "The I LOVE NEW YORK @Tribeca Student Film Competition showcases the beauty and diversity of our eleven vacation regions, and our student filmmakers have done an excellent job bringing to life all that New York has to offer."

Since taking office in 2011, Governor Cuomo has made unprecedented investments in the tourism industry throughout New York State, leading to historic levels of visitors and direct spending. In 2016, New York welcomed a record 239 million visitors who spent nearly $65 billion, generating a total economic impact of more than $100 billion for the third straight year. Tourism remains the state's fourth largest employer, supporting more than 914,000 jobs annually.

New York State continues to support statewide film and television production through the New York State Governor's Office of Motion Picture and Television Development. Since 2011, more than 1,250 film and television projects have submitted applications to the Film Tax Credit Program, generating an estimated $18.8 billion in spending and approximately 1.16 million new hires in New York State. Additionally, the number of Qualified Production Facilities across the state has increased to a total of 93, containing more than 255 soundstages.

About I LOVE NEW YORK
New York State features 11 beautiful vacation regions. New York's attractions span from landmarks such as Niagara Falls to the wine trails of Hudson Valley and treasures like the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. Whether it's wide-ranging outdoor activities for the whole family like hiking, rafting and fishing, culinary wonders and farm-to-table fresh foods, or exploring the rich history and culture of one of the 13 original colonies, New York State offers diverse activities for all travelers. For more information, visit www.iloveny.com.

About the Governor's Office of Motion Picture & Television Development
The New York State Governor's Office of Motion Picture & Television Development, a division of Empire State Development, offers film, television and commercial productions and post-production tax credits for qualified expenditures in New York State. The office also serves as a liaison between production companies and city and local governments, state agencies, a network of statewide contacts, local film offices and professional location scouts and managers. For more information on filming in New York State or the Film Production and Post-Production Tax Credit Programs, please visit www.nysfilm.com

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