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The 2021 Film COOP Women in Film Peak Leaf Weekend Site Tour and Networking Event will take place from Thursday, Sept. 30, to Sunday, Oct. 3, in Cooperstown, Oneonta, Utica, Springfield Center and several other locations in Otsego County and New York's Mohawk Valley. We have booked 13 rooms at some of the best four/five-star hotels in Cooperstown for the weekend and want to fill them with New York City or other industry women – directors, producers, location scouts – who are actively working to make a movie in the next couple of years. We want to show you that Otsego County and the city of Utica are camera ready. In addition to two qualified production facilities, we have dozens of available locations, two lakes, the headwaters of the Susquehanna River, the foothills of the Catskill Mountains, two amazing colleges in the "city of the hills," Oneonta, dozens of quaint hamlets and villages, and a major Erie Canal city, Utica, to show you. And we will be doing it during one of the prettiest weeks of the year, when the leaves are in peak colors. We will introduce our guests to local caterers and location rental managers, city and county officials and area industry professionals to help the industry see that Otsego County and the Mohawk Valley are great places to book production shoots for films, television programs, commercials and industrials.
The cost for this weekend all-inclusive with meals, three nights stay, full transportation check in to check out and recreational activities (museum passes, outdoor activities, weather permitting) would be about $1,500, but Film COOP is offering this package to 13 film professionals for just $345.
In addition, we are offering two full scholarships on the tour, one to guarantee a diversity-inclusion candidate and the other to a filmmaker willing to screen a recent film she wrote, directed or produced.
Film COOP, legally known as The Cooperstown, Oneonta, Otsego County Film Partnership, Inc., is the pioneer film commission office in the Mohawk Valley EDD. We are the official film commission of Otsego County, New York, the village of Cooperstown and the city and town of Oneonta. We also have a partnership with The Stanley Theater in Utica, a qualified production facility.
Of course, this is all COVID willing, and we will take all CDC and State DOH recommended precautions for the weekend.
If you have any questions, I would be happy to answer them. We are looking forward to hosting you all during the beauty of Upstate fall.
The Cooperstown, Oneonta,
Otsego County Film Partnership, Inc.
Who: Any female filmmakers who are directors, producers or location scouts. New York City area professionals and filmmakers making films in the next two years are our ideal visitors, but we will entertain any women who are working in the industry and want to see Otsego County and Utica's great filming locations.
When: Arrive Thursday, Sept. 30, via your own transportation or we will pick you up from the airport or train station in Albany, about 90 minutes from Cooperstown. Depart Sunday, Oct. 3, after brunch or optional afternoon sightseeing. We will shuttle people back to Albany, if needed.
Where: Otsego County, New York, featuring the foothills of the Catskill Mountains, the college city of Oneonta, the historic village of Cooperstown, beautiful Otsego and Canadarago Lakes and a trip to the Mohawk Valley city of Utica, where the famous The Stanley Theatre is gaining acclaim as a qualified production studio.
Cost: The tour priced out at about $1,500 per person, but thanks to our donors, a grant from Otsego County and a gift from the C.J. Heilig Foundation, the cost is just $345 to participants, $295 if you pay by July 31. There are also two full scholarships available, one to ensure diversity inclusion and one to a female filmmaker willing to screen a recent film she wrote, directed or produced.
Included in the tour: Three nights at a four-star hotel in Cooperstown. Transportation from Albany to Cooperstown, and back, if needed, and transportation throughout the three-day tour. Dinner on Thursday, three meals a day Friday and Saturday and brunch on Sunday. If you want to stay Sunday afternoon, we will provide free tickets to any of the museums around Cooperstown or work with you to plan other activities (golf, hiking, lake sports).
Information: Contact Greg Klein at firstname.lastname@example.org or 315-527-3082.