Big Apple Film Festival will select a limited number of screenplays, completed films and streaming series to participate in our AGENTS AND MANAGERS NETWORKING LAB. The purpose of the lab is to provide direct access for filmmakers and screenwriters currently seeking representation to discuss their projects, ask questions, pitch their material and receive feedback from top agents and managers. Meetings will be in small group sessions and will take place virtually allowing all selected participants to join remotely.

PARTICIPATING AGENTS AND MANAGERS INCLUDE REPRESENTATIVES FROM:

THE GERSH AGENCY
APA
STOBBY ENTERTAINMENT

​It is recommended that selected screenplay participants are prepared with the following:
1. Synopsis
2. Attached Cast (if any)
3. Estimated Budget
4. Copyright Information
5. Your Bio and Any Awards or Placements Your Script has received

​It is recommended that selected participants with film projects are prepared with the following:

1. Synopsis
2. Cast
3. Budget
4. Distribution (if any)
5. Film Festival Screenings and Awards (if any)

FULL BIOGRAPHIES OF PARTICIPATING AGENTS AND MANAGERS:

ROY ASHTON
PARTNER, THE GERSH AGENCY
Roy Ashton is the Head of the TV Literary & Packaging Dept. at The Gersh Agency, with offices in Los Angeles and New York. Prior to joining Gersh as Partner, Ashton spent 13 years at Creative Artists Agency.
He functions in all areas of television, helping clients sell and package television projects at the major networks, major cable, and premium cable outlets.
​Ashton’s client business includes showrunners, writers, production companies, directors, distributors, authors, and actors from all over the globe.

HALLE MARINER
AGENT, APA
Halle Mariner has previously worked in film sales for Shoreline Entertainment and Preferred Content. Currently, Halle works at APA as an agent in the Scripted Literary Department. As a honoree of Colour Associates 2019 Next Up List, Halle is also a part of Women Wednesday’s BIPOC Mentorship Program Committee and #Startwith8 Mentorship program. APA is midsize full service agency repping clients from talent, music, literary across TV, Film and Books, branding, comedy touring and more. Representing clients like Oscar winners Gary Oldman and Melissa Leo, as well as 50 Cent, Mary J Blige, Justin Chon (BLUE BAYOU), Ms. Pat, John Carpenter, Derek Kolstad (John Wick Franchise) and many more.

SHAN RAY
AGENT, THE GERSH AGENCY
Shan Ray is a veteran of the agency business, specializing in Television Literary and International business with a focus on IP/Content, Creators, Writers, and Directors in the scripted series arena. He has set up projects and made deals at all the major networks, major and independent studios and streaming platforms both in the U.S. and International markets. He has also shepherded numerous International formats from around the world to be developed in the US and abroad. Prior to joining Gersh, he served as an agent at International Creative Management (ICM). Shan started his career at MTV in Los Angeles, and is a graduate of The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

LEE STOBBY
PRESIDENT, STOBBY ENTERTAINMENT
Lee Stobby is a literary manager, producer and principal of Lee Stobby Entertainment who has over 10 years of management and producing experience. His clients have written for numerous feature film projects and series, including JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3 and currently JOHN WICK 4, Netflix's STRANGER THINGS and ARMY OF THE DEAD, the CW's LEGACIES, as well as clients who have sold scripts to Lionsgate, CW and more.
Producing highlights and credits include SISTER AIMEE, which premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival; WILDLING starring Bel Powley, Liv Tyler and Brad Dourif and premiered at SXSW; as well as scripts setup with Matt Reeves’ 6th and Idaho, Universal, and Netflix, including the #1 Black List Script BUBBLES.

ABOUT BIG APPLE FILM FESTIVAL
BAFF, named one of MovieMaker Magazine's top "25 Film Festivals Worth The Entry Fee,” top "25 Coolest Film Festivals,”, CBS New York's "Best Film Festivals in New York...,” and FilmFreeway's "Top 100 Best Reviewed Festivals", is dedicated to showcasing, highlighting and promoting the highest quality films from the independent film community.

ALUMNI FILMS include filmmakers and cast that are Academy Award and Golden Globe nominees, SAG Award winners and nominees, as well as films released by HBO, Showtime, IFC, Netflix, Amazon, Itunes and more...

PREVIOUS HONORARY GUESTS AND AWARD RECIPIENTS INCLUDE:
Jesse Eisenberg(Academy Award, Golden Globe and SAG Award nominee)
Cuba Gooding Jr.(Academy Award winner)
Morgan Spurlock(Academy Award nominee, WGA Award winner)
Alan Cumming(Tony Award and Independent Spirit Award winner)
Jackie Martling (The Howard Stern Show)
Jerry Stiller, Karen Allen, Olympia Dukakis(Academy Award and Golden Globe Award winner)
Kevin Corrigan
Katherine Waterston
Ernie Hudson
Mario Cantone
Zoe Lister Jones
Roger Sherman(Academy Award nominee and Emmy Award winner)
Haley Joel Osment(Academy Award nominee), and more...

BIG APPLE FILM FESTIVAL HAS BEEN FEATURED IN:
Indiewire
The New York Times
MovieMaker Magazine (Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals and Top 25 Festivals Worth The Entry Fee)
CBS New York (Best Film Festivals in New York...)
The Hollywood Reporter
BuzzFeed
PIX News
New York 1
AM New York
And more..

Select participants will receive the opportunity to pitch and discuss their projects, ask questions, and receive valuable feedback from top agents and managers. Meetings will be in small group sessions and will take place virtually allowing all selected participants to join remotely.

​It is recommended that selected screenplay participants are prepared with the following:
1. Synopsis
2. Attached Cast (if any)
3. Estimated Budget
4. Copyright Information
5. Your Bio and Awards or Placements Your Script has received (if any)

​It is recommended that selected participants with completed films are prepared with the following:

1. Synopsis
2. Cast
3. Budget
4. Distribution (if any)
5. Film Festival Screenings and Awards (if any)

Overall Rating
Quality
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Communication
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Networking
  • James Carter

    Still looking for a great management team or agents
    www.jamesecarter-webs.com

    December 2021
  • Thank you Big Apple Agents and Managers Networking Lab for the Semi Finalist award. We are so humbled and honored. Everyone at Kamnar Productions thanks you.
    Sincerely,
    Madeline Kelley, Scriptwriter, Producer

    December 2021
  • Asia Harris

    Although I was not one of the finalist I must say it was an honor to have been nominated as one of the semi-finalist in the competition. Though I was unable to attend the competition, I would like to say thank you for this rewarding opportunity.

    November 2021
  • this is one of the best times I've had at a festival.

    November 2021
  • Lallan Samaroo

    We are delighted that our film FRUITVILLE has reached the semi-finals of the Big Apple Agents and Networking Lab. It has been a wonderful experience. Definitely worth it!

    November 2021