University Partners

New York University & NYU Shanghai

Since 2016, New York WILD has partnered with NYU and NYU Shanghai to create distinctive annual film festival programs, hosted on the two campuses. In collaboration with university faculty from multiple academic departments, institutes and schools, New York WILD curates film programs that are aligned with the university curriculum and tailored for students. 

“Inspiring the young future leaders of our planet is a vital part of New York WILD and NYU’s missions,” says Founder Nancy Rosenthal, “and what better way to have impact than to present a selection of films from the annual New York WILD Film Festival with special guest speakers, filmmakers and conservation scientists, on the university campuses.”

New York University

The annual NY WILD@NYU program event is co-hosted by faculty in Tisch, the Center for Media, Culture and History, the Arthur L Carter Journalism Institute, Gallatin, CAS Environmental Sciences and the NYU Sustainability Program. A collaboration with the Earth Matters club to co-host NY WILD@NYU was initiated in 2020.  

Since 2017, New York WILD and NYU have also collaborated on an annual student short film contest, WILD in New York. Students are invited to submit a 2-5 minute film about something (a place, animal, event, research program, conservation initiative for example) in NYC related to the NY WILD themes of exploration, adventure, wildlife, conservation and the environment. The three top winning student films are celebrated at the annual NY WILD@NYU program event and the winner receives a cash prize. 

2020 Winners of “WILD in NY” Student Short Film Contest

Island to Island, Winner
Producer/Director Margaret Wiss, M.F.A. Dance Candidate 2020, NYU Tisch School for the Arts

A dancefilm created in collaboration with composer Colin Minigan, the dancers, and the landscapes of Islesford, ME and New York City.
A quartet of juxtaposed environments and duets. Exploring the in-between, places of transition, of comings and goings and how individuals make decisions.
– Of the interpersonal and inter-place.

Watch the film here!

Ecological City: The Story of New York’s Parks and Gardens, Honorable Mention
Producer/Director Priya Subberwal, BA Environmental Science Candidate 2022, College of Arts & Sciences, with minor in the Tisch School of Arts for Documentary

Ecological City follows a 9-hour artistic procession of Earth Celebrations, a New York environmental NGO focused on building community awareness and protection of parks and gardens in Manhattan’s Lower East Side, through art projects and programs.

Watch the film here!

Burying the Park, Honorable Mention
Producer/Director Jenny Levine, BA Journalism & Anthropology candidate 2020, College of Arts and Science (CAS), minor in the Tisch School of the Arts for Documentary

Eight years ago Sandy devastated Lower Manhattan. Now, the city wants to bury the popular East River Park under ten feet of landfill in the name of flood protection with little community input. With the threat of no viable green space in a lower income, elderly neighborhood for the foreseeable future, community members turn to activism to fight the city for their park.

Watch the film here!

If you are an NYU student, call for entries for WILD in New York 2021 will open in Fall 2020 on our Filmfreeway Webpage.  Find out more here

Winners from past “WILD in NY” contests

2019 Winners of  “WILD in NY” Contest
From left to right: Alexa Krupp, The Waterfront (Honorable Mention); Laura Zéphirin, Pigeons: Behind the Feathers (Runner-up); Augusta Thomson, flotsam (Winner)

2018 Winners of  “WILD in NY” Contest
Jimmy Banta
, Unnatural (Winner), Elle Luan, NYC’s Poop Revolution (Runner-Up), Rebecca BlandonCold Water Surfing (Honorable Mention)

NYU Shanghai

The annual NYWILD@NYUSH program is hosted by the NYU Shanghai Arts & Sciences faculty with support from students in the student club GoGreen Week. (The 2020 program, scheduled for April 17, 2020, was cancelled). 

In April 2019, New York WILD brought a day long program to NYU Shanghai that featured a selection of New York WILD award-winning films and finalists from the 2019 Festival and special guest speakers from the Wildlife Conservation Society. The audience included NYU Shanghai faculty and students as well as guests from the Shanghai Natural History Museum and students from Yangjing Senior High School, a partner high school with NYU Shanghai.  Check out the NYU Shanghai article about the 2019 program here.


2019 New York WILD at NYU Shanghai


2019 New York WILD at NYU Shanghai


Thomas Rowell, Director of The King’s Keeper Q&A
2019 New York WILD at NYU Shanghai