Connecticut Film Initiative

OUR MISSION

CTFI seeks to serve as a professional film-making resource for Connecticut creatives of every niche. We foster togetherness through the production of original films that best showcase the strengths of artists, while encouraging the growth of lucrative film-making job opportunities in the state of Connecticut. 

Check out more work and recent developments on our Facebook and Vimeo page!

PRESS & PRESENCE

CTFI Wins 2019 at Collision All-Stars Pitch Competition

On October 23, 2019, CTFI was honored and humbled to be named the winner of the 2019 Collision All-Stars Pitch Competition at Connecticut Connections! The winnings from this event will be put towards launching the next phase of the Film for Therapy Division (details TBA!)  We especially thank Sound Web, Middletown Entrepreneurial Workspace (MEWS) the Middlesex Chamber of Commerce and Tim Laubacher of Sound Web pictured with our founders at the close of the competition.

CTFI Becomes Members of WIFVNE

After attending the annual meeting in Boston at  WGBH, CTFI became apart of the growing non-profit organization Women in Film and Video: New England. Huge “thank you” to President Alicia Orsini for extending an invite to be her guests at the event! WIFVNE is an organization dedicated to supporting female voices in the film, television and media industry. Check out their website for more information and membership options and benefits! https://womeninfilmvideo.org/

CTFI is Essex Savings Bank's "Business of the Month"

Essex Savings Bank in Old Saybrook recognized CTFI as their “Business of the Month” for July 2019! The table consisted of handout information for TriCircle INC an organization dedicated to providing resources for individuals and families affected by substance use disorders. TriCircle was CTFI’s premier film for therapy piece “Together WE Are Stronger. Thank you Essex Savings for supporting local businesses! 

Team CTFI Screens Film at Mystic Film Festival

CTFI’s “After 48 Hours” screened at the second annual Mystic Film Festival. After creating the entire film in only 48 hours with rules and regulations provided by the 48 Hour Film Project New Haven, Team CTFI took home the award for Best Sound Design at New Haven’s Golden Awards Night. Huge thanks to Trish Clark for the opportunity to submit to the Mystic Film Festival and her hard work in facilitating the 48 Hour Film Project.

CTFI makes cable debut on Frontier with Skye 13 Studios

Thank you to Skye 13 Studios for having us on Frontier! Check out the replay of CTFI’s cable premier of the Film for Therapy piece “Together WE Are Stronger” for TriCircle INC. Founders Dani Scott and Christina Sciongay discuss the unique Film for Therapy movement, talk about the inception of CTFI and discuss exclusive behind the scenes and the intimate creation of this incredibly moving piece! 

Check back soon to see more exciting milestones on our journey to providing opportunities for CT filmmakers!

Abstract Framework Interview

Owners Dani Scott and Christina Sciongay were honored to be interviewed by Christian Alvarado of Abstract Framework. They discuss personal experiences being women in film and how CTFI is helping to create a community for female filmmakers. Christina and Dani also played the Moviewed Game with Abstract Framework’s Nelson Ortiz where they learned a little more about each other with a competitive edge! Please take a minute to watch! Be sure to subscribe to Abstract Framework’s YouTube Channel and follow all their great content on Instagram with the handle @abstractframwork!

Interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZ7XiytLPc4&feature=share

Moviewed Game: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LYuB3UK_AKs&feature=youtu.be

 

 

Christina's Interview with Hometown Newspaper, Republican American

Christina Sciongay was interviewed by her hometown paper Republican American to discuss her and Dani Scott’s up and coming success with CTFI, how the idea for the initiative was born, the importance of the healing art of filmmaking and how they plan to impact the future of filmmakers and communities in CT. Thank you Republican American and Michael Chaiken!

DIVISIONS

ENTERTAINMENT

The mission of our Entertainment Division is to provide a platform to showcase the creative strengths of East Coast filmmakers through the production, promotion, and marketing of high-quality original films. Through our initiative, we strive to create an encouraging and creatively fluid environment, while remaining easily accessible to foster future careers in the film industry. CTFI produces films that foster pride and passion in our artists, allowing them to best implement and utilize their creative strengths.

Be Afraid; Do It Anyway

Short Dramatic Film
Written By:
 Dani Scott 

Directed By: 
Dani Scott & 
Christina Sciongay 
Director of Photography:
 Jonathan Henderson

This film explores the hardships of being a struggling artist in today’s society. How long can they struggle before they are tempted to leave their dreams behind? *Selected for the SheDirected competition for female filmmakers*

The Blend

Short Horror Film
Written By:
Heather Napier

An unsuspecting girl gets tricked into becoming a part of a sorority cult game.

Shivers: Episode 8

Found Footage Horror Film
Written By:
Joshua Novo

In the vein of classic EC Comics, a TV personality gets more than he bargains for when he decides to take on a disturbing and bizarre case of two girls and their doll. What’s left of him is the footage from his last episode…

FILM FOR THERAPY

 

The mission of our Film For Therapy movement is twofold: First, we create meaningful films with themes that will raise awareness for social causes, while simultaneously promoting a call to action. Secondly, CTFI’s Film For Therapy seeks to provide an artistic outlet for those overcoming afflictions with filmmaking as the medium. We are partnering with organizations across the state to collaborate with producing filmmaking projects of a variety of genres that advocate for social change.

TriCircle

Theme: The Disease of Addiction and Healing
Founder and Executive Director: Ana Gopian 

On May 5, we held a special screening to present the first Film for Therapy piece produced by the Connecticut Film Initiative, in conjunction with the Connecticut non-profit TriCircle Inc.

This was CTFI’s first Documentary Short and the first film from our Film for Therapy division. This piece aims to not only bring awareness to this disease of addiction, but to further the funding and growth potential of implementing Tricircle’s 3 phase plan.

 
Our premiere screening space was generously hosted at Gaylord Specialty Healthcare / Gaylord Hospital. Event photography courtesy of Bernie Staggers.

 

CT Alive

Theme: Thriving in Life After Domestic Abuse
Project Director of CT-ALIVE & Founder of Thriverzone: Susan Omilian

A documentary style piece that will showcase Thrivers as they live their best lives after coming out of abusive relationships. This work will be made to inspire current and new Thrivers, foster a message of strength and hope, while also bringing to awareness the non-profit CT- ALIVE and Susan Omilian’s Thriverzone workshops.

ABOUT US

Danielle Scott – Actress, Writer, & Co-founder 

Dani is a marketing graduate from Emerson College in Boston. She spent two years in Los Angeles working in casting for television with Space Station Casting Studios and Uncut Casting while submitting talent and working in an agency with Green and Green Talent Group. Along with appearances on screen in film and television, she is currently performing on stage with the Ivoryton Players and also performed at The Kate with The Saybrook Stage Company. Dani is looking forward to bringing more film productions to CT!

Christina Sciongay – Actress, Writer, & Co-founder 

Christina has worked professionally in all genres of acting, spanning from comedy, drama, thriller and musical theater. She has studied comedy under sitcom star Richard Kline and has a foundation in the Meisner technique. Christina has earned roles in films for the Sundance Film Festival, Comedy Central and Lifetime Movie Networks. Christina has performed through the mediums of stage, television, voice-over and film, but with a particular passion for the film industry, she has also worked as a consultant and has been featured in interviews for Backstage Magazine and the Huffington Post.

In addition to the performing arts, Christina has studied Psychology at the University of Connecticut, where she was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi honor societies and named a Babbidge Scholar. She is excited to incorporate her love for the field of psychology into the Film For Therapy division of the CT Film Initiative. Christina has also worked with non-profit organizations including Youth Service America, the Children’s Miracle Network and served as a representative of the Miss America Organization. She hopes to bring additional opportunities of philanthropy to the state through the Film For Therapy movement.

THANK YOUS

Film for Therapy Graphic: We want to give a special thank you to Elsie Art for creating the graphic that launched our Film For Therapy movement. Our goal was to impart a message of the healing power of film, and being an artist herself, Lauren understood this completely. She provided an initial artistic sketch and font design that we immediately felt captured our goal perfectly. Thank you to Lauren for supporting our initiative and sharing her talents with us. Reach out to [email protected] for any illustrations, portraits or pencil art you may need!

We would like to thank Erin Moffat for inviting us to speak to her students at the Beacon Falls Youth Theater Group. We loved the opportunity to interact with the young actors and even attend a special rehearsal for their production of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory!

Reno/ Actor’s Gym: We want to give a huge thank you to Reno Venturi of The Actors Gym in Hamden. He was kind enough to open his studio space to CTFI and its members for our second production meeting. Being a man of many talents within the entertainment industry, including owning several of his own production companies, Reno has shown this initiative nothing but pure encouragement. We are so grateful for his hospitality and we look forward to working with Reno in the future! His classes at the Actors Gym have brought on board some amazing actors and talent that we are grateful to have interested in working with CTFI!

Noel/ Unit 2 Productions: Noel generously opened his space for our very first CTFI production meeting and it was a huge success! His Unit 2 Productions space was a great platform for members interested in making films come together and share our passion of filmmaking. Noel was very hospitable and was kind enough to show us his unique DIY film equipment which, he has used on numerous films and professional sets.

Studer Solutions: A massive thank you to Aaron Studer for being our amazing tech and website development guru! We can’t thank you enough for putting so much work, time and energy into developing our website! Thank you for being so patient with us and helping to walk us through everything technical. A huge thank you to Sophia Valentin for being kind enough to reach out and offer this help with our website development. Sophia has such an eye for graphic design and she was so in line with our vision. She helped us to create a beautiful page that is easy to navigate and eye-catching. As a team, Studer Solutions was uncanny in understanding our CTFI brand and helping showcase our initiatives goals and visions. Both Aaron and Sophia were patient with us as we gathered all our information, pictures, and continuously brainstormed ideas for the pages. Any actor, professional, and creative who needs a solid webpage to showcase their talents, these two are who you’ve been looking for! Websites are so important for the promotion of any brand or individual looking to branch out their network and working with Studer Solutions is such a positive experience with a very satisfying outcome! For website inquiries email: [email protected]

Karen Dionne of Karen Dionne Art Direction + Design: A huge thank you to Karen Dionne of Karen Dionne Art Direction + Design! We can’t thank you enough for helping us design and create a logo that encapsulates everything we wanted in a small visual piece! From the colors, the font and the film strip design, working with artists that also work visually was a fun and collaborative experience that reminded us why we love working in the visual arts! Karen understood how important and vital a logo was to help grow our business and build brand recognition and personality. Thanks so much for all you have done for us and your continued support in our initiative.

Christina sends a special thank you to Emily Cait Photography for her Co-Founder’s Headshot Photo. As a CT Photographer, Emily has been a friend of the initiative since inception. You can contact her at [email protected] for family, wedding, newborn and headshot sessions!

Robert Sciglimpaglia JR, Attorney at Law: Thanks so much to our attorney and fellow actor for helping us legalize paperwork and walking us through making the Connecticut Film Initiative an official LLC! We can’t thank you enough for your patience as we navigated through the legalities of starting a film business! Aside from his legal guidance, his support in our initiative as a talented SAG actor is so appreciated. We are lucky enough to have a great entertainment attorney and talented actor on our team! Thanks for all that you have done for us. This initiative literally, and legally, wouldn’t be what it is today without you!