Niav Conty, an MFA candidate at The City College of New York majoring in filmmaking, is one of 24 emerging artists in theater, dance and film nationwide named 2013 Princess Grace Award winners. She and the other winners will be honored at the 31st annual Princess Grace Awards Gala, Wednesday, October 30, at Cipriani 42nd Street, New York, hosted by the Princess Grace Foundation-USA (PGF-USA).
The award comes with a grant that Ms. Conty will use in support of her thesis project, “Outworld,” which is currently in postproduction. “It’s a big confidence booster being listed with all these other talented students from around the nation, as well as a validation of the film program at City College,” said Ms. Conty, a Harlem resident.
Ms. Conty and her co-recipients represent 24 colleges, universities, and not-for-profit theater and dance companies. “They exemplify both classical and experimental artistic disciplines and, while still considered emerging talent, already show exceptional promise in their areas of expertise,” the Princess Grace Foundation said in a news release.
She is the only recipient from New York in the film category and the second student from CCNY’s MFA Program in Media Arts Production to receive a Princess Grace Award. Gisela N. Brake won in 2006.