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CCNY MFA Student Wins Princess Grace Film Award

Niav Conty, an MFA candidate at CCNY majoring in filmmaking, will be honored at the 31st annual Princess Grace Awards Gala, October 30.

Niav Conty among 24 emerging artists nationwide honored at gala

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.

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About The Princess Grace Foundation-USA
The Princess Grace Foundation-USA is a not-for-profit, publicly supported foundation, headquartered in New York City and founded 30 years ago by Prince Rainier III of Monaco in honor of his wife, Princess Grace [Kelly]. Since the Foundation's inception, more than 800 awards have been given to recipients, totaling more than $10 million. Some notable Princess Grace Awards recipients in Film include Stephen Hillenburg, creator of "SpongeBob SquarePants."

About The City College of New York
Since 1847, The City College of New York has provided low-cost, high-quality education for New Yorkers in a wide variety of disciplines. More than 16,000 students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in: the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture; the School of Education; the Grove School of Engineering; the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education, and the Colin L. Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership. 

Set on a striking, 35-acre hilltop campus in upper Manhattan, CCNY has produced more Nobel laureates than any other public institution in the United States. The College has been touted as one of America's Top Colleges by Forbes, one of the Best Colleges in the United States as well as one of the Best Value Colleges by the Princeton Review, and ranks among U.S. News' top regional universities.



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