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What is the NEGMS?

The New England Graduate Media Symposium is an annual conference where graduate students working in media and the arts can present their work to each other, faculty, and professional colleagues. The symposium intends to foster the spirit and practice of exchange, collaboration, and intellectual community among members of the area’s various graduate programs, and to function as a springboard for future projects.

Who is the Keynote Speaker this year?


We are thrilled to announce that our keynote speaker this year is writer-producer Adele Lim.

Adele is a writer-producer for Film and Television. Most recently she wrote the screenplay adaptation of Crazy Rich Asians (2018, Warner Bros.) A Malaysian native of Chinese descent, she came to the States at 19 and graduated from Emerson College, Boston. She has written on and produced multiple primetime TV dramas, including One Tree Hill, Private Practice and Lethal Weapon. She also mentors writers through CAPE's New Writers Fellowship and is a judge for the Writers Guild of America’s Writers Access Project. Currently she is developing a one-hour drama series for FOX and writing a screenplay for Disney Feature Animation.

Can I submit work?

The NEGMS is open to all graduate students who are either currently attending a program based in one of the six New England states or have graduated from one of them within the past twelve months. 



What kind of work can I submit?

The NEGMS is open to all mediums of creative work that relate to the 2019 theme, Defining JourneysThis might include, but is not limited to film/video, painting, photography, sculpture, performance, installation and interactive art. We also accept scholarly works about media and the arts.

Does the NEGMS have Awards?


Yes! The 2019 NEGMS Selection Committee will announce the 'Best Project' award at the Symposium on March 15th-16th. All submissions will be assessed for their strength of concept and execution, in addition to its congruity with this year's theme.

How can I present my work? 

If your work is accepted you will be organized onto a panel that will include 2-4 other students. Each student on the panel will be given 5-10 minutes to present their work individually. This can be done in different ways and is up to you. Past students have done live performances, screened films, or have discussed their work with an accompaniment of images. You should outline how you would like to present your work in the submission form.


After each student has presented their work, the panel then engages in a moderated Q&A for about 30 minutes.

When & Where is the 2019 NEGMS?

The 2019 NEGMS will take place on March 15th and 16th at the Bill Bordy Theater at Emerson College. 

The address is 216 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02116.

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