Patricia Swinney "Pat" Kaufman (Born 1950) is the executive director of the New York State Governor's Office for Motion Picture and Television Development and the deputy commissioner of Empire State Development. Kaufman is the former president of the Association of Film Commissioners International, where she still serves on the board of directors. She is the secretary for the Hamptons International Film Festival and has also acted in some films directed by her husband, Lloyd Kaufman, the co-founder of Troma Entertainment.
Kaufman was born in North Carolina. She graduated from Sweet Briar College in Virginia in 1970 and earned a Masters from Columbia University in New York City. She and her husband, who live in New York City, have three daughters, Charlotte, Lily Hayes and Lisbeth. She is a breast cancer survivor, which Lloyd talked about extensively in All I Need to Know About Filmmaking I Learned from The Toxic Avenger.
As executive director of the New York State Governor’s Office for Motion Picture and Television Development and as deputy commissioner of Empire State Development, Kaufman is responsible for making available and marketing the State of New York as a location for film, television and commercial production. To foster the growth of these industries throughout the state, Kaufman’s office facilitates production by identifying and clearing locations and providing a state-wide network of federal, state and local contacts. In addition, the office monitors legislative, regulatory and tax initiatives that will affect the industry. Kaufman also oversees the new Empire State Film Production Credit incentive program, which is designed to offer incentives to qualified productions choosing to film in New York. The program was signed into law in August 2004 and has already had a significant impact on film and television production in New York.
AWARDS Ms. Kaufman also serves on the board of the Hamptons International Film Festival and has been an ex-officio board member of the New York Production Alliance. In 2005, Variety named Ms. Kaufman to their Women’s Impact List: 50 Who are Changing the Game. In 2009, AFCI presented her with the Arthur M. Loew Crystal Vision Award. In 2010, New York Women in Film and Television chose Ms. Kaufman as a recipient of their Muse Award for vision and industry leadership. In 2013 Ms. Kaufman was named among The Gotham 50: New Yorkers who revitalize Gotham’s showbiz legacy.