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Diana Santi Diana Santi
Director of NYFA Florence

Diana Santi is an award winning short movies, and commercials director and producer. She graduated in Film Studies at the Università di Bologna with honors and worked as First AD on many big budget Italian commercials. In 2004 Diana moved to Los Angeles where she attended the New York Film Academy at the Universal Studios obtaining a diploma in Filmmaking. Since 2005, she is the Florence Programs Director for the New York Film Academy where her major duties and responsibilities include: being the liaison with the Italian Film Industry (Cinecittá, Gruppo Mediaset, Panavision, Euro Lab), as well as the Florence and Tuscany authorities, and establishing contacts with top Italian Film Directors and Actors Nanni Moretti, Vittorio Storaro, Dario argento, Giorgio Pasotti to name a few. In August 2011 Diana founded Purple Reel Productions and directed a 15 minutes short comedy titled “Florence in Love” with the support of the Tuscan Film Commission and the City of Florence that made it to the top 30 of the David di Donatello awards.

Mitko Panov Mitko Panov
Director of NYFA Paris

Mitko Panov is a graduate of the famed Lodz Film School in Poland under the mentorship of Andrzej Wajda and other renowned film masters. Panov has received international awards including the Palme D'Or for best short film at Cannes and recieved Guggenheim and Rockefeller Fellowships, and the Sundance Film Institute Documentary Film Grant. He is the recipient of two screenwriting awards: Hungarian Pitch Point and Krzysztof Kieslowski Award at Scripteast, Cannes.

His films were broadcast on major television networks including: PBS, France 3, Canal +, Channel 4, Film 4, Arts & Entertainment, ARTE, ZDF, ARD/BR; and are collectede by MOMA, the Guggenheim Museum, and the Chicago Arts Institute. His latest film, "The Witness," starring Bruno Ganz was a Swiss-Macedonian-Irish-Croatian co production with the participation of Eurimages and the Council of Europe

Mitko was an Assistant Professor of Film Directing at NYU; a founding faculty member of NYFA; a Visiting Professor at the German National Film-School; and an Associate Professor at University of Texas at Austin. Mitko was the first director of NYFA Paris at the Sorbonne in 1998 and has returned to that role for many summers since at its current La fémis location.

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