Amsterdam, often called "the Venice of the North,” is one of Europe's most historic and romantic cities. Recently declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Amsterdam is dotted with stunning Golden Age architecture, surrounded by charming 17th century canals.
Visitors from around the world—including President Barack Obama in 2014—have come to see the wealth of sites and attractions. Some of the world's great works of art are housed here, in the Rembrandt Museum, the Van Gogh Museum, the Rijksmuseum, and the Stedelijk Museum of modern art. Additionally, more than a million people visit the Anne Frank House every year.
Amsterdam boasts a fascinating history. In the 17th Century it became the center of the Dutch Golden Age, and grew to be the wealthiest city in Europe. Amsterdam was known as a cradle of tolerance, both politically and socially. Philosophers and thinkers such as Spinoza and Albert Camus made Amsterdam their home, and today the city still inspires creative thinking and liberal openness. Filmmakers have shot here for decades. Action director Paul Verhoeven began his career in the city, and Steve McQueen, director of the Oscar-winning film 12 Years a Slave, currently resides in Amsterdam.
As one of the most attractive cities in Europe, Amsterdam offers the perfect backdrop for making films. Students can shoot scenes along historic quaint canals in the old center, or use Amsterdam's modern architecture and parks for contemporary settings.
The New York Film Academy is proud to announce that it will hold its workshops in an architectural crown jewel: the historic stock exchange Beurs van Berlage, centrally located in the heart of the city.
New York Film Academy Amsterdam