Awards, Rankings, and Recognition

Awards, Rankings, and Recognition

New York Film Academy (NYFA) is a world-renowned institution in higher education. Through the success of our educational degree programs, certificates, short-term workshops, camps, faculty, and alumni, NYFA has been recognized and awarded for our many achievements.

A testament to the school’s dedication to a hands-on education in film, media, and performing arts, our Awards page showcases our achievements in higher education and the entertainment industry.

At A Glance

  • Founded by Jerry Sherlock, executive producer of The Hunt for Red October (1990).
  • A global institution with campuses in New York City, Los Angeles, Miami, Gold Coast (Australia), and Florence (Italy), as well as additional satellite locations.
  • Short-term or semester-long study abroad programs in Filmmaking and Acting for Film at NYFA Florence, NYFA Australia, Paris, France, and Beijing/Greater China.
  • Have enrolled approximately 3,000 veteran and military-dependent students at our campuses in New York City, Los Angeles, and Miami. All three domestic campuses participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program.

Students Graduated Since 1992


International Students From Over 160 Countries


Years of Hands-On Programs


Campuses and Locations Worldwide

Named a “Top Film School” in 2024 from Variety

NYFA was honored by Variety as a Top Film School in 2024, solidifying our commitment to excellence in film education and industry recognition. NYFA was also listed as a ‘Top Film School’ by Variety in 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2023.

Named a “Top Film School” in 2024 from Backstage

NYFA was named as a Top 30 Film School by Backstage in their 2024 guide to American film schools.

Named in the “Top 50 Game Design Schools” by The Princeton Review

In 2023, NYFA was among the Top 50 Game Design Schools by The Princeton Review, underscoring our excellence across diverse realms of media and entertainment.

Named a “Top Film School in 2023” by The Wrap

The Wrap listed NYFA as a Top Film School in 2023, honoring our hands-on curriculum and ability to provide outstanding education across various disciplines.

NYFA Awards and Achievements

In 2023, NYFA marked the achievement of welcoming 100 Fulbright Scholars, reinforcing our dedication to fostering an inclusive learning environment.

The New York Film Academy took center stage this year on the popular Amazon Prime series, The College Tour.

NYFA Los Angeles campus named one of the ‘Safest College Campuses in America’ in 2023 by

Named one of the ‘Top 25 Best Film Schools in the U.S. and Canada for 2023’ by MovieMaker Magazine

Named a ‘Top 20 School in California for Animation’, a ‘Top 25 Game Design BFA Program in the U.S.’, and a ‘Top 10 School in California for Game Design’ in 2020.

Named a ‘Top Film School’ in 2017, 2019, and 2020 by The Hollywood Reporter.


New York Film Academy Rebrands to Reflect Broader Curriculum and Global Campuses

Winner of Italy’s 2023 ‘Io Canto Generation’ Awarded Scholarship and NYC Trip to New York Film Academy

New York Film Academy in Colombia: A Week of Cinematic Exploration and Opportunity

History shows “Barbie” not alone in Oscars snub

New York Film Academy (NYFA) Films Episode of ‘The College Tour’ Streaming on Amazon Prime in October 2023

NYFA Named Top Film School in North America by Variety