Berlin is the capital of an economic giant. It is home to the highest quality of education, art, athletics, and
technology, an international hub for transportation and communication, and a city passionately immersed in its
own history. Berlin is also the backdrop the New York Film Academy has chosen for a set of its revered hands-on
and intensive workshops. Just a half-hour ride from the heart of the German city, classes will be located at
Filmpark Babelsberg in Potsdam. While the park provides outstanding resources for film students, their ability
to access the culture and sights of Berlin will be unparalleled.
David Bowie called Berlin “the greatest cultural extravaganza that one could imagine.” Indeed, amidst touring
and dining at the city’s internationally influenced or authentic German restaurants, students will be able to
enjoy the vibrant, diverse nightlife. During the day, they can patrol the streets, stopping to peek into art
galleries or admire a street artist’s work, perhaps taking a trip to one of 175 acclaimed museums.
As a major European city, Berlin is not simply a pillar of German society; it is host to a diverse international
community. This is reflected Berlin’s food and neighborhoods, as well as in the environment of collective thought
sharing that has drawn scientists, painters, writers, and filmmakers to the city. In the country where “The Grand
Budapest Hotel” (Wes Anderson, 2014), “Inglourious Basterds” (Quentin Tarantino, 2009), “Bridge of Spies” (Steven
Spielberg, 2015) and the original “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” (Mel Stuart, 1971) were filmed, NYFA
students will be able to draw inspiration for their coursework and their future careers in film.
ABOUT THE WORKSHOPS
NYFA's renowned workshops provide a one-of-a-kind educational experience, where in-class instruction is combined
with extensive hands-on experience in faculty-supervised workshops and student projects. From the very first day
of the workshops, students find themselves either behind or in front of the camera, learning first-hand the many
nuances of the acting and filmmaking craft. All this is accomplished while studying under NYFA's professional
instructors, who are award-winning actors, filmmakers, and creative professionals working in the entertainment
NYFA has been conducting film workshops in locations across the globe for over 20 years. Now, in Berlin, this
short-term workshop will introduce students to filmmaking in depth.
The course will be nothing like a traditional classroom. Students will gain hands-on experience creating original
short films. They will practice the entire process of making a film from its inception to a finalized version,
learning the fundamentals of screenwriting, directing, cinematography, producing, and digital editing — which they
will apply to their original projects. Part of this process will include students filling various crew positions,
like gaffer or camera assistant. Working on a crew will be immensely helpful in understanding the demands of the
production process and in developing well trained, versatile, and talented young film professionals.
Like film, the acting workshops will completely surpass classroom curriculum. Through instructional workshops led by
our trained experts, students will get hands-on experience capable of preparing them to act for film. Acting students
will collaborate with their filmmaking peers as actors in original student films. In addition, acting workshops will
also be filmed. This gives acting students a great deal of practice time and exposure. At the end of the program,
students will leave NYFA with evidence of all of their hard work: a professionally edited digital reel of their
Serious students are encouraged to apply, and no previous experience is required. However, all NYFA workshops are
extremely intensive and students should be ready to fully commit themselves to their studies.
Upon successful completion of each program, students are awarded a NYFA Certificate.
Contact: Lizzie Sack
Phone: +1-212 966 3488