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  • NYFA Representing at Cannes Short Film Corner

    cannes 2015This year, we have a number of filmmakers representing the New York Film Academy at the Cannes Film Festival. These students and alumni have the incredible opportunity of networking and screening their short films at the Cannes Short Film Corner, which offers industry meets, workshops and conferences that deal with strategic issues.

    Our filmmakers benefit from all the advantages of being a Festival de Cannes accredited attendee, from being able to access the Marché du Film exhibitors or those in the Village International. With the festival officially underway, we’ve been hearing from a number of NYFA filmmakers!

    Below is a list of some of these students and their films. We want to wish them all the best of luck in showcasing their films at Cannes!

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    Francesco Mazza at Cannes

    Francesco Mazza, Frankie

    Richard Selvi, Datin’ Marvin

    Diego Londono, Medley

    Denis Kulikov, Nadezhda

    Ilya Rozhkov, Sabre Dance

    Aditya Patwardhan, Red House by the Crossroads

    Luis Christian Dilorenzi, Sináptica

    Shantal Freedman, Ticketed

    Raquel Bordin, Tip Toe

    Ricardo Lopez-Franco, Binary Stars

    Gabe Chavez, More than Words

     

  • Korean Artist Jun Yong-Bok Offers Painting for NYFA

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    NYFA Founder Jerry Sherlock with Jun Yong-bok

    This Friday, the New York Film Academy welcomed famous Korean artist Jun Yong-bok, who presented NYFA Founder Jerry Sherlock and President Michael Young with an original piece of art entitled “Mountain.”

    While Yong-bok’s art is rooted in traditional Korean lacquer art, he also developed his own unique techniques through his experience of different cultures and their art.

    Yong-bok offered the painting, made with pieces of mother of pearl, for NYFA’s New York new 26 Broadway location in the financial district of Manhattan. He hopes to continue see the Academy grow as his son Hyunmin Jun attends a 1 year screenwriting course. From there, his son plans on heading to Los Angeles for an MFA in Screenwriting.

    We’d like to whole-heartedly thank Jun Yong-bok for this impressive gift, and wish his son the best of luck as he begins his career as a screenwriter!

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    May 15, 2015 • Community Highlights • Views: 468

  • NYFA Appoints Celina Clarich Polanco to VP of Global Admissions and Enrollment

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    NYFA Vice President of Global Admissions and Enrollment, Celina Polanco

    The New York Film Academy is delighted to announce the return of Celina Clarich Polanco to its Admissions Team. Ms. Polanco, NYFA’s newly appointed Vice President of Global Admissions and Enrollment, is eager to begin working with New York Film Academy’s sizeable and diverse student body.

    “During the past few years that I’ve been absent from the New York Film Academy, it has grown exponentially in more ways than one,” Ms. Polanco states. She continues, “Not only has NYFA continued to position itself as a premier performing arts school on a global scale, offering students one-of-a-kind education, it has also expanded rapidly in student body as well as opening numerous new locations, both domestically and internationally.”

    Ms. Polanco has over a decade of experience aiding students’ enrollment in tertiary education. She is a former Director of Admissions at numerous performing arts and filmmaking schools, such as New York Film Academy (New York and Los Angeles campuses), New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, School for Film & Television and TVI Acting Studios and was a founding member of the Executive Team of Relativity School.

    As a clinician, Ms. Polanco has taught Audition Technique and The Business of the Business seminars in 30 states and 6 countries. She has also cast projects in New York and Los Angeles for MTV, ABC, FOX, Broadway and hundreds of commercials. As an actor, her favorite roles include “Camila” in the 2nd National Tour of Tony-Award Winning Musical In The Heights, and touring with the USO of Metropolitan NY, opening for Lee Greenwood and Joan Rivers.

    “I’m very excited to have the opportunity to cultivate an admissions philosophy of generosity and thoughtful guidance to a new generation of NYFA students. With over 60 programs in over 15 countries and many new disciplines to offer, at the New York Film Academy I truly believe there is a program for everyone hoping to learn more about this creative world,” concludes Ms. Polanco.

    May 15, 2015 • Academic Programs, Community Highlights • Views: 996

  • NYFA Hosts Wounded Warrior Event with Guest Tom Sizemore

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    The New York Film Academy had the unique opportunity to host injured service members and their families from the Wounded Warrior Project for a daylong event at its state-of-art Burbank facilities. The events featured a tour of the New York Film Academy’s campus, a filmmaking and acting workshop taught by the Film Academy’s esteemed faculty. In addition to the workshops, NYFA screened True Romance followed by a Q&A with award-winning actor Tom Sizemore. In addition to his role on True Romance, Sizemore has appeared in such films as Heat, Saving Private Ryan, Black Hawk Down and more.

    The warriors and their families had the opportunity to participate in an acting or filmmaking workshop. Those interested in the acting were put in front of a camera, and directed by a NYFA instructor on simple scenes while learning the fundamentals of acting. Many of them shared personal stories, which applied to being emotionally available in their work. They learned essential tools of the industry and how to translate their life experiences within their craft.

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    Warriors interested in filmmaking learned about the aspects of a film set, the qualities that make a good director and employment in the film industry. They also had the opportunity for intensive hands-on experience working with state-of-the-art cameras and equipment. They were asked to work as a team to direct, operate cameras, act, and shoot a scene from an existing film.

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    Actor Tom Sizemore at the New York Film Academy

    After the workshop, NYFA screened True Romance followed by a Q&A with award-winning actor Tom Sizemore. During the Q&A, Mr. Sizemore spoke to the more than 70 NYFA veterans and wounded warriors in attendance about his upbringing, the importance of his family, and military service as he has two brothers currently serving in the military. He was open and honest about his experiences as an actor, and the personal struggles he has endured throughout his career. Veterans in audience were able to ask Mr. Sizemore questions as well as those students attending classes at the New York and Australian campuses as it was live streamed. Mr. Sizemore stayed afterwards to take photos with many of the veterans and their families. They were extremely excited to meet him, and expressed their sincere gratitude for his attendance and his support shown to the veteran community.

    The New York Film Academy is appreciative of the Wounded Warrior Project and Tom Sizemore for collaborating on this event to support injured service members and their families.

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    May 8, 2015 • Acting, Community Highlights, Guest Speakers • Views: 736

  • ‘The Gratitude Diaries’ Partners with New York Film Academy

    The New York Film Academy partnered with acclaimed author Janice Kaplan, whose upcoming book The Gratitude Diaries is an inspiring memoir backed by pioneering research. What started as an intriguing idea—to spend a year living gratefully—became a life-changing experience. Getting advice at every turn from psychologists, academics, doctors, and philosophers, Janice used gratitude to improve her marriage and get a new outlook on money, ambition, and career. She discovered why the stuff we buy doesn’t make us grateful and learned how to raise grateful kids.

    Through interviews with experts, friends, and celebrities like Matt Damon and Daniel Craig, Janice learned the role of gratitude in everything from our sense of fulfillment to our children’s happiness. Research proves that gratitude makes us healthier and happier, improves sleep, lowers stress, and lessens depression. With warmth, humor, and appealing insight, Janice’s journey will empower you to think positively and start living your own best year ever!

    In alliance with her initiative to help spread this positive outlook globally, Kaplan approached the New York Film Academy to produce a short video that asks the question “Why don’t your kids say thanks?” While the kids in the video are adorable, their message is also a reminder that children need to be taught about gratitude. The children’s attitude toward their moms is amusing—but likely hits home for many mothers watching.

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    To further the conversation even more, the New York Film Academy and The Gratitude Diaries is opening up a worldwide Father’s Day Competition to students, alumni, faculty and filmmakers in general to show how they truly appreciate their fathers.

    While there are no restrictions on the videos, we expect submissions to be thoughtful, professionally shot, and most of all – expressing your gratitude in an entertaining way!

    Want to learn more about the contest? CLICK HERE to get started!

    May 7, 2015 • Community Highlights, Contests • Views: 856

  • HollyShorts Presents NYFA Night

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    Continuing its collaboration with New York Film Academy, HollyShorts dedicated a screening exclusively to the films of NYFA students and alumni.

    From HollyShorts‘ website: “HollyShorts is an organization devoted to showcasing the best and brightest short films from around the globe, advancing the careers of filmmakers through screenings, networking events, and various panel and forums.”

    For the past eight years, the HollyShorts annual festival and monthly screenings have become a Hollywood staple. Playing to a sold-out house at the TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood, these eight films were a terrific showcase for our talented filmmakers and performers.

    Maggie Lin’s RED HOUSE received the audience award for best picture!
    Thank you to everyone who participated, and to Theo & Daniel at HollyShorts for hosting such a memorable screening. Congratulations to all the cast and crews!

  • You’re Never Too Young to Become a Screenwriter

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    Dean of Students Eric Conner with Valley View Elementary students

    Each year, Hollywood seems to get younger and younger. Just ask the ten writers from Valley View Elementary, who witnessed their original screenplays performed live in front of a packed audience.

    As part of the Young Storytellers Foundation, a group of New York Film Academy students and alumni have been mentoring these fifth grade writers, helping them to realize their unique visions and commit their words to the page.

    After eight weeks of zip zap zop, three-act breakdowns, NASA shakeoff, story games, lectures on theme, character, tone & conflict—not to mention a whole lot of writing—our talented young auteurs created ten original screenplays.

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    Featuring power-absorbing banana bread, transforming robots, sibling rivalries, magic fairies and talking New Jersey lions, these scripts were worthy of a world-class show. And thanks to the tireless work of our NYFA & Young Storyteller actors, the scripts were brought to vivid life.

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    Congratulations to our budding writers from Valley View. Look for them all to get their first studio deals by age 13!

    If you’re a kid who is interested in learning screenwriting or another creative discipline, be sure to check out the New York Film Academy Summer Camps.

  • NYFA Covers Young Storytellers’ Final ‘Glee’ Big Show

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    As part of our on-going collaboration with the wonderful Young Storytellers Foundation, New York Film Academy students and alumni recently got the chance to film “THE FINAL GLEE BIG SHOW.”

    Glee cast members Mark Salling, Dot Marie Jones, Harry Shum Jr., Max Adler, and Alex Newell along with Chrissie Fit (Teen Beach Movie, Pitch Perfect 2) performed four different short screenplays written by a group of inventive middle schoolers.
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    The connection between Glee and Young Storytellers dates back to the organization’s very beginnings when Glee co-creator Brad Falchuk helped create what is now YSF. Since then, Mr Falchuk has regularly brought the cast of Glee to perform the student’s material as part of YSF’s “Big Show.” With Glee now coming to a close after six seasons, this performance truly marked the end of an era.

    NYFA was honored to be part of the experience, and congratulates the cast and crew of Glee as well as all the Young Storytellers Writers.

  • NYFA Students Attend Red Carpet Premiere of Russell Crowe Directorial Debut at the Chinese Theater in Hollywood

    nyfa student Last week New York Film Academy students received a special invitation to the Los Angeles premiere of Russell Crowe’s directorial debut film The Water Diviner at the historic Chinese Theater. Students from all departments and programs attended and got a rare, first-hand Hollywood red carpet event experience.

    NYFA producing student Emilio Madaio and acting student Tania Martínez where there and recounted the night’s events for us in an interview:

    What were your initial impressions of the event?

    Emilio: It was my first time at the Chinese Theater so I was really excited about it. With its (decorative) entrance it’s definitely a classy place. I saw some of the red carpet events before Russell Crowe arrived. It was fun to see it executed in real life—the interviewers behind the ropes courting the stars and trying to get there attention, the celebrities getting interviewed and posing for pictures with their best angle—that was interesting. I actually ended up sitting near the very front of the theater. Some of the movie’s cast like Yilmaz Erdogan and Ryan Corr sat close to me.

    Did you go with other NYFA students?

    Tania: I was with my whole class, except one person. There were 12 of us. And there were lots of people from other programs and classes too. Even one of my teachers was there. The whole theater was full and they had free popcorn and drinks for everyone.

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    Did you get to see Russell Crowe?

    Tania: I was seated little further back. But it didn’t matter because before the screening someone started talking (over a loudspeaker) saying, “Everyone please be seated…” and I didn’t realize who was talking but then I looked to my left and it was Russell Crowe. He was talking to the audience and making jokes. He didn’t even go onto the stage he just stayed upstairs (on a balcony) in the middle of the theater. Nobody realized it was him talking at first, then people started pointing and taking pictures.

    Emilio: Yes, he spoke from the back of the room and explained that usually at a premiere like this you will see the director talking at the front of the theater discussing why he wanted to make this movie, what happened on set, and what his influences were, but that he wasn’t going to do this. He just wanted to cut to the chase and let movie speak for itself. And he did it in a very funny way. He joked with the audience that after the screening they could trade in their ticket stubs with the Australian government to receive a free kola in the mail. After hearing Russell Crowe speak I decided he was a class act. He seemed like someone who had reached the top and wanted to give back. He supported the other actors in the movie, announcing who was in the audience and giving them a nice push, so to speak. He didn’t want to be the star that night; he wanted the movie to take the lead.

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    What did you think of the movie?

    Tania: Russell Crowe’s acting was great, as well as all the other actors. It’s the kind of movie that keeps you “in the movie” and engaged, and impacts you emotionally. And I’m a really family-oriented person and this movie has a great sense of family. I definitely recommend the movie.

    Emilio: I was very interested to see the directorial debut of an actor. The movie really delivered and exceeded my expectations. (As a producer) I was paying attention to the producing aspects of the movie and it’s much more than you would expect from a first time director. Would I recommend the movie to my friends? Yes!

    What happened after the screening?

    Tania: Afterwards many of the actors were talking to the crowd. People were congratulating them and taking pictures with them. I got to take pictures with a few of the cast members. It was interesting and nice. Walking through Hollywood you always see premieres and stuff going on, and normally you’re on the other side. And it was nice to be inside and to see it from another perspective. I really enjoyed it and want to go to another one!

    April 24, 2015 • Community Highlights, Student and Alumni Spotlights • Views: 1209

  • NYFA Military Students Produce Veterans PSA with Joe Mantegna

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    Actor Joe Mantegna with NYFA veteran students

    Today, military veteran students enrolled at the Los Angeles campus of the New York Film Academy produced a Public Service Announcement for partnering organization, The Soldiers Project. The PSA featured award-winning actor Joe Mantegna, who is a dedicated supporter of veterans and their families. The Soldier’s Project, a non-profit organization that offers counseling to service members, veterans and their families, has been a long time collaborator with The New York Film Academy, offering counseling and support to Veterans making the transition from military service to pursuing their dreams in the creative arts industries at NYFA.

    The PSA shoot was staffed by an all veteran film crew featuring veteran students from all branches of the military and studying various disciplines including filmmaking, producing, cinematography, and photography. The shoot offered a unique opportunity for Veteran students to come together and create a high quality video that will support their fellow veterans.

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    Ruddy Canohernandez, a BFA Producing student who produced the PSA, did so with the hope that his work would “open doors for other service members that he has been so lucky to take advantage of.” As a Marine, Mr. Canohernandez holds strong to the idea of never leaving a man behind, and sees his work as a producer as part of supporting his fellow service member. The PSA was directed by first year student and Army veteran Eric Milzaski, who was thrilled to have the opportunity to direct such a well known actor. In his own words, “this was a tremendous experience for me as a filmmaker, and we, as veteran students here, appreciate the opportunity that the NYFA Veterans Office was able was provide us with.”

    Mr. Mantegna was impressed by the hard work and professionalism of the veteran students and shared a desire to see more veterans working in the entertainment Industry. We will all be keeping our eyes out for this exciting PSA and the futures of these talented young filmmakers.

    -John Powers & Kelly Gardner

    April 24, 2015 • Community Highlights, Student and Alumni Spotlights • Views: 1039