• What’s Your #NYFASummer Story?


    Welcome to another year of summer at the New York Film Academy! We are excited to announce this year’s #NYFASummer Selfie Content, giving you the opportunity to win some awesome NYFA swag as well as receiving the opportunity to have your photo animated by NYFA Alumna, Eliska Podzimkova, whose work has made her Instafamous with over 56k followers.

    For the past few summers NYFA has held a photo contest on social media (Instagram, Facebook and Twitter) for our summer camp students to show off their locations, sets and overall campus life at each of their specific locations. Due to the great success and engagement over the last couple years, we are doing this again, but this time we want you to create a selfie! In addition, we will be giving out swag packs every month, with the grand winner receiving our major NYFA swag package (as well as their photo animated by Eliska).

    Entries are now open until September 1, 2016!

    Check out all the details below:

    How To Enter

    1. Follow us on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter (or all of them for the most up-to-date announcements)
    2. Think of a creative way to take a selfie (include friends, backdrops, NYFA branding and your pets)
    3. Post your selfie on YOUR Instagram, Facebook or Twitter
    4. You must also include:
      1. Emojis only on your post
      2. Text you can use is #NYFASummer (this one is important)
      3. Challenge a friend by tagging them in the post with #YourTurn after their tag

    How To Improve Your Chances To Win

    1. Judges are looking for originality and creativity, BUT we also want you to be safe!
    2. Show us where you are in the world – is there a landmark you can include in the selfie? 
    3. Any NYFA branding may sway the judges (wink, wink)

    Important Entry Conditions

    • Please be sure your profile is public so we are able to see your entry.
    • You can submit as many #NYFASummer Selfies as you like and tag as many friends as you like.
    • Having #NYFASummer in your post is very important! We won’t see your entry without it.
    • Winners will be contacted via the social platform they submitted their entry so be sure to keep an eye out for our message.
    • Entries close September 1, 2016

    What You Will Win:

    • Monthly Winners – A winner will be selected at the end of every  month and featured on NYFA’s social channels. They with also receive a NYFA swag pack.
    • Major Winner – The major winner will be selected at the end of the contest. The winner will be announced before the 9th September and the winning work will be animated by Eliska Podzimkova (aka animateNY). In addition, the winner will receive:
      • Major NYFA swag Package.
      • Animated image promoted on NYFA social media channels (Instagram, Facebook and Twitter).
      • Animated image shared on animateNY Instagram account.

    So start snapping, cropping and filtering your best photos and, of course, enjoy your #NYFASummer!

    June 14, 2016 • Community Highlights, Contests • Views: 2301

  • #NYFASummer Photo Contest


    With New York Film Academy Summer Camp Programs officially happening all around the world, we thought it was time again to see what you’re all up to. And what’s the best way to stay in touch with friends around the world? Social Media!

    All you have to do is tag your Instagram, Facebook and Twitter photos with #NYFASummer and we can see how much fun your learning experience is. Whether you’re in New York City, Los Angeles, Harvard, Florida, Europe or wherever, you’re all #NYFASummer students at heart!

    The best photos showing your support of #NYFASummer will be posted on NYFA’s Social Media platforms and awarded a leather NYFA bag, shirts and caps. You could be hanging out on campus, on set, or in a group selfie with your new NYFA friends! The more creative, the better! After all, we’re an art school.

    We will be sharing some of the contenders throughout the summer—from now until September 1st, 2015. The top winners will be announced soon after to receive their NYFA swag!

    Start snapping and tagging #NYFASummer!

    July 2, 2015 • Academic Programs, Community Highlights, Contests • Views: 4371

  • ‘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.

    gratitude diaries

    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: 3881

  • Create Content for Brands & Earn Cash!

    zooppa snack well

    The New York Film Academy has partnered with the growing online creative community, Zooppa. Zooppa is a global social network that develops user-generated advertising with a commitment toward giving talented people with original ideas the ability to work with leading brands. This is a tremendous opportunity for NYFA’s diverse student body to immediately impact the professional world of creative advertising.

    Thus far, NYFA members have contributed content for “Be Bold for Girls,” as well as Campbell’s and other brands.

    Now, Zooppa has announced the following opportunities for students, alumni and faculty to continuing creating content for major brands and earn money!

    • Mission: Create clever 30 second or 15 second videos that entertain female shoppers and entice them to try new the new Snackwell’s.
    • Tone: Clever and entertaining
    • Target: women 35 – 65 years of age who is health conscious and weight conscious, but still craves sweet-tasting snacks with fewer calories.
    • $15,000 in total awards that will go to the top 3 submissions
    • Deadline to submit is May 5, 2015
    • All students who submit to this project will be eligible to win from the $15,000 awards pool offered by SnackWell’s. In addition, NYFA students only will be eligible to win an additional $500 – guaranteed to go to the best submission from NYFA.
    • For more info click here
    • Mission: Create 30-45 second commercial style videos showing real life moments where Volo Vitamins Energy packets give you the boost you need
    • Tone: Informative and Inspirational OR Funny, Sharable, Entertaining
    • Target: Healthy, active, men and women (18-49), seeking a healthy alternative to coffee and energy drinks
    • $20,000 in total awards that will go to the top 8 submissions
    • Deadline to submit is May 5, 2015
    • Social sharing encouraged! Tag @VoloVitamins
    • For more info click here
    • Mission: Make short (30 second) video PSA’s calling people to action and activating them to join the SanDiego Zoo’s conservation efforts
    • Tone: Lighthearted, humorous
    • Target Audience: Women 40+ who are animal lovers and 20+ year olds who have grown up with conservation as a pressing issue
    • Winning videos may be used on a nationally broadcasted TV PSA
    • $25,000 in total awards that will go to the top 7 submissions
    • Deadline to submit is March 17, 2015
    • For more info click here 

    Please feel free to reach out to with any questions you may have.

    In order to be eligible for the special $500 NYFA award, students must submit high-quality content in-line with the creative brief.

    Best of luck with all of your projects!

    March 2, 2015 • Contests, Student and Alumni Spotlights • Views: 3065

  • New York Film Academy Participates in Movember Challenge


    This November, the New York Film Academy participated in its first ever Movember challenge. While the challenge wasn’t necessarily difficult (unless your facial hair grew in unevenly), the cause for the initiative was truly a worthwhile reason to get involved.

    Each November, the Movember Foundation raises awareness about men’s health issues by having participating guys grow out their mustaches while encouraging friends and family to donate funds during the duration of month.

    Being that it was our first year taking part in Movember, we weren’t sure of the response we’d receive. However, after the first few weeks, one couldn’t miss a mustache or two while wandering around campus. Participation came from NYFA students and faculty at various locations, including New York City, Los Angeles, and Abu Dhabi. We heard stories from cancer survivors, as well as those who’ve had love ones affected by men’s health issues such as testicular and prostate cancer.

    NYFA faculty, students, and alumni got creative in the effort—even a few of the NYFA women became involved by supporting their fellow men as “Mo Sistas.” Some of the guys grew out their mustaches for the very first time while others neatly groomed theirs like seasoned veterans.


    Of the 50 official members of the New York Film Academy Movember Team, we managed to raise $1,320, which will all be going to the Movember Foundation. Our top member, receiving the most donations, was Director of Veterans Services in Los Angeles John Powers. Coincidentally, John is one of our staff members who is a cancer survivor. We’re thankful for John’s support and his current well-being.

    To wrap up the month and our Movember challenge, we held a photo shoot at our New York campus located in Battery Park. Students and faculty showed off a month’s worth of facial hair—some more stylish than others. Have a look at our ‘stashes below and let us know which ones are your favorites!





    December 1, 2014 • Community Highlights, Contests • Views: 3010

  • Texas Photographic Society Call for Entries

    Texas Photographic SocietyThe New York Film Academy came across another terrific opportunity for our photography students. The Texas Photographic Society, a non-profit organization that celebrates the photographic arts, inspires the creative development of its members, and provides opportunities to engage with diverse audiences, has announced their latest Call For Entries through their Alternative Processes Competition.

    TPS is currently looking for imagery derived from alternative photographic processes and historical printing methods including but not limited to: Albumen, Anthotype, Argyrotype, Athenatype, Bayard Direct Positive, Calotype, Carbon, Casein, Chrysotype, Cyanotype, Dusting-On Process, Gum Bichromate, Gumoil, Herschel’s Breath Printing, Inkjet Photopolymer Gravure, Ivorytype, Kallitype, Mordancage, Platinum/Palladium, POP, Solarplate Intaglio, Van Dyke Brown, Wet Plate Collodion, Whey Process, Ziatype and all photographic image making techniques that incorporate the integration of traditional mediums such as printmaking, ceramics and painting. Conventional, unmodified digital inkjet prints are not acceptable for entry.

    The exhibition is open-themed, and submissions from artists of all levels are encouraged now through January 19. 2015. The entries will be judged by Christopher James, an artist, photographer, professor and renowned author of The Book of Alternative Photographic Processes.

    Artists are invited to submit 5 images for $30, or up to 10 images for $6 each. The show offers cash awards, up to $500. You do not have to be a member of TPS to enter. However, you may join TPS at the time of entry.

    If you have images that you feel can win this event, please visit their website for submission details. If you have direct questions regarding the competition, you may contact TPS President Amy Holmes George at

    November 25, 2014 • Contests, Photography • Views: 2713

  • Grow Your Mo’s for Movember!

    movember at nyfa

    As many of us are now aware, the month of November marks the month of Movember, which is an international cause to bring awareness and change to the face of men’s health. As a literal reminder, men are encouraged to grow moustaches, or “mo’s” to initiate this essential conversation in the public eye. However, Movember’s not just for men! Women who support men’s health, aka Mo Sistas, are also an important part of Movember’s success.

    While the “Movember Challenge” can be a fun activity for volunteers to involve themselves with, the primary reason for the cause is to save and improve the lives of men affected by prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental health problems. To date, the Movember community has raised $559 million and funded over 800 programs in 21 countries.

    As many of us are now aware, the month of November marks the month of Movember, which is an international cause to bring awareness and change to the face of men’s health. As a literal reminder, men are encouraged to grow moustaches, or “mo’s” to initiate this essential conversation in the public eye. However, Movember’s not just for men! Women who support men’s health, aka Mo Sistas, are also an important part of Movember’s success.While the “Movember Challenge” can be a fun activity for volunteers to involve themselves with, the primary reason for the cause is to save and improve the lives of men affected by prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental health problems. To date, the Movember community has raised $559 million and funded over 800 programs in 21 countries.

    • Sign up on the official Movember website and join the New York Film Academy team.
      To do so, visit
      and click the ‘sign up’ button in the top right corner.
    • Start growing out that moustache and encourage your friends to do the same!
    • Donate to the cause and/or encourage others to donate!
    • Share your photos and videos on social media and include @NYFA and #NYFAMos.
    The top 5 NYFA members who raise the most money will be able to choose from
    an amazing list of prizes.

    Additional Creative Involvement with NYFA

    In addition to your active Movember participation, the New York Film Academy is producing videos and documentary pieces for men and women interested in sharing a personal story of how men’s health has affected his or her life.

    To be a part of our Movember Documentary and video initiatives, we ask that you send an honest story of 250 words or less of how men’s health has affected or been an active part of your life. We’re looking for compelling stories that will touch others and encourage an active conversation in the community. You must be comfortable taking photos and being interviewed on camera, as this will be integral to the production of the projects.

    If you’re interested in actively participating with us, please send your 250 word personal story and a photo to Please note that for this portion of the Movember Challenge, you must be a student, alumnus, or faculty member in New York City, as we will be working periodically on location throughout the month of November.

    We look forward to seeing your mo’s around campus!

    October 29, 2014 • Community Highlights, Contests • Views: 4843

  • Passenger Bar Short Film Competition

    passenger bar

    We’ve stumbled across a terrific opportunity for our New York City filmmaking students, especially those who are living in Brooklyn. Starting November 10th, Passenger Bar in Williamsburg, will be running monthly movie/short film competition nights to screen short independent films and music videos created by local artists and students.

    They’re aiming to have 6-10 shorts a night to screen, per week, and the best shorts of the night can win prizes!

    The first screening night is Monday, November 10th, so students are asked to submit their films by November 8th.

    Interested student filmmakers should email a YouTube or Vimeo link of his or her short to for consideration.

    Students will then need to bring the .mov file, nothing too large, for viewing the night of the event.

    You can also view the Facebook event link here.

    October 9, 2014 • Contests, Film Festivals, Filmmaking • Views: 3893

  • Create a PSA for NASA

    NASA PSA Contest

    The New York Film Academy is proud to announce a contest for students to pitch ideas that tell the story of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). JWST is poised to become one of the most groundbreaking scientific and engineering achievements of our time, designed to operate at near absolute zero, and approximately 1.5 million km away from the Earth.

    Now, the New York Film Academy‘s students will have the rare opportunity of being a part of the global dialogue and excitement that surrounds the development of the JWST. By creating powerful, engaging, and visually exciting stories featuring the Webb Telescope, students will explore humankind’s most significant scientific marvels first hand, and also have a chance to be featured in NASA’s websites.

    The initial round of the contest calls for submissions that contain strong self-application essays, reflecting upon the students’ views of JWST and why they should be picked for this highly prestigious opportunity. The second round will begin with invitations for selected students to tour Northrop Grumman and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), two facilities that house some of JWST’s vital components, and where most of the principal photography will take place.

    These tours will further motivate students for the final round of the contest, which culminates with no less than a live pitch to a committee featuring members from NASA, JPL, and Northrop Grumman!

    The New York Film Academy continues to lead the educational frontier for innovative STEAM-based education initiatives. Pay close attention as the first products of our collaboration with NASA, Northrop Grumman Corporation, JPL, and others, roll out in the beginning of 2015.

    For NYFA students: Your application must include:

    1. Cover letter outlining your interest in the JWST story.
    2. Reel or sample of your work.

    Materials may be submitted by individuals or groups. Selected students will receive a tour of JWST’s facilities and an opportunity to pitch their ideas to a committee including representatives from NASA. Winners will be given equipment and support to shoot a PSA that will be featured on NASA’s website and various other platforms.

    Contest open to all One Year, Two Year, MFA, BFA, MA and AFA Students in good standing. For more information about the James Webb Telescope, visit

    For submissions and/or questions about the contest, please email   

    September 10, 2014 • Contests, STEAM • Views: 4547

  • What Would You Bring to the New York Film Academy Café?

    NYFA Cafe

    We at the New York Film Academy understand that creativity works in many forms. As such, we’ve decided to open up the brainstorming of the new New York Film Academy café in New York City to the world. Located on the busy corner of Lexington Ave. and 24th street, NYFA has ambitious hopes for what could become of the café. However, we realize that we may not have all the answers, and so we’re reaching out to you.

    If you’re an avid “foodie” with experience in the industry and have a great idea for a unique café, this could be a wonderful opportunity for you to launch your very own creation. Perhaps you have the next “Cronut” or “Ramen Burger.”

    If so, please email your resume to along with a cover letter that expresses your creativity, unique café idea, and describes a signature dish you would bring to the NYFA Café. If we’re interested in your submission, we will be in touch to discuss it further.

    Best of luck. We look forward to reading your entries!

    August 26, 2014 • Community Highlights, Contests • Views: 3823