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  • NYFA Photography Alumnus Wins Annual Rangefinder Contest

    For aspiring photographers, few moments are as exciting as finding the right venue for their work. In the case of NYFA alumni Rutvik Katuri, finding the right home for his work has happened more than once. His series”Holi Colors,” which had previously been published on the cover and as an editorial spread in the prestigious “Imirage” magazine while Katuri was still a student at the New York Film Academy, has just gone on to further success and found a home as the winner of the Rangefinder Photography Annual Contest, winning first place along with another of Katuri’s series, “Fashion Forward.”
    Rangefinder” (Rf) is more than an exciting contest. It is also an award-winning magazine, with a global audience of 111,000, and a digital imprint. In all iterations, “Rangefinder” focuses on weddings and portraits, but their annual contest offers rising photographers exposure and exciting cash prizes, providing a unique platform to expand their audience and forge new connections within the photography industry. Contest winners also receive the boon of having their work published in both the digital and print versions of “Rangefinder.”
    In addition to cash prizes, Katuri’s winning photos will be featured in the September issue of “Rangefinder,” in ’The Senior Issue’ on page 66-67, as well as being showcased at WPPI conference & Expo as well as in the online gallery. The digital version of the magazine can be seen here.
    Katuri’s same series will be featured in gallery exhibition at WPPI Conference & Expo 2018 that takes place in Las Vegas in the month of Febuary, as well as appearing as an official selection of Photoville 2017.
  • NYFA and RED Digital Cinema Reveal RED Challenge Contest Winners

    After months of absolute suspense, New York Film Academy and RED Digital Cinema finally revealed the winners of their fierce competition. The Brazilian alumni pair, Leco Moura and Rodrigo Zan, took the stage for their clean sweep of awards at the wrap event hosted at RED Studios Hollywood on August 31.

    Moura took home the most coveted accolade of the festival, a brand new RED EPIC-W, an 8K professional digital cinema camera, as the Grand Prize for Best Cinematography for his outstanding work on “Jimbo.” Zan was the writer/director of the same heist short film, which could soon become his debut feature. From RED, he already got the jump-start: a three-week rental of a DSMC2 camera for winning the Filmmaker’s Prize.

    It was also a night to remember for Colombian alumnus Andres Hernandez. As the jack-of-all-trades in his dramedy “Monday” — script, directing, and photography — he won the Audience Award. His leading actor, Carlos Perez, accepted the prize on his behalf, for which Hernandez got a $1,500 REDucation voucher for an intensive professional camera workshop.

    The awards ceremony was the culmination of a blazing competition that started in late March, raising more than 130 submissions of the school’s one-year projects or thesis films shot entirely on RED cameras. Then, a NYFA Selection Committee led by the Chair of Cinematography Tony Richmond, best known for his work on “Legally Blonde” and “Men of Honor,” carefully watched over 30 hours of film, picking the top 19.

    Those semi-finalists had the opportunity to participate in the Audience Award category while keeping in the run for the Cinematography and Filmmaker prizes. Eleven of them decided to give it a shot at the online voting. Andres Hernandez’s film “Monday” was the favorite of the public.

    In late July, RED narrowed the 19 semi-finalists to just five. Along with “Jimbo,” the top NYFA alumni films were the coming-of-age drama “The Farthest Apple From the Tree,” by director Elmo Kebour with Italian director of photography Andrea Gavazzi; the twisted fable “Feast,” led by a female pair, Kazakhstani writer/director Aizhan Tuganbayeva with French D.P. Julie Angelo; The U.S.A. was represented in the supernatural western “Revelation,” directed by John Willment-Knowles with Ruperto Sanchez as director of photography; and the sci-fi comedy “H.A.M.,” by writer/director Boise Esquerra with Spanish D.P. Julio Escames.

    The Wrap Event held at RED Studios Hollywood highlighted the five finalists and the audience favorite to a handpicked group of guests from the industry and the NYFA/RED Jury. That is the same room where David Fincher color-corrected “Gone Girl.” Formerly an MGM lot and then later the home of the famous Desilu Productions — run by Hollywood royalty supercouple Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball — the place preserves a piece of American film history. It was acquired by RED in the early 2000s, preventing the land from turning into high-rise condos.

    The New York Film Academy would like to thank RED Digital Cinema for this consistent and fruitful partnership through several years, being instrumental in the mission of fostering a global new generation of talented and diverse filmmakers. NYFA would also like to congratulate all winners, finalists, and semi-finalists, wishing this competition serves them as a stepping stone in the visual storytelling arts journey to become industry leaders.

    Semi-finalists (in alphabetical order):

    • “Beyond Cornfield Street”
    • “Blue Bird”
    • “Brad Lee”
    • “Family”
    • “Feast” 
    • “H.A.M”
    • “Harmonica”
    • “Jimbo”
    • “Monday”
    • “Mutus”
    • “One Last Breath”
    • “Revelation”
    • “Rosetta’s Blues”
    • “Somewhere”
    • “The Farthest Apple from the Tree”
    • “The Hook”
    • “The Other Side”
    • “Twenty Years After”
    • “Visitors”

     

  • NYFA Screenwriting Alumnus Jon Mann’s “Wolfville” Selected for National Screen Institute 2017’s Totally Television Program

    NYFA Screenwriting alumni and New Brunswick, Canada native Jon Mann was recently accepted along with producing partner Rob Ramsay into the National Screen Institute (NSI) 2017 Totally Television program. Mann’s selected pilot project, “Wolfville,” is set in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, and follows the saga of two old friends who end up on opposing sides of the law.

    The NSI Totally Television program is an incubator that trains Canadian filmmaking teams to develop TV pilots into full series, and has been a driving force behind the success of such series as “What Would Sal Do?” (CraveTV), “Less Than Kind” (HBO Canada and Citytv), ‘“da Kink in My Hair” (Global and Showcase) and “Todd & the Book of Pure Evil” (Space, The Comedy Network). Mann was the only filmmaker accepted east of Toronto, Canada.

    We had a chance to catch up with the busy screenwriter and hear his take on Totally Television, his time at NYFA, and “Wolfville.”

    NYFA: First, can you tell us a little bit about your journey and what brought you to the New York Film Academy?

    JM: I always had an honest passion for film and television, but it wasn’t until midway through my undergraduate degree at Acadia University that I realized how big of an impact movies, TV, books — and storytelling in general — had on my life.

    When I was humbly offered a spot to study screenwriting through NYFA it was a no-brainer. NYFA gave me the opportunity to master a subject I did not realize I had been studying my entire life.

    NYFA: Do you have any favorite NYFA moments from your time as a student?

    JM: Of all the things that I experienced during my time with NYFA, the moment that sticks out the most was a teaching moment I had with a member of the screenwriting faculty (who shall remain nameless!) after he reviewed a draft of the feature I was writing for my thesis. It had somehow found its way to him and he gave my advisor a message to pass onto me. It wasn’t positive, and he was completely right. He really put my writing in its place — which without knowing it, I needed to hear at the time. I’ve been a better writer ever since because of him.

    NYFA: What inspired your screenplay for “Wolfville”?

    JM: My writing/production partner Rob Ramsay and I met as students at Acadia — located in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. We weren’t writing together during our time at Acadia, but it was always an important town and community for us.

    I grew up in a small east-coast Canadian town, as did Rob, and we always loved the idea of a small, picturesque, Canadian town dealing with issues that pushed the comfort zone of the community as a whole. We wanted to take the idea of disturbing the comfortable and comforting the disturbed, within the streets of a small town; which a lot of great TV shows have done an incredible job of lately. So those conversations turned into, well, why not in Atlantic Canada?

    NYFA: Can you tell us a bit about the process of finding your way into National Screen Institute 2017 Totally Television, program? (And congrats!)

    JM: Thanks! Rob and I shot a short film a few summers ago (“Rearview”) which made its way into NSI’s Short Film Festival, and that was a huge accomplishment for us. About a year later we got an email with a call out for writer & producer teams with pilots written to be part of their Totally Television program.

    Rob and I have been writing together for years and have a tall stack of pilots, so after some conversations back and forth we decided to go with “Wolfville.” Then, honestly, we were completely humbled to be put on the short list for the program, and now to find out we have been selected and to be working with NSI as part of Totally Television is incredible.

    NYFA: Was there anything that surprised you about the Totally Television selection process?

    JM: I think everyone knows the professionalism and expertise of the National Screen Institute and this process was no different. From day one they’ve been nothing but helpful and supportive.

    NYFA: What do you most look forward to in bringing “Wolfville” to life with the National Screen Institute?

    JM: I think what I’m most looking forward to is showing the masses a corner of the world — and the characters that live there — that they have never seen before. I am a very proud maritimer and I am excited to show people why.

    NYFA: What advice would you offer fellow NYFA students who aspire to bring a series script to development?

    JM: I’m still trying to figure it all out, but if you have an idea, write it. Things become exponentially easier once you have something to show people.

    NYFA: Are you working on any other upcoming projects you’d like to share?

    JM: Constantly! I have two features that are ready for production, and I’m finishing a script for a short that Rob and I are shooting in November.

    The New York Film Academy would like to thank Jon Mann for taking the time to share some of his story with our community.

     

  • NYFA+RED Audience Award


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    What is the NYFA+RED Competition?

    New York Film Academy (NYFA) in partnership with RED affords NYFA students the unique opportunity to showcase some of their best work and win amazing prizes.

    We asked NYFA students to submit their one-year projects or thesis films, the only caveat being that they had to be shot entirely on RED cameras.

    In the gallery below you’ll find the finalists that were selected from over one hundred submissions.

    What is the Audience Award?

    The Audience Award is an opportunity for you to cast your vote for your favorite film and help determine the winner.

    The cinematographer of the film with the most votes will win a REDucation voucher worth $1,500.

    How to Vote?

    Voting is super easy:

    1. Browse the gallery below
    2. Click on the thumbnail to view the film
    3. Click the “Vote” for your favorite film.

    You are allowed to cast one vote per day. Want to share with friends? Use the share buttons to send to your friends so they can vote too!

    The film with the most votes at the end of the contest period wins!

    Voting closes August 25, 2017 at 5 PM PT.


    Content Warning: Please note that some videos in the gallery below may contain content that may be inappropriate for some viewers. Each video contains a specific content warning. In general, some of these videos may contain:

    Adult Language                       Adult Themes Including Suicide
    Mild Nudity                             Graphic Violence
    Suggested Drug Use              Sexually Mature Content

    August 11, 2017 • Contests, Filmmaking • Views: 4215

  • NYFA Gold Coast Acting Student is Finalist in the Queensland Training Awards 2017

    IMG_2681NYFAA Gold Coast May ’17 Acting Diploma student Abeer Salem was given the outstanding achievement of being one of three finalists for 2017’s Queensland Training Awards.

    Out of 800 applicants, the Queensland Training Awards selected Abeer as a South East Queensland Regional finalist, recognizing her achievement as a vocational student. Abeer accepted her certificate at the 56th Queensland Training Awards State Gala Dinner on July 21.

    Born and raised in Egypt, Abeer found her way to the sunny Gold Coast in 2012 and has been determined to further an education in business. To date, she has completed over 15 Diplomas.

    Abeer states, “The quest for knowledge is never ending. No one is ever too good to learn. Successful people live each day with a relentless desire to improve.”_H4A5891

    After years of studying and working in business, Abeer found her passion in acting. She says, “I quit my job to attend NYFA … I’m in love with acting and its craft. If I don’t become an actor I want to teach acting. It’s my new passion in life.”

    She further explains, “I love NYFA and have known about the Academy for years. The Academy has such a great history and a fantastic support system for its actors … In my short time at NYFA I’ve learnt so much and look forward to doing the Advanced Diploma.”

     

  • NYFA Sydney Filmmaking Student Wins UBER Competition

    The sharing economy has created all kinds of opportunities for people and organizations to come together in new ways. Recently, ride-sharing giant Uber connected with 90 Seconds to create a contest, inviting filmmakers to submit a film concept around the theme “a shared ride.” Finalists were selected to compete for votes in the Uber & 90 Seconds Short Film Festival, and first prize was taken home by New York Film Academy Sydney filmmaking student Michael Gosden for his short, “Hitchin’ a Trike.” Michael’s video has since surpassed 3 million views on Youtube.

    We had a chance to sit down with Michael and hear a little bit about his journey with NYFA and the inspiration behind his film “Hitchin’ a Trike.”

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    Filmmaker Michael Gosden.

    NYFA: Congratulations on your success in the Uber & 90 Seconds Short Film Festival! First, can you tell us a little about yourself and why you chose New York Film Academy?

    I originally grew up on the Central Coast and moved to Melbourne in 2011 to study acting with the Victorian College of the Arts. Being there solidified my passion for storytelling and, with a few friends, I started to create work outside of acting. We would shoot short films, web series, music clips and even a few feature films. I quickly found that being behind the camera was just as exciting as being in front of it. But I found that our guerrilla filmmaking approach was limited by my day-to-day obligations, and I wanted to commit to immersing myself in film as much as possible for a period of time. That’s what attracted me to the New York Film Academy Australia. The hands-on approach to study was exactly what I wanted.

    How did your entry to the UBER competition come about? What drew you to it?

    It popped up on my news feed and this was around a time between semesters, so there was a tiny gap in my hectic schedule to pursue. I had a great little team of friends that were available and the story I came up with was a simple one. Also, it had a pretty great cash prize attached to it, and being a student in Sydney is hard!

    What inspired your idea for “Hitchin’ a Trike”?

    Nostalgia was my biggest inspiration, to be honest. The only thing Uber attached specifically to the brief was the theme “shared ride,” and it made me think about the moments I spent with my older brothers in our little kid bike gang, and how we would often have to share bikes if one of the other had broken down for whatever reason. I just ran with that idea and intertwined it to what I understood Uber to be at the time.

    Would you say your time at NYFA was useful in terms of preparing you for your work in the competition?

    Definitely. Primarily in my preparation, which I severely lacked the skills for beforehand. We had one day to shoot, so we couldn’t waste time with shot listing or anything like that.

    With over 3 million views on your UBER video, what are you planning next?

    I have a mockumentary web series that I shot before starting at NYFA about a group of master sommeliers (expert wine tasters) and how they are put through different tests to be inducted into the Grand Master Sommilier Society, the Illuminati of wine society. I put that on hold while studying and now I want to edit and distribute that to the world.

    I also have a one-shot feature film that I wrote and directed, with a friend, a few years ago that is premiering at the Perth Revelation International film festival. I also have a treatments for a TV show and three features that I want to explore more and hopefully get some funding for. So I’m guessing that will keep me busy over the next few years.

    As a filmmaker, what is your driving passion?

    For who I am at the moment, the driving force has always been to try and tell the story of people or communities that wouldn’t have otherwise had the chance. I don’t know if I necessarily have an overall goal or message: That usually comes when I start focusing onto a story. But the passion definitely comes from the excitement I feel when a film leaves you with a greater sense of that topic than when you first walked in, good or bad. I just hope that people are changed by the stories I create.

    Is there anything I missed that you’d like to talk about?

    If you happen to be in Perth for the Revelation film festival, it’d be great if you went along and supported my film “Watch the Sunset.” You can find all the information here.

    The New York Film Academy would like to congratulate Michael Gosden on his success with “Hitchin’ a Trike” and thank him for sharing some of his story with the NYFA community.

    June 30, 2017 • Acting, Contests, Film School, Filmmaking, Student and Alumni Spotlights • Views: 2824

  • Calling All Selfies for the #NYFASummer Selfie Contest!

    Welcome to another year of summer at the New York Film Academy! We are excited to announce this year’s #NYFASummer Selfie Contest, giving you the opportunity to win some awesome NYFA swag!

    NYFA Summer 2017

    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. Last year’s winner of the #NYFASummer Contest, Kianna Molino, took home some awesome NYFA swag!

    Due to the great success and engagement of the #NYFASummer Contest over the last couple years, we are doing this again, but this time we want you to create a selfie for the #NYFASummer Selfie Contest! In addition, we will be giving out swag packs every month, with the grand winner receiving our major NYFA swag package.

    Entries are now open until September 1, 2017!

    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:

    • Text you can use is #NYFASummer (this one is important).
    • Emojis only on your post.

    How To Improve Your Chances To Win

    • Judges are looking for originality and creativity, BUT we also want you to be safe!
    • Show us where you are in the world – is there a landmark you can include in the selfie?
    • Any NYFA branding may sway the judges (wink, wink)!
    • Challenge a friend by tagging them in the post with #NYFASummer after their tag.

    Important Entry Conditions

    1. Please be sure your profile is public so we are able to see your entry.

    2. You can submit as many #NYFASummer Selfies as you like and tag as many friends as you like.

    3. Having #NYFASummer in your post is very important! We won’t see your entry without it.

    4. Winners will be contacted via the social platform they submitted their entry so be sure to keep an eye out for our message.

    5. Entries close September 1, 2017 at 12:00 a.m. EDT.

    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 post will receive: Major NYFA swag Package.

    Summer is here, so there’s no time to waste: start snapping your best selfies and, of course, enjoy your #NYFASummer!

    June 21, 2017 • Contests • Views: 1263

  • NYFA Invites Students and Alumni to Submit Work for Brooklyn’s Photoville

    The New York Film Academy invites you to submit your photographic artwork for consideration in our 2017 Photoville Exhibition. Now in its sixth year, Brooklyn’s waterfront photography exhibition provides photographers of all stripes to come together and interact with a diverse audience — a veritable cross-section of the world’s photographic community. This year’s Photoville will once again take place at the Brooklyn Bridge Park from September 13-24, 2017.

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    All NYFA students and alumni, from campuses worldwide, are invited to apply. There is no fee to submit work. Current faculty members are not eligible. If accepted, the New York Film Academy will handle the final printing and presentation of the accepted artwork, at no cost to the artist.

    Please visit the NYFA FAQ sheet for more info.

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    Submission Requirements:

    Please submit up to 5 jpegs, no larger than 2,500px on the long edge at 72 dpi of your best photographic images. Please also include a brief statement, in 500 words or less, explaining what the artwork is about. Final high resolution tiff image size should not be smaller than 16” x 20” at 240 dpi.

    Submissions are open now. CLICK HERE for Submission information and forms.

    The DEADLINE for submitting images is Midnight EST Monday, July 10th, 2017.

    Notification of acceptance: Monday, July 17th, 2017.

    June 8, 2017 • Community Highlights, Contests, Photography • Views: 2021

  • What’s Your #NYFASummer Story?

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    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: 2731

  • #NYFASummer Photo Contest

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    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: 4767