NYFAA 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.”
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.”
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.”
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.
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!
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.
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.
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 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.
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).
Think of a creative way to take a selfie (include friends, backdrops, NYFA branding and your pets)
Post your selfie on YOUR Instagram, Facebook or Twitter
You must also include:
Emojis only on your post
Text you can use is #NYFASummer (this one is important)
Challenge a friend by tagging them in the post with #YourTurn after their tag
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)
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:
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
The 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.
Theexhibition 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 email@example.com.