• Earth Day Photography Contest

    Yash Dagra

    photo by Yash Dagra

    With Earth Day approaching this upcoming April 22nd, the New York Film Academy Photography School in LA would love to share student photography that best captures our precious planet. Given NYFA‘s locations all around the world, we’re anxious to see various parts of the globe from each and every one of your distinctive point of views.

    We will be sharing the best photos on NYFA social media including Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Instagram, providing exposure for your work. We will, of course, credit the photographer and plug whatever portfolio you wish to share.

    This competition is open from now until April 16th. Please be as creative as possible and send as many photos as you’d like.

    Send all photos to with your name, location and title of the photo if you have one. We look forward to your entries!

    Happy Earth Day!


    April 7, 2014 • Contests, Photography • Views: 6714

  • Memorial Day Scholarship for Military Service Members & Veterans


    NYFA Veterans

    In appreciation of the brave men and women who protect our nation, the New York Film Academy is providing an exclusive opportunity for military service members and honorably discharged veterans to receive a 4-Week Scholarship to study at either our Los Angeles or New York campus during the 2014 calendar year.

    We’re offering three 4-Week Scholarships–one in each of the following disciplines:
    • Filmmaking
    • Acting for Film
    • Photography (Please note: 4-Week photography students are required to have their own DSLR (digital single lens reflex) camera with them at the start of the program)

    To be eligible to be selected as a scholarship winner, we ask:

    Participants need to create a 90-second video telling us your story, and upload it to your YouTube channel.

    Topics to include in the video:

    • Your military background and experience
    • Which program you want to study (Acting for Film, Filmmaking or Photography)
    • Why you want to pursue your passion at the New York Film Academy
    • Anything else you would like to share with us to help shape your story

    In addition to the above points, we encourage participants to include a sampling of their creative work within the video. Perhaps you could edit in a snippet of a short film you’ve created, a scene in which you’ve acted in, or a couple of your iconic photographs. While this is not mandatory, it never hurts to show off your artistic skills!

    How to Submit

    Participants must upload their 90-second video to their YouTube channel with the title “New York Film Academy Memorial Day Competition – Your Title/Name (ex. “Sergeant John Doe”).

    Once you have uploaded your video onto YouTube, copy the video’s URL link and paste it into a post to NYFA’s Veterans Facebook page. In your post to NYFA, include your name and contact information so we can reach the winners. If you’re uncomfortable posting your contact information online, please email your details and the link to your post to


    Videos must be properly submitted by Memorial Day: Monday, May 26th 2014 by 11:59PM.

    How the Winners Are Selected

    The winners will be determined based on the following combination:

    • The story told to us in your video
    • The public’s response to your video on our Facebook page (therefore, don’t forget to share a link with your friends and family to our Facebook page so they can like, share and comment on your video!)
    • You’re able to submit a copy of your DD214 directly to NYFA, once we’ve contacted you as possible winner.
    • Winners will be announced before the end of June 2014!

    If you have any questions, please email with “Memorial Day” in the subject line. For more information about our Veterans Benefits, visit:

    We look forward to your entries!


    February 28, 2014 • Acting, Contests, Filmmaking, Photography, Veterans • Views: 6448

  • Your ‘InstaShort’ Could Be on Good Morning America!


    86th oscars

    In honor of the upcoming Oscars, New York Film Academy students, alumni and faculty are invited to participate in an exciting Instagram video-making opportunity for a chance to have their InstaShort aired on ABC’s Good Morning America.

    good morning americaInterested students, alumni and faculty are asked to make an “InstaShort”: A 15-second Instagram short film remaking a movie that’s been nominated at this year’s 86th Academy Awards. Participants are required to upload their finished film to their Instagram account with the hashtag #GMAInstaShorts, the film title, NYFA members involved, and tag @NewYorkFilmAcademy.

    ABC will be airing selected shorts and combine all submissions into one video that will be shared across all of our social media channels with a blog post of credits (school, students involved, parts they played, etc.).

    For your chance to have your video aired on ABC’s Good Morning America next week, simply post your “InstaShort” on your own Instagram account AND send your video clips to by Tuesday, February 25th.

    If you have any questions, please email

    We look forward to seeing your entry!


    February 20, 2014 • Acting, Contests, Filmmaking • Views: 5134

  • NYFA and Russian Production Company Partner in Screenwriting Contest ‘Glavpitching’

    Glavpitching is the first all-Russian screenwriting contest that was initiated by the major Russian Film production company Glavkino and the New York Film Academy in the Autumn of 2013. The contest is a platform where novice writers and producers can meet key players in the Russian film industry to pitch their projects, or sell the story or launch the project into production. 
    1,930 authors from all over Russia and CIS countries submitted more than 2,500 scripts for assessment.
    The jury consisted of leading television and film professionals: Fyodor Bondarchuk (Art Pictures Studio, Glavkino), Roman Borisevich (Koktebel Film Company), Michael Galustjan (Fresh Film), Sergey Selyanov (STV Film Company), Igor Tolstunov (Film Profit), Ilya Bachurin (Glavkino) and CEO of TV Channel One Konstantin Ernst.
    Final Event and Award Ceremony took place at Glavkino soundstage on November 27th, 2013.

    The absolute winner of GLAVPITCHING is Alexander Yaropolsky, 16 year-old Journalism student of Moscow State University. He pitched a script of the feature thriller “Virus” about three teenagers who shoot violent viral videos for YouTube, and even though their videos have the fantastic popularity and thousands of hits, they inevitably lose something much more important – humanity.

    Alexander won the main award of the contest: the certificate for the services of the Glavkino in equivalent of 1,000,000 Rubles, Special prize from ROSKINO: Trip to the Cannes Film Festival and participation in the training program Producers Workshop and Bondarchuk’s Grant from NYFA for a 2-week Screenwriting Workshop in Moscow in Spring 2014.

    Next GLAVPITCHING contest will take place in the Autumn 2014.

    If you’re interested in enrolling at New York Film Academy in Moscow, Russia, click HERE for more information.


    December 6, 2013 • Contests, Screenwriting, Study Abroad • Views: 5142

  • NYFA Instagram Contest: The Holidays


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    The month of December brings about the holiday season for many cultures around the world and gives us a chance to reflect on 2013. For the rest of the month, the New York Film Academy wants to see how you celebrate this holiday season with friends and family. Whether it’s around the fireplace or congested in a massive Times Square crowd, we want to see!

    To enter this month’s “Holiday” contest, follow us on Instagram and add #NYFAHoliday to your photo or send to by Tuesday 12/31 at 12:00pm EST.

    The winner will be mailed a NYFA T-Shirt and have his or her photo posted on NYFA Instagram and Facebook!

    Also, congratulations to last week’s winner, DongBo, who sent us this incredible photo below from Beijing, China.

    photo by DongBo

    photo by DongBo


    December 2, 2013 • Contests, Photography • Views: 5073

  • NYFA Instagram Contest: Thankfulness



    As the year comes to a close and many cultures celebrate their own unique holidays, we are reminded of the people and aspects of life we appreciate the most. In the United States, people celebrate this tradition with friends and family during Thanksgiving. Given this feeling of gratitude and thankfulness that us upon us, the New York Film Academy is opening up this week’s Instagram contest to the theme of “being thankful.”

    To enter this week’s “Thankfulness” contest, follow us on Instagram and send us a photo of what you’re thankful the most to by Friday 11/29 at 12:00pm EST.

    The winner will be mailed a NYFA T-Shirt and have his or her photo posted on NYFA Instagram and Facebook!

    We’d also like to congratulate last week’s winner, Kaira Karnad, who sent us this photo from India.


    photo by Kaira Karnad


    November 25, 2013 • Contests, Photography • Views: 7628

  • NYFA Instagram Contest: Vintage Photography


    vintage photo

    Have you ever gone back into your old photo collection to reminisce on the past? Do you sometimes get a feeling of nostalgia when looking at your vintage Polaroids? Well, this week, the New York Film Academy is looking for some Vintage Photography. If you think you have that classic shot that will stand above the rest, send it in and you could win this week’s contest!

    To enter this week’s “Vintage” contest, follow us on Instagram and send us your best photo to by Friday 11/22 at 12:00pm EST.

    The winner will be mailed a NYFA T-Shirt and have his or her photo posted on NYFA Instagram and Facebook!

    We’d also like to congratulate last week’s winner, former NYFA student Greta Dias, who sent us this beautiful shot from Sun City. Greta is from Brazil and hopes to study photography next year at the New York Film Academy in LA.

    Greta Dias

    photo by Greta Dias


    November 18, 2013 • Contests • Views: 6981

  • NYFA Instagram Contest: Landscape Photography



    This week, the New York Film Academy is looking for Landscape Photography that will leave us in awe. If you think you have that photo in your arsenal, send it in and you could win this week’s contest!

    To enter this week’s “Landscape” contest, follow us on Instagram and send us your best photo to by Friday 12:00pm EST.

    The winner will be mailed a NYFA T-Shirt and have his or her photo posted on NYFA Instagram and Facebook!

    We’d also like to congratulate last week’s winner, former NYFA student Jessica Robinson, who sent us this romantic black and white photo shot in Central Park.

    central park

    photo by Jessica Robinson



    November 11, 2013 • Contests, Photography • Views: 6784

  • NYFA Instagram Contest: Black and White Photography

    american girl in italy

    “American Girl in Italy” by Ruth Orkin

    As we all know, black and white photography was at one point in time the only form of photography. Since the advent of color, we’ve seen an array of exploration into the medium. However, black and white remains a style of choice for many professional photographers. Some classic, gritty images can only be truly expressed through black and white. With that, the New York Film Academy wants to see which black and white photograph stands out in your portfolio.

    To enter this week’s “Black and White” contest, follow us on Instagram and send us your best black and white photo to by Friday 12:00pm EST.

    The winner will be mailed a NYFA T-Shirt and have his or her photo posted on NYFA Instagram and Facebook!

    We’d also like to congratulate last week’s winner, Stephania Sanquiz from Venezuela, who sent us this rather flexible “Halloween” photo.

    Halloween phoot

    photo by Stephania Sanquiz



    November 4, 2013 • Contests, Photography • Views: 8452

  • Win a 4 Week Musical Theatre Scholarship to NYFA!


    musical theatre competition

    Do you believe you have what it takes to enter the competitive, but rewarding career of Musical Theatre? The New York Film Academy School of Musical Theatre, consisting of Broadway professional instructors, is inviting high school students from around the world to participate in a unique competition to Win a 4-Week Musical Theatre Scholarship at our Battery Park, New York City location in Summer 2014! Just like performing on the center stage, you should not be shy in this contest.

    TO ENTER: Interested students must prepare a 60-90 second monologue from a published contemporary American play or screenplay and one short musical theatre song.

    Participants must post their monologue and song on NYFA Musical Theatre Facebook Page by Friday, January 31st

    • When submitting your performance piece, please include your full name, phone number and name of the high school you are currently attending.
    • To be eligible, entrants are required to be 14-17 years of age as of June 29, 2014.
    • Must be proficient in English.
    • Winners Announcement: by March 3rd, 2014
    • Designated winners will be asked to provide proof of age before the dispensation of prizes.

    Please address any questions regarding the competition to Marissa Lieberman at or call +1 (212) 674-4300.

    We look forward to viewing performances from high school talents from all around the world. Break a leg!

    PLEASE NOTE: Travel and housing expenses are not included. Dorm facilities are available. Our NYC housing coordinator is available to help students find safe and convenient accommodations and flights to New York City.

    October 30, 2013 • Contests, Musical Theatre • Views: 7677