Film Festivals Success of the New York Film Academy (NYFA) Community

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Each year, the New York Film Academy (NYFA) community–including our students, alumni, and faculty–find a great deal of success on the film festivals circuit, including fests around the globe like the Venice Film Festival, Berlinale, and Sundance.

Here are some of the proud achievements the NYFA community has made on the festival circuit:

ALEXANDRA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Mohamed Maged 1-Week Filmmaking – NYC Alumni Cricket Liu 2019  Jury Award Winner – Best Short Film

AMERICAN DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL (AmDocs)

Julia Cheng 1-Year Documentary Filmmaking – NYC Alumni Cricket Liu 2019 Winner – Best International Short Documentary

ATLANTA FILM FESTIVAL

Meshal Al Jaser BFA Screenwriting – LA Alumni Arabian Alien 2020 Winner – Best Narrative

ARIZONA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Sara Seligman 2-Year Filmmaking – NYC Alumni Kosnin 2017 Winner – Special Jury Award

BARCELONA FILM FESTIVAL

Sara Seligman 2-Year Filmmaking – NYC Alumni Diego 2014 Golden Lion Award – Short Film Category
Zi Xiang & José Val Bal MFA Filmmaking – LA Alumni A Dog Barking at the Moon 2019 Nominee – GWFF Best First Feature Award – Panorama

BLACK STAR INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Felipe Araujo 8-Week Filmmaking – NYC Alumni Glass Man 2019 Official Selection

CYRUS INTERNATIONAL MONTHLY FESTIVAL OF TORONTO

Kartik Venkatraman 1-Year Filmmaking – NYC Student Tehravin 2020 Official Selection

DANCES WITH FILMS FESTIVAL

Nick Venuti

AFA Filmmaking – LA Alumni Buffalo Scientists 2020 Official Selection

DOC NYC

Kuldeep Sah Gangola 1-Year Documentary NYC Alumni Ghost Villages of the Himalayas 2019 Official Selection
Serena Smith 1-Year Documentary NYC Alumni My Dad Vernon 2019 Official Selection
Lucia Florez MFA Documentary LA; 1-Year Documentary NYC Alumni Mamá 2019 Official Selection
Nancy Dionne 1-Year Documentary; 6-Week Documentary NYC Alumni All I See Is the Future 2019 Official Selection
Mollie Moore 1-Year Documentary NYC Alumni A Word Away 2019 Official Selection
Joe Cleary 1-Year Documentary NYC Alumni Get It 2019 Official Selection
Carolina Gonzales 1-Year Documentary; 6-Week Documentary NYC Alumni B-city 2019 Official Selection
Aya Hamdan 1-Year Documentary; 1-Week Filmmaking NYC Student Baladna 2019 Official Selection
Anna Panova 1-Year Documentary NYC Alumni Epiales 2019 Official Selection
Nika Nikanava 1-Year Documentary NYC Alumni Unloved; The Rhythms 2019 Official Selection

DUMBO FILM FESTIVAL

Blanche Baker NYC  – Acting for Film Faculty Make America Safe 2020 Semi-Finalist

FANTASTIC FEST

Alberto Trezza NYFA-LA Screenwriting Faculty We Summon the Darkness 2019 Official Selection

GÄSSLI FILM FESTIVAL

Giacun Caduff 8-Week Filmmaking NYC Alumni n/a 2009 Founder

GLOBAL IMPACT FILM FESTIVAL

Blanche Baker NYC  – Acting for Film Faculty Make America Safe 2020 Official Selection – Social Relations Documentaries & Narratives

HEARTLAND FILM FESTIVAL

Prarthana Mohan NYFA-Los Angeles Faculty The MisEducation of Bindu 2019 Winner – Indiana Spotlight Award for Best Director
Ed Timpe NYFA-LA Filmmaking Faculty The MisEducation of Bindu 2019 Official Selection

KANSAS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Mohamed Maged 1-Week Filmmaking – NYC Alumni Cricket Liu 2019  Official Selection

KCET FINE CUT FESTIVAL OF FILMS

Yueh-Tzu Sun BFA Filmmaking – Los Angeles Alumni A-Tien 2020 Winner – Jack Larson Southern California Filmmaker Award

LGBTQ TORONTO FILM FESTIVAL

Miguel Ángel Parra 8-Week Screenwriting – NYC Alum The Pink House 2020 Winner – Screenplay Contest

LUNAFEST

Crickett Rumley NYFA – Los Angeles Director, Film Festivals n/a 2019 Moderator

MADRID INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Miguel Ángel Parra 8-Week Screenwriting – NYC Alum The Pink House 2020 Winner – Screenplay Contest

MANCHESTER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (MANIFF)

Mark O’Connor 6-Week Filmmaking Workshop – NYC Alumni Cardboard Gangsters 2017 Winner – Best Feature Film; Film of the Festival; Best Actor; Outstanding Director; Outstanding Screenplay; Outstanding Cinematography

MIAMI FILM FESTIVAL

Anastasia Kochetkova BFA Acting for Film & MFA Filmmaking – South Beach Alumni Late Again Ana 2019 Official Selection – Cinemaslam
Braulio Jatar & Anaïs Michel 6-Week Documentary Filmmaking Workshop – NYC
1-Year Documentary Filmmaking – NYC
Alumni Where Chaos Reigns 2019 Honorable Mention – HBO Ibero-American Award

NASHVILLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Miguel Ángel Parra 8-Week Screenwriting – NYC Alum The Pink House 2020 Semifinalist – Screenwriting

NEWPORT BEACH FILM FESTIVAL

Mark O’Connor 6-Week Filmmaking Workshop – NYC Alumni Cardboard Gangsters 2017 Winner – Best Foreign Film

NEW YORK FESTIVAL RADIO AWARDS

Jean de Meuron 1-Year Cinematography – NYC Alumni Blockbuster 2020 Winner – Best Mini Series
Winner – Best Biography/Profile

NEW YORK LATINO FILM FESTIVAL

Sara Seligman 2-Year Filmmaking – NYC Alumni Coyote Lake 2019 Official Selection

NEW YORK LIFT-OFF FILM FESTIVAL

Kartik Venkatraman 1-Year Filmmaking – NYC Student Tehravin 2020 Official Selection

NFMLA ANNUAL LATINX AND HISPANIC EVENT

Maria Fernanda Belmar MFA Filmmaking – Los Angeles Student Undocumented 2020 Official Selection

NORDIC INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (NIFF)

Linnea Larsdotter & Johan Matton 2-Year Musical Theatre – NYC & Alum: 2-Year Acting for Film; 2-Day Line Producing – NYC Alumni n/a 2015 – Present Founders
Michael Young NYFA President n/a 2019 Award Presenter

PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Meshal Al Jaser BFA Screenwriting – LA Alumni Arabian Alien 2020 Official Selection

PAN AFRICAN FILM FESTIVAL

Edrei Hutson MFA Filmmaking – LA Alumni Sisters 2020 Official Selection

PEMBROKE TAPARELLI FILM FESTIVAL

Blanche Baker NYC  – Acting for Film Faculty Make America Safe 2020 Official Selection

PBS SHORT FILM FESTIVAL

Drama del Rosario MFA Documentary Filmmaking Alumni In This Family 2020 Official Selection; Juried Prize

RAINBOW CINEMA AWARDS LGBT FILM FESTIVAL

Kai Kaldro 1-Year Filmmaking – NYC Student Sinner’s lullaby 2020 Semi-Finalist

RINCON INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Dr. Ariel Lopez 1-Week Acting for Film Workshop – LA Alumni 2ḦOOM 2020 Official Selection

SAN DIEGO ITALIAN FILM FESTIVAL 

Eleonora Privitera 1-Year Documentary Filmmaking – NYC Alumni Queenz of The Night 2020 Official Selection

SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Drama del Rosario MFA Documentary Filmmaking Alumni In This Family 2020 Jury Winner – Golden Gate Award for Best Short Documentary

SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL NEW CONCEPT FESTIVAL

Mohamed Maged 1-Week Filmmaking – NYC Alumni Cricket Liu 2019  Official Selection

SAN SEBASTIAN FILM FESTIVAL 

Pedro Peira 1-Year Documentary Filmmaking – LA Alumni Camí Lliure (Free Way) 2020 Official Selection

SANTA BARBARA FILM FESTIVAL

Orso Miyakawa & Andrey Nuzhnyy BFA Filmmaking – LA Alumni Easy Living 2019 Official Selection

SCOTTSDALE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Somasekhar Kovvuri  4-Week Filmmaking – NYC Alumni Freddie’s Piano 2020 Official Selection
Aakash Prabhakar 4-Week Filmmaking – NYC Alumni Freddie’s Piano 2020 Official Selection

STUDENT ACADEMY AWARDS

Phyllis Tam  MFA Filmmaking – LA Alumni Fragile Moon 2020 Finalist – Narrative (Domestic Schools)

SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL

Meshal Al Jaser BFA Screenwriting – LA Alumni Arabian Alien 2020 Nominated – Grand Jury Prize for Best Short Film
Aya Hamdan 1-Week Filmmaking & 1-Year Documentary Filmmaking – NYC Student Dunya’s Day 2019 Winner – Short Film Jury Award for International Fiction
Anna Solano & Qianying Zhou 1-Year Cinematography NYC & BFA Filmmaking LA Alumni The Farewell 2019 Nominated – Grand Jury Prize Drama

TORINO FILM FESTIVAL

Orso Miyakawa & Andrey Nuzhnyy BFA Filmmaking – LA Alumni Easy Living 2019 Official Selection

TORONTO INTERNATIONAL NOLLYWOOD FESTIVAL

Donald A. Eferere (EAD, the Creator) 1-Year Filmmaking – NYC Alumni Dari Ji Mi 2020 Best Short Film

UNDERSTORY FILM FESTIVAL

Leroy Button Diploma of Screen and Media – Filmmaking Alumni Sense 2015 Best Student Film, Runner Up; Best Film; Winner – Audience Choice Award

VENICE FILM FESTIVAL

Craig Caton 3D Animation & VFX – Los Angeles Chair n/a 2019 Taught Master Classes as part of the fest
Shahad Ameen 1-Year Screenwriting – New York Alumni Scales 2019 Nominated – Critics Week Luigi De Laurentiis Award for Debut Film
Li Cheng 4-Week Filmmaking – New York Alumni José 2018 Winner – Queer Lion Award

VENICE SHORTS FILM FESTIVAL

Kai Kaldro  1-Year Filmmaking – NYC Student Sinner’s Lullaby 2020 Official Selection
Kartik Venkatraman  1-Year Filmmaking – NYC Student Tehravin 2020 Official Selection

VISIONS DU RÉEL FILM FESTIVAL

Francesca Mazzoleni 4-Week Music Video Workshop Alumni Puntasacra 2020 ‘Sesterce d’or la Mobilière’ (Best Feature Film)

 

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