• New York Film Academy Looks Back at the 2020 Highlights


    As we look back through a challenging year that was 2020, we wanted to take the opportunity to highlight the accomplishments the New York Film Academy (NYFA) community was able to achieve. In the below infographic, we have selected a handful of the many successes our alumni, students, faculty and staff were a part of.

    For more NYFA community stories, you can read more on our blog and headline articles.

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    Alumni Successes
    Faculty success stories

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  • A Review of New York Film Academy’s 2018


    As we settle into 2019, we take a look back at New York Film Academy’s 2018 and the achievements and moments that made it another phenomenal year. Here are New York Film Academy (NYFA) 2018 highlights:

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    January 4, 2019 • Infographics • Views: 2176

  • Gender Inequality in Film Infographic Updated in 2018

    FacebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmailThe New York Film Academy (NYFA) released its original Gender Inequality in Film infographic in 2013. Now, following the TIME’S UP™ movement and actress Frances McDormand’s impassioned call at the 90th Academy Awards for the industry to embrace Inclusion Riders, NYFA’s updated Gender Inequality in Film infographic presents research on gender in film from 2007 to 2017, from more than 40 sources and scholarly studies. 

    “With all that’s happening in the film industry, the New York Film Academy hopes to contribute what we can to the conversation with this infographic. It can be used as a reference and an educational tool to raise further awareness and inspire leaders within the entertainment industry, and beyond,” explains NYFA Chair of Documentary Andrea Swift. “It is an accessible way to interact with key information to support the movement to reach 50/50 by 2020.”

    Throughout Women’s History Month in March, NYFA will be highlighting different aspects of the data in this infographic as a four-part series. This is part one, and reveals the full, updated infographic. Stay tuned for more!

    To further support the conversation around gender inequality in film, NYFA will also host events throughout Women’s History Month, with a focus on International Women’s Day on March 8. For more information, click here.

    For additional content related to the conversation surrounding gender equality in film, check out these additional resources from the New York Film Academy:

    1. Time’s Up and #MeToo Dominate the 2018 Golden Globes
    2. Oscar-nominated Editor Kristen Nutile Screens Heroin(e) at New York Film Academy
    3. Anna Serner Speaks on Behalf of Gender Equality in Film
    4. Actress Rose McGowan Screens her Directorial Debut Dawn at NYFA
    5. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Diversifies With 774 New Members
    6. Patricia Arquette Demands Equality for Women
    7. Black Inequality in Film
    8. Sony Pictures Television Selects NYFA Alum Tiffany Paulsen for Diverse Directors Program
    9. NYFA Student Takes Part in Women of Sundance Panel
    10. Legendary Agent Boaty Boatwright Speaks at the New York Film Academy
    11. NYFA Spotlight: Gina Theresa on Women in Games and Motion Capture Acting
    12. Brandii Grace Discusses Inclusiveness in Video Games
    13. NYFA Embraces the Fearless Girl Statue Outside New York Campus
    14. Has Female Equality in Hollywood Progressed in 2014?
    15. UNESCO’s Gender Equality Heritage & Creativity 2014

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  • A Review of New York Film Academy’s 2017

    FacebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmailAs 2018 approaches we take a look back at New York Film Academy’s 2017 and the achievements that made it another stellar year. Here are NYFA 2017 highlights:


    NYFA 2017 Year in Review Infographic

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    December 30, 2017 • Infographics • Views: 3731

  • FILM: To Keep Kids on Drugs?

    FacebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmailAfter the overwhelming response from the New York Film Academy’s infographic on gender inequality in film, we decided to touch on another film related topic that deserves a similar debate. Do movies and television influence drug use? Through a narrated videographic, the New York Film Academy brings viewers on a journey through the years, analyzing how film and television has shaped our perception of drugs, as well as its possible effects on the viewing audience.

    Enjoy our video below and let us know what you think in the comments below!


    June 5, 2015 • Community Highlights, Infographics • Views: 4593

  • High Cinema: Drugs in Film Infographic

    FacebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmailAs long as there have been movies, drugs have played a part in them. In the below infographic, we look at how culture and narcotics laws have shaped portrayals of drugs in movies, but also at how film has shaped society’s behavior with drugs. The frequency in which drugs have appeared in film has risen and fallen over the years, only to explode in the past fifteen years at a time when drug use in the U.S. is on the rise as well.

    In the below infographic, we take an overview of the significant moments—in film, society, and the law—and stats to gain a better understanding of just how intertwined drugs and cinema are.

    This infographic originally appeared on NYFA’s Student Resources section.

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    March 26, 2015 • Infographics • Views: 13224

  • Take NYFA’s Horror Movie Death Quiz

    FacebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmailFor this Halloween, we decided to take a look at some of the more legendary deaths in the horror genre, creating a choose-your-own-adventure style game where you can pick between two paths to see how you would most likely die in a horror movie. Of course, this is all in fun and while we don’t expect you to be in the shower while playing along, we wanted to create a fun exercise that would guide you through the iconic deaths of horror while poking a little fun at the genre’s more predictable impulses.

    So get started on your horror journey and once you meet your grisly end, be sure to share with us on social media or the comments below the details of #HowIDied.

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    October 27, 2014 • Infographics • Views: 15189

  • Black Inequality in Film

    FacebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmailSimply put, 2013 was a monumental year in Black cinema with hits like Lee Daniel’s The Butler and The Best Man Holiday and critical darlings such as Fruitvale Station and 12 Years A Slave. However, this is hardly the first time that we’ve seen a glut of diverse and accomplished Black filmmakers emerge, only for Hollywood studios to return to putting out the obligatory two to four films per year aimed at African-American audiences. As the filmmaker Ava DuVernay has stated, “The Hollywood machine has selective amnesia. It’s not like we haven’t gone through a season of robust black image makers before.” In the Black Inequality in Film infographic, the New York Film Academy has charted the history of Black film over the past century while analyzing more recent statistics to assess how Black filmmakers and performers have been represented on screen and behind the camera during the last six years. By classifying “Black Film,” we are referring to movies where the plot revolves around lead characters who are of African descent. The purpose of this infographic is to present some talking points to initiate a discussion on the role of African Americans in Hollywood.

    Click on the image below to view the entire infographic.

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    April 8, 2014 • Infographics • Views: 8454

  • Gender Inequality in Film


    To view the updated Gender Inequality in Film infographic released in 2018, click the banner above.

    In light of the record-breaking opening of the female-led action film Hunger Games: Catching Fire this past weekend, the New York Film Academy decided to take a closer look at women in film and what, if any, advancements women are making. After reviewing the data, it is clear that Hollywood remains stuck in its gender bias. Of course, it’s not all disparaging news and there are a number of female filmmakers, characters, and emerging talent challenging the status quo. In addition, in the independent sphere, women made up roughly half of the directors at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, yet still struggle when it comes to films receiving a wide release. By shedding light on gender inequality in film, we hope to start a discussion about what can be done to increase women’s exposure and power in big-budget films.

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    November 25, 2013 • Infographics • Views: 445103

  • New York Film Academy Presents 70 Years of Batman

    FacebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmailLooking back over time, we’ve seen the caped crusader in many forms. Rugged, campy, and even nipply. So Ben Zhang at the New York Film Academy created an infographic that sums up the last 70 Years of Batman. One thing’s for sure, the hero has certainly evolved.

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    July 17, 2012 • Acting, Film School, Infographics • Views: 55980