New York Film Academy MFA Filmmaking Student Phyllis Tam Named Semifinalist in 47th Annual Student Academy Awards


New York Film Academy’s (NYFA) own Phyllis Tam, who recently graduated with her MFA in Filmmaking from NYFA’s Los Angeles campus, has been selected as a semifinalist in the 47th Annual Student Academy Awards for her narrative short film Fragile Moon.

Still from Student Academy Award Semifinalist Film ‘Fragile Moon’ (Photo Courtesy of Phyllis Tam)

Only 92 films out of 1,468 films were selected to advance to the semifinal round of the Student Academy Awards. Tam’s short film Fragile Moon was submitted to the Academy under the Domestic Schools entry with New York Film Academy in the Narrative Short Film category.

“I could not be more excited that Fragile Moon made it to the semifinals for the Student Academy Awards,” shares NYFA’s Director of Film Festivals, Crickett Rumley. “Phyllis worked so diligently to perfect every single detail of her film — down to the placement of subtitles — that it’s no wonder her dedication paid off. It is such a timely story about the impact that immigrating to the U.S and pursuing the American dream has on families. The themes of memory, loss, and the healing power of art resonate long after the film is over.”

Still from ‘Fragile Moon’ (Photo Courtesy of Phyllis Tam)

“We are proud to see Phyllis Tam’s creativity and hard work pay off with her film Fragile Moon as she continues to advance in this prestigious competition for student filmmakers worldwide,” says NYFA President Michael Young. “Like Phyllis’ honorary achievement with the Student Academy Awards, we are excited to see NYFA students go on to achieve their dreams with their outstanding work.”

Finalists for the Student Academy Awards are likely to be announced in August similar to previous years. The winners will then be announced in late Fall and will be eligible to compete for the 2020 Oscars in the following categories: Animated Short Film, Live Action Short Film, or Documentary Short Subject category. Previous Student Academy Award winners have gone on to win 11 Oscars, and receive 63 Oscar nominations, among them include: Cary Fukunaga, Spike Lee, Trey Parker, and Robert Zemeckis.

New York Film Academy will be hosting a virtual private student screening of Fragile Moon, along with an online Q&A with MFA Filmmaking alum Phyllis Tam on Friday, August 7, 2020.