Road Show

  • NYFA Africa Tour: Johannesburg, South Africa

    The New York Film Academy’s Africa tour, which included NYFA instructors and staff, was an exciting opportunity to further bridge our hands-on intensive pedagogy in the visual and performing arts with the film traditions and cultures of Ghana, Kenya, South Africa and Nigeria.

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    Jim Miller, NYFA V.P. of Strategic Initiatives, and Lizzie Sack, Asst. Director of Outreach meets with Ms. Selaelo Maseko, Public Affairs Section (U.S. Consulate General/Johannesburg (2nd from left), and Melanie Chait, CEO, Big Fish School of Digital Filmmaking (3rd from left)

    Throughout the four-week tour, we met more than 1,000 African students.

    While sitting in a meeting at the U.S. Consulate in Johannesburg, South Africa with Consul General, Christopher Rowan, and his wonderful staff of the Public Affairs Office, we were asked the question, “How did the New York Film Academy select these four countries to visit?”

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    NYFA took a number of factors into consideration in deciding to bring NYFA Master Class Workshops – which also included information sessions, auditions, and portfolio reviews – to Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa; Nairobi, Kenya; Lagos; Abuja, Nigeria; and Accra, Ghana. We researched the potential “new frontiers” of international higher education recruitment, including reviewing the Open Doors Report that is published annually by the Institute of International Education (IIE). And, because NYFA is one of the world’s oldest private international visual and performing arts schools, we have 25 years of enrollment data, along with requests for information, which we mined. Interest among the four selected countries has been exceptionally high and NYFA wants to help support the talent and creativity of these interested young actors and filmmakers.

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    In Johannesburg, NYFA’s Chair of Short-term Programs, Professor Jonathan Whittaker, conducted a 6-hour Master Class titled, “The Anatomy of a Scene.” This workshop was free and open to the filmmaking community, and was hosted by The United States Consulate General, EducationUSA, and NYFA’s local partner, Big Fish School of Digital Filmmaking.

    We expect that these private-public international partnerships in each country will last far beyond this trip, and that it is the beginning of fruitful collaborations that will benefit many gifted African visual and performing artists.

    October 4, 2016 • Road Show • Views: 1649

  • New York Film Academy Open House in Moscow

    Recently, the New York Film Academy held an Open House in the heart of Moscow. Close to one hundred people attended the event to learn more about NYFA programs. Prospective students had an opportunity to meet NYFA admissions representatives and alumni, who have achieved a lot of success in the professional field, including executive producer of TV channel “Success” Guram Gabunia, independent filmmaker Costa Fam, producer Andrei Kim, director Anna Lobanova, and documentary filmmaker/TV-host Leyla Agirbova.

    At the beginning of the event, admissions representatives, Olga Mescheryakova and Elena Kulikova, spoke about the variety of programs NYFA has to offer in the United States, Australia and Europe, answered questions about upcoming Moscow Workshops, and went over details of admissions requirements.

    We are very happy that a number of former NYFA Moscow students came to speak and share their stories with the audience. This mini reunion did indeed become the best part of the evening. Loads of warm memories were brought up, which filled the room with inspiring vibes.

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    Director Anna Lobanova, who finished a 4-Week Screenwriting NYFA Program in Moscow, said that it gave her a better understanding of a screenwriters’ work and she now uses that understanding to develop a better director/screenwriter relationship. At the moment, Anna Lobanova is, as a director, finishing a new series for the main Russian TV-channel and co-writing a feature script with former NYFA classmate, Ekaterina Mazo.

    Author, and TV Host, Leyla Agirbova, who attended a 2012 Screenwriting Workshop with Paul Brown said, “In those two weeks I’ve got unforgettable experience. There is nothing more valuable than a human emotion and there is nothing more valuable than the energy that motivates you, stimulates you, sets the pace, and I got all of it at NYFA.”

    Currently, Leyla Agirbova not only continues to successfully develop her career in film and television, but also plans to launch her own business project using her pitching skills to attract investors.

    There was a very relaxed and friendly atmosphere during the evening. Our grads were able to spread around their positivity, passion for the profession and love for NYFA. One of the open house guests, an actor, Aleksey Bogdanov, said that it was very inspiring to hear stories of former students and learn about the changes that have occurred in their careers.

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    A pleasant surprise for all was the Skype chat with New York Film Academy Los Angeles instructors, Lydia Cedrone and Paul Brown, who will visit Moscow at the end of October with intensive weekend Screenwriting and Producing Workshops. Also, the Director of the Academy, Dan Mackler, joined the conversation and spoke with the audience in fluent Russian, which was met with a storm of applause!

    “It was nice to meet instructors and Director of the Academy via Skype, to see their faces. It gave me even more motivation and hope for the future,” said Alla Volodkina, who recently got enrolled into an 8-Week Screenwriting Program in NYFA Los Angeles.

    We would like to thank everyone who came to the Open House. New York Film Academy is very proud of all our graduates and look forward meeting new students. See you soon!

    Moscow Weekend Workshop dates are Saturday, October 22 and Sunday, October 23, with an Orientation on Friday evening, October 21. 
You can apply here.

    October 4, 2016 • Community Highlights, Road Show • Views: 1715

  • NYFA International Goes to Azerbaijan

    The New York Film Academy College of Visual & Performing Arts (NYFA) is truly an international educational institution. In fact, with campuses in four countries, and programs in many more, NYFA is said to be the largest— truly global—film school in the world.


    Many NYFA activities overseas involve providing free workshops and Master classes in locations not readily known or understood by the average American. NYFA staff and faculty venture to far-away nations to support promising visual and performing artists in places where aspects of filmmaking education are lacking, but that has wonderful young creative talent that the College feels compelled to nurture. Azerbaijan is just one example of where NYFA is making an impact.

    Earlier this month in the lovely capital city of Azerbaijan, where the Caspian Sea glitters in the early spring warmth, Lanre Olabisi, film producer and a faculty member in the Screenwriting & Directing Department at NYFA’s New York City campus, conducted an intensive Masters class in filmmaking and screenwriting. The Azerbaijan State University of Culture and Arts (ASUCS) hosted the event, which was conceived by the university’s rector, Dr. Farah Aliyeva, during a 2015 visit to the university. More than 45 students intently took in the lessons provided by Professor Olabisi on how to develop good story ideas and then transform them into a winning screenplay.

    A commentary about the event on the ASUCS website declared how important the NYFA Master class was for the filmmaking and media students at the University—not only for the pedagogical value—but also because the course provided the participants an interaction with a different cultural and professional perspective than they have likely ever experienced. The write-up states that bringing in “foreign experts” like Professor Olabisi to train students offers an international “thread” that provides the opportunity to have a new, different, and personal understanding of the world outside of Azerbaijan.


    Azerbaijan has a long history in the cinema and is now looking to make a 21st reawakening in the media and entertainment arts industry as the country’s economic and political profile commands attention on the world’s stage.

    NYFA has been proud to host more than a dozen students from Azerbaijan at the School’s New York City and Los Angeles campuses, and we hope to welcome many more especially as our graduate degree programs expands. Meanwhile, we hope that bringing a small piece of the NYFA curriculum to the heart of Azerbaijan gives visual and performing art students the ‘creative bug’ to continue to pursue their passions.

    April 1, 2016 • Academic Programs, Road Show • Views: 1052

  • New York Film Academy Café Opens in Amsterdam

    Bringing an authentic combination of both the past and present features of New York City, the New York Film Academy Café in Amsterdam allows you to immerse yourself into a lively atmosphere that serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks. The cosmopolitan hangout offers a place for everyone, from business to leisure and local to tourists. So, if you’re looking for that New York feel in Amsterdam, you’ll definitely want to check out the New York Film Academy Café, which is open every day from dusk until dawn.

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    “The New York Film Academy is thrilled to be part of the wonderful restoration of this landmark building,” says NYFA Senior Executive Vice President, David Klein. “The New York Film Academy Café in the historic Beurs van Berlage is a wonderful place for the people of Amsterdam and tourists, alike, to gather for great food and spirits. The new café is also a wonderful opportunity to introduce the city to the New York Film Academy‘s fine arts courses. Just beneath the café, we have some terrific classroom space and, in the very near future, we will be holding our world-renowned, hands-on workshops in filmmaking, acting for film and other subjects.”

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    NYFA Sr. Executive Vice President, David Klein toasting to the NYFA Café Grand Opening

    The Beurs van Berlage is a Dutch national monument, located at the Damrak and Beursplein, the tourist gateway to Amsterdam. The Beurs van Berlage is among the Top 100 of Dutch UNESCO monuments. The architecture of the Beurs van Berlage, designed by Hendrik Petrus Berlage, has a story of its own.

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    On December 16th, 2015, the NYFA Café held a launch party with Mr. Klein, which wound up being a wonderfully successful night, introducing the neighborhood to the new destination.
    “It was a great night, and a terrific party to launch the café,” recalled Klein. “We plan to hold many cultural events in this great space. Seeing it now in all its restored glory, it’s hard to believe it was left empty for so long.”
    For more information or a look at the menu, please visit the official website at

    January 28, 2016 • Community Highlights, Road Show • Views: 1418

  • South African Actress Donnalee Roberts is an All Around Superstar

    Coming off the success of the popular South African television series, 7de Laan, and the feature film Klein Karoo, New York Film Academy 8-Week Acting for Film graduate Donnalee Roberts has greatly expanded her role in the South African entertainment business. Not only does the hard-working South African enjoy the artistic gratification of acting for the camera, she also loves running a business and exploring the integrated marketing and networking that goes on behind the scenes of her films.

    Her critically and commercially successful romantic adventure, Pad na jou Hart (Road to your Heart), in which Roberts played the lead actress and was co-producer and co-writer along with Ivan Botha, has been seen by over one million people thus far!

    Her more recent award-winning film, Ballade vir ‘n Enkeling (Ballad for a Stranger), which stars Roberts as Carina, had its premiere in Australia and New Zealand and had a nationwide release in South Africa. Ballade vir ‘n Enkeling is a romantic thriller based on the popular South African television series from the eighties. Not only did the series have South Africans nailed to their televisions, the film was highly acclaimed and was both a critic and box office hit, earning Tempo awards for South African Film of the Year. Donnalee also won Best Actress of the Year for both Pad na jou Hart and Ballade vir ‘n Enkeling.

    Roberts’ goal is to continue to provide original content to her native country, which has recently seen a resurgence in its film industry.

    “We have a wonderful supporting audience in South Africa that is extremely loyal to local content,” said Roberts. “I would love to have this audience grow and also keep on motivating our existing audience. As a filmmaker and storyteller, my goal is to not only make South Africans proud of the films and stories that originate in our country but to also make films that are so universal in their themes that they transcend language barriers and move people from all over the world.”
    As an independent filmmaker one knows the importance of marketing your film correctly in order to reach its full potential. That is why Roberts and her team started a marketing division within their production company which specializes in making marketing personal and creating a need for people to want to see their film.
    “In a country where we speak 11 official different languages and where we are at all times directly competing against international blockbusters, marketing has become essential. The South African film industry, specifically the Afrikaans language market films, is literally bursting out of its seams, and as a young filmmaker it is so exciting to be on the forefront of this endeavor!”

    vir altydHer upcoming film, Vir Altyd (Forever), which Roberts stars and also co-wrote and co-produced with Ivan Botha, was shot half in South Africa and half in Mauritius. Vir Altyd is a romantic adventure film that takes us on a journey through the seasons of love and the true meaning of what ‘forever’ means. Roberts and her team are currently busy with post-production and the feature film releases nationwide on February 12th, 2016.

    Roberts advice to those who are pursuing acting, especially current students is to CREATE. “In this industry we are all creative beings. Create the world you want to play in, create the characters you want to portray. It takes long hours of hard work, commitment and passion to make your dreams come true. The 8-Week Acting for Film Program at the New York Film Academy inspired and motivated me even more. I thought, I can now do this by myself. I don’t need to wait for success to fall onto my lap.”

    She strongly encourages actors to involve themselves more with writing and producing their own material.

    “You should never stop learning and growing,” Roberts added. “Always have a spirit of growing.”

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    Donnalee Roberts and Blake Babbitt

    Donnalee Roberts will be joining Blake Babbitt at the New York Film Academy’s audition and portfolio review event at the Davinci Hotel and Suites on Nelson Mandela Square in Johannesburg on September 5th at 18:00.

    The Film Academy will also be holding auditions and portfolio reviews in Cape Town on Tuesday, September 8th.

    For more information on either of these events, please email or CLICK HERE to sign up.

    August 25, 2015 • Acting, Community Highlights, Road Show, Student and Alumni Spotlights • Views: 10842

  • New York Film Academy to Open in King’s Landing

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    The New York Film Academy has officially announced the opening of a brand new campus located in King’s Landing on the continent of Westeros. King’s Landing, the capital of the Seven Kingdoms located on the east coast of Westeros, contains a diverse population of almost 500,000 people. While the land has fallen victim to attacks over the years—most notably when Lord Tywin betrayed King Aerys II Targaryen and ordered his army to brutally sack the city before turning it over to Robert Baratheon—the people in the region are enthusiastic to learn the arts. Call it their renaissance.

    Similar to the Academy’s other locations, the King’s Landing location, situated on Kingsroad, will offer knights, giants, Lords, and even Whitewalkers the opportunity to learn both visual and performing arts in a hands-on intensive environment.

    “We’re thrilled to open a campus in King’s Landing,” says NYFA President Michael Young. “We hope our exciting new location will attract not only students from King’s Landing, but also those in the other kingdoms, as well as those beyond The Wall.”

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    While dragons will not be permitted entry, the school will provide its students with a full RED Epic Dragon camera package, considered one of the most revolutionary cameras in the digital cinema spectrum.

    “I absolutely adore the world of cinema,” says future student Tyrion Lannister. “However, it has been one of the many luxuries deprived of me while my father was still alive. I truly look forward to learning the skills necessary to excel in the field of filmmaking.”

    NYFA frequently invites guest speakers from the entertainment industry like Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard, and Al Pacino to speak to students on campus. The goal is to continue this model and invite local industry leaders like George R.R. Martin, David Benioff, and D.B. Weiss to speak at the new King’s Landing location.

  • Holiday Travel Nightmares

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    With many of our students coming from all parts of the country and locations around the world, it’s likely that travel will be in the forecast this upcoming Thanksgiving and holiday season. The Wednesday before Thanksgiving has given travelers a number of nightmare tales, whether it be on a plane, train or stuck in traffic on an automobile, it’s never a fun time.

    Hollywood has even made movies about the dreaded commute. Take John Hughes’ classic film Planes, Trains & Automobiles, starring John Candy and Steve Martin. If you haven’t seen the film, you might want to download it and give it a watch during your travels. In the film, Steve Martin is simply trying to return home to his family on Thanksgiving. Once he encounters the likes of John Candy aboard his flight home, the ordinary commute escalates into the journey from Hell.

    Since this classic film, Hollywood has had similar incarnations of the “nightmare travel” formula. Here are some examples of films that followed.

    Tommy Boy

    A perfect pairing of two contrasting SNL alums, Chris Farley and David Spade go on a road trip to try and save their business from being bought by Zalinksi (Dan Aykroyd).

    Beavis and Butthead Do America

    The popular MTV show that captured two dim-witted American teens from the 90’s, put the duo on a trip to find their stolen TV.

    Due Date

    Combining acclaimed actor Robert Downey Jr. with the zany comedic talents of Zach Galifianakis could only lead to one thing: disaster.

    Do you have a nightmare travel story that tops these? Share your stories and photos with us in the comments below or on twitter, instagram and facebook with #travelnightmares.

    November 26, 2014 • Community Highlights, Road Show, Study Abroad • Views: 2338

  • New York Film Academy in Hong Kong and Singapore

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    The New York Film Academy will be in Hong Kong and Singapore this August 2014! If you’re interested in pursuing a career in the arts and would like to study in one of our hands-on certificate or degree programs, you do not want to miss this!

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    August 9th, 2014 at Hong Kong Mandarin Oriental from 12pm-9pm.


    August 13th, 2014 at Four Seasons Hotel from 12pm-9pm

    New York Film Academy is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) and provides students with a variety of options to access a performing and visual arts education. With locations all around the world, NYFA is well known for its diverse student body.

    Many luminaries in the entertainment industry have sent family members to study at the institution including Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Al Pacino, Robert Downey Jr., Jamie Foxx, Jodie Foster, Kevin Kline, Pierce Brosnan, Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins, Bono (U2), directors Stephen Frears, Peter Bogdonavich, Roger Donaldson, and James L. Brooks, among others.

    If you’re interested in attending to find out more about the New York Film Academy and its hands-on courses and degree programs, email Tami Alexander at

    August 4, 2014 • Road Show • Views: 6800

  • NYFA Grad Becomes First Female Native to Direct in Amazon

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    Women have made leaps and bounds as filmmakers in recent years. In 2010, Katheryn Bigelow became the first female to win Best Director at the Academy Awards for her acclaimed film, Hurt Locker. Recently, New York Film Academy graduate, Darcyana Moreno Izel became the first female born in the Amazon to direct a film in the Amazon. Izel was born in Manaus, the capital of the Amazon state of Brazil. Her monumental achievement gained recognition and financial support from the Brazilian government. The film, Dark Amazon, will be premiering at the Los Angeles Brazilian Film Festival on Tuesday, September 10th at 9:00pm.

    Shot in the some of the deepest parts of the Amazon, the story surrounds a research team searching for natural cures for cancer, who wind up encountering the legendary Anhangá. The supernatural creature, Anhangá is the name locals gave the spirits that roamed the earth after death, tormenting the living. The creature could take any form, but the most well known was of a deer with eyes of fire and a cross on its forehead. Darcyana gathers actual first hand documentary style interviews with some of the locals who claim to have seen the creature, giving the film a real authentic feel. She and her crew even had unexplained phenomena occur during the shoot. “The whistle that you will hear in the movie is not a sound effect but an actual whistle that we all kept hearing during the shoot, which is part of the legend of Anhangá,” says Darcyana. “The legend says that when the creature is around, you can hear this eerie whistle.”

    Darcyana hopes her filmmaker career will allow her the opportunity to show another side of Brazil to the world. In general, the Brazilian people have tremendous hope. “I’ve seen families in complete poverty that were so grateful for being together while having so little, because they always believe tomorrow things will be better.” It is that same hope that has given Darcyana the ability to see out her life-long dream of becoming a director – despite all odds.

    If you live in Brazil and share the same passion as Darcyana, The New York Film Academy wants to see you in Brazil from September 16th – October 1st! NYFA will be conducting auditions, open houses, and workshops. Please contact Jonathan Juarbe at for more details.

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    September 4, 2013 • Road Show, Student and Alumni Spotlights • Views: 2090

  • New York Film Academy Returns to South Africa


    Once again the New York Film Academy couldn’t resist another trip to South Africa! We are never disappointed and we’re always anxious to get back. Not to mention the overall enthusiasm South Africans have for the arts and the New York Film Academy.

    If you are interested in finding out more about NYFA or would like an audition, check below to see when we’ll be in your area.



    Auditions for partial Talent Based Scholarship to the Acting and Musical Theatre programs


    Portfolio reviews for partial scholarship to Filmmaking, Photography, Cinematography, Documentary, Game Design, 3D Animation, Broadcast Journalism, Screenwriting, and Producing programs

    WHEN: Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

    WHERE: Johannesburg (Kempton Park)

    TIME: 13:00-15:00


    Open House and General Information Session for All New York Film Academy programs

    WHEN: Thursday, September 12th, 2013

    WHERE: Johannesburg (Kempton Park)

    TO RSVP: You must email 



    Auditions for partial Talent Based Scholarship to the Acting and Musical Theatre programs


    New York Film Academy portfolio reviews for partial scholarship to Filmmaking, Photography, Cinematography, Documentary, Game Design, 3D Animation, Broadcast Journalism, Screenwriting, and Producing

    WHEN: Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

    WHERE: Cape Town

    TIME: 13:00-15:00

    Open House and General Information Session for All New York Film programs

    WHEN: Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

    WHERE: Cape Town

    TO RSVP for this or any event, please email



    1. Portfolio Reviews consist of a panel review of two pieces of creative work pertaining to your desired field of study. Reviews are for partial scholarship to our *full time Filmmaking, Photography, Cinematography, Documentary, Game Design, 3D Animation, Broadcast Journalism, Screenwriting, and Producing programs.
    2. Auditions are for partial scholarship to our *full time Acting or Musical Theatre programs.
    3. MUSICAL THEATRE AUDITION: Consists of a 60-90 second monologue from a published contemporary American play or screenplay, and two contrasting musical theatre songs with music backing.
    4. ACTING AUDITION: Consists of 2 contemporary, contrasting monologues of approximately 60- 90 seconds per monologue.
    5. Information session/Open House: A detailed overview of all the programs NYFA has to offer.
    6. *Full Time = 1 Year or longer

    August 13, 2013 • Academic Programs, Road Show • Views: 8400