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  • New York Film Academy (NYFA) Screens Groundbreaking VR Film ‘Agent Emerson’ with Director and BFA Filmmaking alum Ilya Rozhkov and Filmmaking Team

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    New York Film Academy (NYFA) recently hosted a screening of groundbreaking VR action film Agent Emerson, followed by a Q&A with award-winning writer, director, producer, and NYFA BFA Filmmaking alum Ilya Rozhkov; Associate Producer & VP of Development of the Rogue Initiative, Bradley Etheridge; and Line Producer and NYFA alum, Radhika Womack. The event was held on Friday, November 15 at NYFA’s Burbank-based campus, with the president of the NYFA Broadcasting Club, Derek “DJ” Johnson II, moderating.

    BFA Filmmaking alum Ilya Rozhkov has directed award-winning shorts including Wes-Andresonesque Sabre Dance, starring Olympian Greg Louganis as Salvador Dali. His films have been distributed worldwide, featured on NBC, and screened at over 50+ festivals; winning numerous awards including Best Picture and Best Director. 

    Agent Emerson Ilya Rozhkov
    As a lead development executive at Rogue Initiative, Bradley Etheridge is responsible for input for both creative and business development. Etheridge’s diverse range of duties includes working with directors, writers, and producers on film, TV, and VR projects; managing Rogue’s internal team of game developers; and interfacing with contacts in various industries for everything from investment to content distribution opportunities. 

    Radhika Womack began her career producing commercials in the Indian film industry. Since moving to the United States, she has produced a number of feature films, shorts, documentaries, and music videos. Her most recent credits include producing the feature film In This Gray Place and line-producing Agent Emerson.  

    DJ Johnson II opened the Q&A by asking how the idea of Agent Emerson came about, highlighting the fact that Rozhkov conceptualized the film’s story with Womack during their time as students at NYFA.

    The VR film allows the audience to see an action movie from the 360-degree POV of its hero. The film, starring Andrew Bowen, Lyndsy Fonseca, and Tony Denison, has toured with Samsung and Verizon Media in a series of events in several states and recently had its successful red carpet premiere with high-profile guests from major Hollywood studios, Silicon Valley, the Producers Guild, the VR industry, and several Academy Award nominees.

    Agent Emerson Ilya Rozhkov

    “It was a very long planning process; about a year of it,” Rozhkov shared. “When I thought about it for the first time, I tried to figure out what would make it unique as a storytelling medium, just like people were with movies 120 years ago. So when the script was there and the concept was there, we started looking into technology and it simply did not exist, so I sat down with engineers and we had to create technology to make this possible.” 

    Johnson continued by inquiring how you set a frame that is 360 degrees. Rozhkov joked by saying, “Just like how there is no spoon in The Matrix, there is no frame in VR.” Rozhkov continued, “It’s storytelling through location and it’s a cinematic medium for sure, but it takes a lot from theater and it takes a lot from gaming. There’s no storytelling laws, especially when we started, so we had to find what works and just like any film, figure out the storytelling language.” 

    When asked about what the biggest challenge the filmmaking team faced during production, Womack expressed, “The biggest challenge was the technology. There’s so many unknowns in filmmaking already, and here you just triple that. It’s just sitting and brainstorming all the things you need even though there’s a lot of similarity with regular productions and other narratives. You have your locations, your permits, your crew, and the camera is taken care of, but again it’s a much bigger department than you would have on a regular film. The biggest challenge was to let everyone in every department know the difference: if you can see the camera, the camera can see you.” 
    Agent Emerson Ilya Rozhkov

    The Q&A then opened up for questions from the audience. A student asked the filmmaking team, “How did you combine the digital assets with the footage from your camera while maintaining the stereoscopic effect of the film?” 

    Rozhkov answered, “Everything was carefully measured, and we had a lot of sensor data from set that helped a lot. 360 degree video has a lot of limitations, especially when it comes to 3D, so we utilized game engine to bypass some of them. The film tracks in real time where you’re looking and adjusts the 3D accordingly.” 

    New York Film Academy thanks BFA Filmmaking alum Ilya Rozhkov, as well as Bradley Etheridge, and Radhika Womack for sharing their VR film and expertise with our students. Agent Emerson will be released on Oculus Rift (Go and Quest), HTC Vive, and Cosmos on November 22. 

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    November 19, 2019 • Film School, Filmmaking, Guest Speakers, Virtual Reality • Views: 1977

  • New York Film Academy (NYFA) Broadcast Journalism Update

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    When last we encountered New York Film Academy (NYFA) Broadcast Journalism grad Bryanna “Red Carpet” Reynolds, she was quitting a paying job in Australia to follow her dream to Los Angeles. And while she has only been there a matter of months, she seems to have settled in very well! But her big break came on a “black carpet.”

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    🎬RED CARPET REPORTING IN HOLLYWOOD! Dreams come true 😍 So happy to be reporting for @redcarpetreport I spoke to the stars of American Horror Story @ahsfx at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery on the ‘black carpet’ celebration of AHS celebrating their 💯th episode ✔️ Still can’t believe this happened 😍 A year ago I was dressed up as a bird/pumpkin being boiled in a cauldron on a Kids’ show and this year I am interviewing on red carpets in Hollywood 🤣 Believe in yourself and chase your dreams! Thank you so much to @redcarpetreport for believing in me 👏 and allowing me this opportunity 🤩 Content will be available online soon! Stay tuned for more next week 💕 Thank you to my family, friends and colleagues who also believed in me and got me this far! I couldn’t have done it without you all 💕 . . . . #producer #believe #reporter #tv #dream #achieve #broadcast #aspire #journalist #goals #la #aimhigh #media #bryannareynolds #lovemylife #hollywood #losangeles #freespirit #positivevibes #aussiesinla #beyou #australian #australiansinfilm #americanhorrorstory #fx #redcarpet #ahs #hollywoodforevercemetry

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    Another alum who is doing well, this time in New York, is Nicole Abebe. Nicole is back from Lagos, and getting some NYC media experience. She writes, “I’m a commerce reporter at the Daily Mail. So I write articles on fashion, beauty and lifestyle products.”

    International students who complete the 1-Year Broadcast Journalism conservatory are eligible to remain and work in the United States for one year, in order to receive Optional Practical Training (OPT).

     

    Sometimes it takes a while for news to make its way from Tokyo to New York. So I just learned about a NYFA alumni event that took place in Japan a little while ago. Ryo Matsuo was there to represent the Broadcast Journalism department. (That’s him on the right, in the picture below.) Ryo is a busy multimedia journalist in Tokyo, putting into practice the skills he learned at NYFA.

    Ryo Matsuo Broadcast Journalism Update

    And speaking of graduates, congratulations to the September 2019 4-Week Broadcast Journalism students. Here they are on Graduation Day. I will leave it up to you to pick out the two faculty members in the picture. Here’s a hint…Daniel Hernandez and Fabiola Torres.


    Finally, I am not a NYFA grad. I have been at the school for 6+ years, and I still don’t have a certificate. (Obviously I am not applying myself…) However, I know enough to be heading back to Kazakhstan in early December to co-teach a 1-Week Journalism workshop sponsored by the US State Department. (I was there at a conference in April.) 

    Given that I don’t speak either Kazakh or Russian (the second national language), I am going to be relying a lot on NYFA faculty member Evgenia Vlasova. As all of our grads know, Genia’s Russian language skills are flawless!

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    November 14, 2019 • Broadcast Journalism, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 1673

  • New York Film Academy Australia Filmmaking Alum Leroy Button Builds Up Blockbuster Credits

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    New York Film Academy Australia alum Leroy Button has been busy since graduating the Filmmaking program in 2018, having worked on multiple blockbusters, including Aquaman and Dora and the Lost City of Gold, as well as upcoming franchise sequels Fast & Furious 9 and James Bond film No Time to Die.

    Australian publication Daily Telegraph recently covered Button’s achievements in a profile, touching on his early start as a child playing with consumer and prosumer camera equipment. Button would shoot numerous videos and short films with his friends, presaging his future career in the filmmaking industry.

     

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    Sense, a film he made while still in high school, went on to win seven awards in the festival circuit, and led to Button creating his own freelance company, Button Media. After taking a Panavision Master Class while studying at NYFA Australia’s Gold Coast campus, Button landed a job with Panavision, where he eventually was able to work on superhero epic Aquaman, which was partially filmed at Village Roadshow Studios.

    On set, Button worked closely with stars like Jason Momoa and Nicole Kidman, but it was the state-of-the-art technical equipment that really wowed him. “I was actually more interested in having conversations with the camera boys,” Button tells Daily Telegraph Australia.

    Sure enough, that job led to another and then another, and in just a few short years Button has built up an impressive resume with credits on huge Hollywood films in the camera and electric departments, including as the drone technician on last summer’s Dora the Explorer film.

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    Additionally, Button has been working in television, and earning cinematography credits as well. His career is clearly only just getting started.

    “Leroy displayed passion, positivity, and a strong work ethic,” says Steve Pratt, NYFA Australia Chair of Filmmaking, “and was able to utilize the unique hands-on approach to filmmaking that makes NYFA Australia’s curriculum stand out from the rest—ensuring graduates like him are industry-ready when big studios come calling. We are extremely proud of him and look forward to his continued success in the industry.”

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    November 8, 2019 • Filmmaking, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 6244

  • Another Successful Year for Nordic International Film Festival Founders & New York Film Academy (NYFA) Alumni

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    Last week saw another successful edition of the Nordic International Film Festival (NIFF), founded by New York Film Academy (NYFA) alumni Johan Matton and Linnea Larsdotter. This October marked the fifth year for NIFF.

    This year’s fest was held at the renowned Roxy Cinema in Tribeca, and ran from October 16 – 20. The week saw a world premiere, six international premieres, two North American premieres, one US premiere, and 11 New York premieres among its multiple programs, with 79% of the official selections including at least one woman in a prominent role behind the camera. Jury members, hosts, and alumni of the festival included industry notables like Kristin Chenoweth, Bruce Greenwood, Jerome Flynn, Hakeem Kae-Kazim, Veena Sud, Julian Glover, Lyndsy Fonseca, and Eric Roberts. Two special awards were given at this year’s program: the Nordic Film Grand Prize, which offers a one-week trip to the Faroe Islands, and the International Film Grand Prize, which offers a one-week trip to Finland.

    Nordic International Film Festival 2019

    Two additional awards were sponsored by New York Film Academy, and presented by NYFA President Michael J. Young. Night Cleaners by Hanna Nordenswan won Best Documentary Short, while Tia Kuovo, writer and director of We Retired People, won the Aurora Borealis Award for Best Up and Coming Filmmaker. Both award winners received scholarships for a 4-Week workshop of their choice at NYFA to advance their filmmaking studies.

    “New York Film Academy is proud to support the Nordic International Film Festival,” Young expressed to the audience in a short speech, continuing, “and especially proud of our alumni Johan and Linnea, who created such an extraordinary and enduring festival.”

    NIFF was founded in October 2015 by Swedish-born actors and producers Johan Matton and Linnea Larsdotter, both alumni of New York Film Academy. Matton attended the 2-Year Acting for Film conservatory in 2009 at our New York campus, as well as our 2-Day Line Producing workshop in 2018. Larsdotter attended the 2-Year Musical Theatre program at the Professional Conservatory of Musical Theatre at New York Film Academy (PCMT at NYFA) in 2010.

    Matton and Larsdotter have worked hard to put NIFF together while building on each year’s success with bigger and grander goals. While speaking to the audience on closing night, Larsdotter highlighted the festival’s commitment to gender equality in filmmaking: “Here at NIFF it’s been our focus since the very beginning, me being a female producer in this industry, I know that there are obstacles we have to face, and I’m so proud to say … in this Official Selection we were 50/50 male and female directors,” stated Larsdotter to thunderous applause.

    Nordic International Film Festival 2019

    The Nordic International Film Festival is the biggest fest of its kind outside Europe, and features quality work of Scandinavian and international filmmakers in an exclusive, beautifully organized New York setting. NIFF has a mission that goes beyond the average film festival, one that seeks to build bridges between the Nordic region, encouraging and connecting filmmakers from all over the globe.

    NIFF has presented diverse independent films with strong characters and storylines from artists around the world, including Oscar-nominated filmmakers, Nobel Prize winners, and star-studded casts, and aims to achieve a 50-50 male/female ratio each year, as well as creating zero non-recyclable waste during the festival while providing only environmental friendly, vegan food and snacks.

    All in all, this year’s fest was a great success. “We couldn’t be more thrilled to have completed our 5th annual Nordic International Film Festival,” says Matton. “With our strongest lineup of world premieres yet and the support from our incredible partners and organizations … this film festival will keep growing–and now with the support from NYFA, so will these incredible filmmakers.”

    New York Film Academy congratulates NYFA alumni Johan Matton and Linnea Larsdotter on another successful edition of their Nordic International Film Festival, and looks forward to another stunning event next year!

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    October 23, 2019 • Acting, Film Festivals, Musical Theatre, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 1833

  • 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 festival 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:

    AFI LATIN AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL

    Elizabeth Grimaldo Associate of Fine Arts (AFA) – Los Angeles Alum Algo Azul 2021  Official Selection

    ALEXANDRA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

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

    AMERICAN DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL (AmDocs)

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

    ATLANTA FILM FESTIVAL

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

    ARIZONA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

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

    BARCELONA FILM FESTIVAL

    Sara Seligman 2-Year Filmmaking – NYC Alum Diego 2014 Golden Lion Award – Short Film Category

    BEIJING DOCUMENTARY WEEK

    Bill Einreinhofer Broadcast Journalism – NYC Faculty Chair Century Masters – Mei Lanfang 2021  Official Selection
    Zi Xiang & José Val Bal MFA Filmmaking – LA Alum A Dog Barking at the Moon 2019 Nominee – GWFF Best First Feature Award – Panorama

    BIG SKY DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL

    Mollie Moore 1-Year Documentary Filmmaking – NYC Alum A Word Away 2020 Official Selection

    BLACK STAR INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

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

    BUSAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

    Farkhat Sharipov 4-Week Filmmaking – LA Alum The Secret of a Leader 2019 World Premiere

    CAMDEN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 

    Mollie Moore 1-Year Documentary Filmmaking – NYC Alum A Word Away 2019 Official Selection

    CANNES INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL – MARCHÉ DU FILM

    Bill Einreinhofer Broadcast Journalism – NYC Faculty Chair Invisible Love 2020 Official Selection

    COLUMBIA GORGE FILM FESTIVAL

    Galo Semblantes MFA Filmmaking Alum Oblivion 2011 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 Alum Buffalo Scientists 2020 Official Selection

    DOC NYC

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

    DTLA FILM FESTIVAL

    Janek Ambros MFA Producing Alum Mondo Hollywoodland 2021 Best Director

    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

    FFTG FILM FEST

    Themo Melikidze 1-Year Conservatory Acting for Film – NYC Alum Hamlet/Horatio 2020

    Jury Choice Award – Best Feature Film

    Andrew Burdette 2-Year Conservatory Acting for Film – NYC Alum Hamlet/Horatio 2020 Jury Choice Award – Best Feature Film
    Paul Warner Acting Instructor – NYC Instructor Hamlet/Horatio 2020 Jury Choice Award – Best Feature Film
    David Vando Former Acting Instructor – NYC Instructor Hamlet/Horatio 2020 Jury Choice Award – Best Feature Film

    GÄSSLI FILM FESTIVAL

    Giacun Caduff 8-Week Filmmaking NYC Alum 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

    HOLLYWOOD GOLD AWARDS

    Rajni Chamaraj MA Film & Media Production – LA Alum The Day I Met Joshua 202o Winner
    Israa Al-Kamali MFA Filmmaking LA Student Founder 2020 Founder
    Jameelah Rose Lineses 1 Year Filmmaking Conservatory – NYC Alumni Atareek 2019 Best Cinematography Award

    INTERNATIONAL INDEPENDENT FILM AWARDS

    Ling Zhu and Zhiyuan Duan MA Film and Media Production; BFA Acting for Film – LA Alumni Song of Love 2021 Gold Winner

    KANSAS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

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

    KCET FINE CUT FESTIVAL OF FILMS

    Yueh-Tzu Sun BFA Filmmaking – Los Angeles Alum 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

    LOS ANGELES DIVERSITY FILM FESTIVAL

    Galo Semblantes MFA Filmmaking Alum Project Heaven 2014 Official Selection

    LUNAFEST

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

    KEY WEST FILM FESTIVAL

    Steven Wieclaw  MFA Filmmaking – South Beach Alum Nonstop 2020 Official Selection – World Comedy Shorts

    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 Alum 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 Alum Late Again Ana 2019 Official Selection – Cinemaslam
    Braulio Jatar & Anaïs Michel 6-Week Documentary Filmmaking Workshop – NYC
    1-Year Documentary Filmmaking – NYC
    Alum Where Chaos Reigns 2019 Honorable Mention – HBO Ibero-American Award

    MIAMI INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL

    Yulia Korotkova MFA Acting for Film – SoBe Alum Waters 2020 Official Selection
    Elaine Minionis 1-Year Documentary Filmmaking – NYC Alum

    Uncanny: The Dolls of Mariana Monteagudo

    2019 Winner – Best Documentary

    MOSCOW INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

    Farkhat Sharipov 4-Week Filmmaking – LA Alum The Secret of a Leader 2019 Grand Prix

    NASHVILLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

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

    NATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL FOR TALENTED YOUTH

    Catalina Loret  BFA Filmmaking – LA Alum Flores Dentro 2020 Official Selection
    Matthew Avery Berg  Teen Filmmaking – LA Alum Accomplice 2020 Official Selection

    NEWPORT BEACH FILM FESTIVAL

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

    NEW WAVE SHORT FILM FESTIVAL

    Samantha Soule 4-Week Filmmaking & Cinematography Workshop – Online Alum Shed 2021 Women Empowerment Best Film Special Jury Selection

    NEW YORK FESTIVAL RADIO AWARDS

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

    NEW YORK INDIAN FILM FESTIVAL

    Aakash Prabhakar 4-Week Filmmaking – NYC Alum Freddie’s Piano 2020 Official Selection

    NEW YORK LATINO FILM FESTIVAL

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

    NEW YORK LIFT-OFF FILM FESTIVAL

    Kartik Venkatraman 1-Year Filmmaking – NYC Student Tehravin 2020 Official Selection
    Jia Wertz 6-Week Documentary Filmmaking – NYC Alum Conviction 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 Alum n/a 2015 – Present Founders
    Michael Young NYFA President n/a 2019 Award Presenter

    NÒT FILM FESTIVAL

    Silvia Susanna 8-Week Filmmaking – NYC Alum Normality 2020 Official Selection

    PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

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

    PAN AFRICAN FILM FESTIVAL

    Edrei Hutson MFA Filmmaking – LA Alum Sisters 2020 Official Selection

    PARIS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

    Bill Einreinhofer Broadcast Journalism – NYC Faculty Chair Invisible Love 2021 Winner – Best Narrative Feature Film

    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 Alum In This Family 2020 Official Selection; Juried Prize

    PHOENIX INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL

    Cleavandor Vandorn Wright BFA Acting for Film – South Beach Student True Romance Revamped 2017 Offical Selection

    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 Alum 2ḦOOM 2020 Official Selection

    RIVER TO RIVER FLORENCE INDIAN FILM FESTIVAL

    Aastha Verma MFA Filmmaking – LA Alum The Last Rights 2020 Official Selection

    SAN DIEGO ITALIAN FILM FESTIVAL 

    Eleonora Privitera 1-Year Documentary Filmmaking – NYC Alum Queenz of The Night 2019 Official Selection
    Eleonora Privitera 1-Year Documentary Filmmaking – NYC Alum Rebirth 2020 Silver Award

    SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

    Drama del Rosario MFA Documentary Filmmaking Alum 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 Alum Cricket Liu 2019  Official Selection

    SAN LUIS OBISPO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

    Meital Cohen Navarro MFA Filmmaking – LA Alum Over My Dead Body 2021  Winner – George Sidney Independent Film Competition for Best Narrative Short Film

    SAN SEBASTIAN FILM FESTIVAL 

    Pedro Peira MFA Documentary – LA Alum Camí Lliure (Free Way) 2020 Official Selection

    SANTA BARBARA FILM FESTIVAL

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

    SCOTTSDALE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

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

    SHANGHAI Film Festival FILM FESTIVAL

    Janek Ambros MA Producing Alum Since August 2022 Competed – Golden Goblet

    ShorTS International Film Festival

    Bob Ahmed Filmmaking Alum Tikkun Olam 2021 Winner – Best Short Film 

    SOUTHERN SHORTS AWARDS

    Ling Zhu and Zhiyuan Duan MA Film and Media Production; BFA Acting for Film – LA Alumni Song of Love 2021 Winner – Winter 2021 Southern Shorts Award

    STUDENT ACADEMY AWARDS

    Phyllis Tam  MFA Filmmaking – LA Alum Fragile Moon 2020 Finalist – Narrative (Domestic Schools)
    Kaiyi Niu BFA Filmmaking – LA Alum Way Out 2021 Semi-finalist

    SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL

    Meshal Al Jaser BFA Screenwriting – LA Alum 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
    Akinola Davies Jr. 8-Week Filmmaking – NYC Alum Lizard 2019 Winner – Short Film Grand Jury Prize

    TAMPA BAY UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL

    Yulia Korotkova MFA Acting for Film – SoBe Alum Waters 2020 Official Selection

    TORINO FILM FESTIVAL

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

    TORONTO INTERNATIONAL NOLLYWOOD FESTIVAL

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

    TRIESTE SCIENCE+FICTION FESTIVAL

    Alessandro Marcon 1-Year Filmmaking – LA Alum Anemone 2020 Official Selection

    UK JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL

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

    UNDERSTORY FILM FESTIVAL

    Meital Cohen Navarro

    MFA Filmmaking – LA Alum Over My Dead Body 2020 Official Selection

    VENICE FILM FESTIVAL

    Craig Caton 3D Animation & VFX – Los Angeles Faculty Chair n/a 2019 Taught Master Classes as part of the fest
    Shahad Ameen 1-Year Screenwriting – New York Alum Scales 2019 Nominated – Critics Week Luigi De Laurentiis Award for Debut Film
    Li Cheng 4-Week Filmmaking – New York Alum 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 Alum Puntasacra 2020 ‘Sesterce d’or la Mobilière’ (Best Feature Film)

    X WORLD FILM FESTIVAL

    Blanche Baker NYC  – Acting for Film Faculty Make America Safe 2019 Winner – Best International Short Winner – Best Original Music

    YELLOWKNIFE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

    Rajni Chamaraj

    MA Film and Media Production – LA

    Alum Let’s Pretend I’m Talking About You 2020 Winner – Audience Choice Award

    YONKERS FILM FESTIVAL

    Daniel Pradilla De Bedout

    1-Year Cinematography – LA

    Alum The Day I Met Joshua 2020 Official Selection

    ZED FEST FILM FESTIVAL

    Jessica Coro

    BFA Filmmaking – LA Alum Planet I.X. 2020 Official Selection

     

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    October 18, 2019 • Community Highlights, Film Festivals • Views: 2863

  • New York Film Academy (NYFA) Filmmaking Alum Furaha Bayibsa Authors New Book, ‘Children’

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    Furaha Bayibsa ChildrenChildren, a new book written by New York Film Academy (NYFA) Filmmaking alum Furaha Bayibsa, was released last month.

    Bayibsa has been very busy since graduating the Fall 2015 1-Year Filmmaking program at NYFA-Los Angeles—as a producer, screenwriter, director, and now as an author. 

    Originally from the Congo and born and raised in Stockholm, Sweden, Bayibsa has written four short films, three of which she’s directed. She has also become a prolific and talented producer, having worked on over a dozen films to date. These include Landfill, directed by MFA Filmmaking student Yesser Laham, and Straight to Hell, a comedy short written and directed NYFA Filmmaking alum Damon J. Barnes.

    Bayibsa’s book is titled Children and takes place in a San Francisco community in present day. The book is based on new legislation approved and finalized by the Supreme Court that calls for police officers to be put on immediate unpaid leave, charged, and tried as a civilian when abusing their power in service to unarmed civilians. This legislation has been praised and implemented in several nations all around the world and began with the story of two children who fell in love.

    “Writing is one of the most fun things in the world; it’s something I’ve always believed,” says Bayibsa. “Attending NYFA gave me guidance on how to think when I write, not actually how to write; that’s what I liked about NYFA the most.” 

    Bayibsa plans to adapt Children into a feature film as buzz about the book grows, which she plans to also direct.

    New York Film Academy congratulates Filmmaking alum Furaha Bayibsa on her new book Children and encourages everyone to read a copy today!

    Furaha Bayibsa Children

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    October 17, 2019 • Film School, Filmmaking, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 2002

  • New York Film Academy (NYFA) BFA Photography Alum Lotta Lemetti Featured in Float Magazine

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    Lotta Lemetti

    PAC at NYFA alum Lotta Lemetti

    New York Film Academy (NYFA) BFA Photography alum Lotta Lemetti had her series The Ordinary recently featured in popular photo magazine, Float, as their latest issue’s cover story.

    The Finnish-born artist and Fulbright scholar first attended the Photo Arts Conservatory at New York Film Academy (PAC at NYFA) in 2015 at our New York City campus, before continuing her studies in Los Angeles and earning her BFA in Photography.

    Lemetti has refined a unique vision embracing the beauty of the simple and mundane with a minimal aesthetic that carries through her diverse body of work, which employs alternative processes, mixed media, and graphic design. She has earned two grants from the City of Vantaa, was the winner of the 2019 CCC Ad Open Call, and was named the 2019 Latitude Life APS Photographer of the year.

    Her work has already been exhibited in group shows in New York City, Los Angeles, and Finland. Additionally, Lemetti has served as art director for the latest two issues of PAC at NYFA’s photo magazine, FAYN.

    The cover story for the latest issue of Float features her portfolio The Ordinary, a series of beautiful still life compositions that include various types of colorful foods on a stark white background. 

    Lotta Lemetti

    Photo Credit: Lotta Lemetti

    “With the series The Ordinary I want the viewer to share my sense of wonder and joy in the ordinary objects of everyday life,” Lemetti tells Float. “I want to give the audience a moment to appreciate the things we so often take for granted and overlook. I wish to encourage people to slow down from the hecticness of life to a more tranquil pace in which they are able to fully observe and receive the beauty and peculiarity of this miraculous world we live in.”

    Float Photo Magazine was founded in March 2014 by Dana Stirling and Yoav Friedlander with a mission of celebrating the work of contemporary photographers from around the globe, both emerging and established, with the intention to inspire and push forward the photography community.

    New York Film Academy congratulates BFA Photography alum Lotta Lemetti on her cover story and encourages everyone to check out the article, which includes several of Lotta’s beautifully composed images.

    Select images from The Ordinary by Lotta Lemetti:

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    October 16, 2019 • Photography, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 2026

  • New York Film Academy (NYFA) Students & Alumni Featured in VoyageLA Magazine

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    VoyageLA, the flagship publication for Voyage Group of Magazines, is a media and city guide for Los Angeles that aims to authentically represent a wide variety of artists and communities, looking for outside-the-box ways to bring together the many different small businesses, independent artists and entrepreneurs, local institutions of LA.

    It’s no surprise that many of New York Film Academy’s incredibly talented students and alumni have been featured on their pages, usually with personal and informative interviews. Here are the most recent NYFA artists who have been showcased by VoyageLA:

    Dayana Espinoza

    Recent 1-Year Acting for Film grad Dayana Espinoza has a knack for landing roles in quality films–she’s appeared in award winners Outlandish (Winner – CKF International Film Festival) and The Rosy Summer Day (Best Fantasy Film – Los Angeles Film Awards; Best Short – Top Short Film Festival; Best Women Short – Indie Short Fest; Best Director – Independent Shorts Awards; Best Director – Festigious International Film Festival) as well as Invisible Murderer, which was nominated in the Indie Short Fest for both Best Original Story and Best Film Noir Short. Espinoza, who was born and raised in Peru and has been recently interviewed by both VoyageLA and Film Daily, is currently represented by two agencies and recently worked on her first SAG-AFTRA project.

    Dayana EspinozaJoseph Ford

    Current BFA Photography Joseph Ford has been hired to shoot Instagram influencers including Blac Chyna and Brittany Renner, and has recently shot photo coverage of the Amazon float for the 2019 SF Gay Pride parade. The Marines veteran talks about his fashion photography company and the path that led him to NYFA-LA and beyond. 

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    Saana Laigren

    In her interview with VoyageLA, 1-Year Acting for Film alum Saana Laigren talks about how she first got into acting during her childhood, and about the internal struggles she’s faced while trying to create a career in the arts. In the end, though, her path ultimately led to her following her dream, and she’s recently won Best Foreign Actress at Chandra Khamini International Film Festival.

    Saana Laigren VoyageLA

    Alice Rehemutula

    VoyageLA calls MFA Producing alum Alice Rehemutula a “trailblazer” in an interview that charts her unconventional path from a Muslim province of China to Shanghai to Hollywood. Rehemutula found great success overseas as a performer, including appearing on China’s Got Talent, but she also has a passion for working behind the camera, earning her Master of Fine Arts in Producing from NYFA’s Los Angeles campus.

    Alice Rehemutula VoyageLA

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  • New York Film Academy Australia Alumni Release Action Short ‘Round Trip’

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    Ren Thackham Round TripRound Trip, a six-minute action film written and directed by New York Film Academy Australia alum Ren Thackham and starring NYFA Australia alum Danny Bolt, recently went online after a spectacular festival run.

    Thackham and Bolt met while studying at NYFA Australia, where Thackham attended the 1-Year Filmmaking program in 2014. Since then, she’s had a great deal of success on the festival circuit with her short films, collaborating often with Bolt, and winning numerous awards and nominations for her work.

    Their latest short, Round Trip, packs a serious punch with an incredible automobile stunt involving a police car flipping over. “We had one police car and one shot at flipping it on camera, and if it didn’t land on it’s wheels, we wouldn’t have had a film,” says Thackham. 

     

    The film was in good hands though; the head of the stunt team was Judd Wild, who worked on Australian action epic Mad Max: Fury Road. Thackham calls Wild “one of the best in the country.”

    Wild wasn’t the only top shelf talent on the production. The film stars 2013 NABBA Mr. Universe Lee Priest in his acting debut, as a criminal trying to escape Bolt’s police officer protagonist. Additionally, the score for Round Trip was composed by Rafael May with didgeridoo by Darren Narul, recorded at Skinny Fish Music in Darwin. 

    Thackham and Bolt next plan to make their first feature film, Ridgy Didge, in 2020 as a directing/producing team.

    New York Film Academy congratulates NYFA Australia alumni Ren Thackham and Danny Bolt on the online release of Round Trip and encourages everyone to check out the death-defying short!

     

    Ren Thackham Round Trip Danny Bolt

     

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    October 15, 2019 • #WomenOfNYFA, Acting, Filmmaking, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 2386

  • New York Film Academy (NYFA) Photography Camp Alum Sydney Ciardi Wins Griffin Foundation Scholarship

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    Sydney Ciardi

    Sydney Ciardi, courtesy of Griffin Foundation website

    Sydney Ciardi, an alum of the New York Film Academy (NYFA) Photography Camp for Teens, has won a Griffin Foundation scholarship for her incredible work.

    The Arthur Griffin Foundation for Winchester provides scholarships for young visual artists with the mission to preserve and enhance the beauty of the Winchester, MA community. The Student Scholarship Award is an annual grant of $5000 that is presented to current Winchester students committed to and interested in the visual arts. 

    Sydney Ciardi attended NYFA’s Photography Camp for Teens in June 2018, after having attended NYFA’s 3-Week Filmmaking Camp for Teens a year prior. She attended both camps at NYFA’s summer location on the Harvard University campus. Ciardi won the scholarship over other entrants who, like her, had to submit a portfolio of work that represents both their creativity and experience. 

    Ciardi’s artist statement is available on the Griffin Scholarship webpage, and reads: “Throughout my life I have expressed myself through art, whether it be media or motion. I have always found it an effective way to share stories and interpret the world in which I live. Photography, film, and dance are important creative outlets for me: they let me articulate the sometimes elusive ideas in my mind and better understand those of others. Art has influenced the way I see life, the world, and the person I have become by allowing me to understand the way others interpret the world and giving me the opportunity to share my own interpretation of the world.”

    New York Film Academy congratulates NYFA Photography Camp alum Sydney Ciardi on her well-deserved Griffin Foundation scholarship and looks forward to her future work as a visual artist! 

    Sydney Ciardi

    Photography by Sydney Ciardi

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    October 15, 2019 • Photography, Student & Alumni Spotlights, Summer Camps • Views: 1935