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  • Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Awards Academy Gold Internship to New York Film Academy (NYFA) BFA in Filmmaking Student Alice Nicolini

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    New York Film Academy (NYFA) BFA in Filmmaking student Alice Nicolini received some great news recently when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences awarded her an Academy Gold Internship in Production Design. 

    Nicolini hails from Italy and is an alum of several NYFA camps, having attended the 4-week Screenwriting camp for teens, the 6-week Filmmaking camp for teens, and the 4-week Advanced Filmmaking camp for teens between 2014 and 2016. She is currently studying for her BFA in Filmmaking at NYFA’s Burbank-based campus. In the fall of 2017, Nicolini served as one of NYFA’s red carpet representatives at the Cinema Italian Style opening night gala.

    Her two-minute short, Alice’s Wonderland, helped her earn the prestigious Academy Gold Internship in Production Design. The Academy Gold Program is a multi-tiered educational and experiential initiative and internship enhancement program from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the famous Hollywood organization that annually awards the Oscars.

    “I hope this experience will give more direction and structure to my efforts,” Nicolini tells NYFA, “and, as a result, make me more confident in my craft.”

    Nicolini is currently focusing on her BFA studies and prepping hard for the internship. The industrious student has found the time and energy however to design a domestic clothing and accessories line in collaboration with a sustainability-focused company from Italy.

    “I am very proud of this kid and of NYFA for supporting talented and young artists!” exclaims Diana Santi, Director of NYFA Florence.

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    New York Film Academy congratulates BFA student Alice Nicolini on earning the illustrious Academy Gold Internship in Production Design and looks forward to following her filmmaking endeavors. 

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    June 14, 2019 • Film School, Filmmaking, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 861

  • New York Film Academy (NYFA) Filmmakers Direct ‘Thrive’ with Maroon 5’s Jesse Carmichael

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    New York Film Academy (NYFA) alum Shivin Sanjeev Grover and his brother, NYFA BFA student Sunny Grover, recently collaborated with Maroon 5 keyboardist and rhythm guitarist Jesse Carmichael on the two minute short film Thrive, which focuses on the struggle and obstacles still faced today by the LGBTQIA+ community.

    The film was written and directed by Shivin and Sunny, two brothers from India, and is part of Carmichael’s 2 Minute Movies (2mm) project, which was created last year. Thrive is the first film to come from 2mm with a focus on LGBTQIA+ rights.

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    In an interview with Get Out Magazine, Carmichael says he is “hoping that things are moving in a more and more equanimous and loving, tolerant, and open direction in [India],” adding that Shivin and Sunny “reached out to me with an idea about doing some sort of film in the realm of trying to open people’s eyes to the violence that people in [the] LGBTQIA+ etc. experience.”

    Carmichael first rose to fame as a founding member of rock/pop group Maroon 5, one of the most popular and successful rock bands of all time. Maroon 5 played the Halftime Show at the most recent Super Bowl and have such hits as “Girls Like You,” “Sugar,” “Moves Like Jagger,” and “This Love.”

    “Through this process, we had the honor of being mentored by Jesse Carmichael who implored us to explore the subtlety and elegance that can be achieved through visuals and music,” says Shivin. “This experience goes beyond words and went on to make this process all the more special.”

    Thrive is a visually evocative and emotionally powerful film, that gets a lot across in its short two-minute running time. “We set out to create a visual letter that juxtaposes the love shared within the community with the violence and hate inflicted by those who have not yet had the chance to share this acceptance with us,” adds Shivin. 

    The film has been critically well received and was featured in at least two national magazines to date, as well as a laudatory review from renowned film critic Alan Ng and a recommendation from the BAFTA- and Oscar-qualifying Aesthetica Short Film Festival.

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    In addition to the two brothers, much of Thrive’s film crew also came from New York Film Academy. This includes current NYFA BFA students Rob Hughes (key grip) and Jessica Coro (art director), and NYFA alumni Nupur Mehrotra (producer), Alex Cvetkov (cinematographer), Brandon Lattman (gaffer), Hala Abou Chakra (assistant director), and Maria Quintana (set photographer). In addition to co-writing and co-directing, Sunny also served as the film’s production designer.

    The New York Film Academy congratulates the NYFA students and alumni on their hard work and the success of Thrive, and wishes the best of luck to co-directors Shivin Sanjeev and Sunny Grover as they continue to make films they are passionate about!

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    April 22, 2019 • Filmmaking, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 543

  • New York Film Academy (NYFA) Students Visit the Getty Villa

    Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailNew York Film Academy (NYFA) students visited the Getty Villa recently, and came away with some very positive experiences. As part of their studies in filmmaking, acting, and other visual and performing arts, NYFA students must take liberal arts courses in order to complete their Bachelor of Fine Arts studies.

    The students taking Art History this semester were able to take advantage of the unique cultural opportunities available to the Los Angeles region, including the Getty Villa on the Malibu coast.
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    The Getty Villa is a one-of-a-kind museum experience that launches students deep into the world of ancient Greece and Rome. After spending class time looking at the artwork and discussing the culture and history of ancient societies, the students were able to absorb the art they’ve been analyzing as closely as possible to its original context.

    Here are some of the reactions NYFA’s Art History students had after their trip to the Getty Villa:

    “It was really amazing that I can see in the Getty what I learned in the class about Greek & Roman art—it made me understand the lectures that we had in the class more.”

    “I learned a lot of things, like about how the ancient people brought tributes to their gods and how they portrayed them on almost anything. The coins were something that shocked me—to see how they where handmade and it was so elaborate despite being so small. Also that art was something expensive and considered for upper classes and how you can even see that on the thumbs of the people.”

    “It has changed and has showed me some things I would love to have in my house one day.”

    “Seeing these works in person is really valuable for students—it made me understand and remember what we learned in the class.”

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    April 13, 2019 • Liberal Arts and Sciences • Views: 12

  • New York Film Academy (NYFA) Teaches Science and the Movies

    Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailThis semester, the Liberal Arts and Sciences department of the New York Film Academy (NYFA) has opened three new Science elective courses for our BFA students: Principles of the Physical Sciences, General Biology, and (everyone’s favorite) Science and the Movies.

    These new courses add to existing science electives Anatomy and Physiology, Geology, and Geography. Furthermore, this semester NYFA is introducing more amazing tools and resources to aid in the student’s learning process, including microscopes and other lab materials.NYFA Liberal Arts & Sciences

    This new additional hands-on-equipment stays true to NYFA’s “learn by doing” pedagogical approach that is applied to its degree and conservatory programs, including filmmaking, acting for film, cinematography, screenwriting, documentary, photography, animation, and musical theatre.

    For BFA students at the New York Film Academy, the liberal arts and sciences is an invaluable part of their curriculum, crucial to the the development of a creative artist. The department, chaired by NYFA’s Dean of General Education, Dr. Mary Samuelson, offers a broad array of classes in the Arts & Humanities, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Natural Sciences, and History of Art, Theatre & Media.

    In science instructor Camille Boag’s General Biology class, students recently explored common backyard critters under the microscope, squealing at the intricate hairs on a spider’s leg and marveling at the delicate pattern of a butterfly’s wing. These students will never look at a flower the same way again after dissecting them in class, identifying their reproductive organs and reflecting on exactly why these small creatures look they way they do.

    Science instructor Fred Siegel had his students explore the laws of physics in his Physical Sciences course, investigating the principles of reflection and refraction, the relationships between lens shape, focal length and aperture, and measuring the variables which influence the motion of a pendulum. Students clearly had a blast, and were in agreement that learning via hands-on laboratory exercises is an invaluable experience.

    What better way to learn Science?!

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    October 24, 2018 • Liberal Arts and Sciences • Views: 413

  • New York Film Academy Hosts Producing Pitchfest For MFA and BFA Students

    Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailThe recent graduates of New York Film Academy’s MFA and BFA Producing programs got to share their final projects with high-powered industry professionals at this year’s Producing Pitchfest.

    A herculean effort went into completing these producing projects. NYFA is known for having classes that are fast-paced and hands-on. Students enter as aspiring creatives and leave with the ability to walk onto a set and make a film. From the producing side, students create a show bible, design a budget, and learn multiple ways to pitch their script to executives, studios, and potential investors.    

    The “story pitch” is as much a part of Hollywood movie making as is the script itself. At the Producing Pitchfest, students were given the opportunity to pitch their projects to professional producers, directors, writers and executives. Getting an opportunity to pitch a projects to professionals is incredibly important. Not only did students get the chance to get constructive feedback from the guests, they also had the chance to land a deal!

    Student Reginald E. Luck credited NYFA with his ability to look and sound professional in the presence of such incredible talent. “NYFA taught and prepared me by grilling me during thesis committee meetings. They really made me focus on why I was telling this story,” he began. “When my instructors said, ‘Relax, you got this,’ I found they were right. I had made pitching harder in my mind than it turned out to be in reality.”

    Luck said his favorite part of the event was meeting and interacting with the writers and producers who attended the festival. “It really made me feel important to have them all listen intently to my story,” Luck confessed. “I was given some tremendous pointers by each person I pitched too.”

    At the end of the event, many of the participating judges let our instructors know how impressed they were with the students and their work. The event was a huge success all the way around. Students walked away with encouragement, new ideas, and a lot of real-world contacts.

    The New York Film Academy would like to thank the following panelists for taking the time to hear our student’s pitches: writer and director Blake Harris, writer and director Doug Cooney, writer and director Brian Herskowitz, actor and producer John Morrissey, producer Patrick Peach, writer and producer David Rosenberg, writer and producer Arnold Rudnick, attorney and producer Marlon Schulman and filmmaker and festival director Kimberly Browning.

    Congratulations to all of our graduates. We look forward to all of the great stories you’ll tell.  Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

    April 27, 2018 • Academic Programs, Community Highlights, Producing • Views: 857

  • NYFA BFA and MFA Photography Gallery at Famous Bergamot Station

    Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailThe New York Film Academy BFA and MFA Photography Gallery show of graduating students was held at the famous Bergamot Station in Santa Monica, CA. The four MFA students and two BFA students had a wonderful turnout of 210 people, not including family, friends or alumni.

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    photo by Olive Banerjee

    The curators from the various Bergamot Station galleries themselves said that the show has a beautiful cohesiveness, and, once again, one of the guests was the retired curator of photography from the Getty Museum, Weston Naef, who stopped by to enjoy his third New York Film Academy MFA/BFA exhibition.

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    Bergamot Station was previously a railroad station from 1875 to 1953, serving the Los Angeles and Independence Railroad and later the Santa Monica Air Line. The station was named after the Wild Bergamot flower, which once grew in the area. The Bergamot Station is in line to become a Historical Landmark in the next few years and it currently houses multiple art galleries.

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    The New York Film Academy would like to thank Bergamot Station for hosting our students. Congratulations to our graduating MFA and BFA photographers on this excellent showcase.Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

    February 14, 2017 • Photography, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 3158

  • Congratulations MFA, AFA, MA & BFA Graduates in Los Angeles!

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    It was a beautiful California day on Saturday, May 28th when New York Film Academy students receiving their MFA, AFA, MA and BFA degrees in Filmmaking, Acting, Producing, Screenwriting, Photography, Game Design, Documentary, Cinematography and Feature Track studies, gathered at the Harmony Gold Preview house in West Hollywood for their degree program commencement ceremonies. Graduations at 10:00am2:00pm, and 6:00pm were packed with family and friends of the graduating students showing their support.

    Commencement speakers actor Peter Onorati (Goodfellas, Rocketman), director/actor Marty Sader (Monday Nights At Seven, Most High), and producer/writer Jeanette Collins (Big Love, Suddenly Susan) as well as NYFA department chairs and deans gave encouraging words of advice for navigating the entertainment industry and life in general.

    Congratulations to all of NYFA Los Angeles 2016 degree program graduates!

    10:00am Graduation

     

    MFA in Acting

     

    Amitabh Agarwal

    Nicoletta Brunelli

    Pablo Castel

    Theodore George Crosby

    Sebastian Faure

    Kyly Hawk

    Andrew William Lynton Jackson

    Danny Kay

    Delon Lyadi

    Federico Mallet Flores

    Andrea Méndez

    Tetiana Mesiura

    Matthew Miller

    Julia Edith Arteaga Padilla

    Wilfredo Ramos Jr.

    Katisha Sargeant

     

    BFA in Acting

     

    Joseline Angulo

    Roman Arnaize

    Melissa Carvajal

    Schuyler Dalenberg

    Andrea Fernandez Rivera

    Robert Fisher

    Elizabeth Frohlich

    Giulia Giovanetti

    Helena Horta

    Kardelen Isleyen

    Jordan Knapp

    Bronson Lassetter

    Tracy Lewis

    Maria Isabel Luege Marvan

    Ali Mahmood

    Nicholas Massa

    Yang Li

    Yu Lin

    Valeriya Matveeva

    Muhammad Mazhar

    Anthon Meyer

    Joshua Michael Moore

    Meenaz Palsani

    Samantha Prevost

    Laura Gudiño Rodriguez

    Asdis Thula Thorlaksdottir

     

    AFA in Acting

     

    Emily Accattato

    Claudia Juliana Arciniegas Rodriguez

    Christopher Beech

    Ashley Cardenas

    Lavelle Clarke

    Fany De La Tejera

    Hanna Dotevall

    Joseph Daniel Equihua

    Janet George

    Raven Lee Glover

    Elizabeth Grimaldo

    Vera Veronica Järvi

    Joshua Liwosz

    Nina Ferreira Lopes

    Gaston Alexander Lopez III

    Juan Manrique Ugarte

    Kamali Martin

    Bianca Martins Viegas

    Lucia Moerk

    Maria de Sa

    Peter Wang

    Jasmin Kirst

    Onur Tekin

    Ian Warner

    Ronald Watts

    Brett Yuille

    2:00pm Graduation

     

    MFA in Filmmaking

     

    Nada Al Mojadedi

    Sulafa Ibrahim Alasiri

    Majid Alsharif

    Victoria Nicks

    Alexandr Shashenkov

    Victor Alberto Velasco

    Rodrigo Zanforlin

    Kshitij Bal

    Anatoliy Kim

    Xiongze Ren

    Hui Yuan

     

    MFA in Filmmaking (Feature Track)

     

    Keith Anderson

    Sonia Bajaj

    Li Yuan

     

    MA in Film & Media Production

     

    Oguzhan Akdogan

    Denise Alessandra Ambroggio

    Chaitanya Kumar Gandikota

    Ruchira Janwalikar

    Ievegen Khazin

    Nency Maisuria

    Witawit Rattanathitinun

    Andalib Rubayat

    Luis Sanchez

    Victoria Tapp

     

    BFA in Filmmaking

     

    Jon Beroiz Lopez

    Tomas Diaz Gomez

    Stephanie Dieter

    Brianna Flores-Stanton

    Shane Golden Antonucci

    Alejandro Kahuam

    Haifeng Wang

    Xuhan Gao

    Aijia Li

    Zhong Ren

    Sandy Sai

    Sixing Su

    Li Wei

     

    AFA in Filmmaking

     

    Maans Reimer

     

    MFA in Photography

     

    Amani Alhomeid

    Alaa Alrafaihi

    Michael Iloba

    Lian Liu

    Alify Nasution

    Nataliya Rudenko

    Madawi Zabarmawi

     

    BFA in Photography

     

    Gabriela Azuaje Rodriguez

    Casey McGeorge

    Colleen Stavrakos

     

    MFA in Cinematography

     

    Rakan Abdullah Aljamie

    Jiachen Dong

    Dmitry Fursov

    Ruixi Gao

    Jeremy Harris

    Bowen Jiang

    Mohammed Khayat

    Ji Yoon Kim

    Christopher Brendan Kistan

    Nattaphon Voranapa

    Yuchen Yan

    Bo Ye

     

    6:00pm Graduation

     

    MFA in Screenwriting

     

    Charles Ancelle

    Jimena Lucia Carias Zuniga

    Saanya Dua

    Ashley Hargrove

    Hyunmin Jun

    Jeff Kimball

    Robert Thorpe

    Bartosz Tomaszewski

    Breonna Young

     

    BFA in Screenwriting

     

    Gal Cohen

    Dion Moosa

    Nuttawuthi Nakong

    Adam Teitelbaum

    Michael Teitelbaum

     

    AFA in Screenwriting

     

    Allison Catalfumo

    Anastasiia Cherkashyna

    Joon Sung Seung

     

    MFA in Producing

     

    Dusica Aleksic

    Alastair David Boyd

    Krystina Olivia Christiansen

    Jiyin Hong

    Vamsi Jonnalagadda

    Yi Ke Kou

    Sai Sen Lee

    Xiaoxiao Ma

    Shane Miller

    Julian Molina

    Dmitrii Aleksandrovich Musikhin

    Annamaria Pupart

    Nelson Rivera-Jimenez

    Ruben Rueda Valenzuela

    Yuxiao Wang

    Xiaoshi Zhu

     

    MFA in Producing (Feature Track)

     

    Mohammed Alshoaiby

     

    BFA in Producing

     

    Tom Bateman

    Rebecka Kristensson

    Milagro Mejia

     

    AFA in Producing

     

    Nyshon Ferrell

    Chor Kei Hui

    Andreina Perez

    Sim Sagiroglu

    Jing Shi

    Yizhou Su

    Huan Yu

    Kai Zhao

    Joel Seidl

    Peijun Zou

     

    BFA in Animation

     

    Mohammed Abuhaimd

    Yousef Badeeb

    Jessica Chung

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    June 6, 2016 • Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 5265

  • Congratulations MFA, AFA, MA & BFA Graduates in Los Angeles!

    Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailIt was a bright and sunny California day on Saturday, January 30th when New York Film Academy students receiving their MFA, AFA, MA and BFA degrees in Filmmaking, Acting, Producing, Screenwriting, Photography, Game Design, Documentary, Cinematography and Feature Track studies, gathered at the Harmony Gold Preview house in West Hollywood for their degree program commencement ceremonies. Graduations at 10:00am, 2:00pm, and 6:00pm were packed with family and friends of the graduating students showing their support.

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    Commencement speakers actress Heather Hemmens (Hellcats, The Vampire Diaries, The Dukes of Hazard, etc.), writer Courtney Lilly (Black-ish, The Cleveland Show, I’m Through with White Girls, etc.) and writer/director/actress Cathryn Michon (A Dog’s Purpose, Muffintop: A Love Story, etc.) as well as NYFA department chairs and deans gave encouraging words of advice for navigating the entertainment industry and life in general.

    Congratulations to all of NYFA Los Angeles 2016 degree program graduates!

    10:00am Graduation

    MFA in Acting

    Logan Arneson
    Darrell Bernard Bailey
    Amy Burzak
    Cristina Castano Brunet
    Carla D’Errico
    Rishi Das
    Feifei Di
    Jose Antonio Gil Vigna
    Xavier Keither Hatten
    Timothy Hildebrand
    Zane Shah Kanampuram
    Tin-Yu Lien
    Israel James Lister
    Patricia Luiza Coeli Medeiros de Carvalho Peixoto Diego Medellin
    Meghan Modrovsky
    Lauren Mosley
    Anthony Mottola
    Quentin L. Murphy
    Sabrina Pecario
    Jennifer Michelle Scruggs
    S. Alicia Seecharan
    Jazmine Wilson
    Yuqing Wu
    Qiner Zhang
    Nila Zojaji

    BFA in Acting

    Joseline Angulo
    David Bradberry
    Alberto Coutinho Aguiar
    Schuyler Dalenberg
    Kaitlyn Hill
    Katie Mejia
    Joshua Moore
    Christin Muuli
    Mara Topic

    AFA in Acting

    Sigfrido Bobonis Jr.
    Avik Bose
    Raiyah Jane Brown
    Katarina Czabafy
    Shaundel Davis
    Jens Engels
    Ahmad Wais Feroogh
    Jazmin Hamilton
    Robert Hughes
    Sarah Lea
    Phoebe Munford
    Daniel L. Nordling
    Gabriella Pretto
    Grecia Salamon Rodriguez
    Kyler Charles Sawyer
    Maisie Grace
    Alvarez Seavill
    Sofia Steen
    Oliver Villeta

    MFA in Screenwriting

    Louis Cooley
    Brittany Crawley
    Korbinian Hegele
    John Leary
    Sisan McNeil
    Aleksandra Milanova
    José Abel
    Rangel Osorio
    Beatriz Irene Romero Cuellar
    Julian Santos
    Nil Simsek
    Nidheya Suresh
    Peter Szaraz
    Yue Xu

    BFA in Screenwriting

    David Castillo
    Axel Ruelas
    Shari Thakar

    MFA in Photography

    Hadeel Ali B Alahmari
    Hongbin Dai
    Zhuoqun Jiang
    Khulud Muath
    Parth Sutaria

    MFA in Game Design

    Yimeng Du
    Anand Menon
    Edward William Penn
    Yuanyuan Zhu

    MFA in Documentary

    Michelle Flores
    Raed Salagoor
    Alejandro Talens

    2:00pm Graduation

    BFA in Filmmaking

    Rakan AlJabr
    Aman Anand
    Arthur Baptista Galvão
    Maan Binabdulrahman
    Juliana Isa Biondi Gomes
    Santiago Caicedo Valencia
    Jaime Carbajal
    Lucas Diercouff
    Pedro Jose Duran Fernandez
    Tammy-Anne Fortuin
    Renato Gontijo
    Kayd Hildebrandt
    Atinuke Ilupeju
    Jeremy Jimenez
    Keline Kanoui
    Ryan Kenny
    Joshua King
    Yassein Koptane
    Chenyang Li
    Seng Jee Low
    Yulia Melnikova
    Kamila Razykova
    Ilya Rozhkov
    Ruperto Sanchez
    Nicholas Seeley
    Maria Florencia Serrao
    Medet Shayakhmetov
    Jiaojiao Wang
    Mengfei Wang
    Haifeng Wang
    Li Wei
    John Willment-Knowles
    Jarod Dean Winchester

    AFA in Filmmaking

    Matheus Ronn Leite
    Xing Li
    Shantanu Paranji
    Louis-Edouard Tete

    MFA in Producing

    María Lea Aevarsdóttir
    Apurva Agarwal
    Zainab Abdullah
    Alzori Kristel Boulos
    Yue Duan
    Abraham Dunmeyer
    Laura Gutiérrez Rozo Paul-Felix Heinisch
    Laura Hurtado Gomez
    Karina Ibragimova
    Lu Jia
    Ontonio Karam
    Matthew Daniel Koss
    Qi Liu
    Yijian Lou
    Yu Meng
    Tarilate Owei
    Sean Parker
    Katja Lucie Sophie Reventlow-Grinling Takamasa Saito
    Christina Sawyer
    Jiajun Song
    Maria Teresa Velez Pinto
    Lin Wang
    Kristopher Welcome
    Yan Yan
    Gang Yang
    Sile Zhang

    MFA in Producing – Feature Track

    Abdullah Kurashi

    BFA in Producing

    Barbara dos Santos
    Ribeiro Vitor Faria Hage

    AFA in Producing

    Guillermo Padilla
    Raza Servia
    Paige Elizabeth White

    MFA in Cinematography

    Maram Al Jaoser
    Belal Albadr
    Joseph Bornilla
    Marvin Geovanny Dubon
    Liu Han
    Giovanni Andres Hernandez
    Dhruv Jayant Lapsia
    Ernesto Pletsch
    Haozhe Zhang

    6:00pm Graduation

    MFA in Filmmaking

    Dina Abdel Aziz
    Mohamad Al Yamani
    Tariq Abdullah Almoqati
    Hiroshi Azuma
    Sonia Bajaj
    Erik Carlson
    Simon Grinde Drivdal
    Shagun Goel
    Mengxue Hu
    David Johnson
    Dennis Larkin
    Alexandra Lebona
    Dong Lei
    Bowen Li
    Xiaoxiao Li
    Xi Ling
    Qi Lu
    Xiaoyun Luo
    Hyunjung Moon
    Ibrahim Nada
    Li Niu
    Yufei Qiao
    Minghao Shen
    Ruowei Wang
    Shuhe Wang
    Xinyi Wang
    Zhengduo Wang
    Konrad Weixelbraun
    Jun Xia
    Hui Yuan
    Li Yuan
    Yi Zhang
    ZhiHua Zhong
    Yuqing Zhu

    MFA in Filmmaking – Feature Track

    Michael James Dominguez
    Yul Gatewood
    Adam Marson
    Gehan Naber
    Aloaye Omoake
    Assaad Yacoub

    MA in Film & Media Production

    Cyndell Addison
    Omoladun Adenuga
    Ruslan Baitenov
    Chelsea Blaire Charles
    Maytus Chernpipat
    Raymond Lenny Kiston Clarisse
    Anthony Charles A. Coralejo
    Sara Maria Duque Restrepo
    Sherando Ferril Cupid
    Julio García Escames
    Daniel Gomez
    Sudesh Kumar Jayaraj
    David Khodzhamiryan
    Georgy Khodzhamiryan
    Ekaterina Kostina
    Thirati Kulyingwattanavit
    Adriana Ledesma
    Xi Li
    Binyue Liu
    Jiping Liu
    Dingmaomao Ma
    Vasha Narace
    Jose Diego Nava Moreno
    Cheuk Yan Ng
    Zolbayar Odkhuu
    Mema Ojukwu
    Joana Prata Pereira de Mattos
    Grazielle Simoes
    Ronda Suder
    Kehao Sun
    Arvind Venugopal
    Zexia Wang
    Shang Wu
    Weiwei Xie
    Yue Yang
    Zichao Yang
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    February 9, 2016 • Community Highlights, Guest Speakers, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 6323

  • NYFA Screenwriting Graduates Celebrate with Industry Pitch Fest Event

    Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailOn January 21st, 2016, graduating MFA and BFA New York Film Academy Screenwriting students attended their culminating Industry Pitch Fest Event, held at the penthouse ballroom of the Andaz Hotel up on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood.

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    A catered event and mingling opportunity for the students, executives, and faculty alike, this capstone event celebrated the New York Film Academy’s graduating Screenwriting students, offering them a professional outlet to jumpstart their careers by pitching their thesis projects to industry executives.

    These writing students spent their final semester in their Business of Screenwriting III class, working with Business of Screenwriting instructor David O’Leary and Pitching instructor Ashley Bank, preparing and fine-tuning their pitches for their thesis film and TV projects. And they shined on this pinnacle evening, leaving with new professional contacts and a wave of interest in the scripts they’d worked so hard on all year.

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    Considered by the school to be their first night as professional screenwriters, this group of bright students brought their A-game, as they pitched agents, managers and production company representatives in a relaxed, round-table environment. The Screenwriting Department faculty who’d worked with the students all year came out to support them in this important and successful evening.

    Organized and hosted by O’Leary, the event featured representatives from various Hollywood companies, including literary agencies, management companies, and TV and Film production companies.

    Attendees included: BenderSpink, Bright Whale Entertainment, Blumhouse, The Coalition Group, The Dino De Laurentiis Company, Elevate Entertainment, ICM Partners, Kaplan/Perrone, Madhouse Entertainment, Magnet Management, Manifest Talent Group, Next Level Entertainment, No Bull Script, Original Film, Quadrant Pictures, RatPac Entertainment, Reel FX, Scenario Entertainment, Super Vision Entertainment and Writ Large Entertainment.

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    NYFA wishes to thank all of its participants, particularly our industry guests, without whom this evening could not have been possible. Also, we’d like to extend a big congratulations to all of our Fall’14 MFA and BFA graduates!

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    January 27, 2016 • Community Highlights, Screenwriting • Views: 3205

  • Congratulations to our NYFA LA Graduates

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    NYFA Degrees

    Degrees were bestowed upon students by their Department Chairs.

    Congratulations to the MFA, BFA, and Two-Year Program graduates of Film, Photography, and Acting disciplines at New York Film Academy Los Angeles who received their degrees this past Saturday, May 24th. An audience of family and friends gathered in a Warner Bros. Studios theater for the momentous occasion. Chairs from each of the graduating students’ departments including Mike Civille (Filmmaking), Bobbi Fabian (Photography), and Lynda Goodfriend (Acting) addressed the students, applauding their achievement and offering words of advice for the future. Commencement Speaker Julie Ann Larson (Producer of The Drew Carey Show and Last Man Standing with Tim Allen, and Executive Producer of the Chelsea Handler written Are You There, Chelsea?) gave a humorous and profound speech in which she emphasized the value of higher education having come from a family in which nobody, including herself, had the opportunity to attend college.

    In a happy twist, the Dean of Students (Eric Conner), before giving the Closing Remarks, presented a deeply touched Mrs. Larson with an Honorary Degree in the Discipline of Producing for her extraordinary accomplishments. We are extremely proud of NYFA LA’s most recent graduates and wish them the very best in their upcoming endeavors!

    GRADUATING STUDENTS:
    BFA in Filmmaking
    Amro Helmy Abdulrahman
    Claudia Kristiansen
    Elaine Xia
    Two Year Photography
    Liam Hayes
    Patrick Owens
    Christopher Tandoc
    BFA in Acting
    Ragnhild Bjørge
    Fernanda Chaves Sevilla
    Alessandra Cocozzella
    Balys Kulikauskas
    Shelby Rosile

    BFA Acting

    Acting Chair, Lynda Goodfriend, and Dean of Students, Eric Conner, present Balys Kulikauskas with his BFA in Acting.

    Master's Degree

    Commencement Speaker Julie Ann Larson was thrilled to receive a Master’s Degree in Producing.

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    May 30, 2014 • Film School • Views: 4372