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


    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


    October 17, 2019 • Film School, Filmmaking, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 2130

  • Screenwriting Instructor’s “Bookburners” Novel to be Released in Print


    The New York Film Academy is excited to share that the popular series, “Bookburners,” is coming to print through SAGA Press. “Bookburners” is a collaborative novel featuring the talents of Screenwriting Instructor Margaret Dunlap, Max Gladstone, Mur Lafferty, and Brian Francis Slattery. Previously released in 16 online installments by Serial Box,”Bookburners” is a critically acclaimed urban fantasy about a secret team of agents that hunts down dangerous books containing deadly magic.


    The savvy pitch is Supernatural meets The Da Vinci Code in a fast-paced, kickass character driven novel chock-full of magic, mystery, and mayhem, written collaboratively by a team of some of the best writers working in fantasy.

    The cover was designed by artist Marko Manev and designer Michael McCartney.

    “I’m very excited that ‘Bookburners’ is coming to print,” said Dunlap. “We have a great team of writers, and it’s been a wonderful opportunity to take the skills that I learned as a screenwriter and apply them to a new medium.”

    The print version of “Bookburners” will be available on January 10, 2017 from SAGA Press!


    August 24, 2016 • Community Highlights, Screenwriting • Views: 3989