• New York Film Academy (NYFA) Filmmaking Alum Roshni Bhatia Wins WINGS Grant from Zonta Club


    New York Film Academy (NYFA) Filmmaking alum Roshni Bhatia was recently a Guest of Honor at the Zonta Club of Burbank and was awarded their WINGS grant, allowing her to focus more on directing and shepherding her film Plasmid through the festival circuit.

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    (from L to R): Zonta President Gloria Salas, Roshni Bhatia, Marva Murphy

    Plasmid is a horror short about a young nurse fighting to survive after her house is invaded by an unearthly intruder. The film has been widely met with praise, and will screen next on August 27 at the Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival.

    The film was written and directed by Bhatia, who attended the 1-Year Filmmaking conservatory in 2017 at NYFA’s Los Angeles campus.

    The WINGS grant program is the signature service project of the Zonta Club of Burbank Area and helps women who have overcome adversity or a life-changing setback better their lives through education with one-time financial assistance. The next application deadline is September 30.

    “The award allows me to make more short films while studying,” remarks Bhatia. “With the award, I can continue to work with great people creating cinematic and pithy shorts with (hopefully) an interesting story to tell.”

    Bhatia was the only one considered for and awarded this year’s grant. “It was Zonta Club of Burbank’s wonderful opportunity to contribute to the education of a NYFA former student,” says Marva Murphy, Chair, WINGS Committee. “Our WINGS grant offers assistance and encouragement for a brighter future.”

    Part of what makes Bhatia worthy of the award is her perseverance and determination. “One will face endless obstacles and sometimes reasons not to do something, just because they’re waiting for the right moment or the right person to do it for them,” Bhatia says. “To go out there and not just think about it, but to just do it, is the hardest, yet most rewarding part.”

    New York Film Academy congratulates Filmmaking alum Roshni Bhatia on winning the Zonta Club WINGS grant and wishes her success as she continues screening Plasmid in the festival circuit.


    August 14, 2019 • #WomenOfNYFA, Film School, Filmmaking, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 1484

  • NYFA Volunteers for Rose Bowl Parade


    On Monday, Dec. 26th, students, faculty, and staff volunteered their time to help build the city of Burbank’s float for the Rose Bowl Parade. This year’s theme is “Home Tweet Home” and features twirling birds and fun music.

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    New York Film Academy members brought family and friends and lined up early to register. Everyone ages six and up were welcome to come help. Jobs ranged from painting to coating portions of the float in seeds.

    Coordinator Allyson Manno said, “It’s a huge honor to help build Burbank’s float. Not only is Burbank NYFA’s home, but they also win an award almost every year. This is a long lasting tradition. I’m excited to see NYFA take part in this great legacy.”

    An hour into volunteering and NYFA had brought more people than there were jobs. In all, 120 people showed up to represent the school in the build. Organizers of the float were so impressed they invited NYFA to come back for the official judging this Saturday, Dec. 31st.

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    Judges from the Rose Bowl committee will come to the build site to make sure the float follows all the rules, is in proper working order, and judge the final presentation. Those in the Los Angeles area are encouraged to come by and show their support. The moving part of the float will be active and the float’s theme music will play.

    For everyone who is bummed about missing out on volunteering, there’s no need to fear. The rest of the week is still open to volunteers. Workers will be doing construction every day from 10 AM to 10 PM.

    NYFA would like to thank the Burbank Rose Bowl committee for inviting our crew to come back for judging as well as all those who gave their time to make the float a reality.

    For a look at an album of photos of our generous volunteers, CLICK HERE.


    December 29, 2016 • Community Highlights • Views: 2974

  • Documentary Students Produce Promo for Burbank Arts for All



    New York Film Academy’s Los Angeles Documentary Department was on display Thursday, May 21st, when their Community Film Project concluded with a presentation at the NYFA theatre, celebrating the MFA Jan ’14 class production of a promotional film for the Burbank Arts for All Foundation (BAFA). The event highlighted the work of writer-director Michelle Flores, sound recordist and mixer Raed Salagoor, and DP-cameraperson Alejandro Talens, who, along with June Zhou, producer, and Omar Monge, editor, created a 3 and ½ minute promo for BAFA as their client.

    The Community Film Project was designed to give students real-life experience with a non-profit organization by having them pitch an idea, receive a client’s feedback, and then create a film according to the client’s needs. The class used their documentary film training to create a piece both informational and emotional, as the goal was to educate the public on BAFA’s multiple role in raising awareness and funds for arts programming in Burbank’s public schools.

    This very ambitious project involved shooting ten interviews and activities in several public schools over 10 days. “There were several script changes and film revisions along the way, which is typical in a client relationship,” states instructor Denise Hamilton, who supervised the project. The results — a pleased Executive Director of BAFA, Trena Pitchford, who will be using the promo in an upcoming fundraising gala.


    May 27, 2015 • Documentary Filmmaking, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 3859

  • One-Year Photography Grads Celebrate with Photo Exhibition

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    Students from the September 2013 One Year Photography program celebrated their graduation with a final exhibition on the 4th floor of the New York Film Academy Los Angeles building in Burbank. Family, friends and fellow students joined Matthew Gonzalez, Sharman Neilson, Steven Rolon, Muneesh Sharma and Brad Walters , as they showcased their work at the LA campus.

    The exhibition is open through June 16 with the work on view during school hours, 9am until 9pm, Monday through Friday and 10am to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday.

    The address is 3300 W. Riverside Drive, 4th Floor, Burbank 91505. We hope to see you there!


    June 6, 2014 • Photography • Views: 3816

  • Congrats to NYFA Instructors Barbara Multer-Wellin & Al Hallack



    New York Film Academy History of Documentary Instructor Barbara Multer-Wellin recently won an EMMY or Best Public Service /Informational Programming for Your Turn To Care,  a 4-part documentary multi-platform news series and companion website produced by KCET.

    Your Turn to Care explores the challenges facing America’s growing generation of baby boomers who are taking care of ailing or aging loved ones. In addition, the program highlights personal care-giving stories from well-respected actors, television personalities, and journalists including: Patricia Richardson (Home Improvement), Monica Potter (Parenthood), Hector Elizondo (Last Man Standing), Robert David Hall (CSI Crime Scene Investigation), Sandra Tsing Loh (NPR’s Morning Edition, KPCC) and Steve Lopez (Los Angeles Times columnist)
    Meanwhile, Animation Instructor Al Hallack was recently honored by Burbank Mayor Emily Gabel-Luddy and Burbank Chamber of Commerce Ambassador Bob Frutos for opening his new production facility, Al Hallack Pictures, in Burbank. Al also received commendations from Supervisor Mike Antonavich and the California State Assembly for creating jobs and industry in Burbank.
    Congratulations to both NYFA Instructors!

    September 13, 2013 • 3D Animation, Academic Programs, Documentary Filmmaking • Views: 5020