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  • New York Film Academy (NYFA) BFA Student Sungho Chun Screens Film at Cinema Italian Style


    This Thursday evening, New York Film Academy (NYFA) Student Sungho Chun will screen his film, Departure, at Cinema Italian Style as part of the festival’s short film competition. 

    Chun hails from Korea, and moved to the United States after serving in the South Korean military. He is currently studying for his BFA in Filmmaking at NYFA’s Los Angeles campus. The program entails a total immersion in the craft of filmmaking, including classes in directing, screenwriting, cinematography, editing, and producing. Students write, direct, shoot, and edit their own films in both film and digital formats, so it is no surprise that Chun has already put together an award-nominated movie.

    Departure stars Dylan Nuttall and Lara Bayer and tells the story of a man preparing to take his own life when a woman comes along and changes his fate. Chun says the film is inspired by Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Dreamers. Describing Departure to Cinema Italian Style, Chun says “In my film, The Man also rejects the truth of the world.” Expounding on this, Chun told New York Film Academy, “The reason I picked that film is that I like the way it expresses a young generation’s belief.”Sungho Chun Departure

    This connection to Bertolucci’s The Dreamers is what qualifies Chun’s film for Cinema Italian Style, a festival presented by Luce Cinecittà and The American Cinematheque that showcases the best Italian films of the year. This year is the fest’s 14th edition, and is supporting this year’s Italian entry to the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, Dogman. Their student film competition highlights short films under 5 minutes in length that are inspired by or pay homage to classic Italian cinema.

    Last year, NYFA alum Sebastiano Caccetta attended Cinema Italian Style, promoting cinema and music for one of the festival’s sponsors, the Italian Trade Agency. “Today my ability to work with Cinema Italian Style, it’s because of NYFA,” he told the Academy. “I’m working promoting Italian cinema for the government thanks to NYFA. I’m so grateful.”

    Chun filmed Departure using crew and equipment came from NYFA, as well as his actors. He tells NYFA,  “I was so proud to work with them. Despite high temperatures for an outdoor shoot, nobody complained or frowned through the process. I’m especially thankful to my DP, Theresa, who held up the RED camera for the entire day because of our one-take method. No matter how heavy it got, she encouraged me to try again and again to get the film exactly how I wanted it. Only with the support of my team could I make it this far.”

    Sungho Chun’s film, Departure, will screen at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica on the evening of Thursday, November 15. The New York Film Academy encourages anyone who can to attend Cinema Italian Style and see the film, and support Chun as his filmmaking career begins to take off. For more information and to RSVP, please visit HERE.

    NYFA congratulates Chun on his well-earned success and wishes him the best of luck at this year’s Cinema Italian Style!


    November 13, 2018 • Film Festivals, Filmmaking, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 2338

  • New York Film Academy Students Attend Cinema Italian Style


    On Thursday, November 16, 2017, two students from the New York Film Academy’s Los Angeles campus, Alice Nicolini and Nicolo Azzaro, were invited to attend the opening night of the 13th Annual Cinema Italian Style at the Egyptian Theater. Italy’s oldest film studio, Luce Cinecittà, and the American Cinematheque presented the night, which featured a screening of “A Ciambra,” Italy’s selection for Best Foreign Language Film at next year’s Academy Awards.

    The night also served as a celebration of the 80th anniversary of Luce Cinecittà under the auspices of the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism, in collaboration with the Consulate General of Italy in Los Angeles, the Italian Trade Agency and the Italian Cultural Institute. Needless to say, this was quite an extravagant affair.

    NYFA Students Alice Nicolini and Nicolo Azzaro attend 13th Annual Cinema Italian Style

    The director of the film, Jonas Carpignano, has a youthful and unconventional approach to his filmmaking style, which can best be described as a scripted docudrama. All of the characters in the film are real people and their real names are the same as the characters they play. Likewise, their actual home is the set, and the script is inspired by the lives they lead.

    The level of intimacy the director has built with his cast is immediately tangible. From the opening to the closing shot, the camera is an active component of the film, whipping around at an incredible pace. (Some audience members found it dizzying, but anyone familiar with music videos would recognize the cinematic language.) Carpignano’s fresh take on Gypsy culture in Southern Italy was warmly received.


    One of the attending NYFA students, Nicolo Azzaro, had this to say about the film: “‘A Ciambra’ is a fantastic movie that perfectly showcases the strengths of Italian cinema at its finest. It digs deep into a current reality in Southern Italy, blending the almost documentary approach with a deep and emotional coming of age story.”

    Alice Nicolini, the other New York Film Academy student invited to the event, added, “My favorite part of the evening was hands down the red carpet. It was all new to me. Walking down the carpet was kind of surreal. I mean, we also got our pictures taken and an Italian television station even interviewed us. That is definitely not an everyday thing.”

    After the screening, the students were invited to a gala dinner at Mr. C’s in Beverly Hills. Celebrity attendees included Billy Zane, Ron Pearlman, and “Alias Grace” star Sarah Gadon, who was honored with the inaugural Cinecittà Key the day prior to the event. Students mingled with the stars and creators as they overlooked the Los Angeles skyline and enjoyed a meal curated by Michelin Star Chef Leandro Luppi.

    When asked what he’d learned from the experience, Azzaro responded, “Cinema is a universal art, and no matter what language is spoken in a film, it is capable of connecting people from all around the world. Diversity is truly one of the greatest aspects of the entertainment industry.”

    The New York Film Academy would like to thank Luce Cinecittà and the American Cinematheque for extending an invitation to this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.


    November 30, 2017 • Community Highlights, Film Festivals, Filmmaking • Views: 2274

  • New York Film Academy Attends Cinema Italian Style Press Conference


    New York Film Academy (NYFA) alum Sebastiano Caccetta (Oct ’13 MA, Film and Media Production) scanned the ballroom of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel where a press conference launching the Cinema Italian Style festival was taking place. Onstage stood “Alias Grace” star Sarah Gadon, Italian directors Jonas Carpignano and Francesco Bruni, and other major players in the contemporary Italian film industry. Sebastiano was at the press conference in his role promoting cinema and music for the Italian Trade Agency, one of the festival’s sponsors.

    Earlier this month, Sebastiano had reached out to his alma mater, New York Film Academy in Los Angeles, to invite students to this year’s events. Celebrating its 13th year, Cinema Italian Style annually presents Italy’s official submission to the Oscars as well as other recent Italian films.

    All NYFA students, faculty, staff, and alumni were invited to take advantage of free tickets to festival screenings at the Aero Theater from November 17-21. In addition, New York Film Academy students Alice Nicolini and Nicolo Azzaro were selected to attend Opening Night festivities, which included a red carpet event, a screening of Italy’s Oscar nomination, “A Ciambra,” and a gala dinner at Mr. C’s in Beverly Hills.

    Sarah Gadon and Jonas Carpignano pose for a photo

    At the press conference, Sarah Gadon, star of Netflix’s “Alias Grace” and a citizen of both Canada and Italy, was presented the key to historic Cinecitta’ studios in honor of their 80th anniversary. A production, distribution, and film archives entity, Luce Cinecitta’ has been the home of iconic filmmakers such as Federico Fellini, Sergio Leone, and Marcello Mastroianni. When Sarah noted that the key was not actually a key but a heavy glass award, an Italian official quipped, “You will just have to come to Rome to get the real one.”

    Jonas Carpignano was introduced as the writer-director of Italy’s Oscar nomination “A Ciambra,” which was executive produced by famed Italian-American filmmaker Martin Scorsese. Raised in Rome and New York City, Jonas started making films when he was an undergraduate in the US. His first feature, “Mediterranea,” debuted at the Cannes Film Festival, and his second (“A Ciambra”) won the Europa Cinema Label prize for best European film at Cannes, both impressive accomplishments.

    Speaking of his festival experience, Jonas said, “It’s always an accomplishment to get into a festival. There are different approaches to getting into them. You ask the question where can the film play? What kind of credibility and momentum can this festival give us?”

    When asked if he had any advice for filmmakers on how to navigate the film festival circuit, Jonas was at first reluctant to give an answer because he has made only two features. “I feel I have an infinite amount to learn,” he said. After a moment of thought, though, he came back with this: “Don’t wait for someone to say it’s okay to make your film. If you believe in your ideas and the people you’re making the film with, go do something. Shoot some scenes. Make a trailer. Just don’t wait for someone to say it’s okay.”

    Meanwhile, alum Sebastiano Caccetta reflected on how he got where he is today. “I was 28 when I moved to LA to attend NYFA. The school taught me the American way of working and gave me a very strong work ethic. The teachers were so supportive, and the environment pushes you to do your best. Pitching my film ideas in front of my classmates gave me confidence. I learned about teamwork, how to network, how to build my schedule. Today my ability to work with Cinema Italian Style, it’s because of NYFA. I’m working promoting Italian cinema for the government thanks to NYFA. I’m so grateful.”   


    November 30, 2017 • Community Highlights, Entertainment News, Film School • Views: 2042