• Create a PSA for NASA


    NASA PSA Contest

    The New York Film Academy is proud to announce a contest for students to pitch ideas that tell the story of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). JWST is poised to become one of the most groundbreaking scientific and engineering achievements of our time, designed to operate at near absolute zero, and approximately 1.5 million km away from the Earth.

    Now, the New York Film Academy‘s students will have the rare opportunity of being a part of the global dialogue and excitement that surrounds the development of the JWST. By creating powerful, engaging, and visually exciting stories featuring the Webb Telescope, students will explore humankind’s most significant scientific marvels first hand, and also have a chance to be featured in NASA’s websites.

    The initial round of the contest calls for submissions that contain strong self-application essays, reflecting upon the students’ views of JWST and why they should be picked for this highly prestigious opportunity. The second round will begin with invitations for selected students to tour Northrop Grumman and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), two facilities that house some of JWST’s vital components, and where most of the principal photography will take place.

    These tours will further motivate students for the final round of the contest, which culminates with no less than a live pitch to a committee featuring members from NASA, JPL, and Northrop Grumman!

    The New York Film Academy continues to lead the educational frontier for innovative STEAM-based education initiatives. Pay close attention as the first products of our collaboration with NASA, Northrop Grumman Corporation, JPL, and others, roll out in the beginning of 2015.

    For NYFA students: Your application must include:

    1. Cover letter outlining your interest in the JWST story.
    2. Reel or sample of your work.

    Materials may be submitted by individuals or groups. Selected students will receive a tour of JWST’s facilities and an opportunity to pitch their ideas to a committee including representatives from NASA. Winners will be given equipment and support to shoot a PSA that will be featured on NASA’s website and various other platforms.

    Contest open to all One Year, Two Year, MFA, BFA, MA and AFA Students in good standing. For more information about the James Webb Telescope, visit

    For submissions and/or questions about the contest, please email   


    September 10, 2014 • Contests, STEAM • Views: 7597

  • #NYFASummer Instagram Contest



    With New York Film Academy Summer Camp Programs wrapped and others in the full swing of things all around the world, we thought it was time to see what it is you’re all up to. Given the obvious popularity of Instagram amongst all of our students, we figured this would be the best place to stay in touch.

    All you have to do is tag your photos with #NYFASummer and we can see what you’re doing. Whether you’re in New York City, Los Angeles, Harvard, Florida, Europe or wherever, you’re all #NYFASummer students at heart!

    The best photos showing your support of #NYFASummer will be posted on NYFA’s official Instagram page and a select few will receive the Magic Shutter Ver. 3 App. And if you win this app, you’ll be able to show off some pretty amazing photos to your peers back at home. So, start tagging now!

    The best photos will be posted on NYFA Instagram from now until September 1st. The top winners will be announced soon after to receive the Magic Shutter Ver. 3 App.

    Here’s a glimpse at what you can win.


    July 23, 2014 • Contests • Views: 7107

  • International Photography Award: Emergentes dst


    emergentes photographyHere is a unique opportunity for New York Film Academy photography students and alumni to win an award for their portfolio. The International Photography Award Emergentes dst is an initiative of Domingos da Silva Teixeira group, organized by Encontros da Imagem, with a monetary prize to be granted to the best 2014 Contemporary Photography Portfolio. The Photography Prize Emergentes dst will be awarded after the Portfolio Review which gives photographers the opportunity to showcase their work to commissioners, gallery owners and expert editors, thus establishing solid foundations for the promotion of their work.

    NYFA students and alumni interested in applying to the Emergentes dst Award should follow these rules:

    Every creator who uses photography as main expression may apply, regardless of nationality, gender or age.
    2. PRIZE
    The Photography Award Emergentes dst grants a prize money of 7,500 euro and an individual exhibition at the Festival Encontros da Imagem – 2015.

      • At this step, each applicant must submit no more than 20 digital images (b&w or color). It must be an original and recent portfolio.
      • Deadline for the submission is August 15, 2014. The pre-application fee is 10€.
      • A pre-selection from a committee of experts will select 80 photographers who shall be invited to submit their portfolio to further review from specialists and photography and visual arts analysts.
      • Ranking shall be based on interest, originality and coherence of the projects, as well as on the conceptual quality of the work. Finalists shall be notified of the results until September 1.

    The second step consists of the choice of 8 experts for the portfolio reading, by each of the selected candidates. Deadline for this choice is September 8. Portfolio analyses will take place during the Festival Encontros da Imagem, on September 17 and 18. The winner will be announced on September 20 in a special ceremony at Theatro Circo, Braga. Every selected candidate will have a 20 minute session with the assigned reviewer. All the finalists must pay a 140 € registration fee, which will also entitle them to the Encontros da Imagem 2014 catalogue. Every selected entrant must upload a chosen digital image (eligible photographs must be size 40×50 and 300dpi resolution) that will be exhibited at the opening session of Encontros da Imagem at September 19.
    During the critical review of Portfolios, each expert shall elect the best portfolio and one photograph to be produced in a format chosen by the author. There will be an exhibition of the whole set of photographs selected by the judges, at the ceremony of the announcement of Emergentes dst Award. The author of the Photography Award Emergentes dst will be elected from the selected portfolios. On September 20, the prize winner of Emergentes dst shall be announced in a formal ceremony where the entitled Prize will be handed out and during which a presentation of the portfolios of the finalists shall also take place. The exhibition of the awarded photographer’s works shall be on display at the official section of Encontros da Imagem 2015.
    The finalists agree on the reproduction of images from the portfolios that were sent
    for the contest, either to display or to promote the prize. The prize winner is to give the sponsor two pieces produced and exhibited to the venue in 2015. Any other use will be agreed between the Festival and authors.
    Fill in the application form available online at You must send the receipt of the application fee along with your portfolio.


    July 10, 2014 • Film Festivals, Photography • Views: 5872

  • Earth Day Photography Contest

    Yash Dagra

    photo by Yash Dagra

    With Earth Day approaching this upcoming April 22nd, the New York Film Academy Photography School in LA would love to share student photography that best captures our precious planet. Given NYFA‘s locations all around the world, we’re anxious to see various parts of the globe from each and every one of your distinctive point of views.

    We will be sharing the best photos on NYFA social media including Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Instagram, providing exposure for your work. We will, of course, credit the photographer and plug whatever portfolio you wish to share.

    This competition is open from now until April 16th. Please be as creative as possible and send as many photos as you’d like.

    Send all photos to with your name, location and title of the photo if you have one. We look forward to your entries!

    Happy Earth Day!


    April 7, 2014 • Contests, Photography • Views: 6559

  • Organ Vida Photography Festival Now Open for Submissions


    NYFA PhotographyHere is an interesting opportunity for New York Film Academy photography students. The International festival of photography Organ Vida, which is set to launch its sixth edition this year, has initiated the annual contest for contemporary photography on the theme reflections. The contest will be open from March 30, 2014 to May 25, 2014, and the finalists will take part in a grand exhibition which serves as the centerpiece of the Organ Vida festival. Lauba – people and art house will be the central festival location and the exhibition venue. Unlike the previous week-long editions, this year’s exhibition will be open for two weeks.

    A particularly strong jury consisting of six eminent names from the local and international photography scene will choose the best projects. The jury will include leading Dutch educator Corinne Noordenbos, award-winning Swedish photographer and former member of the prestigious world photography agency Magnum Kent Klich, Financial Times Weekend Magazine photo editor Emma Bowkett, prominent British photographer George Georgiou, photographer and professor at New York’s International Center of Photography Irina Rozovsky and award winning local photographer and  filmmaker Ana Opalić.      

    The theme of this year’s sixth edition of International festival of photography Organ Vida is reflections. The theme encompasses the field of artistic documentary photography and will be problematized within the festival program. Reflections are a significant source of knowledge, cognition and understanding of oneself and the world. Since the world we live in today is facing tremendous changes along with ethical and economic challenges, we want to inspire photographers to face them and reflect upon them through the medium of photography. You can read more about the festival theme here.      

    The jury will announce the finalists in early July – ten finalists and five commended authors will display their works at the final exhibition during the festival week, and will be published in the festival catalogue.

    Complete biographies of the jury members can be found here. The application can be found on the Organ Vida website

    Organ Vida is an annual international festival of contemporary photography which has been promoting and researching modern photography disciplines in Croatia and on the international scene since its foundation in 2009. The platform through which Organ Vida connects artists, institutions, associations and collectives spans over 80 countries. So far, we have had over 150 artists showcase their work. Aside from a grand exhibition of the festival finalists, the festival also includes lectures, conferences, panels, artist talks, creative workshops, associate presentations and concerts.


    March 31, 2014 • Film Festivals, Photography • Views: 4666

  • NYFA and Russian Production Company Partner in Screenwriting Contest ‘Glavpitching’

    Glavpitching is the first all-Russian screenwriting contest that was initiated by the major Russian Film production company Glavkino and the New York Film Academy in the Autumn of 2013. The contest is a platform where novice writers and producers can meet key players in the Russian film industry to pitch their projects, or sell the story or launch the project into production. 
    1,930 authors from all over Russia and CIS countries submitted more than 2,500 scripts for assessment.
    The jury consisted of leading television and film professionals: Fyodor Bondarchuk (Art Pictures Studio, Glavkino), Roman Borisevich (Koktebel Film Company), Michael Galustjan (Fresh Film), Sergey Selyanov (STV Film Company), Igor Tolstunov (Film Profit), Ilya Bachurin (Glavkino) and CEO of TV Channel One Konstantin Ernst.
    Final Event and Award Ceremony took place at Glavkino soundstage on November 27th, 2013.

    The absolute winner of GLAVPITCHING is Alexander Yaropolsky, 16 year-old Journalism student of Moscow State University. He pitched a script of the feature thriller “Virus” about three teenagers who shoot violent viral videos for YouTube, and even though their videos have the fantastic popularity and thousands of hits, they inevitably lose something much more important – humanity.

    Alexander won the main award of the contest: the certificate for the services of the Glavkino in equivalent of 1,000,000 Rubles, Special prize from ROSKINO: Trip to the Cannes Film Festival and participation in the training program Producers Workshop and Bondarchuk’s Grant from NYFA for a 2-week Screenwriting Workshop in Moscow in Spring 2014.

    Next GLAVPITCHING contest will take place in the Autumn 2014.

    If you’re interested in enrolling at New York Film Academy in Moscow, Russia, click HERE for more information.


    December 6, 2013 • Contests, Screenwriting, Study Abroad • Views: 5022

  • NYFA Instagram Contest: The Holidays


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    The month of December brings about the holiday season for many cultures around the world and gives us a chance to reflect on 2013. For the rest of the month, the New York Film Academy wants to see how you celebrate this holiday season with friends and family. Whether it’s around the fireplace or congested in a massive Times Square crowd, we want to see!

    To enter this month’s “Holiday” contest, follow us on Instagram and add #NYFAHoliday to your photo or send to by Tuesday 12/31 at 12:00pm EST.

    The winner will be mailed a NYFA T-Shirt and have his or her photo posted on NYFA Instagram and Facebook!

    Also, congratulations to last week’s winner, DongBo, who sent us this incredible photo below from Beijing, China.

    photo by DongBo

    photo by DongBo


    December 2, 2013 • Contests, Photography • Views: 4952

  • NYFA Instagram Contest: Thankfulness



    As the year comes to a close and many cultures celebrate their own unique holidays, we are reminded of the people and aspects of life we appreciate the most. In the United States, people celebrate this tradition with friends and family during Thanksgiving. Given this feeling of gratitude and thankfulness that us upon us, the New York Film Academy is opening up this week’s Instagram contest to the theme of “being thankful.”

    To enter this week’s “Thankfulness” contest, follow us on Instagram and send us a photo of what you’re thankful the most to by Friday 11/29 at 12:00pm EST.

    The winner will be mailed a NYFA T-Shirt and have his or her photo posted on NYFA Instagram and Facebook!

    We’d also like to congratulate last week’s winner, Kaira Karnad, who sent us this photo from India.


    photo by Kaira Karnad


    November 25, 2013 • Contests, Photography • Views: 7410

  • NYFA Instagram Contest: Black and White Photography

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    “American Girl in Italy” by Ruth Orkin

    As we all know, black and white photography was at one point in time the only form of photography. Since the advent of color, we’ve seen an array of exploration into the medium. However, black and white remains a style of choice for many professional photographers. Some classic, gritty images can only be truly expressed through black and white. With that, the New York Film Academy wants to see which black and white photograph stands out in your portfolio.

    To enter this week’s “Black and White” contest, follow us on Instagram and send us your best black and white photo to by Friday 12:00pm EST.

    The winner will be mailed a NYFA T-Shirt and have his or her photo posted on NYFA Instagram and Facebook!

    We’d also like to congratulate last week’s winner, Stephania Sanquiz from Venezuela, who sent us this rather flexible “Halloween” photo.

    Halloween phoot

    photo by Stephania Sanquiz



    November 4, 2013 • Contests, Photography • Views: 8299

  • Win a 4 Week Musical Theatre Scholarship to NYFA!


    musical theatre competition

    Do you believe you have what it takes to enter the competitive, but rewarding career of Musical Theatre? The New York Film Academy School of Musical Theatre, consisting of Broadway professional instructors, is inviting high school students from around the world to participate in a unique competition to Win a 4-Week Musical Theatre Scholarship at our Battery Park, New York City location in Summer 2014! Just like performing on the center stage, you should not be shy in this contest.

    TO ENTER: Interested students must prepare a 60-90 second monologue from a published contemporary American play or screenplay and one short musical theatre song.

    Participants must post their monologue and song on NYFA Musical Theatre Facebook Page by Friday, January 31st

    • When submitting your performance piece, please include your full name, phone number and name of the high school you are currently attending.
    • To be eligible, entrants are required to be 14-17 years of age as of June 29, 2014.
    • Must be proficient in English.
    • Winners Announcement: by March 3rd, 2014
    • Designated winners will be asked to provide proof of age before the dispensation of prizes.

    Please address any questions regarding the competition to Marissa Lieberman at or call +1 (212) 674-4300.

    We look forward to viewing performances from high school talents from all around the world. Break a leg!

    PLEASE NOTE: Travel and housing expenses are not included. Dorm facilities are available. Our NYC housing coordinator is available to help students find safe and convenient accommodations and flights to New York City.

    October 30, 2013 • Contests, Musical Theatre • Views: 7484