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  • Film Festivals Success of the New York Film Academy (NYFA) Community

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    Each year, the New York Film Academy (NYFA) community–including our students, alumni, and faculty–find a great deal of success on the film festival circuit, including fests around the globe like the Venice Film Festival, Berlinale, and Sundance.

    Here are some of the proud achievements the NYFA community has made on the festival circuit:

    AFI LATIN AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL

    Elizabeth Grimaldo Associate of Fine Arts (AFA) – Los Angeles Alum Algo Azul 2021  Official Selection

    ALEXANDRA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

    Mohamed Maged 1-Week Filmmaking – NYC Alum Cricket Liu 2019  Jury Award Winner – Best Short Film

    AMERICAN DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL (AmDocs)

    Julia Cheng 1-Year Documentary Filmmaking – NYC Alum Cricket Liu 2019 Winner – Best International Short Documentary

    ATLANTA FILM FESTIVAL

    Meshal Al Jaser BFA Screenwriting – LA Alum Arabian Alien 2020 Winner – Best Narrative

    ARIZONA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

    Sara Seligman 2-Year Filmmaking – NYC Alum Kosnin 2017 Winner – Special Jury Award

    BARCELONA FILM FESTIVAL

    Sara Seligman 2-Year Filmmaking – NYC Alum Diego 2014 Golden Lion Award – Short Film Category

    BEIJING DOCUMENTARY WEEK

    Bill Einreinhofer Broadcast Journalism – NYC Faculty Chair Century Masters – Mei Lanfang 2021  Official Selection
    Zi Xiang & José Val Bal MFA Filmmaking – LA Alum A Dog Barking at the Moon 2019 Nominee – GWFF Best First Feature Award – Panorama

    BIG SKY DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL

    Mollie Moore 1-Year Documentary Filmmaking – NYC Alum A Word Away 2020 Official Selection

    BLACK STAR INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

    Felipe Araujo 8-Week Filmmaking – NYC Alum Glass Man 2019 Official Selection

    BUSAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

    Farkhat Sharipov 4-Week Filmmaking – LA Alum The Secret of a Leader 2019 World Premiere

    CAMDEN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 

    Mollie Moore 1-Year Documentary Filmmaking – NYC Alum A Word Away 2019 Official Selection

    CANNES INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL – MARCHÉ DU FILM

    Bill Einreinhofer Broadcast Journalism – NYC Faculty Chair Invisible Love 2020 Official Selection

    CANNES INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL – SHORT FILM PALME D’OR

    Marija Apcevska MA Film and Media Production – LA Alum Severen Pol (North Pole) 2021 Official Selection

    CINEMALAYA FILM FESTIVAL

    Tim Muñoz 1-Week Acting for Film Alum Don Filipo 2021 Official Selection

    COLUMBIA GORGE FILM FESTIVAL

    Galo Semblantes MFA Filmmaking Alum Oblivion 2011 Official Selection

    CYRUS INTERNATIONAL MONTHLY FESTIVAL OF TORONTO

    Kartik Venkatraman 1-Year Filmmaking – NYC Student Tehravin 2020 Official Selection

    DANCES WITH FILMS FESTIVAL

    Nick Venuti

    AFA Filmmaking – LA Alum Buffalo Scientists 2020 Official Selection

    DOC NYC

    Kuldeep Sah Gangola 1-Year Documentary NYC Alum Ghost Villages of the Himalayas 2019 Official Selection
    Serena Smith 1-Year Documentary NYC Alum My Dad Vernon 2019 Official Selection
    Lucia Florez MFA Documentary LA; 1-Year Documentary NYC Alum Mamá 2019 Official Selection
    Nancy Dionne 1-Year Documentary; 6-Week Documentary NYC Alum All I See Is the Future 2019 Official Selection
    Mollie Moore 1-Year Documentary NYC Alum A Word Away 2019 Official Selection
    Joe Cleary 1-Year Documentary NYC Alum Get It 2019 Official Selection
    Carolina Gonzales 1-Year Documentary; 6-Week Documentary NYC Alum B-city 2019 Official Selection
    Aya Hamdan 1-Year Documentary; 1-Week Filmmaking NYC Student Baladna 2019 Official Selection
    Anna Panova 1-Year Documentary NYC Alum Epiales 2019 Official Selection
    Nika Nikanava 1-Year Documentary NYC Alum Unloved; The Rhythms 2019 Official Selection
    Mollie Moore 1-Year Documentary NYC Alum A Word Away 2019 Official Selection

    DTLA FILM FESTIVAL

    Janek Ambros MFA Producing Alum Mondo Hollywoodland 2021 Best Director

    DUMBO FILM FESTIVAL

    Blanche Baker NYC  – Acting for Film Faculty Make America Safe 2020 Semi-Finalist

    FANTASTIC FEST

    Alberto Trezza NYFA-LA Screenwriting Faculty We Summon the Darkness 2019 Official Selection

    FFTG FILM FEST

    Themo Melikidze 1-Year Conservatory Acting for Film – NYC Alum Hamlet/Horatio 2020

    Jury Choice Award – Best Feature Film

    Andrew Burdette 2-Year Conservatory Acting for Film – NYC Alum Hamlet/Horatio 2020 Jury Choice Award – Best Feature Film
    Paul Warner Acting Instructor – NYC Instructor Hamlet/Horatio 2020 Jury Choice Award – Best Feature Film
    David Vando Former Acting Instructor – NYC Instructor Hamlet/Horatio 2020 Jury Choice Award – Best Feature Film

    GÄSSLI FILM FESTIVAL

    Giacun Caduff 8-Week Filmmaking NYC Alum n/a 2009 Founder

    GLOBAL IMPACT FILM FESTIVAL

    Blanche Baker NYC  – Acting for Film Faculty Make America Safe 2020 Official Selection – Social Relations Documentaries & Narratives

    HEARTLAND FILM FESTIVAL

    Prarthana Mohan NYFA-Los Angeles Faculty The MisEducation of Bindu 2019 Winner – Indiana Spotlight Award for Best Director
    Ed Timpe NYFA-LA Filmmaking Faculty The MisEducation of Bindu 2019 Official Selection

    HOLLYWOOD GOLD AWARDS

    Rajni Chamaraj MA Film & Media Production – LA Alum The Day I Met Joshua 202o Winner
    Israa Al-Kamali MFA Filmmaking LA Student Founder 2020 Founder
    Jameelah Rose Lineses 1 Year Filmmaking Conservatory – NYC Alumni Atareek 2019 Best Cinematography Award

    INTERNATIONAL INDEPENDENT FILM AWARDS

    Ling Zhu and Zhiyuan Duan MA Film and Media Production; BFA Acting for Film – LA Alumni Song of Love 2021 Gold Winner

    KANSAS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

    Mohamed Maged 1-Week Filmmaking – NYC Alum Cricket Liu 2019  Official Selection

    KCET FINE CUT FESTIVAL OF FILMS

    Yueh-Tzu Sun BFA Filmmaking – Los Angeles Alum A-Tien 2020 Winner – Jack Larson Southern California Filmmaker Award

    LGBTQ TORONTO FILM FESTIVAL

    Miguel Ángel Parra 8-Week Screenwriting – NYC Alum The Pink House 2020 Winner – Screenplay Contest

    LOS ANGELES DIVERSITY FILM FESTIVAL

    Galo Semblantes MFA Filmmaking Alum Project Heaven 2014 Official Selection

    LULEA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

    Tim Muñoz 1-Week Acting for Film Alum Don Filipo 2021 Winner – Best LGBT Film

    LUNAFEST

    Crickett Rumley NYFA – Los Angeles Director, Film Festivals n/a 2019 Moderator

    KEY WEST FILM FESTIVAL

    Steven Wieclaw  MFA Filmmaking – South Beach Alum Nonstop 2020 Official Selection – World Comedy Shorts

    MABIG FILM FESTIVAL

    Tim Muñoz 1-Week Acting for Film Alum Don Filipo 2021 Winner – Best LGBT Film

    MADRID INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

    Miguel Ángel Parra 8-Week Screenwriting – NYC Alum The Pink House 2020 Winner – Screenplay Contest

    MANCHESTER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (MANIFF)

    Mark O’Connor 6-Week Filmmaking Workshop – NYC Alum Cardboard Gangsters 2017 Winner – Best Feature Film; Film of the Festival; Best Actor; Outstanding Director; Outstanding Screenplay; Outstanding Cinematography

    MIAMI FILM FESTIVAL

    Anastasia Kochetkova BFA Acting for Film & MFA Filmmaking – South Beach Alum Late Again Ana 2019 Official Selection – Cinemaslam
    Braulio Jatar & Anaïs Michel 6-Week Documentary Filmmaking Workshop – NYC
    1-Year Documentary Filmmaking – NYC
    Alum Where Chaos Reigns 2019 Honorable Mention – HBO Ibero-American Award

    MIAMI INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL

    Yulia Korotkova MFA Acting for Film – SoBe Alum Waters 2020 Official Selection
    Elaine Minionis 1-Year Documentary Filmmaking – NYC Alum

    Uncanny: The Dolls of Mariana Monteagudo

    2019 Winner – Best Documentary

    MOSCOW INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

    Farkhat Sharipov 4-Week Filmmaking – LA Alum The Secret of a Leader 2019 Grand Prix

    NASHVILLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

    Miguel Ángel Parra 8-Week Screenwriting – NYC Alum The Pink House 2020 Semifinalist – Screenwriting

    NATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL FOR TALENTED YOUTH

    Catalina Loret  BFA Filmmaking – LA Alum Flores Dentro 2020 Official Selection
    Matthew Avery Berg  Teen Filmmaking – LA Alum Accomplice 2020 Official Selection

    NEWPORT BEACH FILM FESTIVAL

    Mark O’Connor 6-Week Filmmaking Workshop – NYC Alum Cardboard Gangsters 2017 Winner – Best Foreign Film

    NEW WAVE SHORT FILM FESTIVAL

    Samantha Soule 4-Week Filmmaking & Cinematography Workshop – Online Alum Shed 2021 Women Empowerment Best Film Special Jury Selection

    NEW YORK FESTIVAL RADIO AWARDS

    Jean de Meuron 1-Year Cinematography – NYC Alum Blockbuster 2020 Winner – Best Mini Series
    Winner – Best Biography/Profile

    NEW YORK INDIAN FILM FESTIVAL

    Aakash Prabhakar 4-Week Filmmaking – NYC Alum Freddie’s Piano 2020 Official Selection

    NEW YORK LATINO FILM FESTIVAL

    Sara Seligman 2-Year Filmmaking – NYC Alum Coyote Lake 2019 Official Selection

    NEW YORK LIFT-OFF FILM FESTIVAL

    Kartik Venkatraman 1-Year Filmmaking – NYC Student Tehravin 2020 Official Selection
    Jia Wertz 6-Week Documentary Filmmaking – NYC Alum Conviction 2020 Official Selection

    NFMLA ANNUAL LATINX AND HISPANIC EVENT

    Maria Fernanda Belmar MFA Filmmaking – Los Angeles Student Undocumented 2020 Official Selection

    NORDIC INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (NIFF)

    Linnea Larsdotter & Johan Matton 2-Year Musical Theatre – NYC & Alum: 2-Year Acting for Film; 2-Day Line Producing – NYC Alum n/a 2015 – Present Founders
    Michael Young NYFA President n/a 2019 Award Presenter

    NÒT FILM FESTIVAL

    Silvia Susanna 8-Week Filmmaking – NYC Alum Normality 2020 Official Selection

    PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

    Meshal Al Jaser BFA Screenwriting – LA Alum Arabian Alien 2020 Official Selection

    PAN AFRICAN FILM FESTIVAL

    Edrei Hutson MFA Filmmaking – LA Alum Sisters 2020 Official Selection

    PARIS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

    Bill Einreinhofer Broadcast Journalism – NYC Faculty Chair Invisible Love 2021 Winner – Best Narrative Feature Film

    PEMBROKE TAPARELLI FILM FESTIVAL

    Blanche Baker NYC  – Acting for Film Faculty Make America Safe 2020 Official Selection

    PBS SHORT FILM FESTIVAL

    Drama del Rosario MFA Documentary Filmmaking Alum In This Family 2020 Official Selection; Juried Prize

    PHOENIX INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL

    Cleavandor Vandorn Wright BFA Acting for Film – South Beach Student True Romance Revamped 2017 Offical Selection

    RAINBOW CINEMA AWARDS LGBT FILM FESTIVAL

    Kai Kaldro 1-Year Filmmaking – NYC Student Sinner’s lullaby 2020 Semi-Finalist

    RINCON INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

    Dr. Ariel Lopez 1-Week Acting for Film Workshop – LA Alum 2ḦOOM 2020 Official Selection

    RIVER TO RIVER FLORENCE INDIAN FILM FESTIVAL

    Aastha Verma MFA Filmmaking – LA Alum The Last Rights 2020 Official Selection

    SAN DIEGO ITALIAN FILM FESTIVAL 

    Eleonora Privitera 1-Year Documentary Filmmaking – NYC Alum Queenz of The Night 2019 Official Selection
    Eleonora Privitera 1-Year Documentary Filmmaking – NYC Alum Rebirth 2020 Silver Award

    SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

    Drama del Rosario MFA Documentary Filmmaking Alum In This Family 2020 Jury Winner – Golden Gate Award for Best Short Documentary

    SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL NEW CONCEPT FESTIVAL

    Mohamed Maged 1-Week Filmmaking – NYC Alum Cricket Liu 2019  Official Selection

    SAN LUIS OBISPO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

    Meital Cohen Navarro MFA Filmmaking – LA Alum Over My Dead Body 2021  Winner – George Sidney Independent Film Competition for Best Narrative Short Film

    SAN SEBASTIAN FILM FESTIVAL 

    Pedro Peira MFA Documentary – LA Alum Camí Lliure (Free Way) 2020 Official Selection

    SANTA BARBARA FILM FESTIVAL

    Orso Miyakawa & Andrey Nuzhnyy BFA Filmmaking – LA Alum Easy Living 2019 Official Selection

    SCOTTSDALE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

    Somasekhar Kovvuri  4-Week Filmmaking – NYC Alum Freddie’s Piano 2020 Official Selection
    Aakash Prabhakar 4-Week Filmmaking – NYC Alum Freddie’s Piano 2020 Official Selection

    SHANGHAI Film Festival FILM FESTIVAL

    Janek Ambros MA Producing Alum Since August 2022 Competed – Golden Goblet

    ShorTS International Film Festival

    Bob Ahmed Filmmaking Alum Tikkun Olam 2021 Winner – Best Short Film 

    SOUTHERN SHORTS AWARDS

    Ling Zhu and Zhiyuan Duan MA Film and Media Production; BFA Acting for Film – LA Alumni Song of Love 2021 Winner – Winter 2021 Southern Shorts Award

    STOCKHOLM CITY FILM FESTIVAL

    Tim Muñoz 1-Week Acting for Film Alum Don Filipo 2021 Winner – Best LGBT Film

    STUDENT ACADEMY AWARDS

    Phyllis Tam  MFA Filmmaking – LA Alum Fragile Moon 2020 Finalist – Narrative (Domestic Schools)
    Kaiyi Niu BFA Filmmaking – LA Alum Way Out 2021 Semi-finalist

    SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL

    Meshal Al Jaser BFA Screenwriting – LA Alum Arabian Alien 2020 Nominated – Grand Jury Prize for Best Short Film
    Aya Hamdan 1-Week Filmmaking & 1-Year Documentary Filmmaking – NYC Student Dunya’s Day 2019 Winner – Short Film Jury Award for International Fiction
    Anna Solano & Qianying Zhou 1-Year Cinematography NYC & BFA Filmmaking LA Alumni The Farewell 2019 Nominated – Grand Jury Prize Drama
    Akinola Davies Jr. 8-Week Filmmaking – NYC Alum Lizard 2019 Winner – Short Film Grand Jury Prize

    TAMPA BAY UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL

    Yulia Korotkova MFA Acting for Film – SoBe Alum Waters 2020 Official Selection

    TORINO FILM FESTIVAL

    Orso Miyakawa & Andrey Nuzhnyy BFA Filmmaking – LA Alum Easy Living 2019 Official Selection

    TORONTO INTERNATIONAL NOLLYWOOD FESTIVAL

    Donald A. Eferere (EAD, the Creator) 1-Year Filmmaking – NYC Alum Dari Ji Mi 2020 Best Short Film

    TRIESTE SCIENCE+FICTION FESTIVAL

    Alessandro Marcon 1-Year Filmmaking – LA Alum Anemone 2020 Official Selection

    UK JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL

    Leroy Button Diploma of Screen and Media – Filmmaking Alum Sense 2015 Best Student Film, Runner Up; Best Film; Winner – Audience Choice Award

    UNDERSTORY FILM FESTIVAL

    Meital Cohen Navarro

    MFA Filmmaking – LA Alum Over My Dead Body 2020 Official Selection

    URUVATTI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

    Tim Muñoz 1-Week Acting for Film Alum Don Filipo 2021 Winner – Best International Feature Film

    VENICE FILM FESTIVAL

    Craig Caton 3D Animation & VFX – Los Angeles Faculty Chair n/a 2019 Taught Master Classes as part of the fest
    Shahad Ameen 1-Year Screenwriting – New York Alum Scales 2019 Nominated – Critics Week Luigi De Laurentiis Award for Debut Film
    Li Cheng 4-Week Filmmaking – New York Alum José 2018 Winner – Queer Lion Award

    VENICE SHORTS FILM FESTIVAL

    Kai Kaldro  1-Year Filmmaking – NYC Student Sinner’s Lullaby 2020 Official Selection
    Kartik Venkatraman  1-Year Filmmaking – NYC Student Tehravin 2020 Official Selection

    VISIONS DU RÉEL FILM FESTIVAL

    Francesca Mazzoleni 4-Week Music Video Workshop Alum Puntasacra 2020 ‘Sesterce d’or la Mobilière’ (Best Feature Film)

    X WORLD FILM FESTIVAL

    Blanche Baker NYC  – Acting for Film Faculty Make America Safe 2019 Winner – Best International Short Winner – Best Original Music

    YELLOWKNIFE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

    Rajni Chamaraj

    MA Film and Media Production – LA

    Alum Let’s Pretend I’m Talking About You 2020 Winner – Audience Choice Award

    YONKERS FILM FESTIVAL

    Daniel Pradilla De Bedout

    1-Year Cinematography – LA

    Alum The Day I Met Joshua 2020 Official Selection

    ZED FEST FILM FESTIVAL

    Jessica Coro

    BFA Filmmaking – LA Alum Planet I.X. 2020 Official Selection

     

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    October 18, 2019 • Community Highlights, Film Festivals • Views: 2963

  • New York Film Academy (NYFA) Hosts First Annual John Burroughs High School Film Festival

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    New York Film Academy (NYFA) was proud to host the first annual John Burroughs High School Film Festival earlier this month on May 5. The festival featured four films made by the young students. Students used their own equipment—smartphones, high-quality cameras, and sound equipment—to film their movies, which ranged in length from two to 10 minutes.

    John Burroughs has a film club filled with students that have a great passion for film. The president of the film club approached NYFA in the fall of 2018 with interest in visiting the campus and starting a film festival. NYFA was very excited to help them achieve this goal. 

    John Burroughs HS Film Festival 2019
    A 1-week workshop scholarship was awarded to one of the filmmakers, chosen by the audience.   The winning film was the four minute short, Time Machine.

    The festival garnered the attention of the LA Times, where journalist Andrew J. Campa wrote about the event and interviewed John Burroughs High School Film Club President Orion Spatafora and NYFA Senior Outreach Specialist Jody Burns.

    “It was so much fun to see the students’ hard work pay off,” Burns told the LA Times. “It was so exciting for us at New York Film Academy to see the hard work they put into their films. The students also loved getting to see their work on the big screen in a theater setting.”

    John Burroughs HS Film Festival 2019

    The festival was small this year, but both NYFA and Spatafore expect more students of John Burroughs to participate in the second annual event. “We’re already planning next year’s film festival now,” Spatafora told the LA Times. “We want more students involved, and we want to get this out to the community.”

    New York Film Academy congratulates the filmmaking students on jobs well done and looks forward to next year’s John Burroughs High School Film Festival! 

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    May 23, 2019 • Film Festivals, Film School, Outreach • Views: 2131

  • New York Film Academy (NYFA) Producing Alum Irene Méndez Featured in Multiple Festivals

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    Producer and director Irene Méndez has been incredibly busy since graduating from New York Film Academy’s producing school, working on multiple films that have made several festivals and garnered a great deal of press and attention from the industry.

    Irene Mendez

    Méndez originally hails from Madrid, Spain. In 2016, she enrolled in the 1-year Producing conservatory at New York Film Academy (NYFA). While studying at NYFA’s New York city campus, acquiring strong project management skills as well as a hands-on filmmaking education from experienced industry professionals, Méndez completed production on several films in multiple roles. 

    This included her own film Tinnitus, which she wrote, directed, and produced, as well as several NYFA thesis films—From Me to Me, directed by Moe Myat May Zarchi; Lighter and Cigarettes, directed by Rafael Cintra; and Almost, directed by Mahair Kahn. These projects, as well as other films Méndez produced, have accrued numerous awards and Official Selections from film festivals around the world.

    Almost (2017), which Méndez worked on as 2nd Assistant Director and Script Supervisor, was an Official Selection in the New York Indian Film Festival. From Me to Me (2018), which she co-produced, won Best Woman Filmmaker at the Barcelona Planet Film Festival and was an Official Selection in Myanmar’s Wathann Film Festival.

    Lighter and Cigarettes (2017) was produced by Méndez and was a Semiinalist at Los Angeles CineFest and an Official Selection for both the Los Angeles SR Film Festival and Hope Film Awards. Additionally, it was part of the Short Film Corner at the world-renowned Cannes Film Festival.

    Tinnitus (2017) was a Finalist or Semifinalist at multiple fests, as well as an Official Selection of New York Film Screenings, Women’s Only Entertainment Film Festival, Bridgwater and Taunton College Film Festival, Hope Film Awards, Barcelona Planet Film Festival, and the Los Angeles SR Film Festival.

    Irene Mendez

    After graduating, Méndez also produced Obini Bata (2018) which was directed by Damian Calvo. The short documentary profiles the first women to perform with Batá drums in Cuba, drums traditionally forbidden for women. The film has won the Audience Award for Best Short Film Documentary at the Edmonton International Film Festival and has been an Official Selection at Lady Filmmakers, Women in Film and Television Atlanta, The Pan African Film Festival, and The Chicago Feminist Film Festival.

    Méndez is also in postproduction for Agua Desgasta Roca, a documentary short about a rock climber diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. The film has already won the Premios Solidarios from Fundacion Merk. 

    Currently, she is working on two additional documentaries, Los García, and Costus. Los García, a feature film, was featured as part of the Focus CoPro pitching event at the Cannes Film Festival. It was also one of five winners at the La Incubadora competition, and was featured at Abycine.

    The New York Film Academy congratulates Producing alum Irene Méndez on the multiple successes of her films to date, and looks forward to following her career as it develops!

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    February 4, 2019 • Documentary Filmmaking, Producing, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 2431

  • Beloit International Film Festival

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    Kicking off its ninth year, the Beloit International Film Festival celebrates and showcases independent films from all around the world — 120 films from 30 countries. This includes documentaries, features and shorts. The New York Times has recently given BIFF attention, recommending the festival as one of six alternatives to Sundance Film Festival. Starting on February 14, 2014 and wrapping on February 23, local Wisconsin residents and film lovers from around the country fill more than a dozen venues, ranging in size from 40 seats to the 700 seat Eclipse Center.

    “From the outreach educational programs of BIFF, which brings thousands of students together to create films and develop critical viewing skills, to the Silent Film Showcase, and more than 120 films and artists from 30 countries, we have watched BIFF grow in its international reputation,” says sponsor, Diane Hendricks. “With the addition of BIFF PLUS Music, and programs like BIFF Latino, BIFF for the Deaf, and the classic film closing party, BIFF has truly moved up another notch and I am honored to be a sponsor.”

    If you’re interested in purchasing tickets to BIFF, CLICK HERE.

    Tomorrow’s Classics Today – The Beloit International Film Festival from Beloit International Film Fest.

     

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    January 22, 2014 • Film Festivals • Views: 4482

  • Brooklyn Girl Film Festival

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    Here is something for the female filmmakers at the New York Film Academy. The 3rd Annual Brooklyn Girl Film Festival, which runs from March 27-29, 2014, is now open for submissions. Brooklyn Girl Film Festival’s mission is to showcase the work of women filmmakers from around the world, and bring these artists together for networking in a fun, informative and supportive environment. In a seemingly male dominated industry, the BGFF Films are sought in which a woman plays a key role as a director, writer, or lead animator. Features, documentaries, shorts, music videos, experimental and animated works are all considered. All genres are welcome as well.

    For efficiency, all submissions are accepted through Withoutabox here: http://tinyurl.com/685g46d

    Official Selections will be in competition for an Audience Choice Award in two different categories, feature film and short film.

    Deadlines For All Submissions:

    • Regular Deadline: December 7, 2013 
    • Late Deadline: January 4, 2014 
    • Extended Deadline: January 11, 2014

    A three-day annual event that takes place in March, BGFF features screenings that include filmmaker Q&A, workshops, an opening night reception, special events and an awards ceremony. BGFF attendees include local filmmakers as well as those from around the country and the world. Programs and events are designed not only for filmmakers, but anyone interested in the moving image.

    What Filmmakers Are Saying About the Brooklyn Girl Film Festival:

    “Brooklyn Girl Film Festival is a fantastic festival. They communicate with and care about the filmmakers and provide a warm place to showcase work by women filmmakers. We had a wonderful time at the Festival!” – Amanda Melby – director of “Kerry and Angie

    “I was really blown away by the films that screened at Brooklyn Girl Film Festival. These are film Makers that have big careers ahead of them, many very established already and really very cool people doing very important work. April, The festival director and the festival team made the whole experience enjoyable as a filmmaker and an audience member. The talent here was pretty amazing! The Brooklyn Girl festival has the pulse of upcoming film makers from all over the world!!!” – Megan Corry, Director “The Smell of SandFacebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmail

    November 5, 2013 • Film Festivals • Views: 990

  • How Long Should a Short Film Be?

    FacebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmailMy September One-Year Filmmaking students are screening their thesis films this week and, once again, this issue of length has come up. Although we recommend that students keep their films to 10-15 minutes, many of my students have made films that are 20-25 minutes.

    The problem is that film festivals are inundated with hundreds, sometimes thousands of film submissions all competing for a place in, what is in all likelihood, a 2-hour program of shorts. Because festivals often have a cut off of 30-minutes for short films, few of these films get accepted. Film festivals want to help and support as many filmmakers as they possibly can, and accepting a 25-minute film into the festival means the five 5-minute filmmakers are going to be excluded.

    So, my advice to my students (and makers of short films, in general) is to keep the film as short as possible. Naturally, you have to do justice to your stories. You can’t squeeze a 30-minute story into a 10-minute package without ruining it. But there’s no question in my mind that with every minute you add to the length of your film, the odds of getting your film accepted decreases.

    Case in point: When my son Bret was 14, he took our summer program for high school students. In that program, he made 3 very short films. The first was 90 seconds, the second 2.5 minutes, and his last film 3 minutes. Although they were very well done for a first-time filmmaker, they were not brilliant. And yet he was able to get each of them into over 10 film festivals.

    Believe it or not, even a 90 second film will open doors for you. One of my son’s films, managed to get into the LA International, at which point, he was contacted by writers, composers and even agents. In fact, the agent who represents Renee Zellweger contacted him to see if he was interested in hiring Rene for his next film!  Now, clearly the agent did not know that he was dealing with a 14-year old. I imagine he (and the other agents) just download the names of the filmmakers from the festival website and start sending out email inquiries.

    So, although I understand that as you grow as a filmmaker it’s natural that you desire to make longer and longer films to demonstrate your ability to handle professional shoots, it is in your best interest to keep the running time short. Remember, festivals include your titles in the running time, so don’t put 5 minutes of credits at the end of the film. Many students are under the mistaken impression that the more names they can run past the screen at the end of their film, the more impressed the audience will be. The problem is that the audience has just seen your film and they’re only going to be as impressed as your film makes them. So keep your titles moving quickly. Just make sure they slow down when it gets to your name. After all, you’re the one you should be promoting.

    Food for thought.

    -Claude Kerven, NYFA NYC Chair of Filmmaking
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    August 26, 2013 • Film School, Filmmaking • Views: 82806