• New York Film Academy (NYFA) and TEDxFulbright Visit Washington, D.C.


    Continuing its commitment and support to the Fulbright mission, the New York Film Academy (NYFA) has partnered for a second year in the organizing of TEDxFulbright. In this occasion TEDxFulbright celebrated at a unique landmark: the U.S. Capitol.TedXFulbright 2017

    The New York Film Academy provided the film equipment and crew necessary for the event. Leading the team was Miguel Cruz, Fulbright Scholar, Vice President of the Fulbright Association of Los Angeles, and Director of Fulbright Initiatives at the New York Film Academy. Cruz attended NYFA in 2006 and has directed award-winning television programs and feature films, including Aida and Vulnerables.

    NYFA is proud to be hosting Foreign Fulbright Grantees from seven countries (Lithuania, Spain, Egypt, Finland, Indonesia, Angola, and the Dominican Republic) currently; in recent years, NYFA has welcomed more than 50 Fulbrighters to our campuses in LA and NYC. NYFA Fulbrighters have hailed from Bahrain, Angola, Indonesia, Egypt, Spain, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Finland, Uruguay, Dominican Republic, United Kingdom, Ukraine, Switzerland, Vietnamese, Ecuador, France, Sri Lanka, Russia, Paraguay, Indonesia, Pakistan, and Zambia.

    TedXFulbright 2017NYFA is committed to working with and supporting the Fulbright community, and has held special screenings for the Fulbright Association in addition to hosting both the 2015 and 2017 TEDxFulbright events. The most recent, now available from TEDxFulbright on YouTube, was held in Washington, D.C.

    Under the Theme: “A Curious Picture” was hosted by CNN host and Fulbright Scholar Priyali Sur, and presented eight interesting talks with topics ranging from Fractal Mathematics to the beautiful Fishnet Sculptures of Janet Echelman.

    The New York Film Academy looks forward to future collaborations with the Fulbright Association, and hopes to deliver more opportunities for Fulbright Students as it has for  

    NYFA Fulbrighters Ismelda Mojica (MFA Producing) and Oliver Olivo (MFA Filmmaking) when partnering to produce the thesis film Impressions.

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    July 27, 2018 • Community Highlights • Views: 219

  • New York Film Academy Establishes Graduate Student Award with Spanish Fulbright Commission


    The New York Film Academy College of Visual & Performing Arts (NYFA) and the Fulbright Commission in Spain recently marked the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding establishing a very special Fulbright Graduate Student Award to support young talented Spanish filmmakers.

    The memorandum was signed by NYFA President Michael J. Young and the Fulbright Commission in Spain’s Executive Director, Alberto Lopez San Miguel, and was formally presented at a ceremony at the Commission’s office in Madrid, by the famous Spanish filmmaker, and NYFA founding faculty member, Pablo Berger.

    Filmmaker and NYFA founding faculty member Pablo Berger (left) with Spanish Fulbright Commission Director Alberto Lopez San Miguel (right).

    “The New York Film Academy is a proud to welcome many Fulbright students from around the world to study with us and join our diverse international community of creative visual and performing artists,” said President Young. “The NYFA Leadership greatly appreciates this opportunity provided to the College by the Fulbright Commission in Spain. This extraordinary collaboration on the Fulbright Graduate Student Award will provide truly remarkable opportunities for rising Spanish filmmakers to pursue NYFA’s Master of Fine Arts degree in Filmmaking. 

    The November call-for-application announcement of the Fulbright Graduate Student Award garnered enormous attention in the Spanish visual arts community, and dozens of qualified students applied. The award covers full tuition for the NYFA two-year MFA Program, round-trip travel, a monthly living stipend and a special-project grant fund.

    The selection of the awardee is in process by the Fulbright Commission in Spain, and the decision by the Commission and NYFA will be announced in the coming weeks.

    The Fulbright Program is one of the most prestigious awards programs worldwide, designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the U.S. and the people of other countries. Fifty-three Fulbright alumni have won Nobel Prizes; 78 have won Pulitzer Prizes.

    The New York Film Academy (NYFA) is privileged to have NYFA Fulbright Program alumni as part of its faculty, including NYFA Director of Fulbright Initiatives Miguel Cruz, a former Fulbright Graduate Student from Spain who studied at NYFA 2006-2008. In the past decade, NYFA has been honored to be the host institution to more than 50 Fulbright international students from nearly 30 nations.


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  • New York Film Academy Fulbright Student’s “Soul” at Berlinale, iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play


    New York Film Academy (NYFA) Documentary Filmmaking Conservatory student and Spanish Fulbright scholar Pedro Peira produced the film “Soul,” completing its post-production while he studied at NYFA Los Angeles and seeing the project through to fruition in its digital premiere across North America early this December.

    Following its successful premier at the opening night of the Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale), “Soul” has now found online distribution with not one, but three major streaming platforms: iTunes,  Amazon Video, and Google Play.

    For those who loved 2011’s “Jiro Dreams of Sushi,” Peria provides a thoughtful and delicious follow-up in the documentary “Soul.” Taking viewers behind the scenes of two of the world’s most-coveted restaurants to learn from two of its greatest chefs, “Soul” draws interesting parallels between Basque and Japanese cuisine, through the work of 3-star Michelin-rated Spanish chef Eneko Atxa, and the legendary Jiro Ono, one of the last practitioners of the fine art of traditional sushi making in Japan.

    While many people may not immediately see parallels between Basque and Japanese cuisine, “Soul” makes an appetizing case that these geographically unrelated regional cuisines share something very important in common: family secrets, soul, and fresh seafood.

    As the Hollywood Reporter (THR) described the film, “Soul” is a foodie’s dream that takes viewers to Spain, Japan, and even Paris, where the head of Michelin offers insights into the world of haute cuisine. THR notes that “Soul” comes at a time where the world is seeing “certain Spanish chefs are now famous enough to open up restaurants in Japan, while Japanese chefs are seen making a pilgrimage to Spain.”

    In such an increasingly international world, the New York Film Academy congratulates our Spanish Fulbright alumnus Pedro Peira for the success of “Soul.”

  • Fulbright Program Selects New York Film Academy to Provide Storytelling Workshops


    The New York Film Academy (NYFA) was recently honored to have Andrea Swift, NYFA’s Chair of the Documentary Department, selected to run a storytelling workshop at the annual mid-year conference for Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistants (Fulbright FLTA). Professor Swift will provide a short course on micro documentaries for non-filmmakers entitled, “You have a doc in your pocket!”

    The Fulbright Program is a program of the U.S. Department of State, funded by an annual appropriation from the U.S. Congress to the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). ECA administers the program with the assistance of binational Fulbright Commissions in 49 countries, U.S. embassies in more than 100 other countries, and cooperating partners. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations and foundations in foreign countries and the United States also provide direct and indirect support.

    This year, more than 400 Fulbright FLTAs from 53 countries across the globe will attend the conference in Washington, D.C. from December 7-10, 2017. Fulbright FLTAs teach over 30 different languages to American students, including critical and uncommonly taught languages, at more than 180 colleges and universities throughout the United States. Languages taught by FLTAs include Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Kiswahili, Persian, Russian, Turkish, Urdu, and Yoruba. The mid-year conference aims to enhance the FLTA experience by strengthening teaching methodologies and providing supplementary classroom techniques with an emphasis on cultural exchange.


    NYFA is proud to have hosted more than 50 Fulbright Foreign Students from nearly 30 nations over the past 11 years, representing countries as diverse as Angola, Bahrain, Bulgaria, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Finland, France, Indonesia, Lithuania, Pakistan, Paraguay, Russia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Ukraine, Uruguay, Vietnam, Zambia and more. Most of the participants have enrolled in NYFA’s MFA and MA programs to pursue their artistic and educational goals.

    NYFA is committed to maintaining an active relationship with the Fulbright community, from holding special film screenings for the Fulbright Association, an independent, non-governmental organization for U.S. Fulbright alumni, to helping organize and produce the Fulbright Association’s 2015 and 2017 TEDxFulbright events in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.


  • NYFA Hosts Dinner at Miceli’s for Foreign Fulbright Students


    Last week, the New York Film Academy College of Visual & Performing Arts (NYFA) hosted a special dinner for new and continuing Foreign Fulbright students who are attending graduate programs in Filmmaking, Photography, Screenwriting, Documentaries, and Film and Media Production. NYFA is proud to be hosting Foreign Fulbright Grantees from seven countries (Lithuania, Spain, Egypt, Finland, Indonesia, Angola and the Dominican Republic) currently; in recent years NYFA has welcomed more than 50 Fulbrighters to our campuses in LA and NYC. NYFA Fulbrighters have hailed from Bahrain, Angola, Indonesia, Egypt, Spain, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Finland, Uruguay, Dominican Republic, United Kingdom, Ukraine, Switzerland, Vietnamese, Ecuador, France, Sri Lanka, Russia, Paraguay, Indonesia, Pakistan, and Zambia.

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    Left to Right: Monika Sedziute (Lithuania), Miguel Cruz, Pedro Peira (Spain), Abdallah ElDaly (Egypt), Marcus Louis Fien, Lotta Lemetti (Finland), Melarissa Sjarief (Indonesia), Jose Siles, Hugo Salvaterra (Angola), Amalia Ramirez (Dominican Republic)

    The March 3 event took place at Miceli’s, a classic Hollywood venue, which was established in 1949.

    In this wonderful setting with live piano music and waiters singing movie classics — as well as songs from the recent hit film “La La Land” — our Fulbrighters had the opportunity to share interesting conversations on diverse topics, with, of course, filmmaking being the shared passion.

    Hugo Salvaterra (Angola) MFA Filmmaking

    Hugo Salvaterra (Angola) MFA Filmmaking and Pedro Peira (Spain) 1YR Documentary

    Current NYFA Fulbrighter Pedro Peira (Spain), who had just returned from The Berlinale (The Berlin International Film Festival), shared anecdotes of the festival, as well as the implications of having one of his movies: “Soul,” selected to open one of the headline spots at the Festival.

    José Siles, President of the Fulbright Alumni Association of Los Angeles, spoke with our international scholars about all of the enrichment and networking opportunities that the rich Fulbright community of LA has to offer. As a researcher at NASA, José shared with us many interesting details about the recent discovery of exoplanets orbiting the star Trappist-1, which NASA published last week.

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    Jose Siles, NASA researcher and President of Fulbright Association LA Chapter and Monika Sedziute (Lithuania) MFA Photography.

    Hugo Salvaterra (Angola), our the most recent Filmmaking Fulbrighter to join the LA cohort, recently transferred from a semester at the NYFA NYC campus and delighted to meet his LA peers, and share his first impressions with other scholars in the different fields related to filmmaking.

    In a lively discussion with the scholars, Miguel Cruz, NYFA´s Director of Fulbright Initiatives, and Marcus Louis Fien, Senior Admissions Specialist & Manager of Fulbright Admissions, shared future initiatives that NYFA is planning, including a Fulbright Film Festival to be celebrated later this year.

    Lotta Lemetti (Finland), BFA Photography.

    Lotta Lemetti (Finland), BFA Photography.

    At the special invitation of NYFA’s leadership, on Monday, March 6, the current cohort of Foreign Fulbright Students attended a special NYFA screening of the Academy Award nominated film “Hacksaw Ridge” and had the thrill of meeting acclaimed actor Mel Gibson, the film’s Director, who came to NYFA to discuss the project.


    March 9, 2017 • Community Highlights • Views: 3606