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  • Gender Inequality in Film Infographic Updated in 2018


    The New York Film Academy (NYFA) released its original Gender Inequality in Film infographic in 2013. Now, following the TIME’S UP™ movement and actress Frances McDormand’s impassioned call at the 90th Academy Awards for the industry to embrace Inclusion Riders, NYFA’s updated Gender Inequality in Film infographic presents research on gender in film from 2007 to 2017, from more than 40 sources and scholarly studies. 

    “With all that’s happening in the film industry, the New York Film Academy hopes to contribute what we can to the conversation with this infographic. It can be used as a reference and an educational tool to raise further awareness and inspire leaders within the entertainment industry, and beyond,” explains NYFA Chair of Documentary Andrea Swift. “It is an accessible way to interact with key information to support the movement to reach 50/50 by 2020.”

    Throughout Women’s History Month in March, NYFA will be highlighting different aspects of the data in this infographic as a four-part series. This is part one, and reveals the full, updated infographic. Stay tuned for more!

    To further support the conversation around gender inequality in film, NYFA will also host events throughout Women’s History Month, with a focus on International Women’s Day on March 8. For more information, click here.

    For additional content related to the conversation surrounding gender equality in film, check out these additional resources from the New York Film Academy:

    1. Time’s Up and #MeToo Dominate the 2018 Golden Globes
    2. Oscar-nominated Editor Kristen Nutile Screens Heroin(e) at New York Film Academy
    3. Anna Serner Speaks on Behalf of Gender Equality in Film
    4. Actress Rose McGowan Screens her Directorial Debut Dawn at NYFA
    5. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Diversifies With 774 New Members
    6. Patricia Arquette Demands Equality for Women
    7. Black Inequality in Film
    8. Sony Pictures Television Selects NYFA Alum Tiffany Paulsen for Diverse Directors Program
    9. NYFA Student Takes Part in Women of Sundance Panel
    10. Legendary Agent Boaty Boatwright Speaks at the New York Film Academy
    11. NYFA Spotlight: Gina Theresa on Women in Games and Motion Capture Acting
    12. Brandii Grace Discusses Inclusiveness in Video Games
    13. NYFA Embraces the Fearless Girl Statue Outside New York Campus
    14. Has Female Equality in Hollywood Progressed in 2014?
    15. UNESCO’s Gender Equality Heritage & Creativity 2014
  • Students and Alumni Attend Women in Entertainment Awards


    Recently, New York Film Academy’s own women’s club, “Les Femmes du Cine” sponsored a trip to the 17th annual Women’s Image Awards with club advisor Jesselin Berry. The evening hosted by Carol Leifer, best known for her writing on Saturday Night Live, The Larry Sanders Show, Seinfeld and Modern Family, was a star studded event that celebrated the incredible contributions of women in the industry. A seven time writer for the Academy Awards, Liefer reminded the audience that the award ceremony was like the Oscars except in this show being a man does not help you win.

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    Carol Leifer

    With each award a central theme emerged of empowerment and women supporting women to move the bar on gender equality in the entertainment industry. Marti Noxon, first known for writing and producing Buffy the Vampire Slayer,  shared the perspective that, “It’s so important that we fight back against the image of women that is unattainable and not real.” This drive to show women as they really exist is a clear driving force behind her current shows Unreal and Girlfriends Guide to Divorce. Abigail Disney reiterated the theme in her acceptance speech for women of the year award in saying, “The entertainment industry exports a mythology of war and toxic masculinity. Nothing short of a revolution is acceptable… If we wait for gender parity, it will be 2095 before we get there at this rate.

    Other notable awards went to Diary of a Teenage Girl, for best feature and best director went to Maya Forbes for Infinitely Polar Bear. Another highlight of the evening was listening to Lily Tomlin recount the evolution of the industry from the beginning of her career in Rowan Martin’s Laugh In to her current role on Grace and Frankie while accepting a lifetime achievement award.

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    In the words of recent NYFA alum Mariana Robles Thome, “It was an incredible opportunity to be surrounded by amazing women filmmakers and to see how we can all be a strong part of the paradigm shift in the industry.”

    I hope that we all stand with Abigail Disney in recognizing that “the path to peace will not be achieved until the voices of women reverberate loudly in every corner of media.”

    NYFA students and alumni in attendance include:

    • Anastasia Reinhard
    • Krystina Olivia Christiansen
    • Vanness Diane Hughes
    • Diana Esperanza Trejo
    • Diana Valencia
    • Paula Neves
    • Mariana Robles Thome
    • Rumena Dinevska
    • Jessica Nave Serio
    • Mara Topic
    • Ariel Spaugh
    • Yara Ferreyra
    • Rafael Marques Thomaseto
    • Melinda Graves

    February 25, 2016 • Community Highlights, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 5429

  • FILM: To Keep Kids on Drugs?


    After the overwhelming response from the New York Film Academy’s infographic on gender inequality in film, we decided to touch on another film related topic that deserves a similar debate. Do movies and television influence drug use? Through a narrated videographic, the New York Film Academy brings viewers on a journey through the years, analyzing how film and television has shaped our perception of drugs, as well as its possible effects on the viewing audience.

    Enjoy our video below and let us know what you think in the comments below!



    June 5, 2015 • Community Highlights, Infographics • Views: 5075

  • AFA Filmmaking Grad to Screen ‘Ticketed’ at Cannes



    It cannot be stressed enough how valuable social media and crowdfunding have become in terms of independent filmmaking. As a student filmmaker working on a strict budget, it’s often times an essential part of pre-production. AFA Filmmaking graduate Shantal Freedman took full advantage of this avenue, launching a successful crowdfunding campaign back in September 2014 which raised enough money to get her through the production of her film Ticketed. Freedman recently turned to fans to launch another crowdfunding campaign to raise $7,000 to finish her thesis film.

    This May, Freedman will premiere her film, Ticketed, at the Cannes Short Film Festival. The film focuses on a small town cop, Jackie, who spends most of her time writing out parking tickets. As a trained police officer, all Jackie wants is a little more action: to bust a bunch of bad guys like the cops on TV. When the opportunity knocks, a group of miscreants seize the chance to steal a winning lottery ticket worth $60,000,000.

    However, fate has other plans when the ticket falls into the safekeeping of Jackie. When the thugs attempt to reclaim the ticket by any means necessary, Jackie winds up on the run.

    “More than anything in the world, I want to make movies that as many people as possible can see,” said Freedman. “I also want to get some sort of enjoyment out of it by putting the audience in a better place after viewing the film than they were before viewing it.”

    Freedman also hopes to change the status quo in terms of females in the film industry. She hopes to bring more females in front of the camera with deeper characters and equal representation.

    ticketed set

    The writer, Andrew Freedman, and Shantal have developed Ticketed into a feature. They also have several other scripts that they are shopping around in the horror genre. Ultimately, Shantal hopes to direct action/adventure films.

    She is also busy working at several entertainment companies in Los Angeles. She interns for the renowned casting director, Risa Bramon Garcia, and will be helping her as she starts to cast the 3rd season of Masters of Sex. She works for the talent management company, The Robb Company, and the talent management company, Jump Start Talent, where she is on a track to becoming a manager.

    Freedman’s advice for current students currently working on short films: “You’ll be your best and your happiest if you go all in and commit 100% to the film. If you do that, you’ll tackle every challenge and you’ll be the most pleased with your work at the end.”


    March 16, 2015 • Filmmaking, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 5655

  • Patricia Arquette Demands Equality for Women


    Patricia Arquette

    In addition to the prestige and recognition that the Academy Awards provides for actors, filmmakers and artists, it’s also served as a platform for political and social outcry. Last night’s 87th Annual Academy Awards were no different than its predecessors, with Best Supporting Actress Patricia Arquette calling attention to the lack of equal pay amongst females not only in Hollywood, but throughout the job market.

    Her call for wage equality for women was received with a large ovation at the awards ceremony, particularly by 19-time Academy Award nominated actress, Meryl Streep.

    “To every woman who gave birth to every taxpayer and citizen of this nation, we have fought for everybody else’s equal rights,” said Arquette. “It’s our time to have wage equality once and for all, and equal rights for women in the United States of America.”

    Arquette’s profound words come at a time when actors’ wages have become more transparent, especially after the unfortunate Sony Pictures hack revealed Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Adams earned substantially less than their male co-stars for the film American Hustle.

    In 2013, the New York Film Academy tackled this issue with an in-depth infographic, highlighting gender inequality in film. One of the many issues that has stood out, was the fact that Angelina Jolie was the highest paid female actor with $33 million — almost the same amount earned by the two lowest ranked men in 2013.

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    Our hope at the time was to shed light on this issue in the hopes of pushing the conversation further. With a speech at the Oscars, we think we’re on the right track.


    February 23, 2015 • Community Highlights, Entertainment News • Views: 7102