• ‘Parasite’ Leads Record-Breaking Night at the 92nd Academy Awards


    The 2020 Awards Season culminated with a groundbreaking Best Picture win for South Korean film Parasite at the 92nd Academy Awards on Sunday, February 9. The win for the critically-acclaimed film by Bong Joon Ho was the first time in Academy history that a foreign language film took home the top prize.

    The film also won Best International Feature Film, as well as Best Director and Best Original Screenplay for Bong, who shared the latter with Jin Won Han. The multiple wins for Bong follows years of critical acclaim for previous efforts including Snowpiercer and Okja.

    New York Film Academy (NYFA) Broadcast Journalism alum Federica Polidoro was able to interview Bong Joon Ho right after last year’s Cannes Film Festival, where Parasite won the Palme d’Or. The interview was an Italian video exclusive and released on Il Sole 24 Ore.

    Parasite wasn’t the only win for diversity at the Academy Awards. With Hair Love winning Best Animated Short, producer Karen Rupert Toliver became the first black woman to win an Oscar in an animation category. Jojo Rabbit director Taika Waititi was the first indigenous person to be nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay, and when he won, became the first person of Maori descent to win an Oscar.

    Other notable news from this year’s ceremony includes the announcement of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, which will open its door in December of this year. Netflix also celebrated on Sunday, with Laura Dern’s Oscar win giving the streaming giant its first Academy Award in any acting category. Dern won for Netflix’s Marriage Story, co-starring previous NYFA guest speaker Adam Driver.

    At this year’s Academy Awards ceremony, the NYFA community celebrated a win as well, after seeing several alumni, faculty, and guest speakers involved with Oscar nominees across many categories. Toy Story 4, co-starring previous NYFA guest speaker Tony Hale, brought Pixar another trophy for Best Animated Feature.

    New York Film Academy congratulates all the winners at this year’s Academy Awards, and looks forward to seeing even more international diversity included in the future!

    Here is a full list of the 2020 Oscars nominees:

    Best Picture
    Ford v Ferrari
    The Irishman
    Jojo Rabbit
    Little Women
    Marriage Story
    Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
    Parasite – WINNER

    Lead Actor
    Antonio Banderas, Pain and Glory
    Leonardo DiCaprio, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
    Adam Driver, Marriage Story
    Joaquin Phoenix, Joker – WINNER
    Jonathan Pryce, The Two Popes

    Lead Actress
    Cynthia Erivo, Harriet
    Scarlett Johansson, Marriage Story
    Saoirse Ronan, Little Women
    Charlize Theron, Bombshell
    Renee Zellweger, Judy – WINNER

    Supporting Actor
    Tom Hanks, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
    Anthony Hopkins, The Two Popes
    Al Pacino, The Irishman
    Joe Pesci, The Irishman
    Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – WINNER

    Supporting Actress
    Kathy Bates, Richard Jewell
    Laura Dern, Marriage Story – WINNER
    Scarlett Johansson, Jojo Rabbit
    Florence Pugh, Little Women
    Margot Robbie, Bombshell

    Martin Scorsese, The Irishman
    Todd Phillips, Joker
    Sam Mendes, 1917
    Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
    Bong Joon Ho, Parasite – Winner

    Animated Feature
    How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, Dean DeBlois
    I Lost My Body, Jeremy Clapin
    Klaus, Sergio Pablos
    Missing Link, Chris Butler
    Toy Story 4,  Josh Cooley – WINNER

    Animated Short
    Dcera, Daria Kashcheeva
    Hair Love, Matthew A. Cherry – WINNER
    Kitbull, Rosana Sullivan
    Memorable, Bruno Collet
    Sister, Siqi Song

    Adapted Screenplay
    The Irishman, Steven Zaillian
    Jojo Rabbit, Taika Waititi – WINNER
    Joker, Todd Phillips, Scott Silver
    Little Women, Greta Gerwig
    The Two Popes, Anthony McCarten

    Original Screenplay
    Knives Out, Rian Johnson
    Marriage Story, Noah Baumbach
    1917, Sam Mendes and Krysty Wilson-Cairns
    Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Quentin Tarantino
    Parasite, Bong Joon-ho, Jin Won Han – WINNER

    The Irishman, Rodrigo Prieto
    Joker, Lawrence Sher
    The Lighthouse, Jarin Blaschke
    1917, Roger Deakins – WINNER
    Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Robert Richardson

    Best Documentary Feature
    American Factory, Julia Rieichert, Steven Bognar – WINNER
    The Cave, Feras Fayyad
    The Edge of Democracy, Petra Costa
    For Sama, Waad Al-Kateab, Edward Watts
    Honeyland, Tamara Kotevska, Ljubo Stefanov

    Best Documentary Short Subject
    In the Absence, Yi Seung-Jun and Gary Byung-Seok Kam
    Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone, Carol Dysinger – WINNER
    Life Overtakes Me, Kristine Samuelson and John Haptas
    St. Louis Superman, Smriti Mundhra and Sami Khan
    Walk Run Cha-Cha, Laura Nix

    Best Live Action Short Film
    Brotherhood, Meryam Joobeur
    Nefta Football Club, Yves Piat
    The Neighbors’ Window, Marshall Curry – WINNER
    Saria, Bryan Buckley
    A Sister, Delphine Girard

    Best International Feature Film
    Corpus Christi, Jan Komasa
    Honeyland, Tamara Kotevska, Ljubo Stefanov
    Les Miserables, Ladj Ly
    Pain and Glory, Pedro Almodovar
    Parasite, Bong Joon Ho – WINNER

    Film Editing
    Ford v Ferrari, Michael McCusker, Andrew Buckland – WINNER
    The Irishman, Thelma Schoonmaker
    Jojo Rabbit, Tom Eagles
    Joker, Jeff Groth
    Parasite, Jinmo Yang

    Sound Editing
    Ford v Ferrari, Don Sylvester – WINNER
    Joker, Alan Robert Murray
    1917, Oliver Tarney, Rachel Tate
    Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Wylie Stateman
    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Matthew Wood, David Acord

    Sound Mixing
    Ad Astra
    Ford v Ferrari
    1917 – WINNER
    Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

    Production Design
    The Irishman, Bob Shaw and Regina Graves
    Jojo Rabbit, Ra Vincent and Nora Sopkova
    1917, Dennis Gassner and Lee Sandales
    Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Barbara Ling and Nancy Haigh – WINNER
    Parasite, Lee Ha-Jun and Cho Won Woo, Han Ga Ram, and Cho Hee

    Original Score
    Joker, Hildur Guðnadóttir – WINNER
    Little Women, Alexandre Desplat
    Marriage Story, Randy Newman
    1917, Thomas Newman
    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, John Williams

    Original Song
    “I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away,” Toy Story 4
    “I’m Gonna Love Me Again,” Rocketman – WINNER
    “I’m Standing With You,” Breakthrough
    “Into the Unknown,” Frozen 2
    “Stand Up,” Harriet

    Makeup and Hair
    Bombshell – WINNER
    Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

    Costume Design
    The Irishman, Sandy Powell, Christopher Peterson
    Jojo Rabbit, Mayes C. Rubeo
    Joker, Mark Bridges
    Little Women, Jacqueline Durran – WINNER
    Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Arianne Phillips

    Visual Effects
    Avengers: Endgame
    The Irishman
    1917 – WINNER
    The Lion King
    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

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    February 10, 2020 • Entertainment News, International Diversity • Views: 2462

  • NYFA Grad Kalpana Malviya’s “Made in America” to Air on Zee TV


    Kalpana Malviya is a New York Film Academy graduate who’s been blazing a trail in new television programing. Her new show, “Made in America,” is the first English language reality TV program designed for South East Asians to be shot in Hollywood. But she’s not content in just creating new programing, she’s also determined to bring the next generation of content makers with her.


    “Somebody helped me. I’m not too big to help anybody,” Malviya told me under a shady tree just outside of the studio where “Made in America” was shooting a dramatic prison scene. Malviya’s passion is earnest and forthright, “(students) have fresh ideas. We can learn from them and also guide them along the way.”

    Malviya credits the New York Film Academy with giving her a leg up in the industry, “I’m from India. Hollywood films really pop in India. I took what I learned at NYFA and landed a job with Zee TV.” While at Zee TV, she noticed the abundance of talent and resources and wondered why no one, anywhere outside of South East Asia, was making content for the region. She sought to change that, “I pitched them the idea. They loved it and now, here we are.”


    New York Film Academy would like to thank Kalpana Malviya for taking the time to speak with us. Malviya has created two more shows for Zee TV that will begin filming shortly.

    “Made in America” will release August 2017, and has been reviewed by India.com. Read more here.

  • China’s Booming Film Industry Makes History At Box Office


    Chinese Box Office

    The second largest film market in the world made history as it overtook the largest in February. For the first time ever, the Chinese box office out-earned the United States.

    The Lunar New Year celebrations certainly gave the market a boost, which is peak-season for movie-goers in the country. Due to cultural celebrations, more emphasis was placed on domestic films than foreign.

    Leading the way was The Man from Macau II, which stars Chow Yun-Fat and brought in $104 million. The runner up was Jackie Chan’s Dragon Blade, bringing in $95 million.

    As a comparison, the biggest showing for a Hollywood film was The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, which brought in $36 million.

    In total, the Chinese box office brought in a whopping $650 million. $270 million of that came during the New Year week alone.  That beats their previous record of $580 million which was set last July.

    The North American market, for which February does not typically represent a strong month, brought in a total of $710 million. But once you get rid of Canada’s numbers, that total drops to $640, falling short of China‘s earnings.

    The festive season didn’t just give China a boost, however. The markets in Hong Kong and Korea also saw an upswing.

    While the #1 position at the box office may only be temporary (for now), it is a sure sign that the movie industry in China is rapidly growing; perhaps faster than anyone had anticipated. With the amount of creative energy the country has to offer, this can only be a good thing for the movie industry as a whole.


    March 2, 2015 • Entertainment News • Views: 5968

  • Korean Filmmaker Shines with ‘Milkshake’



    The New York Film Academy is proud of its close ties with Korea and many of its student filmmakers who have come to either our New York or Los Angeles campuses to study their craft. One of our more recent Korean students, SangJin Ko’s short film Milkshake has been getting a lot of attention since its introduction at last year’s Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner. The film, which was shot in New York City, is a family drama in which an adopted teenage boy struggles against a harsh reality to live with his adoptive younger sister. Milkshake is a culturally rich story. At one point, the main character even teaches his sister The Sun and the Moon, which a traditional Korean fairy tale surround a widow and her two children. The essence of the story is to teach young children that if you want something badly enough, you will be able to find a way to receive it, as long as your intentions are good, kind and pure.

    Ko’s film will be screening at the NewFilmmakers New York 2014 on October 2nd, 2014 at the Deren Theater of Anthology Film Archives located at 32 Second Ave. in New York City.

    From there, Ko will take his film to Spain, where it will screen at the Marbella International Film Festival on October 5th.

    We wish SangJin Ko the best of luck on his festival tour and expect a bright future for this fine, young film director!

    If you’re interested in studying filmmaking at the New York Film Academy, please CLICK HERE for more information.


    October 2, 2014 • Filmmaking, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 4702

  • 3 Principles for a Successful TV Commercial


    Kyuhwan Kim commercial

    Last week, the New York Film Academy and The Korea Society teamed up for a special event at NYFA’s Union Square location. Prominent Korean television commercial director, Kyuhwan Kim spoke to a full house of students about his long-standing and successful career in the industry. Kim has directed over 1,000 TV commercials with major clients all around the world including McDonald’s, Pepsi, Google, North Face, Dunkin Donuts, as well as Samsung, Hyundai, LG, and Sony in Korea. Kim has been honored with numerous awards, amongst them are Finalist, Clio Cannes Commercial Film Festival (1995), Finalist, IBA Award (1996), Grand Prix, The Best Ad (Monthly Ad, 1995), Director of the Year (Monthly Ad, 1995), Grand Prix, Ad of the Year (Daehung, 1995), and several others.

    Kim started the evening explaining how it was a goal of his to give a lecture to students in New York City. While he would’ve liked to have given the lecture in English, he isn’t quite fluent in the language. Nevertheless, through an interpreter, Kim was able to breakdown the competitive and sometimes frustrating world of advertising into an informative and entertaining lecture. As a director with such an enormous resume under his belt, Kim’s advice couldn’t be have been more helpful.

    Over the years, Kim discovered, “Any ad will contain three principles: Seduce, Surprise, and Resolve.”

    Kim broke down a few examples of his own work, as well as some of the most recognized commercials over the past decade including the infamous Bud Light commercial Whassup!. The majority of successful commercials contained these three vital principles.

    While Kim loves and appreciates the art form that is involved with creating these “short films,” he realizes the bottom line is sales. Clients invest tremendous amounts of money into the production and television placement of the ad. If the product or brand doesn’t increase sales as a result of the ad, the commercial is essentially a failure. As such, while the creative awards are inspiring, they’re not the end all goal for Kim.


    September 15, 2014 • Filmmaking, Guest Speakers • Views: 7433

  • Screening of ‘Over Again’ at NYFA Union Square


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    Join us this Thursday, March 13th 6:00pm at NYFA Union Square for a screening of the Korean drama, Over Again.

    2013 / Drama / 81min / NR / Korean with English Subtitle
    Directed by Kim, Byung-JuneTo inquire about availability: email your FULL NAME to korea.rsvp@nyfa.edu.


    March 11, 2014 • Community Highlights • Views: 4510

  • NYFA Dance Teacher Tours Asia

    Chad Austin

    Chad Austin with his students

    The Musical Theatre Program at the New York Film Academy is proud to announce that from October 6 – 13th one of our esteemed dance teachers, Chad Austin, is traveling to Seoul, Korea and to Tokyo, Japan! Starting in Korea and then after a few days going to Japan, Chad will visit numerous schools and arts academies to introduce interested young performers to the New York Film Academy programs. While there, he will offer acting and dance workshops, and view auditions from perspective students.

    Chad has traveled extensively, however, this is his first trip to Asia and he is very excited to have this opportunity. Consistently one of our most loved and most valued teachers, we are thrilled to be able to share his teaching and his talent with all those he will meet on this trip.

    If you come across Chad on his tour, you are in for a treat. He has high professional standards and teaches a challenging, rigorous class that is fueled by his huge heart and spiced with a wry sense of humor. We will miss him while he is gone, but we wish him all the best on his whirlwind trip – knowing he will represent the best of what our programs have to offer.

    Chad made his Metropolitan Opera Ballet debut, in 2008, in John Adams and Peter Sellars’ Grammy award-winning, Doctor Atomic. He has worked in over 10 different productions at the Met including Richard Eyer’s Carmen, Bartlett Sher’s Le Contes De Hoffman, Hansel and Gretel, Aida, La Traviata, and Stephen Wadworth’s Boris Gudinov. New York City and Regional productions include, Cinderella, Play About the Naked Guy, Cabaret, The Man Who Came to Dinner, and Street Scene.

    Chad teaches and choreographs around the world for companies including Ballet Arts, Hampton Ballet Theatre, Kiyone Ballet Brazil, and Arabesque Lebanon.


    October 8, 2013 • Musical Theatre • Views: 6073