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  • New York Film Academy (NYFA) and the National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) Present Youth Free Expression Film Contest Award

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    In collaboration with the New York Film Academy (NYFA), the National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) honored this year’s Youth Free Expression Film Contest winners Molly Smith and Sage Croft, who accepted the award for their film Dear America. NYFA President Michael Young presented the award to the pair at a benefit event held in New York City on Monday, November 11, hosted by Drag Queen Story Hour’s Harmonica Sunbeam. Celebrating its 45th anniversary, NCAC also presented Free Speech Defender Awards to author Jason Reynolds and artist Carolee Schneemann (1939 – 2019).

    NCAC Youth Free Expression Film Contest

    NCAC’s Youth Free Expression Program empowers students with knowledge, tools and opportunities to defend their rights and assert their voices. Too often, students are silenced when tough conversations get labeled disruptive. Over the past 15 years, the Youth Free Expression Film Contest has showcased the films of dozens of teens whose vision and respect for free expression will inspire generations to come. 

    NYFA offers crucial support for NCAC and the extraordinarily talented young filmmakers; the scholarship prize offered by NYFA allows award winners the opportunity to undertake any 4-Week hands-on workshop at any of NYFA’s domestic campuses—New York City, Los Angeles, and Miami.

    NCAC Youth Free Expression Film Contest

    Dear America, the film co-directed by this year’s winners—Molly Smith and Sage Croft of Clermont, Florida—is a vital example of just how important young voices are for sociopolitical discourse as well as the effectiveness of film as a medium for those voices. The film is an open letter on the topic of gun control from generation Z, and spotlights the psychological impact of gun violence on youth. Among a remarkably competitive field, Dear America earned the judges’ highest scores for its clear message and compelling visual technique.

    This year’s contest, which drew over 100 entries, invited teens to speak truth to power, directly addressing those with power to lead change by creating a cinematic postcard with a message they believe has gone unheard or silenced. The twelve finalist films tackled a wide range of polarizing—and often taboo—topics, including immigrant family separation, gender equality, toxic masculinity, shaming and bullying, and climate change.

    New York Film Academy and the National Coalition Against Censorship look forward to a continued partnership that gives students a platform to create films that speak to the free expression issues that affect their lives.

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    November 18, 2019 • Community Highlights, Outreach, Progressive & Social Causes • Views: 648

  • New York Film Academy (NYFA) President Michael Young Tours Taiwan Art Institutes

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    Michael Young, president of New York Film Academy (NYFA), and Dr. Joy Zhu, NYFA Executive Vice President for the China Region, recently visited various art institutions across Taiwan over the course of eight days. The tour included multiple cities and meetings with several important officials.

    Taiwan 2019 Michael Young

    In the capital of Taipei, the NYFA representatives met with Taiwan’s Screenwriting Association and had a Q&A section. This meeting culminated in the preparation of a 15-Week Online Screenwriting workshop.

    On October 25, the opening ceremony of the 2019 Hsinchu Chuang International Cultural Season invited to serve as VIPs. The cultural event is hosted by Hsinchu Chuang University, and includes lectures and exhibitions on international education. Michael Young and Joy Zhu also had the chance to have an extended conversation with Hsinchu Chuang University President Jian Shaoqi.

    Following their visit to Hsinchu Chuang University, the NYFA representatives visited the National Taiwan University of Arts (NTUA), celebrating its 64th anniversary. NTUA is a top national school that have many famous alumni, including Oscar-winning director Ang Lee. Young had a great, in-depth conversation with the NTUA president, where he shared stories about time he spent in Taiwan as a young child, which was well-received by an audience of over 1500. Also discussed was the potential cooperation between the two schools in the future.

    Taiwan 2019 Michael Young

    Young and Zhu then arrived in Shenzhen and met with the Governor of Guangming District and Director of Dapeng District, as well as Shenzhen University’s President and the Dean of their art school, where cooperation between the two schools was also discussed. The NYFA representatives also had the chance to speak with students and their parents and had a wonderful time hearing their input about art education.

    Finally, the visit culminated with a trip to Zhuhai, where Young and Zhu met with the Deputy Mayor of Education, Public Health, and Tourism. The meeting in Zhuhai, like the visits across the rest of Taiwan, were very positive indeed, and bodes well for NYFA’s cooperation with the art institutes around the island.

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    November 6, 2019 • China, Film School, International Diversity, Screenwriting • Views: 642

  • President Meets and Greets With New York Film Academy Australia Students

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    President Michael J. Young visits NYFA Australia

    NYFA President Michael J. Young addresses NYFA Australia students

     

    In early February, New York Film Academy (NYFA) President Michael J. Young visited the Gold Coast campus at New York Film Academy Australia along with the NYFA Australia Board of Directors. Attending the meet and greet were many of NYFA Australia’s current students, including the January 2018 class just getting underway.

    Far from a quiet, staid succession of speeches, the event buzzed with an energy of enthusiasm and good cheer that started with the excited student body loudly cheering and ended with an impromptu dance party.

    Tasha Cooper, Director of NYFA Australia, Gold Coast, introduced President Young, who had come from the Academy’s New York City campus, where he is based. Young, who has been with the New York Film Academy since it was founded in 1992, talked about the history of the school, as well as its future. After speaking briefly, he then let students pick his brain with a myriad of questions, both thoughtful and fun, while also using the opportunity to get to better know the aspiring artists.

    President Michael J. Young visits NYFA Australia

    President Michael J. Young and NYFA Australia students

    Of meeting the NYFA Australia student body, President Young said, “I was honored and delighted to meet the many aspiring filmmaking, acting, and screenwriting students studying with us at the Gold Coast campus. Their enthusiasm was awe-inspiring, and I expect we will see their talent to be equally so.”

    The New York Film Academy expanded to Australia in 2011, and boasts a state-of-the-art facility co-located in Southport, the Gold Coast’s leading educational and creative arts precinct. Attending NYFA Australia’s programs — including camps, workshops, Diplomas, and Advanced Diplomas — affords students the opportunity to shoot and act on NYFA’s exclusive backlot facilities at Village Roadshow Studios, the location of many Hollywood films including Thor: Ragnarok and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. By working within this professional, Hollywood environment, NYFA Australia students gain a unique experience that prepares them for real-world work in the filmmaking industry.

    Director, Tasha Cooper introducing President Michael J Young

    Director, Tasha Cooper introducing President Michael J. Young

    The diverse, vibrant environment of the Gold Coast suits the artistic, zestful personalities of NYFA Australia’s student body. While President Young didn’t expect his casual but informative talk with the students to erupt into a dance party, the festive, exuberant atmosphere made it clearly inevitable. A barista was even on hand, providing students with speciality coffee.

    It’s hard to say who had more fun during the visit — President Young or the students. Likely, everyone equally had a great time. After the event, Tasha Cooper remarked, “As part of a global institution, NYFA Australia students were excited to partake in a tradition where NYFA President, Michael Young, learns more about their story and what they hope to achieve from our interactive and intensive programs.”

    Cooper added, “It was a fantastic event that filled our school with laughter, spirit, and even some spontaneous dancing!”

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    February 20, 2018 • Community Highlights, Entertainment Australia • Views: 2421

  • President Michael Young of New York Film Academy Visits Several Universities in China

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    This October, President of the New York Film Academy Michael Young made a trip to China, visiting several of the nation’s educational institutions and attending several prestigious conferences and ceremonies.

    The first stop of this trip was Xi’an Peihua University, a private institution over 100 years old with more than 25,000 current students. President Young delivered a captivating speech at the grand welcoming ceremony held by the school, where he met over 500 students and expressed his enthusiasm for Peihua’s internationalization efforts. He also encouraged students to focus on specializing their abilities to better achieve their ambitions.

    After his speech, New York Film Academy and Peihua University officially signed the Cooperation Agreement, which includes cooperative programs such as the “1+3” Undergraduate and Graduate Program and the Study Abroad Program, among others. President Young was also inducted as an Honorable President of Peihua University, the first time since Peihua University’s founding that such a prestigious title has been conferred to a foreign educator.

    President Young next visited Shanghai Theatre Academy Lianhua Campus, where students who benefit from the “1+3” program by New York Film Academy and Shanghai Theatre Academy currently study. He talked to the school’s top professors, asking detailed questions about the students’ current learning environment and also patiently answering any questions himself.

    President Young encouraged the “1+3” students to take every advantage of the professional education that Shanghai Theatre Academy provides, and stressed the importance of mastering the English language to best prepare for their upcoming three-year study at New York Film Academy.

    Traveling to Hangzhou, President Young visited the uniquely designed art building and facilities of Wankun Arts High School. The New York Film Academy signed a cooperation agreement with Wankun Arts High School to co-found the Student Resource base, which will help Wankun Arts graduates transition to NYFA’s undergraduate program. President Young also talked about potentially co-founding Arts School with the board from Wankun Arts High School.

    Afterwards, President Young attended an event held by FlyCo Star Pictures Co. Ltd. By signing the Strategic Cooperation Agreement with FlyCo Star Pictures Co. Ltd., President Young and the New York Film Academy will help cultivate young and talented filmmakers to become leading figures in the film industry. With three NYFA graduates currently working at FlyCo Star Pictures Co. Ltd., President Young expressed his appreciation, while FlyCo Star praised the alumni’s contribution to the company.

    Later that afternoon, President Young toured one of the leading media and communication institutions in China, Zhejiang University of Media and Communications (ZJUMC), where currently over 100,000 students are attending. He congratulated Huace Film Academy on its founding, and shared his enthusiastic confidence in the newfound cooperation between NYFA and ZJUMC.

    President Young also elaborated on this future cooperation, which will include detailed programs such as the accelerated degree and short-term study abroad programs, as well as further involving the NYFA 4-week workshop programs with ZJUMC’s traditional courses.

    In addition to New York Film Academy’s educational commitment within China’s borders, President Young also shared exciting news about upcoming events at the New York Film Academy’s renowned New York campus. During the visit to Shanghai, one of the most vital discussions concerned Shanghai Film Week. The conference between NYFA, Shanghai’s Municipal Government, and Shanghai Film Art Academy came to an agreement, and NYFA will proudly co-host Shanghai Film Week in January 2018.

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    November 2, 2017 • Academic Programs, Community Highlights, Study Abroad • Views: 2842

  • President’s Tea at the New York Film Academy

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    The New York Film Academy New York welcomed students from each department to its inaugural President’s Tea with NYFA President, Michael Young and Senior Executive Vice President, David Klein. Held on the 5th floor of 17 Battery Place, the event provided breathtaking views of the New York Harbor, which includes the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and various ships, yachts and ferries passing through.

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    NYFA President, Michael Young and Senior Executive Vice President, David Klein

    “It’s always one of my favorite times when I get the opportunity to meet our incredible students from across the world, and what a perfect place and event over looking New York harbor to share a cup of tea with the future artists of this generation,” said David Klein.

    The catered event provided students with the opportunity to not only meet the President and Sr. Executive VP, but also allowed them to socialize with peers who they will undoubtedly be working together with in the near future—and hopefully beyond. Students discussed how they ended up at the Academy and what they’re currently working on both inside and outside of the classroom. Once the conversations began to open up a bit, students began discussing movies and industry topics that could only be expected from a gathering of film buffs.

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    “We hope the President’s Tea helped students break the ice and will enable them to develop a community outside of the classroom as well,” said Student Life Coordinator, Carlye Bowers.

    Given the overall success of the event, you can be sure there will be more President’s Tea mixers in the future.

    You may also check out the photo gallery on our facebook page, by clicking HERE.

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    June 9, 2016 • Community Highlights • Views: 4903

  • NYFA Partners with FUNGLODE/GFDD

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    Michael Young and Leonel Fernandez

    NYFA President Michael Young and the Honorable Dr. Leonel Antonio Fernández Reyna, former president of the Dominican Republic

    As many of our students and faculty are well aware, the New York Film Academy whole-heartedly embraces a diverse student population. In our continuing efforts to expand our reach internationally, NYFA has entered into an agreement with the Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (FUNGLODE/GFDD) with offices in the Dominican Republic and US. Today, NYFA President Michael Young made the agreement official after signing the deal with FUNGLODE/GFDD Founder Antonio Fernández Reyna at NYFA’s Battery Park campus.

    Founded by the Honorable Dr. Leonel Antonio Fernández Reyna, former president of the Dominican Republic, the foundation serves as a bridge for Dominican students seeking higher education in the United States of America.

    In support of the efforts of FUNGLODE/GFDD in regard to student mobility, the New York Film Academy will offer a 25% tuition reduction for students approved by FUNGLODE/GFDD and accepted by NYFA for its degree programs.

    “NYFA is excited to partner with FUNGLODE/GFDD,” said NYFA Director of Outreach and Development, Jack Newman. “Planning is underway to expand the opportunities for Dominican students to experience the hands-on and intensive education provided by the Academy.”

    All applicants will be pre-screened by FUNGLODE/GFDD and will follow the admissions requirements noted at https://www.nyfa.edu/admissions/admissions-requirements.php. Applications and supporting materials will be forwarded to NYFA by FUNGLODE/GFDD for review, processing, and final approval for admission to NYFA.

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    January 9, 2015 • Community Highlights, Study Abroad • Views: 4968