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  • NYFA Australia Welcomes U.S. Embassy Officials on the Village Roadshow Studio Campus

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    Last week, New York Film Academy Australia (“NYFA Australia”) had the pleasure of welcoming U.S. Embassy officials Chargé d’Affaires Michael Goldman and Consul General Sharon Hudson-Dean to the NYFA Australia Production Studios Campus as part of their tour of the world-renowned Village Roadshow Studios backlot and various film industry divisions of Queensland.

    With Queensland being one of the film industry’s largest hubs for film production in Australia, this visit (which also included a stop by Pananvision and Myriad Film Studios who are also located on the backlot) was an opportunity for the U.S. officials to experience first hand the facilities, resources and talent the Gold Coast has to offer to international productions. The Screen Queensland initiative to encourage international film production to the state of QLD, has had the support of the federal and local governments for some time. Mid-2020, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morisson announced a Federal Government $400 million incentive to attract film and television productions to Australia, in addition to the existing incentives for both domestic and international productions offered by Screen Queensland and the City of Gold Coast. “Screen Queensland and the City of Gold Coast also have an incentive, which is the only council (Gold Coast) in the whole of Australia that actually has one for the film industry,” explains Lynne Benzie, President of Village Roadshow Studio.

    During their time on campus, Mr. Goldman and Ms. Hudson-Dean had a chance to see NYFA Australia students, the future talent of the film industry, on-set and in action. They also spent some time learning about NYFA Australia alum Leroy Button’s experience as a student and his successful transition into the film industry.

    Leroy graduated with a Diploma of Screen and Media in Filmmaking in 2017 and immediately landed a job at Panavision. He now works as a camera operator, 1st AC, and editor at XM2 Pursuit which has led him to working behind the scenes and as a drone camera operator on films such as Aquaman, Dora: The Lost City of Gold and more recently Fast & Furious 9, season 3 of Westworld, as well as Mission: Impossible 7.

    The industry readiness has been proven by the City of Gold Coast and Village Roadshow Studios, both being headquarters to global blockbuster productions including Aquaman, Thor: Ragnarok, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Kong: Skull Island, and Baz Luhrman’s upcoming Elvis biopic. Additionally, all of these blockbuster film productions employed various NYFA Australia students, alumni and faculty.

    “It was an honor to have Chargé d’Affaires Michael Goldman and Consul General Sharon Hudson-Dean visit NYFA Australia and our production studio campus at Village Roadshow Studios,” says NYFA Australia CEO, Elle Bailey. “The Australian Film Industry has a vibrant future with many domestic and international productions slated for the next several years. We’re thrilled to be able to offer our students the hands-on training and industry exposure needed, to support their desired transition into the industry following graduation. Leroy Button’s professional journey is a prime example of what can be achieved when you pair skills learned, with talent and perseverance.”

    NYFA Australia students learn by doing in a real-world training environment, learning from working industry professionals and accessing state-of-the-art equipment and facilities. If you are interested in becoming a NYFA Australia student, please visit: NYFA.edu.au and complete an inquiry form here.

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    March 31, 2021 • Film School, NYFA Australia • Views: 934

  • Academy Award Winner Ben Osmo is Guest Speaker at New York Film Academy Australia Gold Coast

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    The New York Film Academy (NYFA) Australia welcomed Academy Award winner and former NYFA Australia instructor Ben Osmo to its Gold Coast campus for an exclusive event as a part of its continuing Guest Speaker Series last month.

    Osmo received the Academy Award for his work as production sound mixer on the critically acclaimed international Blockbuster hit “Max Mad: Fury Road,” a much-anticipated reimagining of the 1980s apocalyptic action thriller directed by George Miller and starring Charlize Theron and Tom Hardy.

    The veteran sound mixer and recorder also picked up a BAFFTA Nomination and ACCTA Award for his work on “Mad Max: Road Fury,” but these recent accolades are only a small part of his impressive resume. His other credits include Hollywood Blockbuster “Alien Covenant,” directed by Ridley Scott; family features “Babe” and “Happy Feet Two”; and beloved Australian films including “Strictly Ballroom” and “Dead Calm.”

    Hosted by Deputy Chair of Filmmaking Brian Vining, the Guest Speaker event commenced with a Q&A session followed by a special screening of Osmo’s documentary on the making of the sound for “Mad Max: Fury Road.”

    NYFA Gold Coast students and staff alike were thrilled at the opportunity to delve further into the realm of sound design and editing for film, an often under-appreciated yet integral component of a great movie masterpiece.

    Students described the event as “very informative,” with September Advanced Diploma acting for film student Tommie Thomas explaining, “As an actor, you don’t realize how much collaboration goes into making a film until you are able to hear it from someone of this caliber.”

    New York Film Academy Australia prides itself in offering students the opportunity to develop their own technical and creative abilities through continued mentoring and master classes with illustrious members of the film and entertainment industry.

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  • NYFA Australia Instructors to Join Port Shorts Young Filmmaker Masterclasses

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    New York Film Academy Australia and Port Shorts Ambassadors will be participating in Port Shorts Young Filmmaker Masterclasses with teams of high school film students in Cairns and Mossman on August 18th and 19th. New York Film Academy Australia instructors Brian Vining and Dean Mayer will join Screen Queensland production incentive and attractions Manager Gina Black.

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    2016 Port Shorts Film Festival Call for Entries with Ambassador Stephen Curry from Port Shorts Inc on Vimeo.

    Port Shorts Film Festival ambassadors Stephen Curry (The Castle, The Cup), Wolf Creek EP Matt Hearn and screenwriter Kier Shorey (Blurred), will deliver a free workshop in Port Douglas later this month. With a prize pool worth more than $15,000 up for grabs, the Port Shorts Film Festival shines the spotlight on the imagination of Australia’s most creative minds, with a support network geared to stimulate the next generation of filmmakers.

    Port Shorts Film Festival Director Alison George said organizers were delighted to bring up such a well-credentialed film industry panel for the benefit of the Far North Queensland filmmaking community.

    “Port Shorts is very proud to present the free Port Shorts Masterclass Series and we would like to thank Festivals Australia for helping to fund the workshops as well as our Ambassadors, New York Film Academy Australia and Screen Queensland for supporting us with their involvement,” said George.

    The main Port Shorts Film Festival is held in Port Douglas October 28-29. For more information, please visit www.portshorts.com.

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    August 16, 2016 • Entertainment Australia, Film School, Filmmaking • Views: 3337

  • NYFA Australia Grad’s “Ice Cold” to Screen at Several International Film Festivals

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    Prior to attending the New York Film Academy Australia, Gold Coast, Jonathan Gesthuizen had never written a script. “I really struggled with it to begin with and soon realized that, while it was my weakest skill, it was the area of filmmaking that I was most passionate about,” said NYFA Australia alumnus Jonathan Gesthuizen. “The Director’s Craft Workshops and screenwriting classes were pivotal to being able to co-write and direct Ice Cold.

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    Now, Gesthuizen’s short film Ice Cold, which he produced while at NYFA Australia, will be screened at international film festivals after being officially selected for the Tokyo On-Line Lift Off festival, Access Code India festival, Eurofest in St Petersburg, Russia and Action on Film Festival in Los Angeles.

    Ice Cold was submitted for my Digital Dialogue film assignment,” recalled Gesthuizen. “Bobby Mailman (acting student, co-writer) and I were both students mid 2015 and the story came about when Bobby and myself collaborated on an idea based loosely around some of her early childhood memories.”

    The short film is an action, thriller, romantic drama that centers around Jonny, Bella, and Dion as they struggle to grow up and survive in a world overcome with drugs, alcohol and violence. It is a story based around a young indigenous girl and her childhood sweetheart, Jonny, who are separated in their early teens and later reunite and escape from the clutches of Bella’s ruthless drug kingpin boyfriend.

    Ice Cold is about love breaking something open and conquering all, no matter what the obstacles are,” said Gesthuizen. “It’s about new beginnings, change, and how deeply love can be in its most simplest moments.”

    Gesthuizen hopes the networking opportunities at the festivals will be a great opportunity to meet with other filmmakers and industry members as he tries to secure full feature funding from his script that is close to completion.

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    “It’s a huge jump from a short to a feature length film, but I believe in the story and that it will gain traction once exposed to a wider audience,” he says. “It’s also a great chance to be able to see how we stand side by side against our other film associates.”

    In addition to Ice Cold, Gesthuizen says he’s currently writing a couple of other short film projects. One of his projects, Twenty to Heaven, is about a true life experience about a caving expedition that went wrong in the early 90’s and how he and others came close to death. The other is a film called Isle of Broken Dreams, which is about a secondhand opshop that has a huge selection of second hand wedding dresses. The film centers around several main characters and their stories as to how their dresses came to be at the shop.

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    August 11, 2016 • Entertainment Australia, Filmmaking, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 5153

  • NYFA Australia Showcasing Their Talent

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    It’s showcase time at New York Film Academy Australia. Both our Sydney and Gold Coast campuses, together with Acting for Film students, had been working effortlessly over the months putting together performances that showcase the students’ talents.

    Gold Coast had a busy three-day showcase schedule running throughout early March, featuring 34 of the Academy’s skilled acting students. Each and every night, the Helensvale Cultural Centre was filled with friends and family who had come along to support the graduate actors’ and actresses’ live performances and showreels. The room was filled with great energy and positive vibes as all graduates pulled-off an outstanding performance.

    Congratulations to the Gold Coast Acting for Film graduates:

    New York Film Academy Gold Coast Students

    New York Film Academy Gold Coast Students: Brandon Sherwood, Callum Whitton, Anthony Christodoulou, David Austin, Samantha Willis, Tara Wraith, Michael Stoeckert, Marie-Clare Loi Zou, Jasper Batenga, Will Wensley (instructor), Stephanie Kutty, Paris Moletti, Taryn Roberts and Christine Campbell.

    Thursday 5th March Performers

    • Caleb Saron
    • Christine Campbell
    • David Austin
    • Jim Rossngton
    • John McMahon
    • Marie-Clare Lou Zou
    • Max Gundy
    • Natalie Hunt
    • Rebecca Lyon
    • Samantha Willis
    • Villami Kama
    • Zac Bankowski

    Wednesday 11th March Performers

    • Anthony Christodoulou
    • Brody Arrowsmith
    • Callum Whitton
    • Georgia Pilling
    • Kiara Watson
    • Natalie Jones
    • Nicola Haks
    • Paris Moletti
    • Rhys Williamson
    • Sam Farell
    • Stephanie Kutty
    • Steve Budgen

    Thursday 12th March Performers

    • Ashley Dunscombe
    • Brandon Sherwood
    • Clare Brimmer
    • Jasper Batenga
    • Joshua Conboy
    • Kerri-Anne Keenan
    • Laura Scott
    • Tara Wraith
    • Taryn Roberts
    • Zoe Bankowski

     

    As we headed down the coast of Australia, on Friday 6th March, Sydney was preparing for an over-capacity performance at the Australian Theater for Young People, located above the Sydney Theatre Company and accompanied with the breathtaking backdrop of Walsh Bay.

    Over the months leading up to the showcase, acting one-year program graduates of the night, Chantelle Von Appen, Chris Strauss, Alexander Merlo, David Pound, Nicole Torode, Rafael Haddad and Andrew Murdoch were able to experience exactly why New York Film Academy programs are defined by their intensive, hands-on reputation. Graduates’ commitment and dedication truly shined on the night, with their high caliber execution of mixed scene performances and beat poetry receiving a well-deserved standing-ovation from audience members, family, friends, NYFA staff and instructors.

    With a buzz in the air, graduates continued to showcase their works to a number of agents and casting directors at the Sony Theatrette. The opportunity for students to present their showreels was nerve-wracking but again, was received positively by students, agents and casting directors, alike.

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    New York Film Academy Sydney Students on-stage showcasing their talents.

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    New York Film Academy Sydney. From left, Rafael Haddad, David Pound, Nicole Torode, Jennie Hughes (NYFA Sydney, General Manager), Alexander Merlo, Chantelle Von Appen, Chris Strauss & Andrew Murdoch.

    New York Film Academy would like to thank all students, graduates and teaching staff who worked tirelessly to produce such a successful program, making it possible to accomplish these inspiring events and performances. We congratulate all students who have now joined our NYFA Alumni family and look forward to another prosperous year working with talented, upcoming actors and actresses.

    View the photos from the events here:

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  • AACTA International Awards & G’DAY USA Winners Announced in Los Angeles

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    Scarlett Johansson Presents Chris Hemsworth at 2015 G'DAY USA and AACTA International Awards 2015

    Scarlett Johansson presents Chris Hemsworth ‘Excellence in Film’ award at G’DAY USA and AACTA International Awards 2015 (Source: Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images North America)

    It’s starting to feel a lot like awards season. As the Australian 4th Annual Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards in Sydney concluded, the AACTA International Awards commenced in Los Angeles on 31 January 2015. 4th AACTA International Awards has partnered-up with G’DAY USA, joining forces for a star-studded night. The night gives much deserved recognition to Australians performing exceptionally in film and television outside the country.

    AACTA President, Geoffrey Rush, shared the stage with fellow presenters including Nicole Kidman, comedian Rebel Wilson, Elizabeth Debicki, John Travolta, Jonathan LaPaglia, Rachel Griffiths and Russell Crowe.

    Award winners included:

    • BIRDMAN for ’Best Film’, ‘Best Screenplay’, ‘Best Direction’ (Alejandro G. Iñárritu) and ‘Best Lead Actor’ (Michael Keaton)
    • STILL ALICE for ‘Best Lead Actress’ (Julianne Moore)
    • BOYHOOD for “Best Supporting Actress” (Patricia Arquette)

    Chris Hemsworth was also honored with the ‘Excellence in Film’ award, presented to him by Scarlett Johansson.

    Our New York Film Academy Australia students were recently invited to attend their 4th Annual AACTA Awards, with their highlights (amongst the many) including, watching Cate Blanchett host the Award Ceremony, talking to the Spierig Brothers about their film Predestination, shaking hands with AACTA President Geoffrey Rush, getting photos taken with Rose Byrne, and speaking with Bobby Canavale. NYFA Australia student Chantelle Von Appen added that the event was, “Basically getting an inside to the Industry.”

    Students have also showcased their personal photos from the event on Facebook.

    With the Australian awards all wrapped-up, the US film industry has just started warming up for the Oscars with nominees having just been announced.

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