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  • New York Film Academy – 2021 Awards Season Recap

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    New York Film Academy (NYFA) is proud share the outstanding achievements from the 2021 Awards Season recognizing members of the NYFA community, including alumni and guest speakers.

    Amid Hollywood’s pandemic year, the 2021 Oscars nominations shattered many records related to diversity and historic milestones that have cemented this year’s ceremony as one to watch. Read more >>

    NYFA Nominations

    Shivani Rawat (1-Year Screenwriting NYFA alum)

    Christina Oh (NYFA Guest Speaker)

    • NOMINATED – Best Picture (Minari)

    The EE BAFTAs took place on the weekend of 10 and 11 April 2021 and will be broadcast on the BBC. Read more >>

    NYFA Nominations

    Akinola Davies Jr (NYFA Filmmaking alum)

    • NOMINATED – Best British Short Film (Lizard)

    Shivani Rawat (1-Year Screenwriting NYFA alum)

    Christina Oh (NYFA Guest Speaker)

    • NOMINATED – Best Film Not in the English language (Minari)

    NYFA Nominations

    Shivani Rawat (1-Year Screenwriting NYFA alum)

    NYFA Awards

    Christina Oh (NYFA Guest Speaker

    • WINNER – Best Foreign Language Film (Minari)

    This year, with the pandemic crippling much of Hollywood’s cinema distribution and disrupting filming productions across the globe, the Golden Globes still proved that content was in no short supply for viewers in 2020. Read more >>

    NYFA Nominations

    Shivani Rawat (1-Year Screenwriting NYFA alum)

    Christina Oh (NYFA Guest Speaker)

    • NOMINATED – Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language (Minari) 

    Al Pacino (NYFA Guest Speaker)

    • NOMINATED –  Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama (Hunters)

    Carl Weathers (NYFA Guest Speaker)

    • NOMINATED –  Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama (The Mandalorian)

    Glenn Close (NYFA Guest Speaker)

    • NOMINATED –  Best Actress in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture (Hillbilly Elegy)

    Bryan Cranston (NYFA Guest Speaker)

    • NOMINATED –  Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television (Your Honor)

    The 2021 Film Independent Spirit Awards aired Thursday, April 22 at 10:00 pm ET and 7:00 pm PT. Read more >>

    NYFA Nominations

    • NOMINATED – Best Motion Picture – Best Feature (Minari)

    The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) announced its list of nominations for this year’s NAACP Image Awards, an annual awards ceremony crediting the outstanding performances in film, television, music, and literature of the past year. This year, NYFA alumni and guest speakers were among the list of distinguished nominees across multiple categories. 

    In addition to the NYFA community’s nominations, alum Paquita Hughes worked on the production team for the Hulu drama Little Fires Everywhere, starring Kerry Washington and Reese Witherspoon. Ten-time nominee Jingle Jangle from David E. Talbert was worked on by alum  Francesco Panzieri, who worked as the in-house compositing supervisor for the film. Read more >>

    NYFA Nominations

    Issa Rae (4-Week Filmmaking NYFA alum)

    • NOMINATED – Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series  (Insecure – “Lowkey Feelin’ Myself”)
    • NOMINATED – Outstanding Guest Performance (Saturday Night Live)
    • NOMINATED – Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture (The Photograph)

    Alfonso Ribeiro (4-Week Filmmaking NYFA alum)

    • NOMINATED – Outstanding Variety Show (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Reunion)
    • NOMINATED – Outstanding Host in a Reality/Reality Competition (America’s Funniest Home Videos)

    Lisa Cortés (6-Week Producing NYFA alum)

    Cedric The Entertainer (NYFA Guest Speaker)

    • NOMINATED – Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series (The Neighborhood)

    NYFA Awards

    • WINNER – Outstanding Comedy Series (Insecure)
    • WINNER – Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series (Insecure)

    The Producers Guild of America Awards were handed out during a virtual ceremony on Wednesday, March 24, 2021. Read more >>

    NYFA Nominations

    Shivani Rawat (1-Year Screenwriting NYFA alum)

    Christina Oh

    • NOMINATED – Best Picture (Minari)

    The 27th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards was simulcast on TNT and TBS on Sunday, April 4, 2021. 

    NYFA guest speaker and Minari producer Christina Oh’s film received three nominations for her cast, including Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role (Yuh-Jung Youn – WON), and Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role (Steven Yeun).

    NYFA alum Shivani Rawats The Trial of The Chicago 7 received three nominations including Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role (Sacha Baron Cohen), and  Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture.

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    NYFA Awards

    • WINNER – Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture (The Trial of The Chicago 7)

    This year, NYFA alum Akinola Davies Jr. won the Short Film Grand Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival for his film Lizard. Read more >>

    NYFA Awards

    • WINNER – NYFA Filmmaking alum Akinola Davies Jr.; Short Film Grand Jury Prize (Lizard).

    New York Film Academy congratulates all of this year’s nominees and winners and looks forward to seeing the incredible creative work recognized in 2022. 

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    March 25, 2021 • Acting • Views: 1201

  • NYFA Sponsors Producers Guild Produced By: New York Conference

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    The New York Film Academy was recently a sponsor of the Producers Guild of America 3rd Annual Produced By: New York Conference. Reaching across film, television and new media, the Produced By Conference is an educational forum conducted by acclaimed producers, including numerous Oscar and Emmy Award winners, as well as the next generation of creative entrepreneurs. 
Held at New York City’s Time Warner Center, a group of NYFA Producing Students, along with Producing Chair Neal Weisman and Producing Admissions Representative Sal Irizarry, participated in panel sessions and guest speaker presentations featuring a wide spectrum of industry professionals.

    Produced By: NY 2016

    Produced By: NY 2016

    Those attending heard from producer-actor hyphenates as Tina Fey, Chris Rock, Matt Damon, and the producers of current and upcoming projects like “Jackie,” “Manchester by the Sea,” “Hidden Figures,” “Loving,” “Madame President,” “The Young Pope,” and “Silicon Valley.” Some of the more popular panel topics included: The Future of Producing, It’s Show(runner) Time, TV Today: Embracing the Second Screen, Using A Life To Tell A Story: When Real Life Becomes Fiction, and The Future of Producing.

    Produced By: NY 2016

    Produced By: NY 2016

    A special feature of this year’s Conference was the appearance of NYFA Producing instructor Mark Lindsay. His foreign sales experience was highlighted in the Demystifying the Money: Straight Talk About Film Financing panel discussion, led by frequent NYFA Industry Speaker and film finance expert John Hadity.

    Produced By: NY 2016

    Produced By: NY 2016

    This is the second Produced By: New York Conference sponsored by NYFA. The Producing Department is one of the few programs in the New York City area whose students are eligible to participate in the PGA East Student Membership Program. This two-year program gives highly- motivated students currently enrolled in a producing-focused degree or certificate program the unique opportunity to become part of their own PGA community by attending regular meetings, creating and supporting events, networking with peers, receiving invitations to PGA events and screenings, and sharing and advancing their knowledge of film (scripted & documentary), television, and new media.

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    November 15, 2016 • Community Highlights, Producing • Views: 3983

  • Producing Student Accepted into Producers Guild Student Program

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    With graduation coming up on May 27th, 2016 for New York Film Academy One Year Producing Conservatory student John ‘Six’ Reilly, the timing of his recent acceptance into the Producers Guild of America Student Membership Program couldn’t have been any better. The two-year program gives highly-motivated students currently enrolled in a producing-focused degree or certificate program the unique opportunity to become part of their own PGA community by attending regular meetings, creating and supporting events, networking with peers, receiving invitations to PGA events and screenings, and sharing and advancing their knowledge of film, television, and new media.

    Reilly is currently producing programs for Brooklyn public access television and developing a spin-off of Black Ink Crew, as well as other projects in film and television. He is also a member of Veterans in Film and Television, The Independent Filmmakers Project and The National Academy for Television Arts and Sciences.

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    Reilly began working in the entertainment business in music production and promotion with the VH1 hit reality series Black Ink Crew. His work creating story arcs with the show runners prompted him to attend New York Film Academy to further his career in television and film.

    With the exciting news of his acceptance into the PGA, we thought we’d catch up to learn more about John Reilly and what’s in store for the upcoming graduate.

    Can you tell us a little bit about your military service? 

    My military service was from 2002 to 2006, when I was medically discharged. I am currently a disabled veteran. I was in the 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, an experimental urban combat unit. I was a Fire Team Leader in an Infantry platoon.

    How would you describe your overall experience at NYFA?

    My time at NYFA made me smarter than I initially believed I was. I walked in very knowledgeable about the film industry but what I thought I knew was nothing compared to what I learned. My ability to translate my ideas into content has increased tenfold. I no longer have to figure out how to get things done. I know now, and that’s the difference.

    I came to NYFA because I realized that the people I worked with would only teach me enough to work for them. Now I’m their equal—if not smarter.

    Congrats on becoming a member of the PGA Student Program. How did that come about?

    I wouldn’t have had an opportunity to become a PGA member if not for NYFA. I wouldn’t have had the ability to impress their board had I not absorbed all the information put out in the producer program. The producer program at NYFA is one of the most comprehensive programs in existence. I speak to other students from other schools and I often hear, “I wish they taught us that at [school’s name].” I walked into NYFA knowing what I wanted and needed. I’m leaving with all I’ve asked for plus more. Though very challenging, if you meet the challenges put before you, there is no way you can’t succeed in a career as a producer. My biggest dilemma at this moment is do I leave NYFA and work for myself, or take one of the many offers on the table.

    Would you recommend our current producing students become members of the PGA Student Program?

    I suggest every student in the producer program apply for the PGA student mentorship program. It’s a natural progression from NYFA. There is nothing they can throw at you that you won’t be prepared for. The program starts this Fall, so one can ask “How do you know that?” I know what I’ve been trained to do and unless the craft of producing does some weird 180 degree turn on me tomorrow I know I’m prepared for whatever this program requires of me. This is an opportunity to be great, and if you work hard at NYFA the glory is yours.

    If you had everything go your way: Where do you see yourself career-wise in five years?

    In five years my goal is to be able to be an artist. Producing is administrative but I see it as artistic as well. God is a producer. God produced the heavens and Earth and all things on it. Working for a ginormous company like Disney, producing Marvel movies, is a dream come true, but for me I want to be able to create art that is appreciated and lucrative at the same time. Whether that is TV, film, music videos, commercials or new media, I want to be able to get the ideas in my head manifested into reality. I want people to indulge in my creations—and I would like to be able to afford one of those penthouses on the Brooklyn skyline while doing it.

    Best of luck with that! Any final thoughts?

    Lastly, I would like to thank all of my instructors at NYFA because their contributions to my education and success are invaluable. I would like to give an extra thank you to Richard D’Angelo for his countless hours of instruction and care; Nick Yellen for pushing me, raising the bar every time I have to perform and prepping me for the PGA program; and last, but definitely not least, Neal Weisman—not only for putting our producing program together, but for taking a big chance on me.

    Prior to coming to NYFA I had some hang-ups with the military funding my education. I needed a few days past the course start date to work it out. Neal Weisman, without knowing anything about me, took a chance and vouched for me to start class while we worked out the details. He had no reason to trust I would be worth putting his name on the line but for some reason he did it. If he didn’t I would have missed this PGA opportunity. I really owe him a lot. In this world people don’t have faith in others, typically. He did what producers do and took a risk and I’m happy to have provided a good ROI (Return on Investment).

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    May 11, 2016 • Diversity, Producing, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 5953

  • NYFA Hosts PGA Event with Award-Winning Director Alex Gibney

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    Alex Gibney

    Last week, the New York Film Academy hosted a Producer’s Guild of America East Documentary Committee’s special Q&A event with director Alex Gibney. Moderated by TV executive producer Mark Marabella, Gibney highlighted the obstacles that he’s faced as a director and producer of some of his films. Having produced and directed dozens of acclaimed documentaries (Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, Taxi to the Dark Side, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room), Gibney “is becoming the most important documentarian of our time.” The statement from Esquire is no exaggeration, as the director has won an Academy Award, an Emmy, Grammy, Peabody, the DuPont-Columbia, the Independent Spirit, and Writers Guild of America Award, to name a few.

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    Alex Gibney with Mark Marabella at NYFA Battery Place

    As it is rare for everything to run perfectly smooth during the production of a film, Gibney shared some personal stories and anecdotes as to how he managed to address, manage and circumvent these issues, and in some cases, thrive in them. His detailed stories and anecdotes were not only fascinating from the point of a view of a film enthusiast, but inspiring in terms of knowing there are ways to escape disaster situations on set and turn them into something positive.

    We’re excited to see Gibney’s upcoming producing projects, which include Return to Timbuktu and The Penny Black. NYFA would also like to thank the PGA for arranging this wonderful evening, and we look forward to more insightful events in the future!

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    October 6, 2015 • Documentary Filmmaking, Filmmaking, Guest Speakers, Producing • Views: 5858

  • NYFA Sponsors Producers Guild Conference at Time Warner Center

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    Hawk Koch and Jake Gyllenhaal

    Hawk Koch and Jake Gyllenhaal

    New York Film Academy was one of the sponsors of the Producers Guild of America “Produced by” conference at the Time Warner Center. NYFA had a strong presence at this historic event, staged for the first time in New York City. Participants included Producing Department Co-Chairs Neal Weisman and Nick Yellen, Admissions Reps Sal Irizarry (a Producing Program alumni) and Robert Gorrie, as well as a number of current Producing students.

    NYFA reps attended a variety of sessions that addressed the entire spectrum of the producing process: from creative producing, to the latest in international and domestic financing, to the very dynamic and fluid distribution landscape that is challenging the entire industry. Prominent among the panels attended were such diverse sessions as “Inside Showrunning”, “Financial Models in the Era of Hybrid Distribution”, “Tax Credit Financing”, and “The Power of Female Driven Content”. A variety of participants included actor/producer Jake Gyllenhall, director/producer Darren Aronofsky, television show runner Jenni Konner, producer Scott Franklin, writer/producer/distributor James Schamus, Academy Award winning producers Donna Gigliotti and Cathy Schulman, regular NYFA industry speaker and film finance expert John Hadity, and producer Steven Haft. Of special interest was the presentation by famed distributor Ruth Vitale on the subject of film piracy. Look for Ruth to be a guest at NYFA early in the 2015 where she will elaborate on industry efforts to confront this serious issue.

    Mark Gordon and Terrence Winter

    Mark Gordon and Terrence Winter

    NYFA Producing students attending the PGA “Produced by” Conference not only participated in panel sessions and networked amongst industry professionals, they also spent a good part of the day posting social media messages across multiple platforms! All in all, the Conference was a valuable experience for all concerned.

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    December 19, 2014 • Community Highlights, Producing, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 6653