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  • New York Film Academy (NYFA) Screenwriting Graduates Celebrate with an Industry Pitch Fest

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    It was that time of year once more as graduating MFA and BFA New York Film Academy (NYFA) Screenwriting students recently attended their culminating Industry Pitch Fest Event.

    The Pitch Fest was held once again at the beautiful penthouse ballroom of the Andaz Hotel on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood, surrounded by astounding views of Los Angeles. The location combined with how well-prepared our Screenwriting students are make this a favorite event of industry professionals.

    Industry Pitch Fest 2019

    A catered event and mingling opportunity for the students, executives, and faculty alike, this capstone evening celebrates the New York Film Academy’s graduating Screenwriting students and offers them an unique opportunity to jumpstart their professional development by pitching their Film and TV thesis projects to entertainment industry professionals.

    This year’s Pitch Fest was one of our largest events to date, including a record number of industry professionals coming out to celebrate and give invaluable input for the students to take with them as they move into the next stage of their careers.

    The students’ dedication and passionate love for their work shined as they pitched their thesis projects, which they had developed for nearly a year. Students left with new contacts, excitement about the scripts they’d worked so hard on, and a sense of what it’s like to meet with industry professionals.

    Considered by the Academy to be their first night as professional screenwriters, this group of talented and creative students’ hard work paid off as they pitched agents, managers, studios, and digital, VR, comic, TV, and film production company execs in a relaxed, roundtable environment.

    Organized and hosted by Jenni Powell, Ashley Bank, and Adam Finer, the event featured representatives from Hollywood companies, including: Monkeypaw Productions, Juvee Productions, Practical Magic, Verve, We are the Mighty, Boom! Studios, Heroes and Villains, Madison Wells Media, BURR! Productions, De Laurentiis, and Lit Entertainment Group.

    New York Film Academy wishes to thank all of the Pitch Fest participants, particularly our industry guests, without whom this evening could not have been possible. We’d also like to extend a big congratulations to all of our MFA and BFA graduates and wish them the best as they move forward in their professional journeys!

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    June 18, 2019 • Screenwriting, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 196

  • New York Film Academy (NYFA) Screenwriting Grads Attend Industry Pitch Fest Event

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    It was a time of celebration once again as graduating MFA New York Film Academy (NYFA) Screenwriting students recently attended their culminating Industry Pitch Fest Event, held in the penthouse ballroom of the Andaz Hotel on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood, surrounded by astounding views of Los Angeles.  

    A catered event and mingling opportunity for students, executives, and faculty alike, this capstone evening celebrates the New York Film Academy’s graduating Screenwriting students, offering them a unique opportunity to jumpstart their professional development by pitching their Film and TV thesis projects to entertainment industry professionals. In addition, a very talented alum of the Screenwriting Department also joined in the event.

    2019 Pitch Fest

    Organized and hosted by Jenni Powell, Ashley Bank, and Adam Finer, the event featured representatives from Hollywood companies, including Monkeypaw, MGM, Practical Magic, Paramount, Automatik, Grandview, and Gulfstream Pictures.

    The exceptional writing students spent their final semester in their Business of Screenwriting classes working with Business of Screenwriting Instructor Ashley Bank in conjunction with NYFA Screenwriting Chair Nunzio DeFilippis and other members of the Screenwriting department, preparing and fine tuning their pitches.  

    The students’ dedication and passionate love for their work shone as they pitched their thesis projects, which they had developed for nearly a year. Students left with new contacts, excitement about the scripts they’d worked so hard on, and a sense of what it’s like to meet with industry professionals.  

    Their hard work paid off as the talented and creative students pitched agents, managers, studios, and digital, VR, TV and film production executives in a relaxed, roundtable environment.

    “My experience at Pitch Fest was excellent to say the least,” shares David Barbeschi, one of the graduating MFA students at the event. “Nothing like pitching to people who listen to these things as a job to better yourself and see where you stand in the immense LA Film Industry.”

    The New York Film Academy wishes to thank all of the Industry Pitch Fest participants, particularly our industry guests without whom this evening could not have been possible. Also, we’d like to extend a big congratulations to all of our MFA graduates and wish them the best of success as they move forward in their professional journeys!

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    March 12, 2019 • Screenwriting • Views: 760

  • New York Film Academy (NYFA) Screenwriting Grads Celebrate With an Industry Pitch Fest

    Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailIt was that time of year once more as graduating BFA New York Film Academy (NYFA) Screenwriting students recently attended their culminating Industry Pitch Fest Event, held at the penthouse ballroom of the Andaz Hotel on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood, surrounded by the astounding views of Los Angeles.Screenwriting Pitch Fest Sept 2018

    A catered event and mingling opportunity for students, executives, and faculty alike, this capstone evening celebrated the New York Film Academy’s graduating Screenwriting school students by offering them a unique opportunity to jumpstart their professional development and pitching their film and TV thesis projects to entertainment industry professionals.

    These exceptional writing students spent their final semester in their Business of Screenwriting classes working with instructor Jerry Shandy in conjunction with Faculty Chair Nunzio DeFilippis and other members of the Screenwriting Department, preparing and fine-tuning their pitches. They were also joined by a stellar Screenwriting alum that night. The Pitch Fest shared the venue with an equally impressive event by NYFA’s Producing school.

    The students’ dedication and passion for their work was on display as they pitched their thesis projects, which they had developed for nearly a year. Students left with new contacts, excitement about the scripts they’d worked so hard on, and a sense of what it’s like to meet with industry professionals.

    Considered by the school to be their first night as professional screenwriters, their hard work paid off as the talented and creative students pitched agents, managers, studios, and digital, VR, TV, and film production company executives in a relaxed, roundtable environment.

    Screenwriting Pitch Fest Sept 2018Organized and hosted by Jenni Powell, Ashley Bank, and Adam Finer, the Pitch Fest featured representatives from Hollywood companies including: Jim Henson Company, MGM, Practical Magic, Verve, Rain Management, Little Studio Films, Tremendum Pictures, and Gulfstream Pictures.

    The New York Film Academy wishes to thank all of its participants, particularly our industry guests, without whom this evening could not have been possible. NYFA also extends a big congratulations to all of our BFA graduates and wishes them the best of luck as they move forward in their professional journeys!

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    September 26, 2018 • Community Highlights, Screenwriting • Views: 997

  • NYFA Screenwriting Graduates Celebrate With an Industry Pitch Fest

    Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailGraduating New York Film Academy MFA and BFA screenwriting students recently attended their culminating Industry Pitch Fest Event, held at the penthouse ballroom of the Andaz Hotel on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood, surrounded by astounding views of Los Angeles.

    The catered event provided mingling and networking opportunities for the students, executives, and faculty alike. It was a capstone evening celebrated the New York Film Academy’s graduating screenwriting students, offering them an outlet to jumpstart their careers by pitching their film and TV thesis projects to entertainment industry professionals.

    These writing students spent their final semester in their Business of Screenwriting classes working with instructors Adam Finer, Doc Pedrolie, and David O’Leary, in conjunction with Faculty Chair Nunzio DeFilippis and other members of the Screenwriting Department, preparing and fine-tuning their pitches.

    The students’ hard work and dedication shined as they pitched their thesis projects, which they had developed for nearly a year. Students left with new contacts, excitement about the scripts they’d worked so hard to create, and a sense of what it’s like to meet with industry professionals.

    Considered by the school as the graduating students’ first night as professional screenwriters, the evening showed that this group of talented and creative students’ hard work has paid off, as they pitched agents, managers, studios, and digital, TV and film production company execs in a relaxed, round-table environment.

    Organized and hosted by Adam Finer, the event featured representatives from Hollywood companies, including Blumhouse, ICM, Left Field Pictures, Madhouse Entertainment, Manifest Talent, Quadrant Pictures, Skydance, Studio71, This is Just a Test Productions, and Weed Road Pictures.

    NYFA wishes to thank all of its participants, particularly our industry guests, without whom this evening could not have been possible. Also, we’d like to extend a big congratulations to all of our MFA and BFA graduates!Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

    September 15, 2017 • Academic Programs, Community Highlights, Screenwriting • Views: 1614

  • NYFA Screenwriting Degree Graduates Celebrate with an Industry Pitch Fest

    Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailGraduating MFA, AFA and BFA New York Film Academy Screenwriting students recently attended their culminating Industry Pitch Fest Event, held at the penthouse ballroom of the Andaz Hotel up on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood.

    The event was live-Snapchatted by Spring 16 MFA screenwriting student Lindsey Hall. NYFA can be followed on SnapChat at NYFilmAcademy.

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    A catered event and mingling opportunity for the students, executives, and faculty alike, this capstone evening celebrated the New York Film Academy’s graduating Screenwriting students, offering them a professional outlet to jumpstart their careers by pitching their film and TV thesis projects to industry executives.

    These writing students spent their final semester in their Business of Screenwriting classes working with Business of Screenwriting Instructors David O’Leary, Ashley Bank, and Doc Pedrolie, in conjunction with Faculty Chair Nunzio DeFilippis and Associate Chair Adam Finer, preparing and fine-tuning their pitches.

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    They shined on this pinnacle evening, leaving with new professional contacts and a wave of interest in the scripts they’d worked so hard on all year.

    Considered by the school to be their first night as professional screenwriters, this group of bright students brought their A-game, as they pitched agents, managers, studio, and TV and film production company execs in a relaxed, round-table environment.

    Organized and hosted by David O’Leary, the event featured representatives from 25 Hollywood companies, including —

    AAO Entertainment, Blumhouse, Blumhouse Tilt, Canny Lads Productions, Dino De Laurentiis, Elevate Entertainment, Imagination 9, Ineffable Pictures, International Film Trust, Intrigue Entertainment, Left Field Pictures, Link Entertainment, Macro Management, Madhouse Entertainment, Manifest Talent, NBC Universal Digital, Nightshade Entertainment, No Bull Script, Okay Goodnight, Orchard Farm Productions, Primary Wave Entertainment, Quadrant Pictures, STX Entertainment, This is Just a Test Productions, and Universal Pictures International.

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    NYFA wishes to thank all of its participants, particularly our industry guests, without whom this evening could not have been possible. Also, we’d like to extend a big congratulations to all of our MFA, AFA, and BFA graduates!Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

    May 23, 2017 • Community Highlights, Screenwriting • Views: 2970

  • NYFA LA Screenwriting Graduates Celebrate with an Industry Pitch Fest

    Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailGraduating MFA and BFA New York Film Academy Screenwriting students recently attended their culminating Industry Pitch Fest Event, held at the penthouse ballroom of the Andaz Hotel up on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood.

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    The event was live-Snapchatted by May 14 BFA screenwriting student Kyle Del Fierro. NYFA can be followed on SnapChat at NYFilmAcademy.

    A catered event and mingling opportunity for the students, executives, and faculty alike, this capstone evening celebrated the New York Film Academy’s graduating Screenwriting students, offering them a professional outlet to jumpstart their careers by pitching their film and TV thesis projects to industry executives.

    These writing students spent their final semester in their Business of Screenwriting classes working with Business of Screenwriting Instructors David O’Leary and Dirk Blackman, in conjunction with Faculty Chair Nunzio DeFilippis and Associate Chair Adam Finer, preparing and fine-tuning their pitches.

    They shined on this pinnacle evening, leaving with new professional contacts and a wave of interest in the scripts they’d worked so hard on all year.

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    Considered by the school to be their first night as professional screenwriters, this group of bright students brought their A-game, as they pitched agents, managers, studio and production company execs in a relaxed, round-table environment.

    Organized and hosted by David O’Leary, the event featured representatives from various Hollywood companies, including —

    AAO Entertainment, ArieScope Productions, Awesomeness TV, Blumhouse, Canny Lads Productions, Closed on Mondays, Chockstone Pictures, Dino De Laurentiis, Elevate Entertainment, Good Fear Film + Management, Imagination 9, International Film Trust, Madhouse Entertainment, Magnet Management, Management 360, No Bull Script, Original Film, Quadrant Pictures, The Rothman Brecher Agency, Safehouse Pictures, Silver Pictures, STX Entertainment, This is Just a Test Productions, Triple Threat Pictures, and Zucker Productions.

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    NYFA wishes to thank all of its participants, particularly our industry guests, without whom this evening could not have been possible. Also, we’d like to extend a big congratulations to all of our MFA and BFA graduates!Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

    February 2, 2017 • Community Highlights, Screenwriting • Views: 2883

  • NYFA Doc’s Second Annual Pitch Session

    Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailOn Monday, October 17, 2016, two representatives from the Sundance Documentary Program, Rahdi Taylor (Film Fund Director) and Hajnal Molnár-Szakács (Film Fund Coordinator), came to New York Film Academy’s Los Angeles campus for the Second Annual Pitch Practice session. This is a chance for NYFA LA documentary students to present their works in progress and receive feedback from an expert panel.

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    The women from Sundance began their presentation by explaining what the Sundance Institute hoped to get out of the documentaries they take on.

    “We talk about films having meaning and moral purpose. When we say moral, I mean in the sense that the stories matter somehow to someone. There must be a journey ahead. We’re rarely going to pick a past facing bio-doc or a Ken Burns kind of epic piece. We want an uncertain journey that lies ahead, the outcome of which really matters to somebody,” said Taylor.

    “It’s important that people understand that one can participate in the Sundance Institute without participating in the festival,” Molnár-Szakács began. Though they share a name, the festival and institution operate independently of one another.

    Between 1.5 million and 2 million dollars a year is dedicated to the Sundance Institute both domestically and internationally. Characteristics they’re looking for in documentaries includes artful, creative, cinematic, pushing the boundaries of what documentaries are, a film that can reach audiences, and something that will be a catalyst for change.

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    The Institute awards financial grants, which are non-recoupable; meaning you don’t have to pay them back. The grants grew out of the Soros Foundation. Initially, the fund was established with a social justice focus, but that focus broadened over the years.

    Molnár-Szakács expounded that idea saying, “It is partial funding. Whatever the budget of the film, we’re not necessarily funding the entire film, unless you’re shooting some place it’s very cheap to make the film.”

    Our judges perked upon hearing one student’s pitch about trying to find love over age 65. “Docs can be really heavy, so it’s nice to see something lighter,” Taylor said. The pitch was for a 30 minute short, but they encouraged the director to try for a feature. They felt the story could expand up to at least two years.

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    They also spoke to the students about how to secure funding. “No one is going to buy a finished film,” Taylor said. She continued, “Make sure if you get the funding you secure funding from more than one major source.” As an example, they said if you were to make a movie about cars and you had to fund from Ford, you’d also want to get Chrysler or Prius to fund you as well, or organizations like Sundance and PBS won’t pick up the film.

    We spoke to one student, Mira Hammour, about her experience. “This was my first time pitching. I got a lot of good feedback and I feel confident going into my next pitch.”

    New York Film Academy would like to thank Rahdi Taylor and Hajnal Molnár-Szakács for taking the time to help our students improve their pitching technique. For more information on The Sundance Institute’s Documentary Fund Grant click the link here.Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

    October 31, 2016 • Community Highlights, Documentary Filmmaking • Views: 3268

  • NYFA Producers Pitch Fest at Andaz Hotel

    Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailThe New York Film Academy’s Producing Program held its second Advanced Producers Pitch Fest for calendar year 2016 on Wednesday, May 18 at the Andaz Hotel in West Hollywood. Since 2008, MFA Producers have gathered to pitch their slate of projects to industry guests from a variety of entertainment companies in and around Los Angeles. NYFA welcomed several film and television insiders, who enjoyed an evening of pitching and viewing film teasers and television series sizzle reels from 25 plus graduating producers from the MFA, BFA and AFA in Producing Programs.

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    The producing students represent a wide range of international countries, including Scotland, England, Mexico, Estonia, Turkey, India, Sweden, Serbia, Colombia, Venezuela, Honduras, United States and China.

    Industry participants on hand for the Producers Pitch Fest included:

    • JOHN BENITZ, founder of Wildhorse Studios, an international film and television production company, specializing in projects in both English and Spanish languages
    • DAVID STREIT, producer with credits including “Rivers Edge” and “Internal Affairs”
    • TONY BAKER, award-winning screenwriter, with scripts optioned and produced by Tom Nunan (“Crash”) and Jim Smith (“Ren and Stimpy”)
    • DOUG COONEY, feature screenwriter for Paramount Pictures and Sony Animation and television writer for the Disney Channel and the Discovery Channel.
    • DANIEL FRANKLIN, showrunner, specializing in children’s programming, and screenwriter
    • DAVID STERN, prolific television writer and producer whose credits include “The Wonder Years,” “The Simpsons,” “Monk,” and “Ugly Americans.”
    • MICHAEL BARLOW, producer and former executive at Paramount Classics and Orion Pictures
    • MIKKO HE, producer at the global commercial production company giant IW Group Inc.
    • MARK RICHARD SMITH, writer, development executive and former VP of International Distribution at LD Entertainment.
    • JACOB HORN, producer with credits including the television series “Toasted”
    • BILL MCADAMS, producer with credits including “House Across the Street” and “Gallows Road”
    • PAUL BROWN, television producer and screenwriter, with credits including “The X-Files” and “Quantum Leap”
    • JOHN MORRISSEY, producer with credits including “American History X” and “Kingdom Come”
    • JORDAN BRINGERT, producer and screenwriter, and Executive Board Member of the junior division of the Hollywood Radio & Television Society
    • HENRY PRIEST, film and television producer and Director, Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles
    • ALEJANDRO SERI, screenwriter and director, with directing credits including “Placibo Effect” and the documentary “Fernando: In the Moment”

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    Many thanks to our industry guests, and congratulations to our producing students for a successful event!Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

    May 20, 2016 • Community Highlights, Producing, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 1973

  • Advanced Producers Pitch Fest at Andaz Hotel

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    The New York Film Academy’s MFA in Producing Program kicked off 2016 with the Advanced Producers Pitch Fest on Thursday, January 20 at the Andaz Hotel in West Hollywood. Annually since 2008, MFA Producers gather to pitch their slate of projects to industry guests from a variety of entertainment companies. NYFA welcomed 20 plus guests, who enjoyed an evening of pitching and viewing film teasers and television series sizzle reels from 25 plus graduating MFA in Producing students. Executives and representatives from NBCUniversal, Mar Vista Entertainment, Lifeboat Productions and Hanai Studios Los Angeles participated, along with award-winning producers, screenwriters and talent representatives.

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    Industry guests included: Michael Barlow (film and television producer and screenwriter and former executive at Paramount Classics and Orion Pictures); Blaine Chiappetta and Marguerite Henry (Mar Vista Entertainment); producers Lucas Jarach and Nicolas Veinberg (Defiant Pictures); Nicole Rivera and Angela Waldrop-Gilbert (NBCUniversal); Alex Shekarchian (talent manager and entertainment attorney); Connor Robinson (Head of Producing, Lifeboat Productions); Kelly Zhang (Hainai Studio, Los Angeles); Nanobah Becker (award-winning producer and filmmaker; David Rosenberg (Daytime Emmy-nominated screenwriter); Joe Sabatino (co-executive producer of television series ‘Necessary Roughness’ and screenwriter;) Tova Laiter (film producer and former studio executive, Warner Bros., Imagine Entertainment, Cinergi Pictures); Beverley Gordon and Sean Kohnen (film producers); Doug Cooney (screenwriter for Paramount Pictures and Sony Animation); Paige Morrow Kimball (producer and filmmaker for film and television via her Makazan Films shingle); and Henry Priest (film and television producer and Director, Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles.)

    Many thanks to our industry guests, and congratulations to our MFA in Producing students for a successful evening of pitching!

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  • NYFA Screenwriting Graduates Celebrate with Industry Pitch-Fest

    Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailOn September 17th, 2015, graduating MFA, BFA, and AFA New York Film Academy Screenwriting students attended their culminating Industry Pitch-Fest Event, held at the Andaz Hotel up on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood.

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    A catered event and mingling opportunity for the students, executives, and faculty alike, this capstone event celebrated the New York Film Academy’s graduating MFA, BFA, and AFA Screenwriting students, offering them a professional outlet to jumpstart their careers by pitching their thesis projects to industry executives.

    These writing students, having spent their final semester in their Business of Screenwriting III class preparing and fine-tuning their pitches for their thesis film and TV projects, shined on this pinnacle evening, leaving with new professional contacts and a flurry of interest in the scripts they’d worked so hard on all year.

     

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    Considered by the school to be their first night as professional screenwriters, this group of bright students brought their A-game, as they pitched agents, managers and production company representatives in a relaxed, round-table environment.

    Hosted by NYFA’s Business of Screenwriting curriculum head, David O’Leary, in conjunction with NYFA’s Screenwriting Chair Nunzio DeFilippis and Associate Chair Adam Finer, the event featured representatives from various Hollywood companies.

     

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    Attendees included Hollywood literary agencies and management companies, including representatives from ICM, BenderSpink, Underground Management, and Next Level Entertainment, as well film and TV production companies, including Original Film, Marc Platt Productions, Taggart Productions, Closed on Monday / Oni Press, and Bright Whale Entertainment, amongst others.

    NYFA wishes to thank its participants, without whom this evening could not have been possible. Also, we’d like to extend a big congratulations to all of our May ’14 MFA, BFA and AFA graduates!

    Onwards and upwards!Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

    September 24, 2015 • Community Highlights, Screenwriting • Views: 4279