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  • Filmmaking Alum Jameelah Rose Lineses Discusses The Khatak Film Society

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    Jameelah Rose Lineses, a New York Film Academy (NYFA)  1-Year Filmmaking alum spoke with us about her recent work founding the film organization Khatak Film Society

    Khatak Film Society

    Founded in 2020 and based in New York City, the Khatak Film Society aims to shine a spotlight on emerging filmmakers from eastern Asia. The Society showcases films from filmmakers located in other regions of the Himalayas and Tibet and recently finished Season 2 programming at the International Film Festival Manhattan (IFFM) in May 2021. Rose Lineses is also member of the jury for the IFFM 2021 in Manhattan. This will be her second time as a jury member in the October Autumn 2021 Edition.

    Since completing her education at NYFA, Jameelah has won several awards for her various film projects, including Best Cinematography Award at the 8th Annual IFFM for her music video, Atareek in 2018. 

    Jameelah is a Saudi Arabian-born director and a member of the New York Women in Film and Television Organization. Inspired by the Tibetan people she met on social media, she founded the Khatak Film Society as a platform to “discover and nurture Tibetan/Himalayan up-and-coming filmmakers.”

    Jameelah Rose Lineses

    Jameelah Rose Lineses (right)

    Since 2020, the Society has screened two seasons worth of special programming for the IFFM. In their first season, the Society awarded ‘Best Music Video’ to Bhuchung and Karma Yeshi Namdak for their video, Tsedung. In the Spring of this year, the Khatak Film Society showcased Tibetan films as well as Ladakhi, Nepali, and Bhutanese films at their screenings. They awarded ‘Best Upcoming Filmmaker’ to Ngawang Dhargyal.

    The Khatak Film Society is currently gearing up for Season 3 of its programming for the IFFM, which will take place between October 14th and October 17th, 2021. The programming includes both in-person and virtual events including:

    October 14, 2021
    Opening Night and Awards Ceremony
    Location: Kalayaan Hall, Philippine Center

    October 16 & 17, 2021
    Virtual Film Screenings with select live screenings
    Location: Producers Club

    New York Film Academy congratulates Jameelah for the success of the Khatak Film Society and their third programming. You can see some of the conversations, films, and more on the Khatak Film Society YouTube channel.

     

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    October 7, 2021 • Alumni Events, Film Festivals • Views: 584

  • NYFA Student Israa Al-Kamali Produces 2nd Annual Independent Iraqi Film Festival

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    NYFA Filmmaking student Israa Al-Kamali is co-founder of the Independent Iraqi Film Festival (IIFF) which is now celebrating its second year with a series of screenings of Iraqi-based films. The second annual IIFF takes place from October 1st until October 7th, 2021. The festival will screen four feature-length films, followed by Q&A-style discussions with the filmmakers, and ten short films which will be showcased live and virtually. All showings are free of charge and will include English subtitles for non-Arabic speakers. 

    The feature-length films to be screened include Tonight, Next Week directed by Khalid Alzhraou, Iraqi Women: Voices From Exile directed by Maysoon Pachachiwhich, Balanja directed by Ali Raheem, and Leaving Baghdad directed by Koutaiba al Janabi. 

    The Iraqi Film Festival poster

    The Iraqi Film Festival (IIFF) begins on October 1, 2021

    The festival’s first circuit was held virtually in the Summer of 2020, showcasing 13 Iraqi short and feature-length films from emerging and established Iraqi filmmakers, and saw a turnout of over 5000 online viewers.

    The IIFF is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting films from and about Iraq through online screenings, real-life festivals, educational programs, images, sound projects, and various industry initiatives. The IIFF’s mission is to empower directors, actors, screenwriters, producers, designers, sound artists, and other creatives to tell the story of Iraq, the resilience of its people, and the breadth of its culture to a global audience.

    Al-Kamali describes the origins of the festival, “The Independent Iraqi Film Festival was born out of my love for films and Iraq as well as the urgent need to create such a platform and space for Iraqi stories and storytellers. Our experiences are so complex whether back in Iraq or in the various Iraqi communities in the diaspora. Iraq is rich in culture, history, and diversity, and it is time for our stories to be highlighted and brought to global audiences. We created this first-of-its-kind festival to uplift filmmakers, inspire audiences, and engage the film industry in the country. Iraqi films are not given the spotlight they deserve and it is not because there aren’t any films by Iraqis.”

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    Iraqi Film Festival (IIFF) Founder & Filmmaker, Israa Al-Kamali

    The founder also describes the challenges of maintaining the Iraqi voice without a global stage to present uniquely Iraqi stories, “Iraqis have watched their experiences and stories being told by others usually through films that are filled with racism and stereotypes; War and destruction is the only point of reference and it often ignores the nuances of the Iraqi experience whether in Iraq or outside the homeland. Our festival created a space for Iraqi creatives from all communities to come together to tell our stories. This festival is for Iraqis in Iraq and in the diaspora, for every resilient Iraqi who is fighting the everyday battle to preserve our history, culture, and experiences. It is for the creatives and storytellers. It is definitely for non-Iraqis too to come and watch our stories on screen, celebrate people’s resilience, learn more about our rich and complex experiences in the homeland and beyond.”

    Al-Kamali is a student of NYFA’s MFA Filmmaking program, and writer/director of the short Open Sesame (2022), which follows the story of a woman dressed as a man and answers misogynistic riddles by predatory-animal-headed individuals to ensure her safe return home. 

    The New York Film Academy congratulates Al-Kamali for her success and founding of the Iraqi Film Festival (IIFF). We also congratulate all those who worked on the films chosen as official selections for this year’s IIFF screening. You can follow news and events about the festival on Instagram or by visiting their website.

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    September 30, 2021 • Film Festivals, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 999

  • NYFA Teams Up with R&B Star Banky W.

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    The New York Film Academy has recently collaborated with R&B sensation, Banky W, on his latest music video for the upcoming single, “Unborn Child” featuring hip hop artist, Lynxxx.

    Hailing from Lagos, Nigeria, Banky enrolled in NYFA’s Union Square campus to study an 8-week Filmmaking course where he was able to develop his skills to co-produce and co-direct his largest music video to date alongside Jonathan Whittaker, Chair of Short-Term Filmmaking Program at The New York Film Academy. With a NYFA crew comprised of former students, assistants, and faculty, “Unborn Child” was shot on the stellar Red Epic at Gary’s Loft in Midtown and just off Bruckner Boulevard in the Bronx in only 2 days. The video stars Banky, Lynxxx, and 8-week Acting for Film student Aminat Ayinde.

    Banky plays the role of an NYPD officer that finds out the unexpected news that his girlfriend, Ayinde, is now pregnant. As he departs for what he thinks will be just another day on the job, the mother of his unborn child will soon find out that Banky is injured in the line of duty and leaves Lynxxx, his fellow NYPD partner, to deliver an important letter of heartfelt words and lessons for his child to live by in this emotional song and video.

    The video is currently in post-production at the New York Film Academy and is pending information on the premiere. One thing we know for sure is that we are extremely proud to have had Banky join us as a student and collaborator on this project. Working with Banky firsthand, Jonathan Whittaker says, “For someone of Banky’s stature to trust me with their vision is a tremendous honor. There is no higher sense of accomplishment than collaborating with students who are putting into practice what they have learned in my classroom.”

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    November 14, 2014 • Acting, Filmmaking, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 6864

  • 15 Signs You Went to New York Film Academy

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    Whether you studied at the original campus in Union Square, SoHo, the new Battery Park building, Universal Studios, or one of the many locations around the world, if you attended New York Film Academy, you’ve probably developed some of these traits.

    1. NYFA Union SquareYou tell your friend to move slightly to the left or right while conversing with them.
    2. You’ve had your hands on the Canon 5D and the RED.
    3. You immediately know where someone is from based on his or her accent.
    4. Even if you hate acting, you’ve acted in at least a scene or two.
    5. You’ve discovered Hershey’s syrup can be used to film a bloody scene.
    6. You paint your living room wall blue or green so you’re able to film a ‘green screen‘ scene in your home.
    7. At the theater, you are too busy looking for mistakes instead of enjoying the movie.
    8. All of your school friends are actors, performers or filmmakers scattered all over the world.
    9. You’ve shot a scene using the fog machine.
    10. fog machineYou check to make sure you “hit your mark” at random places like the grocery check out, ATM or even McDonald’s.
    11. You have a complete NYFA apparel collection for all seasons: T-shirts, hoodie, track jacket…even a NYFA messenger bag to carry them in.
    12. You’ve met a famous guest speaker.
    13. You’ve said ‘FADE OUT’ at the end of a regular conversation.
    14. You’ve yelled “Cut” when a friend’s story goes on too long.
    15. You want to go back!

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    There may be countless other signs of a true NYFA student. We’d love to hear some of yours in the comments below!

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  • NYFA Grad Animates Instagram

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    Yet again, while scoping the Internet, we stumbled across another talented New York Film Academy Animation graduate. Eliska Podzimkova, who studied here in the summer of 2012, created a very innovative Instagram page called eliskap (formerly animateNY). Though she now resides in Prague, Eliska, like so many of our students, fell in love with New York City during her studies. Her admiration and nostalgia for the city inspired her to create the page in which she offers followers the chance to put her ‘personal touch’ on their image, if they hashtag #animateNY.

    Being that we had an “in” with Eliska (she went to our school), we were fortunate enough to have her collaborate with us on an image. We hope this will be the first of many collaborations as we’re huge fans of her creative work! Be sure to follow the New York Film Academy on Instagram to see more of Eliska’s work and other happenings at the school.

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    animation by Eliska Podzimkova

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    February 20, 2014 • 3D Animation, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 5469

  • NYFA Grad Julie Pacino Looking for Interns for Production Company

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    Poverty RowFormer New York Film Academy student, Julie Pacino, is looking for creative interns for her Production Company, Poverty Row Entertainment. Poverty Row produces feature films, music videos and commercials from their location in New York City.

    “We are a serious, legit, and very busy producer team in need of an intern who can support us in the day to day, both logistically and creatively,” says Julia.

    Tasks include: management of schedules, running errands, and thinking creatively as they prepare to release their feature film and enter into pre-production on their next.

    A candidate is potentially, but not limited to, someone who is interested in and/or currently studying Marketing and Business Communications.

    Skills preferred: Photoshop, Adobe, Excel, blogging sites like Tumblr and WordPress.

    Logging receipts and some book keeping will be necessary, as well.

    It is important to understand that the work will not always be exciting, but it will be a fun environment as the company is for innovative independent filmmakers with a true passion for the business.

    The office is located in Chinatown, New York City and they are looking for someone with an open schedule that they can count on. There is no pay, but student credit can be discussed.

    If you’re interested, send your resume and cover letter to julie@povertyrowentertainment.com.

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    December 18, 2013 • #WomenOfNYFA, Community Highlights, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 6848

  • NYFA Grad Wins at Abu Dhabi Film Festival

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    Abu Dhabi FF

    On Wednesday night, the Abu Dhabi Film Festival announced the winners of the Black Pearl Awards for the Emirates Film Competition and the Short Film Competition. The awards were presented in a ceremony at the Emirates Palace.

    Aisha Abdulla, an Emirati New York Film Academy graduate, received her award in the Abu Dhabi Film Festival Emirates Short film competition for her short documentary film Against the Wind. The film was her final project in the 12-week evening program. Congratulations to Aisha!

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  • NYFA Soccer Team!

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    New York Film Academy at Los Angeles now has its very own soccer team! Soccer, or football, as it is known outside of the States, is the world’s most popular sport, played in over 200 countries. Spearheaded by BFA Acting for Film student Adam El-Manawy, the NYFA team formed over the past couple months and practices near campus on the weekends.

    For Adam, soccer is a way of life. “I have played since I was four years old, and used to play in a club back in Belgium,” he says. “It’s like eating or sleeping for me.” But he says he had been missing out on the sport since moving to the US. He spread the word about creating a team, and 23 people responded in the first week. Proving to be as international as NYFA’s own student body, the team has players from 4 continents, many of whom had played in clubs back home, and one who had played professionally.

    The team just received NYFA jerseys, and is looking to start competing soon! For more information on how to join the team, email nyfa.soccer.team@gmail.com.

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    January 25, 2013 • Community Highlights • Views: 6541