• NYFA Named Top Film School in North America in 2022 by Variety



    NYFA Named Top Film School in North America in 2022 by Variety


    Every year, Variety magazine compiles a comprehensive list of the best film schools in the industry. This year, the New York Film Academy (NYFA) was named among the Top 30 Film Schools in North America by Variety for the 6th year in a row.

    Variety’s yearly list of schools is a carefully curated guide to the best institutions in the entertainment business. The list is reviewed by both prospective students and industry professionals alike.

    In the article, Variety makes note of our stellar alumni who have gone on to do great work in their respective fields: actor-producer Bill Hader whose show Barry recently premiered its 3rd season, actor-producer and one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People Issa Rae, game designer Chris Swain, producer Lisa Cortes (The Remix, Precious, The Apollo) and actor-comedian Damon Wayans (White Chicks, My Wife and Kids).

    Variety also makes note of our accelerated programs that have drawn students interested in a hands-on, practical education experience. “One of the most critical pieces for us is storytelling,” says Michael Young, president of NYFA. “The cinematic techniques that one can use and learn only through practice, only through collaborating with others — that’s what our programs are designed to do for students. From the beginning of the program until their last day on production, they’ll be developing those technical and creative skills in collaboration with others.”

    Recent NYFA alumni have gone on to: compete and premiere films at Sundance, SXSW, The College Television Awards, The Red Sea International Film Festival, Cannes Series Festival, The American Pavilion, and many other notable film festivals and competitions.

    For more than 100 years, Variety has been a leader in entertainment and media, providing the latest news and insights into film, TV, digital media, music, and theater. New York Film Academy is honored to be named amongst the Top 30 Film Schools by the legendary magazine.


    Please note: NYFA does not represent that these are typical or guaranteed career outcomes. The success of our graduates in any chosen professional pathway depends on multiple factors, and the achievements of NYFA alumni are the result of their hard work, perseverance, talent and circumstances.


    June 2, 2022 • Acting • Views: 208

  • Lack of Female Directors Revealed as SXSW Announces Films in Competition

    Mo Scarpelli and Alexandria Bombach

    Filmmakers Mo Scarpelli and Alexandria Bombach’s Frame by Frame will be in competition at SXSW

    The annual Austin-based film festival South by Southwest announced its highest-profile films that will be in competition and the line-up featured a surprising lack of female directors. Of the twenty films that will be competing in the festival, which runs March 13-31, five were directed by women, or 25%.

    While this rate is significantly more than the 6% of the 250 top-grossing films that were directed by women in 2013, it is still noteworthy as independent film tends to exhibit far more gender parity than Hollywood films. A 2013 Sundance study found that between 2002 and 2012, 29.8% of filmmakers at Sundance were female and that number has been continuing to grow, especially in the area of documentary film.

    Accordingly, the majority of the female filmmakers in competition at this year’s South by Southwest festival are in the documentary category, with three of the ten documentary films directed by women, including Alexandria Bombach and Mo Scarpellis’ Frame by Frame, Samantha Futerman’s co-directed Twinsters, and Alex Sichel and Elizabeth Giamatti’s A Woman Like Me. In the narrative category, two films by women will be competing against eight other films, including Hannah Fidell’s 6 Years and Alison Bagnall’s Funny Bunny.

    Elsewhere during the festival, audiences will get a chance to view a work in progress version of Trainwreck, the upcoming film written by and starring funny lady Amy Schumer. In addition, Melissa McCarthy’s upcoming film Spy will have its gala premiere, reuniting her with Bridesmaids and The Heat director Paul Feig, who will also be directing the actress in the upcoming, all-female Ghostbusters reboot. In addition, Beyond the Lights director Gina Prince-Bythewood and Selma director Ava DuVernay will both be giving keynote speeches.


    February 5, 2015 • Entertainment News • Views: 5713