• New York Film Academy Los Angeles Takes Time to Give Thanks and Give Back


    The holiday season is a time for sharing, caring, being with family and friends, spreading good cheer, and giving back — and that’s exactly what happened during the Thanksgiving break at the New York Film Academy (NYFA) Los Angeles this season.

    This November, the New York Film Academy’s Office of Community Outreach hosted a delicious, traditional, family-style Thanksgiving dinner for over 50 NYFA students who happened to be on campus the night before Thanksgiving, and wanted to share a hearty meal with friends both new and old.

    The event was hosted in the rotunda in the Riverside Building decorated in warm fall colors, and open to the entire student population. Therefore, RSVP’s were essential. There was lots of love in the room, with students from all parts of the world able to fellowship and partake in the warm meal.  For some students, it was the first time sharing in the American tradition of turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, fresh homemade pumpkin and apple pie with all the fixings.

    The dinner was also a thank you to students who participated with NYFA C.A.R.E.S. in a volunteer orientation at LA Family Housing (LAFH) to serve food to families in need over the holiday. LAFH helps people transition out of homelessness and poverty by providing a continuum of housing enriched with supportive services.

    Over the holidays, as well as throughout the year, LAFH accept donations to “adopt a family” by providing household goods and gift cards, as well as “meal sponsorship,” providing food to over 250 adults transitioning out of homelessness.

    “Through NYFA C.A.R.E.S. its our goal to not only think about our those less fortunate over the holidays, but throughout the year,”  says Mason Richards, NYFA Community Outreach Chair. “It’s our plan to have NYFA students continue to volunteer throughout the upcoming year. We’re slated to volunteer during the month of December and beyond. It’s always a good feeling to connect with others and really feel a part of a community.”

    To learn more about volunteer opportunities through NYFA C.A.R.E.S. contact:


    November 27, 2017 • Community Highlights • Views: 2084

  • Holiday Travel Nightmares


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    With many of our students coming from all parts of the country and locations around the world, it’s likely that travel will be in the forecast this upcoming Thanksgiving and holiday season. The Wednesday before Thanksgiving has given travelers a number of nightmare tales, whether it be on a plane, train or stuck in traffic on an automobile, it’s never a fun time.

    Hollywood has even made movies about the dreaded commute. Take John Hughes’ classic film Planes, Trains & Automobiles, starring John Candy and Steve Martin. If you haven’t seen the film, you might want to download it and give it a watch during your travels. In the film, Steve Martin is simply trying to return home to his family on Thanksgiving. Once he encounters the likes of John Candy aboard his flight home, the ordinary commute escalates into the journey from Hell.

    Since this classic film, Hollywood has had similar incarnations of the “nightmare travel” formula. Here are some examples of films that followed.

    Tommy Boy

    A perfect pairing of two contrasting SNL alums, Chris Farley and David Spade go on a road trip to try and save their business from being bought by Zalinksi (Dan Aykroyd).

    Beavis and Butthead Do America

    The popular MTV show that captured two dim-witted American teens from the 90’s, put the duo on a trip to find their stolen TV.

    Due Date

    Combining acclaimed actor Robert Downey Jr. with the zany comedic talents of Zach Galifianakis could only lead to one thing: disaster.

    Do you have a nightmare travel story that tops these? Share your stories and photos with us in the comments below or on twitter, instagram and facebook with #travelnightmares.


    November 26, 2014 • Community Highlights, Road Show, Study Abroad • Views: 6381

  • NYFA Instagram Contest: Thankfulness



    As the year comes to a close and many cultures celebrate their own unique holidays, we are reminded of the people and aspects of life we appreciate the most. In the United States, people celebrate this tradition with friends and family during Thanksgiving. Given this feeling of gratitude and thankfulness that us upon us, the New York Film Academy is opening up this week’s Instagram contest to the theme of “being thankful.”

    To enter this week’s “Thankfulness” contest, follow us on Instagram and send us a photo of what you’re thankful the most to by Friday 11/29 at 12:00pm EST.

    The winner will be mailed a NYFA T-Shirt and have his or her photo posted on NYFA Instagram and Facebook!

    We’d also like to congratulate last week’s winner, Kaira Karnad, who sent us this photo from India.


    photo by Kaira Karnad


    November 25, 2013 • Contests, Photography • Views: 7330