• Producer Gaby Tana Speaks to NYFA Producing Students

    Gaby Tana

    Gaby Tana

    Prominent film producer Gabrielle (Gaby) Tana joined our Producing Program students last week for an inspiring Industry Speaker session. Gaby has not one, but two major feature film releases upcoming: Stephen Frears’ Philomena starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan, and Ralph Fiennes’ The Invisible Woman (Sony Pictures Classics).

    Coming off very successful premieres at the Venice, Toronto, and New York Film Festivals, Gaby shared her inside perspective on developing, financing, and overseeing the production of both films. A producer based in New York and London, Gaby discussed the role of BBC Films as both a creative and business partner, working with various financing entities such as Pathe, how tax schemes have aided her efforts, and how producers can impact marketing and distribution strategies. Gaby also shared some of her experiences producing earlier films The Duchess (which starred Keira Knightly), and Ralph Fiennes’ directorial debut Coriolanus.

    New York Film Academy Producing students will continue to track the progress of Gaby’s two films as they open in the US in November and December.


    November 19, 2013 • Guest Speakers, Producing • Views: 7295

  • Hidden Film Festivals


    Hidden Film FestivalThe summer seems to be the time of year that film festivals are in full swing around the world. This goes for the ambitious Hidden Film Festivals as well. This unique series of festivals is commonly referred to in the plural sense due to the intense travel schedule it adheres to in the heart of summer.

    The festival is coming off of a sold-out debut year in 2013, which included 4 countries, 2 continents, and hundreds of attendees over the course of only 4 weeks in the month of July. The cities of Dublin, London, Paris, and Toronto had the pleasure of hosting the event who differentiates itself to many other festivals by announcing the film line-up..well..never. The platform not only keeps the audience in the dark about the films that they are about to watch, but creates an environment that showcases their thoughts on each film.

    Going into its second year, the call for submissions has already started. Submissions can fall into any of these expansive film categories:

    • Features
    • Documentaries
    • Music Videos
    • Student Films
    • Shorts
    • Experimental films
    • Unproduced Screenplays

    They are looking for never before screened gems that can create buzz in an environment that does not invite industry press. The philosophy at the HFF is to encourage attendees to write, tweet, blog, and post online about the films that have yet to be seen by press, thus stripping them of their eligibility to premiere at the more exclusive events.

    Many festivals are quickly realizing the power of social media to not only help promote their own festival, but the talent that are on display. The HFF takes this notion a bit further with instilling platforms that maximize exposure by putting the audience on the digital stage. Flipping the spotlight creates a healthy launching pad for these amateur filmmakers. If you are planning on being in one of these cultural hubs next summer, we recommend seeking out the Hidden Film Festival and finding an undiscovered gem.


    October 23, 2013 • Film Festivals • Views: 4479

  • New York Film Academy Visiting Toronto



    The New York Film Academy will be visiting its neighbor to the north! That’s right, Canada, our admissions team will be in Toronto, holding auditions, portfolio reviews, and information sessions. If you’re interested in studying at the New York Film Academy and are in the area, you do not want to miss this. See details below.

    September 28th – Auditions & Portfolio Reviews

    Time: Please RSVP for a time slot

    Location: Toronto


    September 29th – Open House/ Information Session

    Time: 1PM – 3PM

    Location: Toronto


    Acting for Film or Musical Theatre Audition

    • Auditions are for partial scholarship and placement for our Musical Theatre or Acting for Film programs
    • *New York Film Academy does not offer full scholarships
    • *Scholarships are only available for long-term programs

    Portfolio Reviews

    • Portfolio reviews are for partial scholarship to our Filmmaking, Cinematography, Photography, Screenwriting, Producing, Documentary, 3D animation, Game Design, and Broadcast Journalism programs.
    • Creative portfolios consist of two pieces of creative work pertaining to your desired field of study.
    • *New York Film Academy does not offer full scholarships
    • *Scholarships are only available for long-term programs



    September 6, 2013 • Academic Programs • Views: 6189

  • On Becoming a Man Wins Best Comedic Short



    MFA Filmmaking student Kevin Resnick’s first year film, On Becoming a Man, is currently making the rounds on the festival circuit. It already won Best Comedic Short at the IFS Film Festival, and is a finalist for Best Short Film at the Athens Jewish Film Festival. The coming-of-age comedy follows young Jacob Schneidelman in the days leading up to his Bar Mitzvah. Jacob’s overbearing mother is on a Bar Mitzvah planning warpath, involving a personalized oil-on-canvas portrait and a handcrafted chocolate Moses fountain. To top it all off, she won’t let Jacob’s gentile neighbor (and secret crush), Sally, take part in the festivities! Jacob must choose: bow down to his mother like his father does, or stand up to her and finally become a man?

    Growing up in Toronto and Los Angeles, Kevin says he always wanted to see the world. He got to do so during his 13 years on active duty with the U.S. Air Force, where he logged over 2,000 flight hours. After leaving the military, Kevin started getting acting work in New York. Though he had acted in numerous short films, he always dreamed of writing and directing his own films. He decided to earn his MFA in Filmmaking at New York Film Academy’s Los Angeles campus. He says, “It’s been fantastic. The thing that really attracted me was that it’s so hands-on. In this business, it’s all about experience.”IMG_4539

    People in the Los Angeles area will have a chance to see On Becoming a Man when it plays the IFS Film Festival. The film plays in the Comedic Shorts Block B4 at 4:30 p.m. at the Laemmle’s Music Hall in Beverly Hills on Thursday, March 28, with an encore screening on Saturday, April 6 at 7 p.m. Check out the website for full details.


    March 22, 2013 • Academic Programs, Filmmaking, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 4720