New York Film Academy Establishes Graduate Student Award with Spanish Fulbright Commission


The New York Film Academy College of Visual & Performing Arts (NYFA) and the Fulbright Commission in Spain recently marked the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding establishing a very special Fulbright Graduate Student Award to support young talented Spanish filmmakers.

The memorandum was signed by NYFA President Michael J. Young and the Fulbright Commission in Spain’s Executive Director, Alberto Lopez San Miguel, and was formally presented at a ceremony at the Commission’s office in Madrid, by the famous Spanish filmmaker, and NYFA founding faculty member, Pablo Berger.

Filmmaker and NYFA founding faculty member Pablo Berger (left) with Spanish Fulbright Commission Director Alberto Lopez San Miguel (right).

“The New York Film Academy is a proud to welcome many Fulbright students from around the world to study with us and join our diverse international community of creative visual and performing artists,” said President Young. “The NYFA Leadership greatly appreciates this opportunity provided to the College by the Fulbright Commission in Spain. This extraordinary collaboration on the Fulbright Graduate Student Award will provide truly remarkable opportunities for rising Spanish filmmakers to pursue NYFA’s Master of Fine Arts degree in Filmmaking. 

The November call-for-application announcement of the Fulbright Graduate Student Award garnered enormous attention in the Spanish visual arts community, and dozens of qualified students applied. The award covers full tuition for the NYFA two-year MFA Program, round-trip travel, a monthly living stipend and a special-project grant fund.

The selection of the awardee is in process by the Fulbright Commission in Spain, and the decision by the Commission and NYFA will be announced in the coming weeks.

The Fulbright Program is one of the most prestigious awards programs worldwide, designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the U.S. and the people of other countries. Fifty-three Fulbright alumni have won Nobel Prizes; 78 have won Pulitzer Prizes.

The New York Film Academy (NYFA) is privileged to have NYFA Fulbright Program alumni as part of its faculty, including NYFA Director of Fulbright Initiatives Miguel Cruz, a former Fulbright Graduate Student from Spain who studied at NYFA 2006-2008. In the past decade, NYFA has been honored to be the host institution to more than 50 Fulbright international students from nearly 30 nations.