Founded in the golden days of yore on seven hills, Moscow has turned into what may be called Russian New York. Just like its American twin it never sleeps indeed. Still imperial and spacious, the Moscow of the new millennium has changed its face since the USSR breakup in the early 1990s and turned into a glamorous, eventful cosmopolitan city – multinational, multicultural and sparkling with neon lights and ambitions of some 10 million people inhabiting it.
Its architecture is paradoxical and diverse. One neighborhood can host ghost-like ancient side streets with nothing and no one but stray cats patrolling the sidewalks, as well as over-the-top ever-awake fashion avenues. Historical temples and chapels are facing business centers and malls, XIX century mansions are now located right next to sky-scraping towers.
Moscow landmarks are breath-taking and globally recognized. One cannot think of this town and not imagine the Red Square, the Kremlin, the tall and enormous building of Moscow State University, the Bolshoi, Vorobyov Hills, St Basil's Cathedral, Tretyakoff Gallery, Ostankino TV Tower, Russian Expo Park, Novodevichi Convent – that is to name a few of the plenty of sensational film sets. Luxurious estate of Russian aristocrats often host film and TV show crews – those are dream locations for those shooting costume dramas and period shows of sorts.
Many great filmmakers contributed to the glory of Russian cinema. Among them: Lev Kuleshov, Sergei Eisenstein, Dsiga Vertov, Alexander Dovzhenko, Sergei Gerasimov, Grigogi Kozintsev, Mikhail Romm, Mikhail Kalatozov, Leonid Guydie, Sergei Bondartchuk, Marlen Hootsyev, Eldar Ryazanov, Georgi Daneliya, Pyotr Todorovski, Andrei Tarkovski, Vasili Shukshin, Andron Konchalovski, Gleb Panfilov, Kira Muratova, Elem Klimov, Nikita Mikhalkov, Alexander Sokurov, Aleksei German Sen., and many others. During the years crucial to the newly born post-soviet movie industry - in the 90s - a new breed of talented filmmakers appeared with the even more daring following in the 2000s. They are now making history of new Russian cinema. We can name Aleksei Uchitel, Dmitrii Meskhiev, Valeri Todorovski, Aleksei Balabanov, Aleksei German Jr., Andrei Zvyagintsev, Yegor Konchalovski, Fyodor Bondartchuk, Kirill Serebryannikov, Timur Bekmambetov and others.
Moscow is one of the world's theater capitals with over a 100 professional theater companies, most of which are historic ones and played a great role in making of what is called modern theater. Anyone who is at least a little familiar with theater and acting will have to catch one's breath seeing a performance in Stanislavski-founded Moscow Chekhov Art Theater, Vakhtangov Theater, Pushkin Theater, Maly Theater, Lenkom, Sovremennik, Taganka Theater, Satirikon etc.
Thus Moscow is the heart of Russian culture and filming on its streets is much more than merely using the city as the background, it never fails to become a character and often a lead. Be it the Academy Award winning "Moscow doesn't believe tears" by Menshov or "Bondarchuk's "War and Peace", Mikhalkov's "The Barber of Siberia"or less internationally known ones by Govorukhin or Todorovski - Moscow is undeniably a star.
NYFA in Moscow representative office is located downtown, in the heart of the city, housed by Higher School of Journalism at Hitrovski sidestreet, 2/8 building 5, within a 5 minute walk from the Red Square.
Cutting edge and hands-on approach is the cornerstone of NYFA in Russia teaching methods. We only teach what is relevant – the modern film language, the craft of filmmaking with the latest tools and technologies, the art of creative team work. Our programs are designed not only to those who only aspire to make it in the movie business but to professionals who never stop learning and dare to expand their horizons making their art more universal. Our American teaching staff is a stellar team of experienced professionals – each one an active filmmaker, producer or screenwriter as well as a gifted mentor. We are also happy to be supporting talented young filmmakers from Russia and CIS going to NYFA in New York and Los Angeles. The following students won our scholarships: Alexei Berestnev, Yana Gorskaya, Yuri Titov, Lyubov Salpagarova, Sergey Denga, Alexai Shiraev and others.
We are holding producing and screenwriting workshops in Moscow with the leading professors from our Los Angeles campus. Our mission in Russia is making possible artistic, educational, cultural and business interchange through cinema and create a brand new filmmaking community in Russia –world-class professional, universal and unique.