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New York Film Academy variety top 30 A NYFA student film crew of four shares a laugh after successfully completing a take with their RED camera in Times Square. A NYFA filmmaking student studies the monitor of her camera as she films two acting students performing a scene on a NYC rooftop. A NYFA student crew works to set up their equipment in a New York City alley while an acting student in a grey suit waits on his mark.

Why Choose New York to Study and Make Films

New York City is the home of independent film and the international proving ground for actors. Its 24/7 energy and culture will inspire you to create and achieve at the highest level. As a student, you will be immersed in the heart of this great city, which will become part of your films and your life.

By volume alone, New York is indisputably the greatest center of independent film production in the world. The city is the iconic location for thousands of great films like The Godfather, West Side Story, and Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and acclaimed television series like Law & Order, Mad Men, Girls, and 30 Rock. Like so many other filmmakers, novelists, and playwrights, our students find that New York helps shape their artistic vision. The city is not only a setting for their stories, but also an active element in the lives of their characters. All told, New York City--dynamic, diverse, and always alive--is the perfect training ground for filmmaking and the related arts. The city will challenge and stimulate you on every shoot, every step of the way.

Our New York campus overlooks the Statue of Liberty at the southern tip of Manhattan, in the historic Financial District. A short walk north takes you into Tribeca, Chinatown, the Lower East Side, Greenwich Village, Tribeca, Little Italy, or SoHo. Harlem, or Coney Island, Central Park, and the Brooklyn Bridge are all a short train ride away. Our extensive facilities provide a haven from the hustle and bustle, and at the same time, give you a springboard from which to dive straight into the thick of the city's life.

NYFA students filming on RED camera


Our students shoot in virtually every neighborhood in the city, from SoHo lofts and East Village bars to Brooklyn delis and Times Square. Film shoots—student, commercial, and Hollywood—abound in New York. The support system is enormous, encompassing production offices, supply houses, actors, theaters, labs, and experts.

NYFA students sit in director chairs in Times Square

Enrollment in New York Film Academy

Our New York campus offers Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degrees, one- and two-year Conservatory programs, and short-term workshops. All New York Film Academy programs are extremely intensive. Students who enroll should be prepared to live and breathe their work during the course of their studies. Given the nature of filmmaking and the necessity of working in crews, you must be willing to devote themselves not only to your own projects, but to your classmates' projects as well. As space is limited, we recommend early application to guarantee a place in the program of your choice.

BFA degrees are offered in Acting for Film and Filmmaking. In the Filmmaking program, you will write, shoot, direct, and edit your own films. Courses cover every aspect of the process, including lighting, sound recording, casting, screenwriting, and budgeting and scheduling. The Acting for Film program is an intensive curriculum covering modern acting techniques. Classes include performance instruction like combat and accents, as well as practical instruction for audition techniques and the business of acting.

The Conservatory programs and workshops have open enrollment to students from all backgrounds. No previous experience is required.

Daily Schedule at NYFA

Every program is full-time, with classes, shooting, or project preparation nearly every day of the week. The schedules are rigorous; however, students will have the opportunity to explore the nearly infinite cultural offerings around town.


For dining, film, nightlife, shopping, museums, cultural activities, and so much more, New York is unsurpassed. For the film lover, New York is full of mainstream and independent theaters. Films often debut in the city months before they appear in theaters in the rest of the country. New York boasts many of the world's largest museums, all located a short subway ride away from campus. You can dine in the town of innumerable restaurants, explore the bars and clubs of the West and East Village, Tribeca, Chelsea, and SoHo, and spend hours perusing the many art galleries and bookstores that are scattered throughout the city. Some of the best musicians in the world, from jazz to alternative to classical, play in New York. For theater, you will have your pick, from opulent Broadway plays to guerrilla Off-Off-Broadway productions.

A NYFA film school student films a motorcycle in NYC


Filmmaking students shoot on 16mm, 35mm, HD, and 4K digital video. Producing, Screenwriting, Documentary Filmmaking, Broadcast Journalism, and Acting For Film students all work with digital cameras. All editing in any of the programs and workshops is done digitally using Avid digital editing software.


Our award-winning faculty is comprised of experienced instructors and professional filmmakers, many who have Master of Fine Arts degrees from the most prestigious visual and performing arts programs in the United States. Whether you are interested in narrative, documentary, experimental, or music video, our faculty will do everything possible to nurture and mentor you.

Final Screenings & Performances

At the conclusion of all programs, a graduation ceremony and final presentation of student work is held. Final Films, Showcase Performances, and Screenplay readings provide a unique opportunity for family, friends and cast to see the work students have produced. Students retain digital master tapes of their film and video work to include in their portfolios.

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Pray to Your Heart's Content

New York City has over 652 synagogues, 659 Catholic churches, 110 mosques, 876 Baptist churches, 40 Mormon churches, 230 Christian churches, 239 Lutheran churches, 231 Methodist churches, 307 Presbyterian churches, and over 6,230 churches of other denominations and over 70 cemeteries.

New York city has countless attractions

Stimulate Your Appetite

Satiate every craving. Eat to your heart's content, whatever time of day or night! NYC is where you can have anything from the most spectacular, world-class, extravagant dining experiences to taking part in some truly fantastic, hunger-inducing fare from famous little authentic stands and eateries that offer only one marvelous specialty. Moreover, in addition to housing over 172 twenty-four hour restaurants, New York City is home to over 2200 restaurants and cuisines that read like an international delegation from the UN:

8 Afghan
14 African
15 Argentinean
262 Asian
7 Australian
4 Austrian
328 Bagel joints
586 Bakeries
136 for BBQ
9 Belgian
27 Brazilian
649 Burger joints
2 Burmese
115 Cajun & Creole
10 Californian
110 Caribbean
2 Central European
12 Cheese steak
2 Chilean
1784 Chinese
425 Diners
204 Coffee Houses
4 Colombian
28 Cuban
3426 Delis
18 Dim Sum Houses
273 Donut Cafes
3 eastern European
116 Eclectic
2 Egyptian
16 English
6 Ethiopian
1862 Fast Food
5 Filipino
332 French
9 German
81 Greek
1 Haitian
4 Hawaiian
55 for Health Food
19 for Hot Dogs
2 Hungarian
208 for Ice Cream
248 Indian
3 Indonesian
36 Irish
1125 Italian
2 Jamaican
535 Japanese
56 Juice Bars
62 Korean
4 Persian
14 Peruvian
133 Sushi
73 that are Kosher
70 Latin American
1 Lebanese
14 Malaysian
138 Mediterranean
842 Mexican
92 Middle Eastern
13 Moroccan
2 for New England
33 Noodle Shops
11 Pakistani
57 Pan-Asian
67 for Tapas
184 Thai
4 Tibetan
21 Turkish
15 Vegan
124 Vegetarian
5 Polish & Czech
8 Portuguese
2 Puerto Rican
20 Russian
3 Scandinavian
516 for Seafood
133 for Soup
35 South American
161 Southern & Soul
29 Southwestern
169 Spanish
148 Steakhouses
3 Venezuelan
64 Vietnamese
52 for Wings
5 Swedish
1 Swiss
2576 Pizza places
“Big Apple”
In the 1920s, John Fitzgerald, a sportswriter for the Morning Telegraph, overheard stable-hands in New Orleans refer to NYC's racetracks as “The Big Apple.” He named his column “Around the Big Apple.” A decade later, jazz musicians adopted the term to refer to New York City, and especially Harlem, as the jazz capital of the world. There are many apples on the trees of success they were saying, but when you pick New York City, you pick the big apple.

New York City has great public transportation Broadway's Original Name was the Wiechquaekeck Trail. It was an old Algonquin trade route.

New York has 26 subway lines, 490 stations, and 660 miles of subway track. There are 6,374.6 miles of streets in New York City and about 6,400 cars. New York City has 578 miles of waterfront. The New York City Department of Transportation is responsible for 753 bridges and tunnels.

The world's largest department store covers 2.1 million sq ft of space and stocks over 500,000 different items and makes its home in NYC.

You can always find nature in the concrete jungle Bet you didn't know that New York City is the greenest city in America. NYC has 52,938 acres of park/open space out of 197,696 total acres (26.8%). Central Park, Manhattan's famed green oasis, is only number five on the list of the city's ten largest parks. There are more than 750 different native species of animals and plants throughout the five boroughs, including the endangered peregrine falcon, the sharp-shinned hawk, and white tailed deer.

Central Park and the Bronx's New York Botanical Garden offer guided bird walks, and spring in Queens brings thousands of migrating shore birds to the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge's 10,000 acres. You are invited to join New Yorkers who jog, walk, bike, in-line skate, horseback ride, ice skate, rent row boats, play basketball, softball, soccer, tennis, and enjoy special events and festivals, in the city's 1,700 parks and playgrounds.

Location, Location, Location! The city has played the setting of choice to some of the most popular and most distinguished films and television shows of all time. It is also home to the largest and most sophisticated world-class film and television production centers on the east coast, such as Kaufman Astoria Studios and Silver Cup Studios located in Queens; and Steiner Studios, at the site of the historic Brooklyn Navel Yard.

New York City's TV & Film Repertoire

Francis Ford Coppola's
• The Godfather: I, II, III
• The Cotton Club

Martin Scorsese's
• Taxi Driver
• Gangs of New York
• Raging Bull
• The Age of Innocence
• Goodfellas
• Mean Streets
• After Hours

Some of the most popular films of all time have been filmed in NYC

Spike Lee's
• Do the Right Thing
• Bamboozled
• Inside Man
• Jungle Fever
• Clockers
• The 25th Hour
• Summer of Sam

Woody Allen's
• Annie Hall
• Manhattan
• Manhattan Murder Mystery
• Celebrity
• Deconstructing Harry
• Mighty Aphrodite
• Everyone Says I love You

Other Films
• 12 Angry Men
• 15 Minutes
• 13 Going on 30
• *batteries not included
• On the Waterfront
• Marathon Man
• Glengarry Glen Ross
• Arsenic and Old Lace
• Marty
• An Unmarried Woman
• As Good As It Gets
• Breakfast at Tiffany's
• The French Connection
• Requiem for a Dream
• Pi
• Alice
• City Hall
• Eyes Wide Shut
• Quiz Show
• Meet Joe Black
• Barefoot in the Park
• The Royal Tenenbaums
• Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
• Dog Day Afternoon
• Ghostbusters
• Saturday Night Fever
• Big Night
• Moonstruck
• King Kong
• Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
• When Harry Meet Sally
• Kids
• The Squid and the Whale
• The Apartment
• Sepico
• The Wiz
• The Devil's Advocate
• American Psycho
• Cradle Will Rock
• Shaft
• Donny Brasco
• Miracle on 34th Street
• Brighton Beach Memoirs
• Fame
• Arthur
• Adam's Rib
• Chealsea Walls
• Cotton Comes to Harlem
• Crocodile Dundee
• Crocodile Dundee II
• Crossing Delancey
• Cruising
• Death to Smoochy
• Desperately Seeking Susan
• Die Hard: With a Vengenance
• Downtown 81 / N.Y. Beat Movie
• Godspell
• Godzilla
• Green Card
• Hair
• Hannah and Her Sisters
• Heights
• Broadway Danny Rose
• Spiderman 1, 2, and 3
• Rent
• Vanilla Sky
• The Producers
• Nine 1/2 Weeks
• Ghost
• Big
• Analyze This
• Six Degrees of Separation
• Wall Street
• Hitch
• It Could Happen to You
• Kissing Jessica Stein
• Kojak

• Klute
• Kramer vs. Kramer
• Little Manhattan
• Malcolm X
• Manhattan
• Men in Black
• Midnight Cowboy
• New Jack City
• Nighthawks
• No Way to Treat A Lady
• North by Norhwest
• On the Town
• One Fine Day
• Other People's Money
• Plaza Suite
• Prime
• Ragtime
• Searching for Bobby Fischer
• Shadows
• Center Stage
• Sweet Charity
• I Shot Andy Warhol
• Tootsie
• She's the One
• Single White Female
• Six Degrees of Separation
• Sleepers
• Splash
• Sugar Hill
• Sweet Home Alabama
• The Anderson Tapes
• The April Fools
• The Bonfire of the Vanities
• The Brothers McMullen
• The Cowboy Way
• The Hours
• The Interpreter
• The Lost Weekend
• The Out-of-Towners
• The Panic in Needle Park
• The Pawnbroker
• The Pick-up Artist
• The Prisoner of 2nd Avenue
• The Wrong Man
• Three Days of the Condor
• Times Square
• Two for the Seesaw
• Up the Sandbox
• West Side Story
• When Harry Met Sally
• The Seven Year Itch
• The Odd Couple
• The Money Pit
• Conspiracy Theory
• The Fisher King
• Great Expectations
• The Paper
• Chasing Amy
• Soapdish
• You've Got Mail
• The Freshmen
• Rosemary's Baby
• Valley of the Dolls
• Boiler Room
• Sweet Smell of Success
• Stranger Than Paradise
• Factory Girl
and many, many more…

TV Shows
• The Late Show with David Letterman
• Late Night with Conan O'Brien
• NYPD Blue
• I Love Lucy
• The Apprentice
• Law and Order
• Saturday Night Live
• Taxi
• The Honeymooners
• The Today Show
• Good Morning America
• The Cosby Show
• #1 Single
• All My Children
• As the World Turns
• One Life to Live
• Guiding Light

New York City is also home to some of the most popular shows

• The Sopranos
• OZ
• Angels in America
• Da Ali G Show
• Sex and the City

• Queer Eye for the Straight Guy
• Inside the Actor's Studio
• Project Runway

• Anderson Cooper 360
• Larry King Live
• Paula Zahn Now

Comedy Central's
• The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
• The Colbert Report
• Chappelle's Show
• Crank Yankers

Food Network's
• 30 Minute Meals
• Emeril Live
• Good Deal

MTV and VH1's
• Trust Life documentaries
• Best Week Ever
• Total Request Live
• Making the Band

Some Directors and Actors that call NY their home

• Francis Ford Coppola
• Robert De Niro
• Spike Lee
• Tim Robbins
• Susan Sarandon
• Harvey Keitel
• Harvey & Bob Weinstein
• Claire Danes
• Liv Tyler

• Matthew Broderick
• Sarah Jessica Parker
• Mike Nichols
• Matthew Modine
• Michelle Williams
• Parker Posey
• Maggie Gyllenhaal
• Rosario Dawson

It is a city jammed full of contradictions and harmony; a city where every passing moment may hold a revelation to destiny, where every turned corner may yield a new journey. It is a place where creatives can arrive with their own unique angle; a place where that angle may offer the potential of lifelong fulfillment.

For the artist, New York City is a mecca that is alive with unimaginable hope and inspiration. Here, students find themselves in the center of it all. New York City has always defined its sense of history with some of the most significant cultural and artistic movements, people, and institutions: from the Harlem Renaissance and Langston Hughes to Abstract Expressionism with Jackson Pollack; from Broadway, to Off-Broadway, to Off-Off-Broadway; from the Sony IMAX theater uptown, to the underground short film slams buried downtown.

Invigorate your imagination. There are over 180 museums and 500 galleries in the city. New York is home to over 40 major and independent movie theaters that showcase everything from early-releases of the newest summer block buster, to small-screen indie documentaries to midnight showings of the Rocky Horror Picture Show. With numerous star-studded productions and avant-garde Off-Off-Broadway performances to choose from, the city will never cease to spark and motivate your creative enthusiasm.

New York City: A Filmmaking Landmark

First film screening in the U.S.
The first projected motion pictures ever seen in the United States were shown on the night of April 23rd, 1906 at Koster and Bial's vaudeville house, on the site of today's Macy's department store. Thomas Edison himself helped run the projector.

NYC is home to America's first film studio First location shoot in NYC
The first movie footage ever shot on location in New York was filmed at 2pm on May11th, 1896 by William Heise, a cameraman with the Edison Company, showing 51 seconds of activity at the corner of Herald Square and 34th Street.

America's first movie studio
The first movie studio in America, the Vitagraph Studio on East 14th Street in Brooklyn, was begun in 1903. Sold to Warner Brothers in the 1920s, then used by NBC Television in the 1950s, it was later the home of The Cosby Show and continues to serve as an active production center to this day.

The “Big House”
In 1920, Paramount pictures opened its massive east Coast studio in Astoria, Queens. Known as the “big house,” the 14-acre complex contained one of the largest stages ever built, a fifty seat screening room, and a publicity department equipped to handle 10,000 stills a day. Used by U.S. Army Signal Corps during World War II, it was refurbished in the 1970s and 80s, and is known today as Kaufman Astoria Studios.

The first feature film produced and filmed in NYC won eight Academy Awards New York City's feature debut
The first modern feature film to be produced as well as filmed in New York and its surroundings, On the Waterfront stunned the Hollywood establishment when it won eight Oscars, including Best Picture, at the 1954 Academy Awards. The following year, the second New York-produced feature, Marty, also won Best Picture and three other Oscars.

Marilyn Monroe on 52nd Street
On the night of Wednesday, September 15th, 1954, over 1500 onlookers gathered on the corner of 52nd Street and Lexington Avenue to watch Marilyn Monroe perform her legendary “skirt-blowing” scene for The Seven Year Itch. The director, Billy Wilder, required Monroe to repeat the sequence through fifteen takes before he was satisfied.

Set decorations become “real”
In 1987, the tenement building set constructed on a Lower East Side street for the 1987 film *batteries not included looked so realistic that sanitation men removed prop garbage cans in front of the building and passers-by inquired about available apartments; the accuracy of the coffee shop set built on a Tribeca street corner for the 1994 film It Could Happen to You, meanwhile, encouraged several local residents to stop in and ask for a lunch menu.

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