NYFA’s History: A Timeline
In 1992, Jerry Sherlock, executive producer of The Hunt for Red October (1990), set out to create a school for filmmakers by filmmakers, establishing our total immersion filmmaking school, New York Film Academy. Sherlock envisioned a school that would provide a collaborative creative environment, industry-standard equipment, and a faculty of active industry professionals, giving aspiring storytellers the resources to write, shoot, direct, and edit their own short films. With a team of filmmakers and educators, including Harvard graduate and now NYFA President Michael Young, Sherlock opened NYFA in New York City’s Tribeca Film Center. In 1994, NYFA’s headquarters moved to the Tammany Hall Building in Union Square. In 2014, NYFA relocated to Battery Park, overlooking Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty.
Today, NYFA is a global institution with campuses in New York City, Los Angeles, Miami, Gold Coast (Australia), and Florence (Italy), as well as additional satellite locations. NYFA’s campuses are modern spaces with state-of-the-art, purpose-built classrooms, editing rooms, shooting spaces, with theatres at our campuses in New York City and Los Angeles. NYFA’s hands-on approach continues to set it apart from other film and art schools, giving students the confidence to pursue their goals as visual and performing artists while preparing them for real-world challenges in film, television, media, and entertainment.