Author: Frank Pasquine

10 Popular Scenes in Movie History

Combing through cinema history, we thought we’d list ten unforgettable and well executed scenes that have stood the test of time. While we’re not listing these as the top ten best scenes of all time, they’re arguably some of the most memorable. Let us know which scene is your favorite whether it’s on this list or not.

On the Waterfront

Marlon Brando delivers his famous line in the back of a car with his brother. Unhappy with his current position as a “bum,” Brando lets his brother know his disappointment for having to take dives—back when he was a boxer—in order for his brother to make a few extra bucks. He could’a had class.


“Here’s looking at you, kid” Humphrey Bogart is forced to selflessly let go of his former love portrayed by Ingrid Bergman. At least they’ll always have Paris.

The Godfather

In this final scene from Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather, Michael Corleone has officially taken over all family business as he’s crowned the new Don. His business affairs are now officially off limits for Kay.


Such a breathtaking shot from Gordon Willis of the Queensboro Bridge as Woody Allen professes his love for New York City while having a romantic evening with his best friend’s mistress.


Epic monologue from Robert Shaw as he recounts horror tales of the sea from his time in World War 2.

8 ½

Federico Fellini delivers masterful filmmaking in this scene where his main character, Guido, falls into a fantasy where he’s surrounded by all the women from his past.

Duck Soup

This scene is remarkable on several levels. Just consider the time and commitment it must’ve taken Groucho Marx.

The Shining

At the height of his cabin fever, Jack Nicholson chases down his wife and son with an axe. “Here’s Johnny!”

Rocky II

After finally defeating Apollo Creed to become the world champion, Rocky Balboa wastes no time in telling the love of his life, “Yo, Adrian, I did it.”

The Deer Hunter

The harsh reality of Vietnam POW prisoners forced to play Russian Roulette. Some incredible acting chops displayed from Robert De Niro and Christopher Walken. “Mao!”

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21 Films to Watch Before Going to Film School

If you’re about to begin film school, consider this your essential viewing guide. Below is a list of classic and modern films, in no particular order that should be registered in any film student’s filmography database. Whether for its directing, cinematography, acting or groundbreaking animation and special effects, if you haven’t seen some of the movies on this list, be sure to start “studying.” Just think, at least it’s not a boring novel or math.


Scene from “The Godfather”

1. The Godfather I & II

Let’s just get these two masterpieces out of the way, as they’re both necessary viewing for any human being—let alone film students. Considered one of the best crime dramas of all time and arguably the greatest films of all time, this Francis Ford Coppola saga is a showcase of an incredible cast, directing, score, cinematography, story…well…let’s just say it has it all. Feel free to skip The Godfather III if you don’t have time. As you will see below, there are plenty of films to see before then.

2. Citizen Kane

Director Orson Welles was only twenty-five when he revolutionized filmmaking in this 1941 classic. Pay particular attention to its cinematography, music, and narrative structure, which were completely innovative for its time and still hold up today.

Scene from "8 1/2"

Scene from “8 1/2”

3. 8 ½

Enter a world like no other in Italian director Federico Fellini’s dreamlike, abstract adventure of a filmmaker who finds himself in a crisis with both his next film and his personal life.

4. Annie Hall

Woody Allen takes the Romantic Comedy to a whole other level in this 1977 Academy Award Winning Best Picture. With its originality and hilarity comes a relatable tale of realistic expectations in relationships.

Scene from "Duck Soup"

Scene from “Duck Soup”

5. Duck Soup

The Marx Bros at their finest. This comedic masterpiece is packed with witty one-liners and slapstick that’ll hold up for centuries to come.

6. Back to the Future

Great, Scott! Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale set the tone for 80’s movies with this story of a teenager who accidentally goes back in time in a Deloreon and winds up potentially altering his own existence.

7. The Bicycle Thief (Ladri di biciclette)

Perhaps one of the best films from the Italian Neorealism era, this simple yet powerful story follows a poor father in post-World War II Rome searching for his stolen bicycle, without which he will lose the job, which was to be the salvation of his young family.

8. Ghostbusters

A group of scientists unfit for the private sector go into business busting ghosts. The overall nuances of comedic timing and all around enjoyment makes this 80s classic a must see. Who you gonna call? Ghostbusters!

Scene from "Goodfellas"

Scene from “Goodfellas”

9. Goodfellas

Considered one of Martin Scorsese’s greatest films, this 1990 crime drama sets the bar on “wise-guy” films with its incredible acting performances, soundtrack, directing and unforgettable personalities.

10. Raging Bull

There may not be a better pairing in acting for film than Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci. Scorsese delivers another knockout with this 1980 adaptation of boxer Jake LaMotta’s personal memoirs.

11. Rocky

Adrian, I did it! Sly Stallone made his career by writing and starring in this boxing drama about an Italian southpaw from South Philly.

Scene from "Taxi Driver"

Scene from “Taxi Driver”

12. Taxi Driver

Martin Scorsese and Paul Schrader take us into the mind of a PTSD Vietnam Veteran looking for a purpose in the slums of 1970’s New York City.

13. Forrest Gump

Despite his mental simplicities, there’s really nothing that Forrest Gump can’t or hasn’t accomplished.

14. Shawshank Redemption

“Get busy living or get busy dying.” Profound words from this epic film about a man who must survive prison after being wrongfully accused of murdering his wife.

the third man

THE THIRD MAN, Joseph Cotten, Orson Welles, 1949

15. The Third Man

Mandatory viewing for those interested in learning more about film noir. Orson Welles delivers with his acting chops in this 1949 British film, which is praised for its score, cinematography, and acting performances.

16. Vertigo

Pioneer of the dolly zoom shot, Alfred Hitchcock proves that he is the master of the psychological thriller.

17. Pulp Fiction

Quentin Tarantino masterfully displays to the world how to take several simple stories and intertwine them into an unforgettable film.

Scene from "Groundhog Day"

Scene from “Groundhog Day”

18. Groundhog Day

Ever feel like you’re trapped in the same day over and over? That’s precisely the dilemma with Bill Murray in this Harold Ramis comedy / drama, and it just so happens to be on Groundhog’s Day.

19. The Shining

Here’s Johnny! If you ever want to get a full understanding of the effects of cabin fever, be sure to watch this Stanley Kubrick thriller starring a deranged Jack Nicholson.

Star Wars

Scene from “Star Wars: A New Hope”

20. Star Wars

Probably the most popular movie franchise in existence, George Lucas created an empire with this wonderfully creative sci-fi, with plenty of metaphors and iconic characters.

21. Casablanca

Storytelling at its best. Humphrey Bogart is forced to choose between his love for Igrid Bergman and helping her Czech Resistance leader husband escape the Vichy-controlled city of Casablanca to continue his fight against the Nazis.

It doesn’t end there. Below is a continuation of recommended viewing for incoming film students.

Seven Samurai

Gone with the Wind

On the Waterfront


Wild Strawberries (Smultronstället)

The 400 Blows (Les Quatre Cents Coups)


Toy Story

Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Die Hard


Rear Window

North by Northwest

12 Angry Men

Jurassic Park




Fight Club

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

The Matrix

Life is Beautiful (La vita è bella)


Full Metal Jacket

La Dolce Vita

Bowling for Columbine

Lawrence of Arabia

2001: A Space Odyssey


Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

A Clockwork Orange

Apocalypse Now

Blade Runner


City of God (Cidade de Deus)

Do you think film students should watch your favorite movie before going to film school? Let us know which film you think deserves to be on this list and why.

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How Developers Won Gamers Over With Story DLC

There’s been plenty of discussion over downloadable content ever since it became the norm during the last console generation. Older gamers didn’t like the idea of paying more than the $60 price tag for extra content, especially when they grew up unlocking new stuff by completing tasks or entering a cheat code.

Some gamers also began accusing developers of intentionally holding back content in the main game so they could later sell it as DLC. It certainly didn’t help when content was being placed on the main discs but kept restricted in order to be made available later for extra cash.

But despite all the arguments against it, DLC has proven to be a huge moneymaker for developers. When gamers enjoy a title, they’re willing to pay a few more bucks to squeeze more entertainment out of it— but only if the DLC is good.

The following are examples of story-driven expansions that proved to be well worth the hard-earned cash of loyal fans.

  1. A Completely Different Scenario

We love getting a new chapter that fits into the main storyline, whether it was before or after. The Last of Us: Left Behind was a neat story campaign that let us learn more about Ellie before we met her as Joel in the game. But sometimes developers go a completely different route, and it works.


There’s no better example of this than the Undead Nightmare content for Red Dead Redemption. The original storyline was known for its serious tone, which made the idea of venturing through a zombie-infested Wild West ridiculous to imagine. Of course, Rockstar made it work and Undead Nightmare is considered one of the best DLC offerings of all time.

  1. New Mechanics

Adding new mechanics to a game can be difficult from a technical standpoint. Ever since Blizzard introduced flying mounts to World of Warcraft via their “The Burning Crusade” expansion, fans wanted use those same mounts in the original areas that weren’t designed to support it. It wouldn’t be until several years later that Blizzard would make it possible via another expansion.

Of course,the extra work can pay off immensely since gamers love seeing something new in a game they consider to have already mastered. A fantastic example is the Dragonborn add-on for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Among many other awesome things, it introduced the ability to tame and ride Dragons.

  1. A Look Into The Past

The best part about DLC is that developers often have more freedom. This is because the content they produce doesn’t necessarily have to tie directly to the main storyline in terms of chronological order. Instead, we can experience prequel story DLC that takes us back to an important event that happened before the beginning of the main storyline.


There are many excellent examples of this. “RAAM’s Shadow” for Gears of War 3 let us see what it was like as soon as the infamous Emergence Day occurred. Perhaps one of the best prequel DLC of all time was Bioshock Infinite’s “Burial at Sea,” a two-part expansion that linked Infinite’s story with the beloved original BioShock title.

  1. Locations Worth Visiting

Creating captivating areas is a bigger challenge than most people realize. This applies even more to DLC since buyers may feel cheated if you give them more of what they already saw in the main game, even if it’s great. That is why many developers put extra effort into creating new locations for their DLC that feels fresh and satisfying.

FromSoftware accomplished this with their expansion to Dark Souls, Artorias of the Abyss. Players can explore a unique environment where they will meet new enemies, bosses, and NPC characters. There was also a ton of lore to discover within the long-lost land of Oolacile, allowing players to learn why it was swallowed by the Abyss long ago.

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5 Memorable Moments From Game of Thrones Season 6

Like every season that preceded it, Season 6 of HBO’s Game of Thrones has provided its audience with some unforgettable moments that are completely original to television. GoT has continues to entertain by consistently pushing the envelope on what is acceptable in a television series — even for cable. The show is yet another successful example of what has recently become a trend in television: breaking the rules.

Below we highlight some of this year’s most memorable moments from Season 6. While there have been many to choose from thus far, here are five that can’t be argued with.

**Spoiler Alert: Do not read on if you are not caught up with Season 6!

Jon Snow Returns from the Dead

As Season 5 ended on a cliffhanger—Jon Snow was stabbed by his fellow brethren from The Wall—fans speculated whether or not Snow could actually return from such a tragic event. The symbolism of Snow being left to bleed on the cold ice beneath him had some wondering whether or not he could actually become a White Walker or some sort of zombie amongst the dead army. Others suggested that the actor, Kit Harington, was tired of the show and would move on to bigger and better things. (Is there anything bigger than GoT right now?) As it turns out, Davos Seaworth saw something special in Snow and asked Melisandre if she could bring him back from the dead. While at first it seemed unlikely, fans finally got what they wanted — Jon Snow came back to life. It turns out Snow was looking to do bigger and better things — just not at The Wall.

Daenerys Returns to the Flame

Daenerys Targaryen reclaimed her rightful place at the heart of the series after escaping from the oppressive Khal Moro and his bloodriders by setting them all on fire. As she once again stood naked at the center of a burning inferno, Daenarys watched with no remorse as her Khal captives burned alive. After they perished, she stepped away from the inferno and stood before the gathered Dothraki, who immediately bowed to their knees in praise of their new queen. This certainly put her back on the map of potential leaders to eventually take over the throne.

Hold the Door!

Everybody’s favorite oafish character, Hodor—who spent almost his entire run of the show carrying around the crippled Bran Stark—seemed to have no vocabulary other than his own name, “Hodor.” In a dramatic twist of events, it was revealed that he was not uttering his name at all. Rather, he had been rapidly rattling off a command that would ultimately save Bran’s life. “Hold-the-door.” Say that real fast, a million times in a row and you get, “Hodor!”

Return of the Hound

Just like Jon Snow, it was hard to believe that the ruthless Hound could actually die. After being left to die by the young Arya Stark, we had to assume that he would somehow find his way back to health. But after several episodes had passed by, many began to wonder if the Hound had, in fact, seen his last days. And then…leave it to Ian McShane to make a guest appearance and reintroduce the coldblooded killer. Now, don’t expect to see Ian McShane in any more episodes…

Arya Stark Has a Name

After many trials and tribulations with the Faceless Men, Arya Stark was being brainwashed to believe that she had “no name” and really no identity. What seemed a potential new haven for Arya certainly backfired after she was stabbed and left to die in the streets of Braavos. However, Arya represented the Stark name well after killing off her assassin and revealing her true self to the Faceless Men. Finally empowered by confidence, Arya tells Jaqen H’ghar of the Faceless Men: “A girl has a name, and it’s Arya Stark of Winterfell.” Impressed by Arya’s renewal of self-confidence, Jaqen allows her to leave unharmed.

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Muhammad Ali in Film

With the recent passing of boxing legend, Muhammad Ali, the New York Film Academy has been scouring film and TV history to highlight some of the films and documentaries that have painted and honored the incredible career and life he led both inside and outside of the ring.


Will Smith delivers a compelling performance in this 2001 biopic, which earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Actor. Directed by Michal Mann, Ali provides a character study of the icon, starting from his beginnings as Cassius Clay and up until his boxing championships and spiritual transformation between the years 1964 and 1974 when he reclaimed his title in his “Rumble in the Jungle” bout with George Foreman. Similar to Martin Scorsese’s Raging Bull, Ali’s opening sequence is something to check out as it immediately captures us with its emphasis on the boxer and its superb choice in music—Mann going with a live (cover) rendition of Sam Cooke playing over flashes of Ali’s training regimen.

The Greatest

As the title suggests, Ali was never shy about his status in the boxing world, or in general for that matter. In this 1977 film about the boxer’s life, Ali plays himself. Though a slightly dramatized version of his life story, the film allowed Ali to shine with his outspoken personality. The film includes his Olympic triumphs as Cassius Clay, his conversion to Islam, his refusal of the Army draft and the legal battle after being stripped of his World Title.

When We Were Kings

The 1997 Academy Award-winning documentary examined the 1974 heavyweight championship bout in Zaire between champion George Foreman and Muhammad Ali, who was the underdog challenger at the time. Considered one of the greatest sporting events of the 20th century, Ali regained the title against the undefeated champ by knocking out Foreman just before the end of the eighth round. Side note: the match was one of famous promoter Don King’s first events.

Freedom Road

Few may know that the great Muhammad Ali took a crack at a purely dramatic acting role in the 1979 TV movie Freedom Road. In the film Ali plays Gideon Jackson, a former slave from Virginia who gets elected to the Unites States Senate in the 1870’s. While in office, Jackson battles other former slaves and white sharecroppers to keep the land they tended all their lives. 

Facing Ali

If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to face Muhammad Ali in a match, this 2014 documentary captures the experience by interviewing ten of his opponents, including George Foreman, Joe Frazier, Larry Holmes, Leon Spinks, and others. Each former opponent pays respect to the legend, having nothing but compliments for arguably the greatest of all time.

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5 Patriotic Films to Commemorate Memorial Day

This upcoming Monday marks Memorial Day, a holiday honoring the brave veteran men and women who have served our nation. For many of us the day involves BBQs and gatherings with friends and families, but for some of us the bonus day off is a time to unwind, relax and catch up on some classic films. If you’re in that boat, we thought we’d highlight some of the films that best commemorate this special day.

Independence Day

Nothing screams American Hollywood blockbuster more than a Roland Emmerich action-packed film, involving the White House getting blown up by a giant spaceship and Will Smith actually punching a space alien in the face. When the common enemy comes from outside this world, it’s up to Bill Pullman, Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, Judd Hirsch, and the American military to fight off the invading aliens. Together with its inspirational speeches, explosions, romance, and 90’s special effects, this modern classic has everything you could want in a Memorial Day flick. If you still haven’t seen this, be sure to check it out before its long-awaited sequel is releases this upcoming Fourth of July.


If you’re still paying for cable and just so happen to be flicking through the channels, chances are you’ll land on a Rocky marathon this Memorial Day weekend. Nobody stands the test of time more than the iconic hero, Rocky Balboa, played by Sylvester Stallone. With his underdog, South Philly charm and American flag boxer trunks, Rocky can win over any crowd and any generation—even the Cold War Russians as we saw in Rocky 4. With Bill Conti’s unforgettable original score and Burgess Meredith’s rousing speeches, there’s nothing that’ll get you more motivated this holiday weekend than a healthy dose of the Italian Stallion.


Earning George C. Scott an Oscar for Best Actor, this 1970 biopic of American General George S. Patton showcases its patriotism from the very beginning of the film as Patton delivers an inspirational speech to his soldiers in front of a giant U.S. flag. Few may know that the screenplay was written by The Godfather director Francis Ford Coppola and directed by Franklin Schaffner, who was behind the original Planet of the Apes. Coming in on close to three hours in length, this WWII epic chronicles the battles led by the controversial figure, Patton, a man who stops at nothing to defeat his enemies. Not without his flaws, the General exemplifies America’s military strength and confidence during its ultimate defeat of Nazi Germany.

The Hunt for Red October

New York Film Academy founder, Jerry Sherlock, produced this 1990 hit, based on Tom Clancy’s best-selling novel. Starring Sean Connery and Alec Baldwin, the film is set during the late Cold War era and involves a rogue Soviet naval captain who wishes to defect to the United States with his officers and the Soviet Navy’s newest and most advanced nuclear missile submarine. The question is: is he really trying to defect or is he out to start war with the US? For a “war” that involved no real battles, this thriller creates a scenario in which the Cold War could ultimately erupt in an underwater confrontation. That is unless Jack Ryan can save the day.

Born on the Fourth of July

Considered one of Tom Cruise’s most memorable performances and earning him his first Oscar nomination, this captivating Oliver Stone film surrounds the life of Ron Kovic, who was paralyzed in the Vietnam War. Kovic, played by Cruise, becomes an anti-war and pro-human rights political activist after feeling betrayed by the country he fought for. Battling obstacles both with his own mind and body, as well as against the country he once fought for, the film captures the tragedy and difficulties many of our armed servicemembers face when returning home.

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Alfred Hitchcock's 39 Steps on the Stage!

The New York Film Academy Union Square is excited to welcome its new neighbor, 39 STEPS! The show is a comedic spoof of the classic 1935 film, with only 4 ‘insanely talented’ actors portraying more than 150 characters, sometimes changing roles in the blink of an eye.

The brilliantly madcap story follows our dashing hero Richard Hannay as he races to solve the mystery of 39 Steps, all the while trying to clear his name! The show’s uproarious fast-paced 100 minutes promises to leave you gasping for breath… in a good way! It’s great fun for everyone from ages 9 to 99.

The Tony® Winning Hit Comedy


*$49 Tickets Mon/Wed/Thu performances (reg. $79)
*$59 Tickets Fri/Sat/Sun performances (reg. $89)

“ABSURDLY ENJOYABLE! Theater at its finest!” -Ben Brantley, NY Times.
“INGENIOUS! A DIZZY DELIGHT!” -Joe Dziemianowicz, Daily News

Can’t wait to see it? Here’s how to purchase tickets. Note: NYFA students can purchase tickets for $20.


1. ONLINE: then select a performance date & enter code: LSP88
2. PHONE: Call at 877-250-2929 & mention code: LSP88
3. BOX OFFICE: Print & bring to the Union Square Theatre Box Office – 100 East 17th St

Performance Schedule: Mon 7pm, Wed 2 & 8pm, Thurs 8pm, Fri 8pm, Sat 2 & 8pm, Sun 3pm
For more information visit:
Union Square Theatre 100 East 17th St

* $20 student tickets. 2 tickets per valid ID at the box office only, day of performance!
* $49-$59 offer valid for select seats at all performances through 9/30/2015. Limit 8 tickets per order. All prices include a $1.00 facility fee. All sales are final — no refunds or exchanges. Blackout dates may apply. Offer is subject to availability and prior sale. Not valid in combination with any other offers. Offer may be revoked or modified at any time without notice.

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Fast Forward Film Festival

Fast Forward Film Festival

The Fast Forward Film Festival (FFFF) invites New York Film Academy filmmakers from the Rochester, New York area to submit to the inaugural Fast Forward Film Festival. For this first year, the Fast Forward Film Festival is only accepting submissions from filmmakers in the greater Rochester area with short films under 5 minutes. If you are from the area, this is a terrific opportunity to expose your student shorts to your local community.

Entries must be submitted through the Fast Forward Film Festival website by 11:59PM EST on February 27, 2015.

Final selections will be announced by early April, 2015. All submissions will be considered for each of the categories, and the 3 winning film selections will be screened at the festival.

“Embracing the short film format, FFFF challenges filmmakers to utilize the power of visual storytelling to convey the urgency of our environmental problems. Shorts are a liberating form that allow for greater experimentation and give voice to both aspiring and veteran filmmakers. By focusing creativity into films under five minutes in length, FFFF films will become an important communication tool to inspire change, connect people and build an environmentally concerned community.”

Judging the short films will be a jury composed of the following four distinguished professionals:

  • Jack Garner, nationally renowned film critic and author of From My Seat on the Aisle: Movies and Memories
  • Deborah Dickson, Academy Award nominee
  • Todd McGrain, independent filmmaker and The Lost Bird Project co-founder and winner of the 2014 Audubon Award for Art Inspiring Conservation
  • Enid Cardinal, RIT’s Senior Sustainability Advisor to the President. Selected entries will be shown at the Little Theatre and George Eastman House during Earth Week 2015.

The festival will award filmmakers for the following three categories:

  1. Most inspiring, compelling, and engaging
  2. Most unique perspective
  3. Strongest call to action.

Winners will receive $1,000 cash awards. Awards of $250 will also be given to Honorable Mentions in each of these three categories.

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Los Angeles Amazigh Film Festival

LAAFFIn support of the indigenous people of North Africa, the Tazzla Institute for Cultural Diversity is holding its 6th annual Los Angeles Amazigh Film Festival on Saturday, December 6, from 2:30 pm to 7:30pm at the Wells Fargo Theater.

Tickets are available on their web site for $15.00 each, and at the door the day of the event for $20.00.

This year’s festival will offer the West Coast premieres of three award-winning documentaries regarding Morocco. Two of the films are directed by well known producer, Izza Genini (Vibrations in the High Atlas and Nuptials in the Middle Atlas). LAAFF will also salute the work of Dounia Benjelloun (Sand Hill Production, Casablanca and New York), who has contributed each year to this festival, by showing her award-winning 2012 documentary Palm Grove School. In addition, the program will feature the very special documentary created by Dr. Wassim Korbi, recipient of several awards, called Azul (Tunisia).

Among the attendees, LAAFF will be honored by the presence of Moroccan producer, Mr. Ahmed Baidou, who will present a short on the city of Agadir, which was devastated by a 1960 earthquake. He will also be screening his latest feature film, Aghrabou (the Boat), which won the Best Film Award at last year’s festival.

“We have selected visual productions of quality to illustrate the Amazigh (Berber) culture of North Africa in its wealth and variety. All presentations are subtitled in English. We hope you will join us for an afternoon of good films, and good cheer.” – LAAFF

This event is primarily sponsored by the BMCE Fondation of Morocco, and by A.C.A.A., Amazigh Cultural Association in America.

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Brooklyn Girl Film Festival

Brooklyn Girl FF

Here is something for the female filmmakers at the New York Film Academy. The 4th Annual Brooklyn Girl Film Festival, which runs from March 26-28, 2015, is now open for submissions. Brooklyn Girl Film Festival’s mission is to showcase the work of women filmmakers from around the world, and bring these artists together for networking in a fun, informative and supportive environment. In a seemingly male dominated industry, the BGFF Films are sought in which a woman plays a key role as a director, writer, or lead animator. Features, documentaries, shorts, music videos, experimental and animated works are all considered. All genres are welcome as well.

For efficiency, all submissions are accepted through Withoutabox at or Film Freeway at

Official Selections will be in competition for an Audience Choice Award in two different categories, feature film and short film.

Deadlines For All Submissions:

  • Regular Deadline: November 22, 2014
  • Late Deadline: December 12, 2014 
  • Extended Deadline: December 19, 2014

A three-day annual event that takes place in March, BGFF features screenings that include filmmaker Q&A, workshops, an opening night reception, special events and an awards ceremony. BGFF attendees include local filmmakers as well as those from around the country and the world. Programs and events are designed not only for filmmakers, but anyone interested in the moving image.

What Filmmakers Have Said About the Brooklyn Girl Film Festival:

“Brooklyn Girl Film Festival is a fantastic festival. They communicate with and care about the filmmakers and provide a warm place to showcase work by women filmmakers. We had a wonderful time at the Festival!” – Amanda Melby – director of “Kerry and Angie

“I was really blown away by the films that screened at Brooklyn Girl Film Festival. These are film Makers that have big careers ahead of them, many very established already and really very cool people doing very important work. April, The festival director and the festival team made the whole experience enjoyable as a filmmaker and an audience member. The talent here was pretty amazing! The Brooklyn Girl festival has the pulse of upcoming film makers from all over the world!!!” – Megan Corry, Director “The Smell of Sand

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REEL Recovery Film Festival

REEL Recovery Film Festival

Located in nine cities around the Unites States, the REEL Recovery Film Festival, presented by Writers In Treatment, is now entering its 6th year. The multi-day event showcases filmmakers who make honest films about addiction, alcoholism, behavioral disorders, treatment and recovery. The festival is a celebration of film, the arts, writing and creativity.

On the whole, W.I.T.’s primary goal is to save lives through promoting and providing treatment as the best first step solution for Addiction, Alcoholism and other Self-Destructive behaviors. They also offer Educational, Prevention and Awareness Programs through their W.I.T. Author/Outreach Series. Similar to Betty Ford’s mission to bring addiction out of the closet twenty-eight years ago, the Writers In Treatment collective will work to bring recovery out of the closet now and forever.

Screenings typically encompass an eclectic array of contemporary and classic films, documentaries and shorts from American and international, first-time filmmakers and industry veterans.

For New York Film Academy students in New York City, the 3rd annual NYC REEL Recovery Film Festival will take place at Quad Cinema (34 W. 13th Street, NYC, NY 10011) from September 26th to October 2nd.


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Tom Machell Discusses the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Life After NYFA

Tom Machell

photo by Blake Babbitt

The New York Film Academy had the privilege of attending the world famous Edinburgh Fringe Festival this year, conducting Acting for Film and Filmmaking workshops. While there, Roger Del Pozo, NYFA’s Director of Performing Arts Enrollment, ran into one of our esteemed alumni, Tom Machell, who was performing in his wildly popular and extraordinarily funny, surreal sketch comedy show, zazU. This was Tom’s third appearance at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and Roger thought it’d be a good idea to chat a little bit about his experience both at Fringe and elsewhere in his career.

NYFA: What are you doing here at Fringe?

Tom Machell: I’m doing my own show this year, zazU. We are a parallel universe sketch comedy group. We’ve created this comedy group from a show we did in London called “News Review,” which is a satirical, political comedy show and we loved working with each other so we carried on. With zazU we’ve created a whole world, so the audience is taken in. You follow a bee through a map and you enter this world of zazU, and we play 40 characters in the hour and then you get taken back out again at the end.

NYFA: Is this your first time at Fringe?

TM: No, this is my third Fringe. I came here before I went to NYFA, when I wrote a play that premiered at Fringe. Immediately after graduating from NYFA, I came with the second show, which was about the first woman to be accepted to the magic circle, and now this is my third. So I’m a veteran of the Fringe.

NYFA: What’s the best thing about coming to Fringe?

TM: It’s the showcase opportunity more than anything. We’ve had a lot of interest in our show — from production companies and a lot of big casting directors. If you get an opportunity to get in a show here, you definitely should because it is great exposure.

NYFA: So what have you been doing beyond Fringe?

TM: I did a German film called Die Agentin, which just premiered in Munich along side actress Angela Winkler. I just shot a music video for the American band The Lighthouse and the Whaler, and I’m writing a film with Gary Morecombe, the son of comedy legend Eric Morecombe, called The Buckets, which we are shooting in October in Malta.

NYFA: Wow! So you’ve been busy!

TM: (laughs) Yes, very, very, very busy.

NYFA: So, Tom, how was your experience at New York Film Academy?

TM: I had an amazing time at New York Film Academy. First off, I met my best friends in my entire life there. I now have friends from all around the world. It was a great place to not only learn the craft but also how to market yourself. I learned about the whole business side of this world, which the majority of drama schools seem to forget about. They just sort of cast you out and then you forget – I need to market myself, I need to update my headshots, I need to make short films with my friends. The Academy has a curriculum where I would go to class and then the next day I could be on set shooting a short film; and then go back to class on the following day. It was constantly working and studying, working and studying, which I feel was amazing preparation for the industry.

NYFA: So, will you be back at Fringe next year?

TM: Yes, we definitely are, with this show. We are currently in talks with BBC Radio for a radio show and that would be amazing! It has been just an incredible time.

NYFA: That’s great. Congratulations on your success, Tom.

TM: Thanks!

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Chick Flicks Film Festival

Chick Flicks Film FestivalThe Women in Film Dallas (WIFD) provides a wonderful opportunity for women filmmakers to showcase their work. They accept narrative, documentary, animated, and experimental short films in any genre with a runtime of 35 minutes or less. The 2014 categories are Female Filmmakers and Flicks by Texas Chicks, and they are now accepting short film submissions for the 13th Annual Chick Flicks Film Festival, which will be held on October 2, 2014 at the Angelika Film Center in Dallas.

In honor of WIFD’s 30th Anniversary, winners will be awarded cash prizes. The Best of Fest winner will take home $1,000.00 and the Best Student Film will win $300.00.

To learn about Chick Flicks Film Festival rules, guidelines, and fees please visit or 2014 Submissions will be accepted up until August 28th, 2014.

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The United Film Festival Los Angeles

United Film Fest

The United Film Festival Los Angeles will be returning to the City of Angels for its 7th year at the Los Feliz 3 from September 5th through the 11th. The festival will be screening great independent films, both features and shorts, and a midnight screening of their cult classic documentary, The Rock- afire Explosion.

Selections include:

  • Live-In Fear on Friday, September 5th at 9:30pm (In order to escape the anxieties and fears of their normal lives, four emotionally distant friends travel to the Utah mountains to try and reconnect but it only ends up driving them further apart. They soon find the world coming down on them as they must face their fears and a deranged cult hell-bent on waking something ancient and evil up from a thousand years of sleep.)
  • Chasing Notes on Saturday, September 6th at 7:00pm, (The first documentary of its kind – focusing on the real-life challenges and demands faced by film composers who apply their craft in an intensely competitive field. Broader than that, however, it captures the spirit of chasing one’s dreams, which is an aspect of life that everyone can relate to. This film will allow you to meet the personalities of those who write the music we love in our movies, showing you a human side of an overlooked industry. As you get to know the key players of film composing, and hear their widely entertaining (and at times painful) tales of experience, you will also witness the emotional journey of an emerging composer attempting to break through into the industry at all costs. Capturing the very essence of the independent spirit, Chasing Notes shares candid stories intertwined with behind-the- scenes access about what it’s really like to be a composer in Hollywood today, and how some will brake for nothing to succeed at it.)
  • Legend of the Red Reaper on Sunday, September 7th at 6:30pm (For a thousand years, the Reapers guarded mankind from the demons that wait in the dark. Now, at the beginning of a new age, the Reapers are betrayed and slaughtered. Only one Reaper remains – Red, and she’s out to exact revenge.)
  • Echoes on Tuesday, September 9th at 7:00pm (Struggling with horrifying, sleep-paralysis induced visions, a young writer retreats with her boyfriend to an isolated desert house. As the visions intensify, she finds herself on the verge of losing her mind…or uncovering a life-threatening secret.)
  • Furthest From The Wild on Wednesday, September 10th at 7:00pm (Chronicling the many struggles that non-profit animal sanctuaries must face, Furthest From the Wild is a window into the world of captive animals. It offers a unique look at the lives of those who care for beautiful, and at times, dangerous creatures.)

Jason Connell is the founder and director of the United Film Festival, which started in Tulsa in 2002 and then spread to Los Angeles & New York in 2007 and next to San Francisco, Chicago & London in 2009. The festivals have a rich tradition of screening exceptional independent films and have gained a respectable reputation in only a few years time. Connell’s distribution division, the appropriately named United Films, has grown rapidly and now represents an impressive and constantly expanding library of independent films.

If you’d like to check out the full schedule or buy tickets, visit:!

NOTE: Tickets for most screenings are $10, with the only exception being the midnight screening, which is 2 for $10.

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LA Femme International Film Festival

LaFemme Film FestIn the spotlight is a unique festival that is truly a one of a kind that focuses on empowering women filmmakers, producers, writers, and talent. This diverse festival screens films, documentaries, commercials, shorts, music videos and screenplays that are created “by women for everyone” as entertainment. This festival is not a conglomerate or big business venture but one woman’s vision to make a difference and increase the ability for women creating entertainment to get a head and be seen.

LA Femme International Film Festival is from October 16-19, 2014 celebrating its 10th year.

The upcoming deadlines are Aug 16th and Aug 23rd for this year’s festival.

LA Femme now has a first look distribution partner which LA Femme successfully paired over six of our filmmakers with distribution for their films screening at the 2013 festival. This distribution relationship is exciting since all our films are screened by our distribution partner annually. So, distribution is open to all those selected to screen not just the winners of the festival.

What sets this festival apart are its amazing sprit with unprecedented panels with experts in all avenues of the entertainment fields in getting films made, sold, and distributed. LA Femme uses a select handful of entertainment experts that actually inspire while giving filmmakers the reality of today’s entrainment pitfalls. This is where the female indie filmmaker scene shines and is the only festival of its kind in sprit, content, and distribution opportunities for the woman filmmaker.

The festival has networking parties every night with a gala closing night ceremony for the attendees, honorees and winners where filmmakers, entertainment professionals, distribution executives and celebrities mix and mingle all festival long.

Some of the following award winners at the festival have gone on to received distribution: Green Street Hooligans directed by Lexi Alexander (2000 screens nationwide, international distribution),The Colt, Directed by Yelena Lanskaya ( Hallmark), Draco y el Teatro, directed by Angela Alvarado (MTV music Video) just to name a few.

At LA Femme, we proudly celebrate all the contributions to entertainment by leading female directors, producers, writers and performers in the entertainment industry. In recent years we have honored such outstanding individuals as Angela Bassett, Virginia Madsen, Vivica A. Fox, Lorraine Toussaint, Tippi Hedren, Susan Seidelman, Penelope Spheeris, Jacqueline Bisset and Sally Kirkland, among others.

This is New York Film Academy students’ chance to become supportive and creative LA Femme Alumni and join the forces of the women making a difference in entertainment!

Plus, Bonus discount for NYFA students submitting a short or feature.



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Vail Film Festival 2015

Vail Film FestivalThe Vail Film Festival, held annually in the small ski resort town of Vail, Colorado, fosters independent film and filmmakers through film screenings, panels, workshops, networking events, and educational projects.

Filmmakers who submit will have their films viewed and selected by VFF’s Programming Committee.

The Official Selection films will screen in Vail, CO, March 26 – 29, 2015. Filmmakers are invited to attend all screenings, festival parties and award ceremony.

Prizes will be given to the winners of the following categories:

  • Best Feature Film
  • Best Documentary Film
  • Audience Award
  • Best Short Film
  • Best Student Film
  • Best Environmental Film
  • Best Feature Screenplay
  • Best Short Screenplay

If you’re interested in submitting or would like to know more about the Vail Film Festival, CLICK HERE.

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