Scholarship Competition

*** The competition for 2015 is over. Stay tuned for next year’s competition. ***

City-Wide High School Film & Acting Scholarship Competition

Sponsored by The New York Film Academy

The New York Film Academy is a unique educational institution, devoted to providing the most focused filmmaking, acting, and animation instruction in the world. Our film school’s workshops offer an intensive, hands-on experience which gives students the opportunity to develop their creative skills to the fullest extent possible.

The New York Film Academy is pleased to offer a limited number of scholarships to our summer acting and filmmaking workshops for deserving high school students in New York City. Scholarships are given to public school students who demonstrate financial need, passion for the visual and performing arts, and outstanding academic achievement.

Click here to see this year’s winners.


Sophomores & Juniors Seniors
Student must submit a 500-word essay.Student must demonstrate academic achievement.Student must demonstrate financial need. Student must submit a 750-word essay.Student must demonstrate academic achievement.Student must demonstrate financial need.

*Only United States citizens and permanent residents may apply for The New York Film Academy Scholarship.

How to Apply:

The application form, essay, and supporting documentation must be received in the New York Film Academy office by Tuesday, December 30th, 5:00PM EST. Winners will be notified by January 30th, 2015.

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Please mail your applications to:

New York Film Academy
100 E.17 Street
New York, NY 10003

Application Checklist:

• Completed Application Form

• Essay (Listed under Section B on the Application Form)

• Financial and Academic Documents (Listed under Section C on the Application Form)


Sophomores & Juniors Seniors
1st Place:4-Week Teens Filmmaking OR Teens Acting Workshop Scholarship 1st Place:8-Week Film & Hi-Def OR Acting for Film Workshop Scholarship
2nd Place:3-Week Teens Filmmaking OR Teens Acting Workshop Scholarship 2nd Place:6-Week Filmmaking OR Documentary Workshop Scholarship
3rd Place:1-Week Teens Filmmaking OR Teens Acting Workshop Scholarship 3rd Place:4-Week Hi-Def Filmmaking OR Acting for Film Workshop Scholarship


Sophomores & Juniors: Teens Acting Workshops »

4-Week: June 28 – July 25, 2015
3-Week: July 26 – August 15, 2015
1-Week: July 5 – July 11, 2015

The New York Film Academy offers 1-week, 3-week and 4-week intensive acting workshops. Unlike standard high school drama classes, our acting workshop creates an immersive experience in specific areas of study in the acting craft, offering workshops as diverse as Acting for Film, Scene Study, Monologue, Voice and Movement Technique, Improvisation, and the Business of Acting. The New York Film Academy believes in building a strong, base foundation in the art, and excels in providing training and feedback in acting in front of the camera. Acting students take what they’ve learned in all their workshops and apply their training to scenes that are shot on digital video, then critiqued in a group in class—all under the guidance of experienced staff. Acting students learn how to adjust performance in accordance with the type of shot the director chooses; to shoot out of sequential sequence; and to function with focus and relaxation in the midst of the chaos of a film set.

Sophomores & Juniors: Teens Digital Filmmaking Workshop »

4-Week: June 28 – July 25, 2015
3-Week: July 26 – August 15, 2015
1-Week: July 5 – July 11, 2015

The New York Film Academy’s filmmaking workshop is ideal for providing students with a thorough introduction to the foundations of film craft and visual storytelling. This full-time program is structured around the production of three short films of increasing complexity. Each student writes, directs, shoots, and edits three short films of his or her own using HD digital cameras, portable lighting packages, and digital editing software. Hands-on classes in directing, writing, editing, cinematography, and production cover all the creative and technical demands of telling a story with moving images. Each week all the students’ films are screened and critiqued in class with the instructor. Students are taught the language of filmmaking and the director’s craft as applied to the digital format. Aspects of mise-en-scene, visual storytelling, continuity-style coverage, directing actors, and writing visually will be essential to the director’s palette.

Seniors: Post-Secondary Film & Hi-Def/Documentary Workshop »

8-Week Film & Hi-Def: June 1 – Aug 2 or July 6 – Sept 6, 2015
6-Week Film: July 6 – Aug 16, 2015
6-Week Documentary: May 26 – July 11, 2015
4-Week Hi-Def: July 6 – Aug 2, 2015

For students with little or no filmmaking experience, the 8-Week Film Hi-Def Workshop offers the best of all worlds: focused learning, hands-on film shoots, and the opportunity to make a fully realized final film. The first month of the program is divided between hands-on class and the production by each student of three short films of increasing difficulty. Students use film and digital cameras, portable lighting packages, and digital editing systems. Following production and post-production, students screen their work for their classmates and instructors and engage in critiques and discussion. The second month of the program is devoted solely to each student’s final project of up to ten minutes. Students have a pre-production period to cast, scout locations, plan their final films, and meet with instructors for one-on-one consultation. The rest of the month is devoted to production and post-production of their final films.

Seniors: Post-Secondary Acting for Film Workshop »

8-Week: July 6 – Aug 29, 2015
4-Week: July 6 – Aug 1, 2015

The 8-Week Acting for Film Workshop trains students in the theory and practice of the basic elements of the acting craft, using Stanislavsky’s System with scene and monologue work as starting points. In conjunction with these classes, students participate in courses aimed specifically at training the actor for the requirements of acting on a film set. Classes include Acting for Film, Audition Technique, Film Craft, Voice and Movement, Scene Study, Improvisation, and Monologues. Students learn the basics of film acting: calibrating performances based upon shot size and angle, hitting marks, emotional and physical continuity, and strength and imagination in acting choices. The workshop also seeks to build a foundation in acting technique with immediate application to scripted material. It starts at a most basic level, usually with silent scenes or short dialogue scenes, before longer dramatic or comedic scenes are explored.

Please note: curriculum, dates, and prices subject to change.


All programs and workshops are solely owned and operated by the New York Film Academy and are not affiliated with Universal Studios, Harvard University, or Walt Disney World® Resort.
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