Florence is the hub of the New York Film Academy in Europe. In 2008, the Government of Tuscany and the Tuscan Film Commission invited NYFA to offer our world-renowned programs in a newly renovated Renaissance-era building overlooking the Piazza San Lorenzo, in the heart of the historic center of Florence. This facility is across from the Basilica di San Lorenzo, one of the most famous churches in Florence, which houses the Medici Chapels, the burial place of the principal members of the Medici family. It is also steps away from the famous Piazza del Duomo, Santa Maria Novella, Ponte Vecchio, and the Galleria, which houses Michelangelo’s David. NYFA is also just one block away from the celebrated central market.
NYFA Florence’s programs challenge students to interact with their surroundings while developing professional-level skills. Filmmaking students find themselves directly intermingling with the Italian people and culture, putting their knowledge to work as they make a series of short films. Acting for Film students perform in films shot on location, bringing stories and characters to life that reflects the culture and history of Florence. As students write, direct, shoot, edit and act in their own films, they acquire a deep understanding of Italian culture. Italy’s inhabitants become the characters in their stories. Italy’s traditions and customs shape their scripts, and Italy’s unique locations provide striking environments for original student films. Learn more on our website: https://www.nyfa.edu/florence/