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.

Paul Brown is an award-winning writer, director and producer who has worked in film and television for over 30 years. Mr. Brown has received nominations for three Emmy Awards and three Golden Globes, and won the Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for Best TV Drama Script. He also received the Ark Trust’s Genesis Award for Best TV Drama Script for Animal Rights. He directed a music video starring Beyoncé and co-wrote Disney’s hit movie “Camp Rock.” Most recently, he directed and co-wrote the feature film “Heaven’s Rain.” As a lecturer for the New York Film Academy, Mr. Brown gives writing and acting workshops throughout the year in Europe, Australia, and Latin America. A graduate of Oxford University, Mr Brown holds a master’s degree in literature. He also holds a bachelor’s degree (hons) in English literature from the University of California, Berkeley.

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