New York Film Academy 1 Year Filmmaking Student

New York Film Academy helps you learn more about the art of filmmaking and how to get a job doing something in the film industry.

The hands-on approach works best because it makes learning about film easier.

New York Film Academy stood out to me because it’s very well known, has a great great reputation and is in the heart of New York City. For those looking to get into the industry and want to be taught by excellent teachers, then they should study at NYFA.

NYFA is awesome!

-Rob Servidone

New York Film Academy Filmmaking Student

I have previously studied at other film schools, but I’ve always wanted the opportunity to learn film while living in New York City. I chose to continue my education at the New York Film Academy because of their hands-on approach, accelerated courses and it’s New York City location.

-Jackie Massar

New York Film Academy 2 Year Filmmaking Student

I am studying at New York Film Academy because it’s located in New York City, I love film and the hands-on intensive programs the school offers. I find the hands-on approach, Red Epic, and Paul Warner [NYFA Instructor] to be valuable to my learning and growth as a filmmaker.

I would recommend New York Film Academy to others if they are looking for an intense hands-on learning style.

-Mateo Salcedo

New York Film Academy Filmmaking Student

I am studying at the New York Film Academy because it is one of the best film schools in the world and I love film. After I graduate, I want to find a job in the film industry. Also, I think NYFA gives students more hands-on practice, which is also why I chose to study here.

While studying at NYFA, I found the directors craft class and cinematography class to be my two favorite classes – as well as the lighting class. The writing and editing classes were very beneficial and taught me important methods. Ultimately, everything I learned at NYFA was valuable.

The first reason I chose to study at NYFA, over other schools, was because it is in New York City. I can enjoy learning while living in a great city. I think the environment is really important and I like the setup of classes. Every class you learn a lot – which is very useful during practice.

I would highly recommend NYFA to others looking to get into the industry, because I think students who graduate from here will be more likely to get a professional job.

-Jinyi Liang

New York Film Academy 1 Year Cinematography Student Review

I am studying at New York Film Academy because I’m interested in studying cinematography and learning exactly what I want to do for a career.

I’ve found the teaching methods are very valuable here - everything is explained in great detail. I also like how everything is hands-on, because it shows not only how things work, but how to apply them.

I liked NYFA’s way of teaching, which is why I chose this school over others. Also, I wanted to study in New York City and the school is right in the heart of the city.

I would recommend NYFA to others looking to get into the industry, because it teaches you all you need to know and the teachers are really helpful.

-Anna Fiske

New York Film Academy 2 Year Filmmaking Student

I chose New York Film Academy over other schools because I’ve always wanted to study in New York City at a reputable school. I wanted to learn as fast as possible, and I found out this school has the most intensive hands-on programs in the world.

The production workshops are really interesting for me because it gives me the opportunity to try new things, and be placed in realistic situations that can happen on a shoot.

I recommend NYFA to others because the staff and teachers guide you in the right direction to achieve your goals.

-Oscar Brais Revalderia Prieto

New York Film Academy 1 Year Filmmaking Student

I am studying at the New York Film Academy because I want to expose myself to all the different roles that make a film possible. I want to find my niche as a filmmaker and also build my technical background.

The school has a very hands-on approach that I find to be the most valuable teaching method.

New York Film Academy is better than other schools due to their hands-on technique. I find no better way to learn than actually physically immersing yourself in the project. Attending school here allowed me to live in New York City.

I recommend this school to others trying to get in the industry because the teachers are very accessible, the classes are small, and the training is hands-on.

-Ivy Arce

New York Film Academy 1 Year Filmmaking Student

I graduated at the Academy of Fine Arts in Milan as a graphic designer and art director. I chose to continue my experience abroad in New York City, which I love; and it inspires me so much.

I recommend New York Film Academy to others because I love this academy and it’s a great place to learn.

-Daniel Zagaevschi

New York Film Academy Filmmaking Student

The New York Film Academy has always been my dream school to go to after High School. It was the only college I applied to because I couldn’t see myself anywhere else and my dream of getting accepted came true! I took Multimedia Technology for 3 years in high school so I knew the basics of film editing, cinematography, etc. I wanted to learn so much more about film and I knew that the only school that could teach me things I didn’t know was the New York Film Academy. The first DAY of the academy was hard! I thought I knew what we were going to learn, but I never touched a 16mm camera until my first day of college. The academy was NOT kidding about sometimes having 12-hour days!

Since attending the academy, we had a guest speaker and screening almost every week! I networked with a lot of people and by doing so, I even got to attend a private screening of Silver Linings Playbook featuring Jennifer Lawrence & Bradley Cooper; and the movie, Fun Size! This weekend I went to the New York City Horror Film Festival where I saw three short films and a feature length film! Not only did I get to meet the director from the feature film, I got to meet and network with a past graduate from NYFA whose thesis film, “The Hierarchy”, was in the festival! It made me so excited to be a part of the academy and made me want to enter my films into festivals someday!

I love all my teachers at NYFA! I’m such a nerd that I googled them on the first day and I am very impressed with their past and current work. I even had my Director’s Craft instructor, Billy Tyler Smith, autograph his feature film for me! I know that I’m learning from the best because they have such good stories about their experiences in the industry. Learning from them inspires me to want to become a teacher and teach students about my soon-to-be experiences in the film industry! The majority of my instructors are male so the movie examples they show are not all in my interest. I will most likely show “Legally Blonde” when I become a teacher.

After this year of the New York Film Academy, I will be attending the campus in Los Angeles to earn my Master’s Degree in Filmmaking. This was another reason I chose the academy over other film schools. NYFA has campuses almost EVERYWHERE. I think it is so beautiful how it is located in different countries as well as other states. I believe that every inspiring movie will come from a NYFA student because we are from all over the world and have different stories to tell! It was one of the few schools that allowed me to travel! To earn my masters degree, it is required to have one year in NYC and another 3 years in LA. No argument there from me! They are my two favorite cities and I can’t wait to fall in love with both. They are different in the most beautiful ways I have heard.

Once I graduate NYFA, I plan on getting an internship with Warner Brothers studio or another huge production company. New York Film Academy encourages you to dream BIG and take risks! I’m getting choked up writing about it. The first day of NYFA I was told by instructor Michael Sandoval, “As of this moment, you are all filmmakers.” I am a filmmaker and I plan on keeping it that way.

-Casey Hempel