Coronavirus: statement from School President

DFA Student Guidelines & Instructions

Equipment Reservations Currently Closed

Due to the evolving nature of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) impact on our beloved city, the DFA facility will remain unavailable until occupancy restrictions are removed or changed.

Please continue to visit the Digital Film Academy site and check your Email for information regarding the Times Square facility and all other notices.

THE GOOD NEWS: January 18th, 2021 start date for the next term is
100% on track and proceeding as scheduled. Online delivery will be
used if required. EVER ONWARD!

Stay vigilant! This program at this time provides timely focus on your media career after this difficult time has passed.  Wash Your Hands!

Student Film Deadlines Extended!

All deadlines for student film projects (final cuts) have been extended to May 1, 2020.

All Classes and Labs:

  • All DFA classes and labs are being conducted live remote on Google Hangouts Meet and Zoom, accessible through Google Calendar
  • Attendance will be taken by teachers and staff.

Download the list of software resources for all classes and labs.

Join a Google Hangout Meet in the following ways:

  • From your computer (recommended)
  • From your smartphone. (Do not join while driving.)
  • Call into the conference phone line (audio only).

Need technical Support? Call Guy Mor: 201-383-2687
Please text your name before calling to avoid being falsely identified as spam. If you believe you may require remote computer assistance please install Teamviewer before calling. 

Be advised that all live remote classes will be recorded to allow for review and to verify attendance.

This two minute video explains step-by-step how to connect:

Using Google Meet on a Computer:

  • (Using Google Chrome as your browser is recommended.)
  • From Google Calendar, click on the class or lab to open the event details.
  • Click “Join Hangouts Meet” within the event.
  • A new tab will open.
  • If asked, allow the browser to access your microphone and camera.
  • Optional – Mute your microphone by clicking the microphone icon in the browser window.
  • Click “Join Now“.

Using Google Meet on a Smart Phone:

IMPORTANT: Do not join classes or labs while driving.

  • Install and log in to the Google Meet app.
  • From Google Calendar, click on the class or lab to open the event details.
  • Click the join link within the event.
  • Google Meet app will open.
  • Click “Join Meeting“.

Using Google Meet on a Phone (Audio Only):

  • From Google Calendar, click on the class or lab to open the event details.
  • Find the phone number and PIN code to join the meeting.
  • Call the phone number and enter the PIN when instructed.

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Daily Screenings

  • We’re going to be screening a movie every day.
  • To watch the films or see the schedule click here.
  • To enroll in daily reminders, send an Email with “enroll” in the subject line.

Short of the Week

  • Founded in 2007, Short of the Week has become the preeminent voice in online film curation built on scouring the web to discover and promote the new wave of emerging filmmakers creating innovative stories for online audiences. 


From the CDC:

Wear a mask or Cloth Face Coverings

  • CDC recommends that people wear cloth face coverings in public settings and when around people who don’t live in your household, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
  • Cloth face coverings may help prevent people who have COVID-19 from spreading the virus to others.
  • Cloth face coverings are most likely to reduce the spread of COVID-19 when they are widely used by people in public settings.
  • Cloth face coverings should NOT be worn by children under the age of 2 or anyone who has trouble breathing, is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.

Clean your hands often

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Avoid close contact

Cover coughs and sneezes

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Clean and disinfect

  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.

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