Venice Film Festival

Venice Film Festival

Our student won VENICE FILM FESTIVAL! Open House, TOMORROW Sat. Oct. 13th 2018 3pm

Dear friends, followers, and fans of Digital Film Academy New York,

It has been an exciting few weeks here at our New York film school. Let’s get started:

New York Digital Film Awards (NYDFA 2018)

I will say this though…Wow !

If you weren’t at the recent New York Digital Film Awards which took place at the Anthology Film Archives, you sure missed a treat. A total of 15 different short films, vignettes, music videos and experimental pieces by our New York film students were screened over the course of a lively and enjoyable evening in the East Village, NYC.

After the film screenings, there was an interesting Q & A session with the New York DFA filmmakers. Ben Orifici, a DFA instructor and Anthology Archives Board member, led the questions and functioned as MC.

Finally, the eagerly awaited moment came as the NYDFA award winners were announced:

  • Best Cinematography award went to filmmaker Nitin Das from India for ‘How Forests Heal People’, which was beautifully shot and based on his healing forest philosophy.
  • Best Director award went to Digital Film Academy student Lorenzo Adams. His disturbing horror short film ‘Rotary’ (written and directed by Lorenzo P. Adams) was a jarring 9-minute ride.
  • Best Short Film award went to the enormously talented Patrick Mandeville, for his hilarious and deliciously awkward short film ‘Walls’, complete with Star Wars references.

Here you can see a 60 second sampler of Digital Film Academy student work, all DFA films which were screened at the event: Watch Video

To watch the ‘Walls’ short film in its entirety, click here:

AVID Media Composer 101 / AVID Media Composer 110

Our next Media Composer training dates are rapidly approaching in November 2018!

Media Composer is the video editing application used in most movie and television productions. By taking our 2-day media composer training course, you will gain confidence and efficiency with the Media Composer system. The very intensive, hands-on training will lead you through the user interface and basic editing techniques before moving on to trimming, fine-tuning the edit, adjusting audio, handling multicamera editing, adding transitions, adding titles, and outputting your finished project.


Add your name to our list:

Venice Film Festival and A Digital Film Academy Winner !

As if the New York Digital Film Awards weren’t enough, a Digital Film Academy graduate recently took things up to a whole new level: he scooped up a prize at the 2018 Venice Film Festival !

For those who may not understand the implications of this, let me just pause here to put this in context…

The Venice Film Festival is literally THE oldest film festival in the world.

It dates back to 1932.

It is one of the TOP film festivals in the world, alongside the Cannes Film Festival and Berlin International Film Festival (the Berlinale). Taken together, in the world of film festivals these are known as the “Big Three”.

So, winning at the Venice Film Festival is a hugely prestigious accomplishment, to say the least!

And for one of our graduate to win at the Venice Film Festival is something we are very proud of indeed.

Mr. Phuttiphong Aroonpheng is a Digital Film Academy graduate from Thailand whose movie “Kraben Rahu” was named Best Film in the festival’s Orizzonti (Horizons) section.

Phuttiphong studied at Digital Film Academy of New York in 2004. After his studies, he continued making short films and visual artworks, screening at the International Film Festival Rotterdam. He continued by winning the Asian New Talent Award for Best Cinematography from the 2016 edition of the Shanghai International Film Festival.

In September 2018, we were delighted to learn that his film “Kraben Rahu” had won at the Venice Film Festival. ‘Kraben Rahu’, which translates as ‘Manta Ray’, addresses the situation of the Rohingya people in Myanmar and Thailand. It is our graduate’s first feature-length film.

We extend our sincere congratulations to Phuttiphong and are honored to say that it all started at DFA!

You’re Next: Find Out How to Start Your Career in Media!

So, are you ready to jump in and start learning industry-level skills at a professional level? Contact us and find out how to apply to film school.

Want to visit our school first? 

If you’re close enough to the New York area, sign up for one of our Open House events. Come to find out if DFA is the right school for you! Our next Open House event is 2 days from now, Saturday, October 13th, 2018 at 3 pm. Click to add your name to the guest list here or to check future upcoming dates:

If you’ve already attended an Open House and are still undecided, why not come back to observe a real class?! Click here to choose days and times that work for you. Best of all? It’s FREE:

And remember: it all starts at Digital Film Academy… 

It’s time to make your move!

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