International Film Institute of New York

Zach N

New Member
I took the 5-week intensive this past summer (2012) and it was awesome, amazing facilities and inspiring teachers that ensured everyone got to make the film they wanted. Small group of people meant everyone learnt a huge amount and the intensive nature of the course meant no time was wasted. Everyone went away happy with their films and with the skills needed to make future films which is crazy for a 5-week course. The teachers and everyone at IFI have offered continued support with college and all things film-related now the course is over which is a huge help and most of all you meet awesome people and have a wicked time.
 

Ned

New Member
The people who set up this program (July 2012) are very clever. They not only had an abundant and professional teaching staff, they structured the course so that the students worked together on each others films. It's excellent motivation when your fellow students encourage you!
 

Kristi Palmer

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At the risk of sounding sappy, my 5 weeks in the IFI filmmaking intensive was everything I could have hoped for. The quality of instruction and equipment totally exceeded my expectations. While it was a very full workload, I was excited to go to class and learn about the many different aspects of film. I reached such a greater understanding of the art form and cemented my plans to pursue film after high school. The staff was amazing and really made you feel at home. They were totally willing to do whatever they could to help you make your film. Aside from the awesome learning and support, it was amazing to be able to get close to people who share your passion for film. We had some really fun times and learned a lot from each other. Fantastic five weeks.
 

Anna Siftar

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This is going to sound over the top, but I promise I'm serious. The weeks I spent at camp were some of the best weeks of my life. The International Film Institute of New York is run by incredibly intelligent and dedicated people who will do everything they can to make sure every student gets the guidance and support they need. The teachers are utterly wonderful, smart, and talented, and they spend astounding amounts of time and energy with each and every student's project. Because of the small number of students, we got a close-knit experience that I don't think is part of many (if any) other camps. Everyone--from teachers to peers to supervisors--was completely devoted to creating films that were entirely professional, and to learning as much about filmmaking as is possible to learn in five weeks. I only wish it could have lasted longer! Five stars, two thumbs up!
 

Ben A.

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I had no filmmaking experience before entering the International Film Institute of New York, but their intensive program gave me all of the necessary tools for sharing my stories through film. During my summer program I created a short that got me accepted at two of the country's top film programs at both the University of Southern California and New York University. My experience at the International Film Institute of New York was both demanding and fun, forcing me to grow as I learned over a semester's worth of film-school knowledge in only five weeks. The relationships I formed with my instructors over two years ago continue with me today as I pursue an undergraduate Film Production degree at the University of Southern California.
 
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Ben A.

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I had no filmmaking experience before entering the International Film Institute of New York, but their intensive program gave me all of the necessary tools for sharing my stories through film. During my summer program I created a short that got me accepted at two of the country's top film programs at both the University of Southern California and New York University. My experience at the International Film Institute of New York was both demanding and fun, forcing me to grow as I learned over a semester's worth of film-school knowledge in only five weeks. The relationships I formed with my instructors over two years ago continue with me today as I pursue an undergraduate Film Production degree at the University of Southern California.
 
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AnthonyCohen

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The International Film Institute is an ideal place to learn how to make a short film. It is so much more than that, though. The program is small, which affords the fantastic teachers the opportunity to spend a considerable amount of time helping each student with his/her individual project. The first three, intensive weeks are dedicated to learning invaluable skills and honing craft, all of which is done on cutting edge equipment in excellent facilities, and the last two are dedicated to the actual making of the films. After three weeks of hard, creatively demanding work, you are set loose with a camera and rewarded with the freedom to make the film that you want to make, which you have just spent three weeks developing. Any aspiring filmmakers who have the opportunity to enroll in this course should do so; it's a life changing experience.
 

Yash Razdan

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I took the 5 week course in the summer of 2013. Being an international high school student from india i was a little nervous about how it would go, but without sounding cheesy these weeks were few of the best of my life, the fact that i am willing to spend time to write a review for the program probably says enough about how much i enjoyed and learned from this program.
 

Dengo

New Member
This five week course was a great experience. It taught me all i ever wanted to learn about film making, and it gave me a new perspective when analyzing other films and screen plays.
It's a lot of work but it is absolutely worth it in the end.
 

Atnthony Gizzi

New Member
These five weeks have been a great experience. I knew I wanted to go into film as a director but this program taught me about new jobs on the movie set. I did lighting for all the people in my crew and it was a great experience. It was a ton of work with little down time, but it was worth it.
 

Anton Sharapov

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Over the summer I took the 5 Week Intensive Film Program which might have caused this to be my busiest summer yet, but a very enjoyable one. The rooms we were given at are very nice and didn't feel like they were small in size. We started the classes the next day from our arrival and it was a busy 2 weeks of learning about a lot of aspects in film. I learnt how to structure a screenplay with our teacher, Svea Vocke, who also helped us make our scripts as good as they could be. I enjoyed her class quite a lot and helped me understand how to write scripts better. The other main class we had was directing with Andres Rosende who taught us all the angles and the few rules that come with filming. He helped us create a shot list for our film and we even made little films before we worked on our main film which helped understand how to compose a shot better. Other classes we had while in the program were acting, lighting and how to use the cameras we were given. Everything was presented very well and I felt like I learned a lot in each part of the program.
Something I was worried about before going into the program was how much we could with our films and I was surprised how much we could actually do. I had to do some night shots in my film which required some sort of moon lighting and all of that was provided which made my movie closer to the vision I had of it. This wouldn't have been possible if I had a great crew and people supervising me. Every person helped in creating my film and it was a joy to work with them as well.
I also liked that we could be as creative as possible and nothing was shot down by the teachers from maybe personal views of what they like. The program also made me respect filmmakers much more and it showed me that a nice shot isn't exactly a simple job or getting the right lighting for the scene. I feel like I can judge a film properly also with looking at each aspect in a film and seeing what does and doesn't work in it.
Thank you to everyone in the program for actually making education fun for once and not something that is a struggle at best to do (nearly every subject at school). I wanted to do the work that was given to me and I think I have found my true passion. This program helped me with finding what exactly I want to do.
I love all of you <3
 

Meredith

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So I came into this program knowing basically nothing about film. I was so nervous. But, everyone was so nice and welcoming. I had no idea what I wanted my film to be about but the instructors and other students helped me with an idea. We worked on our screenplay in peer reviews for about 2 weeks. My screenplay went through 8 revisions. We made sure everything was perfect. We then went into the city and hired actors form auditions. This was a great experience and it really brought our films to life. We were broken into crews of 4 and my crew was amazing. We all worked really hard on each other's films. I learned so much about filmmaking and I know for certain that this is what I want to do. The instructors wanted to see us succeed and the other students were so great. I love everyone from the program and I highly recommend this program to everyone. You get what you put into this and if you take it really seriously, then you will get a great film and a great experience.
 

Thor

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The 5 day program at the International Film Institute was an informative seminar. It filled in the gaps of my previous film education, and built on my previous knowledge covering the basics in all aspects of film-making. I recommend this program to anyone interested in film production.
 

Evan Daniels

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I went here because I wanted to make a good quality film for my resume for college. As I discovered, this is most definitely the place for that. This program is intense. Like, run around campus screaming intense (which I did a lot of). But it's SO worth it. The amount of work we did in five weeks was amazing. Typically nine hours-worth of class every day, but classes went by so quickly because the material is interesting. Of course you'll learn the basics that you may or may not already know, but you'll quickly go deep into analyzing a scene for its techniques, what makes a screenplay great, and how to work with an actor (one of the surprisingly harder classes). All the teachers are amazing, and are usually available to communicate outside of class if you need advice on a scene or, later in the program, a cut of your film. This is not an easy program at all. You are constantly pushed to improve upon yourself, but it's all worth it in the end when you're left with a great final product. You're given a ton of freedom to make whatever your imagination can come out with (my film was about a cult leader falling in love with a homeless woman in the woods, it ended with a mass suicide). You even get to go to an open casting call in the city and cast whoever you want for your film. And if you're worried about making friends, I made a bunch of friends the first night, and by the first week I was close with pretty much all 20-something people. I guess all my work here paid off, because I just got into NYU Tisch and I accredit it mainly to this program.

If you're serious about filmmaking, or you want to experience it for the first time, go here. This was legitimately one of the greatest months of my life.
 

Anthony S.

New Member
I took a risk on the International Film Institute of New York, and it was one of the most pleasant and beneficial risks of my career. I teach film at a public school, so I was concerned that the International Film Institute of New York class would be too basic for me. Why would a film teacher take a “beginner” seminar? To start, this is not just a “beginner only” class or institute. Yes, they do include the basics, but they scaffold the information so that you can walk out and feel confident enough to make your own film. What I appreciated most is the quality of the individual instructors and lessons. The people the International Film Institute of New York tap to teach are professionals, and they are not recent graduates with little to no experience. If you investigate, you will find the other institutes do exactly that, and after participating in other institutes my former students have felt that they sometimes knew more than the teachers. The International Film Institute of New York brings in specialists and actual working industry professionals that are competent and experienced enough to accommodate and bring every participant up to speed. These instructors do a great job of addressing the concerns and needs of the diversity of learners. Yes, I was sitting next to people with more experience on one side and little to no experience on the other, but it was remarkable to see how every student was getting the information they were looking for, and no one was being left behind. That is incredibly difficult to do, but the International Film Institute of New York accomplishes this task with ease. No matter your level, the staff and teachers have the uncanny way of providing hands-on activities to engage every participant involved…and, ultimately, “hands-on” is what film is all about! Since I left this program, I have been inspired to work, and I have been working nonstop, writing and shooting short films and seeking out some professional film making opportunities. This was an exceptional use of my precious summer free time. Now, I know where to send my students, and the International Film Institute of New York will come with my highest recommendation.
 

Cameron Lee

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The 5 week International Film Institute of NY program was, without a doubt, the best learning experience and ultimately, the best weeks, of my life so far. While I have been passionate about film for many years and have attended some summer film classes, this program really teaches you what you need to know to create a film. The goal of the 5 weeks is to produce a 5 min short film (particularly great if you need a portfolio to submit for college applications), and you do everything from writing the script, casting the actors, choosing the locations, instructing your crew (of fellow students), directing the shoot, and editing. There's a reason it's called 'intensive' filmmaking program; you are going nonstop for all five weeks. I was thrilled with the quality and accessibility of the professors, including Misael Sanchez and Kyle Wilamowski. I made a ton of friends among my fellow high school students and even some of the adult students. It is wonderful to be part of a community that is so passionate about filmmaking If you think you might want to have a career in filmmaking, I highly suggest you take the course to figure out if it is for you.
 

Chris W

As You Wish
Staff member
The 5 week International Film Institute of NY program was, without a doubt, the best learning experience and ultimately, the best weeks, of my life so far. While I have been passionate about film for many years and have attended some summer film classes, this program really teaches you what you need to know to create a film. The goal of the 5 weeks is to produce a 5 min short film (particularly great if you need a portfolio to submit for college applications), and you do everything from writing the script, casting the actors, choosing the locations, instructing your crew (of fellow students), directing the shoot, and editing. There's a reason it's called 'intensive' filmmaking program; you are going nonstop for all five weeks. I was thrilled with the quality and accessibility of the professors, including Misael Sanchez and Kyle Wilamowski. I made a ton of friends among my fellow high school students and even some of the adult students. It is wonderful to be part of a community that is so passionate about filmmaking If you think you might want to have a career in filmmaking, I highly suggest you take the course to figure out if it is for you.
Thanks for your post! And welcome to the site! That's a nice writeup... I'll be sure to add the school to our film school database so you can post a review for it there as well.
 

tutenkhamen

Member
Okay, these reviews are OVERWHELMINGLY positive and I'm surprised cause I've never heard about this college before! Do they only have the 5 week program? Don't they offer and degree courses?
 

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