I wonder if they got less applicants because the application was more arduous and required us to shoot a film.
NYU: Notification of DecisionNotification of an admission decision cannot be made until all required supporting materials have been received and a full assessment of a candidate has been rendered by the departmental admission committee. A preliminary notification informing the candidate of his or her successful audition/interview may be sent directly by the Graduate Acting program, the Department of Dance, or the Department of Design for Stage and Film. However, a formal offer of admission can only be issued by the Ofﬁce of Graduate Admissions.
It's a two-step process for NYU between Department & Office of Graduate Admissions, whereas AFI has an Admissions Committee only.
So I assume between virtual review of application, and all other Covid delays, it's more difficult for the NYU parts to come to a decision as a whole (at least this is how i justify us here wondering if any invitations have actually been sent out today)