Film Schools in New York

Film Schools in New York City, NY

New York Film Academy

New York Film Academy at 17 Battery Place, NY is also based in Los Angeles and Miami. A school of film and acting, Ney York Film Academy was founded in 1992 by Jerry Sherlock, a former TV and film producer.
Offering Bachelor and Associate degrees and 1 and 2 year programs, courses include:

  • Acting
  • Cinematography and Film/Video Production
  • Playwriting and Screenwriting
  • Documentary Productions
  • Animation/Video Graphics
  • Special Effects

    Notable Alumni: Actor/Comedians – Damon Wayans, Damon Wayans Jr, Bill Hader and Aubrey Plaza.

    Fees: Between $30,000 and $60,000 per year.

    New York University (NYU)

    New York University (NYU) has its main historical campus in Greenwich Village. The school’s logo is the upheld torch, derived from The Statue of Liberty.

    Courses include:

    • Film Production
    • Film, Television and Business (navigating film financing and filmmaking)
    • Film Scoring (composition and music theory for film aesthetics)
    • Acting

    Notable Alumni: 2-time Academy Award Winning Director, Spike Lee, actors Alec Baldwin and Angeline Jolie and performing artist, Lady Gaga.

    Fees: average $40,000 per year.

    City College of New York

    City College of New York offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Film and Video Production, teaching the fundamental skills in film production.

    Program Covers:

    • History
    • Theory
    • Screenwriting
    • Directing
    • Producing
    • Editing

    Fees: Average $30,000 per year.

    Talent Agencies New York

    Take 3 Talent represents

    Take 3 Talent represents Children, Teens and adults for Television, Film, Theatre, Commercial, Voiceover, Print, Hosting and Comedy.

    CESD Talent Agency

    CESD Talent Agency are based in New York and Los Angeles and provide talent for Voiceover, Print, Theatrical, On Camera and Youth.

    Bloc NYC Talent Agency

    Bloc NYC Talent Agency are New York and Los Angeles based and clients include Choreographers and Dancers as well as providing talent for Film/TV, Theatre, Music Video and Print.

    The Price Group Talent Agency

    The Price Group Talent Agency represents a small, selective list of emerging and established actors for Broadway Musicals and Plays, Television, Film, Commercials and New Media.

    Stewart Talent Agency

    Stewart Talent Agency have offices in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Atlanta. They provide talent for TV, Film, Theatre, Voiceover, Commercial, Print, Theatre Directors and Stylists.

    Metropolis Artists Agency

    Metropolis Artists Agency represent talent in Fil, TV and Theatre.

    Central Casting Agency

    Central Casting Agency leads in representing background actors and talent.

    Acting Schools New York

    American Academy of Dramatic Arts

    American Academy of Dramatic Arts has locations in New York and Los Angeles. It offers Bachelor programs in Acting and Dramatic Theatre.

    Fees: $58,000 per year.The Juilliard School

    The Juilliard School is one of the world’s leading schools for Drama, Dance and Music. Offering programs in Acting, famous alumni include Viola Davis, Jessica Chastain and Robin Williams.

    Fees: $35,000 per year.

    The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts

    The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts provides programs in Acting.
    Notable alumni include Matthew Fox, Gina Costigan and Jacob Batalon.

    Fees: $55,000 per year.

    Acting Classes and Workshops in New York

    New York Acting School for Film and Television

    New York Acting School for Film and Television was founded by Mark Stolzenberg, recently credited for his part in Boardwalk Empire.


  • Half Term 01 – 18 On Camera Technique classes, 1 Star in a Movie course + 1 elective class (Commercials, Business of Acting, Improv) = $2100.
  • Half Term 02 – 18 On Camera Technique classes, 1 Star in a Movie course + 1 Agent Showcase + 2 elective classes = $2500.
  • Full Term – 36 On Camera Technique classes, 2 Star in a Movie courses + Commercials class, Business of Acting, Private one-hour coaching and Agent Showcase = $4500
  • Get Your Act Together – 9-14 month program inclusive of all above + headshots, acting reel, website and resume = $7600.
    Single courses and workshops are available for individual fees.
    Stella Adler Studio of Acting was founded in 1949. There are online classes and professional conservatory choices for students wishing to follow a career in acting.

    The Acting Studio New York

    The Acting Studio New York is an acting conservatory designed to train actors, directors and writers looking for professional careers in TV, Film and Theatre.

    Training includes:

    • Conservatory – Full-time (180 hours) = $2600
    • Training in beginner Meisner Technique, Improv, Emotional Preparation, Cold Reading and Scene Study.
    • Summer Acting Conservatory – Full-time (180 hours) = $2700
    • The Acting Program – 18-months = $8245.
    • Training in Full Meisner Technique with final performance in conjunction with Chelsea Repertory Company.
    • Individual workshops and acting classes from beginner to advanced are also available for $260 – $2600.

      Film Tax Credits New York

      The State of New York offers a 30% tax credit on qualified costs for feature films, episodic television series, Television pilots and presentations, TV movies and miniseries.

      Properties or services used in New York State that ae covered include technical services and crew production, facilities, props, makeup and wardrobe. Wages are usually excluded.

      There are 2 levels of eligibility:

      1. Level 1 – Production costs are under $15 million, must have a set and shoot once a day in NY. 75% of total expenses before post-production must be in New York.

      2. Level 2 – Production costs are over $15 million, must shoot on a specifically built set and 10% of principle days must be shot in New York.
        For features shooting in New York City, projects must be at Level 2 eligibility.

      More information can be found by contacting the New York State Governors Office for Motion Picture and TV Development.

      Film Festivals New York

      New York Film Festival is a non-competitive festival presented by Film at Lincoln Center and was founded in 1963.

      Showing between 20 and 30 feature films and documentaries including international art house, new discoveries and studio releases targets toward awards season.

      In recent years, Academy Aware nominated and winning films such as Moonlight, Manchester by the Sea, Whiplash and If Beale Street Could Talk were all shown at New York Film Festival.

      Tribeca Film Festival is one of the most well-known film festivals in the world. Founded in 2002. Showcasing feature films and shorts, the festival aims to highlight culturally and socially relevant films.

      The Tribeca Film Festival usually draws in an estimated 3 million people annually and generates $600 million per year.

      Brooklyn Film Festival is an international competitive festival. The organisation donates hundreds of complimentary tickets to schools across Brooklyn and shows over 100 films from over 30 countries per year.

      Winning films at BFF have gone on to win BAFTAs, Academy Awards and Canadian Street Awards.

      Film Commission New York

      For film productions and feature projects in New York City, see the New York Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting.

      For filming in New York State, the New York State Film Office website has all the information on tax incentives, soundstages, locations and links to regional film offices. Further resources for talent, crew and construction can also be found on their website can be found at