New York Film Academy (Beijing)


"There is no better way to become a filmmaker than to simply start making films"


5th - 12th August 2019 (8 days)

Beijing Film Academy

New York Film Academy



Admission Quota:
60 High School Students

About us

New York Film Academy

The New York Film Academy is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) and in China, the Chinese Education Department. The NYFA was founded in 1992 by Jerry Sherlock, a former film, television and theatre producer. Their philosophy is based on a "learning by doing" approach, which every curriculum stems from. They offer an intensive, hands-on, and total immersion approach to learning. Students come from all over the world to learn and work together, which creates a rich exchange of culture and ideas, and builds an international network for their graduates. The Film Academy is also honored to be the film school of choice for many Hollywood filmmakers, actors, and figures from the entertainment and media world. Every year, hundreds of Chinese students join the NYFA summer camps.

From 2016, the New York Film Academy will work with ASDAN China to offer high school summer film programs at the Beijing Film Academy. Chinese students will be able to enjoy some of the best American film education in China.


  • First film course for high school students in China
  • Learn filmmaking from a distinguished American film academy right here in Beijing
  • A dream platform for passionate art students who wish to shoot their first professional film
  • Artistic Support for students wishing to apply to top universities
  • All teaching facilities and filming equipment provided by Beijing Film Academy

Film Making

Teaching Methodology

Courses given in English

Offer an intensive, hands-on, total immersion approach to learning

Teaching philosophy

Filmmaking needs lots of knowledge. The combination of that knowledge is what makes the New York Film Academy different. In this course, students not only learn how to use cameras, lights, film editing software, they also gain relevant film knowledge.

In line with the mission and philosophy of the New York Film Academy, this program is intensive and focused on hands-on learning. In the NYFA film camps, each student writes, shoots, directs and edits his or her own films. Our film camps are designed for people with little or no experience in making films. This program focuses on the fundamental elements of visual storytelling that enable the participants to direct their own projects.



Ben Maraniss

Ben Maraniss is a writer, director, teacher and journalist. He earned an MFA in Film and Television Writing from the University of Southern California and holds a BA in American Studies from Amherst College. Ben has worked extensively with Spaceman Media and Scrollmotion, creating dozens of short films, commercials, and interstitials, which have appeared on AMC, Comedy Central and Super Deluxe. His articles on cinema and pop culture have been featured in the N+1 Film Review Supplement.

Ben’s pilot scipt Weimar won the 2015 Pilot Grand Prize in the International Screenwriters Association’s TRMS-Austin competition. He is currently working with producer Fredrica Drotos on television series about a UK tabloid reporter covering a murder in which her editor is implicated, and on Secret & Confidential, a detective series set 1970s-era Washington D.C.

Brendan Davis

Brendan Davis is a well-traveled independent producer of film and television. Strong conceptual vision combined with 20+ years of practical/creative credits. Since 1992 Davis has earned technical or creative credits on 50+ movies and TV series. In 2013, Davis co-founded Kilin International, a production company and consultancy focused on developing co-productions in the U.S., China, and New Zealand. Davis is also a partner in Spooky Tree Pictures, Ltd. based in Auckland, New Zealand, currently in development on DEAR MARY ANNE. He was previously COO of digital marketing firm Luthier Society, Inc. and founder of production company Tangible Entertainment. Davis has a BA in Film from Georgia State University, is currently a guest lecturer at Beijing Film Academy, and has been a Producing Faculty member of the New York Film Academy / Los Angeles since 2010.

In July 2013, Davis and Kilin were hired to produce 13 Los Angeles-based episodes of popular Chinese celebrity interview show "Jia Pian You Yue", aka “The Best”, for CCTV-6 in Beijing. The episodes were completed in November 2013 and aired in China during the 2014 Chinese New Year, featuring comic-book legend Stan Lee, directors Justin Lin and M. Night Shyamalan, and actor Sean Astin. Davis produced the project and served as executive producer for Kilin.

Most recently, Davis was a producer on the New Zealand feature film BORN TO DANCE, which had its world premiere at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival and its European premiere at the 2016 Berlinale. Other credits include the upcoming feature documentaries CRAZYHOT (2016) and THE ROYAL ART (2017). Previous credits include AUTEUR (2014) and DEADGIRL (2008; world premiere, 2008 TIFF).


Certificate of Completion by NYFA

Certificate of Careers and Experiencing Work by ASDAN

Six students as a group will complete a 5 minute film.

2018 Students Short Film(Section A )

The Letters


Ready for it



2018 Students Short Film(Section B)


The confession of Murderer

A Lesson

Big Bro

Six students as a group will complete a 5 minute film.

2017 Students Short Film(Section A )

A Ture Story



God Eyes Always on you


2017 Students Short Film(Section B )

Dreams Do Come True - Angel

Lead The Path

Capture re

the wish list

Six students as a group will complete a 5 minute film.

2016 Students Short Film(Section A )

Once Upon a time

The Exhibition


Show off

Father’s Pigeon



2016 Students Short Film(Section B )

Found My Savior


Imaginary Escape

Taking Dream

Who Are You

Six students as a group will complete a 5 minute film.

2015 Students Short Film

The Keeper


$5 For Love

DOOR 向默片致敬的经典新作

Application Information


  • Apply Online: go to the official registration website to register online and select your payment method.
  • Apply Offline: Call ASDAN China to ask for an application form with payment instructions.

Admission Quota

60 High School Students

Who can apply?

  • High school students who are passionate about filmmaking and creative art.
  • Students who wish to apply for an art major or to study abroad.
  • Students who have good English from being taught in English.

Date Due

30th June, 2018

Refund Policy

If, for some reason, a student is unable to attend after paying the fee, please notify us in writing before Jul. 1st, 2018 and 10% of registration fee and logistic fee will be deducted. If after Jul. 2nd, 2018, 75% registration fee and all logistic fee will be charged.