NYFA Alum Featured in Filmmaker Magazine!


NYFA Los Angeles Alum Farkhat Shapirov was one of four young Kazakhs who received a government grant to attend a workshop at the New York Film Academy Los Angeles. He is now making headlines at the 6th Eurasia International Film Festival with his film Tales of the Pink Bunny, previously released theatrically in Kazakhstan with a full blown marketing campaign in September. Tales of the Pink Bunny (pictured) is about an earnest, provincial student who makes some extra cash dressed up in a promotional rabbit suite. Money problems push him towards a group of rich, privileged kids whose parents supply bodyguards in Escalades, bail them out of marijuana busts and even murder reps. Filmmaker Magazine complemented Farkhat claiming he “embraces the visual playfulness of Guy Ritchie and Wong Kar-wai.” On his NYFA training, Farkhat comments, “At the New York Film Academy, I learned about the three-act screenwriting structure and that the story should be made clear in the first five minutes. Hollywood understands that. They also gave me hands-on experience with the logistics by giving me very specific tasks and teaching me how to fulfill them. I also learned about hiring crew members, about the overall organization of the production process.”

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