Staff Spotlight: Diana Santi

Florence Programs Director

How have you changed/grown since working for NYFA?

Diana Santi

I have worked for NYFA for 12 years and have grown a lot in developing my business and production skills during this time. Directing and coordinating professional and hands on workshops like ours require a lot of creativity and problem solving skills.

Speaking to students with big dreams and helping them face the realities of movie production is hard, especially because their expectations and dreams sometimes ignore the reality and hard work behind each single movie frame.

I have learned how to help them better understand this process, motivate them and push them outside of their comfort zone to become more successful as a director, an actor, and as a person.

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

After attending a workshop with us in Florence, many students decide to extend their studies in the USA at our campuses in Los Angeles, New York, and Miami.

They love to be able to follow their passion and develop their skills in this amazing and cutting edge film school. At the same time they never forget their experience in Florence, as it's such a magical city that has inspired countless artists and hearts throughout many centuries and generations.

A period of study with NYFA in Florence will stick with you for the rest of your life.

What makes NYFA unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

We are all professionals in our field and very passionate about our role in society. To be able to teach our passion to young individuals that are eager to learn is fascinating. To see their results at the end of each program makes us all very proud.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in making NYFA successful?

NYFA Florence only teaches filmmaking and acting for film, however, we are really good at teaching these specific programs.

We have amazing, new, and top of the line equipment, and we use the most advanced editing programs and have exceptional, award-winning and inspiring instructors and mentors.

The students find a very safe environment that supports their artistic vision when they study with us, that helps them grow both individually as well as within a team.