Founded in 2004, the International Academy of Film and Television (IAFT) is still a fledgling institution, but its keeping its footing in the world of moviemaking by constantly growing, attracting a bevy of film talent and boasting a truly one-of-a-kind setting.
Like its parent company Bigfoot Entertainment, IAFT is located on the island of Cebu in the Philippines. Dean Douglas Hersh calls the location â€œan amazing place for cultural, topographic and biodiversity.â€ He paraphrases Sam Goldwyn, asserting that â€œit starts with an idyllic tropical paradise and gets better from there.â€
Cebu, known as “The Queen City of the South,” has historical roots going back as far as Magellan’s 16th century explorations of the island, and provides a rich and exotic backdrop to the top-notch moviemaking education. IAFT offers concentrations in both movie production and acting, including short-term workshops, corporate lectures and a now-famous Immersion Program, which allows students to complete their own reels in just one yearâ€™s time. On December 7, IAFT will hold the commencement ceremony for its first Immersion class, sending the graduates out into the world of moviemaking with a well-rounded body of knowledge and a uniquely international educational experience.
Under the shadow of Bigfoot, IAFT is able to provide its students not only with a great education, but also, according to Hersh, with an opportunity for â€œnations to come together and collaborate on the most sustainable of all projectsâ€”human creativity.â€
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