An international filmmaking and acting school has opened in Burbank and plans to create opportunities for students and graduates by developing connections with local production companies and studios.
The International Academy of Film and Television opened its doors last month at 635 S. San Fernando Blvd., offering filmmaking workshops, acting classes and a new visual effects program for teens.
The academy initially launched in the Philippines in 2004, said Kacy Andrews, a Glendale resident who is chief executive of the academy.
She said about 50% of the students at the original school are from the Philippines, while the other half come from other countries.
The academy expanded to take over an existing film school in Miami in 2010.
“We’ve had students from 30 different countries attend the schools,” Andrews said.
And at the end of this month, the academy will open a school in Hong Kong, extending its international reach, she added.