Diana leads the training component of our Florence film programs. She helps select instructors, coordinates the training schedule, works with the local government to approve film sites, and more.
Diana Santi, Director of New York Film Academy Florence, is an award-winning documentary, commercial, and short films director and producer. She graduated in Film Studies from the Università di Bologna, Maxima cum Laude. In 2004, Diana moved to Los Angeles where she attended the New York Film Academy at Universal Studios obtaining a diploma in Filmmaking. Since 2006, she has been the Overseas Programs Director for the New York Film Academy where her major duties and responsibilities are: liaison with the Italian Film Industry (Cinecittá, Gruppo Mediaset, Panavision, Euro Lab) including establishing contacts with top Italian film directors and actors such as Nanni Moretti, Vittorio Storaro, Dario Argento, and Giorgio Pasotti to name a few. In August 2011, Diana founded Purple Reel Productions and with the support of the Tuscan Film Commission and the City of Florence, she directed a 15-minute comedy titled, “Florence in Love,” that made it to the top 30 of the David di Donatello awards.