University System of Georgia (USG) will seek a new Executive Director for the Georgia Film Academy (GFA) in collaboration with its partners.
Former GFA executive director Jeffrey Stepakoff left his post effective July 23 to form a new talent management and production company. He will participate in the process of finding a successor to ensure a smooth transition.
“We appreciate all of Jeffrey’s hard work in helping students gain the experience and skills they need to play important roles in film and television productions, which have spent $4.4 billion in our state l last year,” said US Chancellor Sonny Perdue. “The academy plays a vital role for the state in providing a training ground for talent that helps the industry thrive, and we look forward to continuing this partnership as we wish Jeffrey well.”
Stepakoff led the collaboration of USG and the Technical College System of Georgia in founding GFA to help meet the labor demands of the growing film and creative industries in the state.
GFA provides professional training in film production, post-production, and digital entertainment certification programs to high schools, technical colleges, and universities statewide. Students also have the opportunity to gain real-world experience through internships, working on major film and television sets and in production companies and post-production facilities.
Since beginning classes in 2016, GFA has grown from less than 200 students at two universities and a technical college to over 12,000 enrollments with 29 partner educational institutions. More than 1,400 students have completed internships, and direct spending on television and film production in the state has grown from $2 billion to more than $4 billion since the organization’s inception.
About Georgia Film Academy The Georgia Film Academy (GFA) is a professional organization, a unit of the University System of Georgia, committed to leading and advancing the entertainment arts industry and its workforce in Georgia. GFA supports the Georgia Film Consortium (GFC), a unique nationwide, statewide collaboration of institutions from the University System of Georgia (USG), Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG), and independent institutions created by the state. leadership to meet educational and workforce needs for high-demand careers in Georgia’s film and creative industries. Professional courses in film, television, digital entertainment, esports, and game development are offered for college credit through 29 USGs, TCSGs, and independent partner institutions. Courses can also be taken as part of continuing education programs at several partner institutions. The GFC higher education program provides rigorous professional training and can lead to union-covered film and television production internships and placement in creative industry apprenticeships and related jobs. GFA offers professional training in the form of post-production training and AVID editing certification. GFA also offers high school teacher training in production, content creation, and post-production, in partnership with the Georgia Department of Education. These provide career experiences and training in film and television, as well as programs and resources for teachers across the state. For more information, visit https://www.georgiafilmacademy.edu/.