Film

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Columbia University’s School of the Arts offers students the opportunity to go to film school at one of the world's great universities, with a faculty of working professionals esteemed in both Hollywood and the independent film community. Our home is New York City, creative capital of the United States, affording access to exceptional talent pools and locations, major research collections, and the constant opportunity to see films from every country and era. The film programs are populated by the top students from around the world and its halls are an intersection of cutting-edge creativity, intellectual rigor and hands-on practicality.

The Film MFA programs—in Screenwriting/Directing and in Creative Producing—are among the world's premiere training grounds for young filmmakers. Since the Film MFA at Columbia began in 1966, it has been renowned for the global success of its alumni in film and television, including top prizes at Sundance, Cannes, Venice, Berlin and the Academy Awards.

The MA Film Studies program and the undergraduate Film Studies major give students a unique opportunity to study film history and theory in the midst of an active filmmaking community.


Film Programs:
MFA Film Programs
MA Film Program
Undergraduate Film

 

News 

Columbia Film Festival Closes with Jury Honors Screening at Awards Night
updated May 2016

The 29th annual Columbia University Film Festival ended in New York on May 17 with a screening of films selected by the festival jury and an awards ceremony at the DGA Theater in Manhattan.
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2016 Guy Gallo Memorial Award in Screenwriting Honors Columbia Undergraduate Film Major
updated May 2016

The Film Program of Columbia University's School of the Arts is pleased to announce the winner of the annual Guy Gallo Memorial Award in Screenwriting: C. Craig Patterson's script, The Other Boys of Summer.
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School of the Arts Filmmakers Among Juried Award Winners at Tribeca
updated May 2016

The 15th annual Tribeca Film Festival, co-founded by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, and Craig Hatkoff, and presented by AT&T, announced the winners of its competition categories at an awards ceremony held on April 21st, 2016 in New York City.
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Edie Falco, Award-Winning Actress from The Sopranos and Nurse Jackie, Will Address School of the Arts Graduates at Columbia University
updated May 2016

Edie Falco, the award-winning actress best known for her roles in The Sopranos and Nurse Jackie, will be the speaker at the Celebration of Graduates, Wednesday, May 18, 2016.
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Elizabeth Wood Sells First Feature to Netflix, FilmRise
updated April 2016

Elizabeth Wood ’13 has sold her first feature film, White Girl, to Netflix and FilmRise shortly after its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.
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Filmmaker/Screenwriter Annemarie Jacir '02, Columbia Film Alum, to Receive Andrew Sarris Award at Columbia University Film Festival
updated April 2016

The Columbia University Film Festival’s 16th annual Andrew Sarris Award will be presented to Annemarie Jacir ’02, an alumna of Columbia University School of the Arts Film Program.
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Film Program Highlights 2015-2016
updated April 2016

Our alumni, students and faculty have had another truly amazing year in the Film Program. Here are the highlights of our most exciting news that include many projects that you probably binge-watched (Making a Murderer, we know you watched it).
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Meet the Makers—Tribeca Edition: Yi Liu and Chieh Yang
updated April 2016

Current second-year Film students Yi Liu and Chieh Yang have acquired a coveted spot in the prestigious Tribeca Film Festival for their short film Ping Pong Coach, which was made as part of their Columbia coursework.
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Current Students' Short Film Acquired by KQED
updated April 2016

Film School Shorts has acquired current student Connor Simpson’s short film Léa for its upcoming fourth season, which will begin airing in September.
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Columbia Alums Hit #1 with Zootopia
updated March 2016

Jennifer Lee '05 and Phil Johnston '04 teamed up on the screenplay for Zootopia, the critically and commercially successful animated feature in theatres now.

Film Program
513 Dodge Hall
Mail Code 1805
2960 Broadway
New York, NY 10027
Phone: (212) 854-2815
film@columbia.edu
 
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Columbia University School of the Arts offers MFA degrees in Film, Theatre, Visual Arts, and Writing, an MA degree in Film Studies, a joint JD/MFA degree in Theatre Management & Producing, a PhD degree in Theatre History, Literature, and Theory, and an interdisciplinary program in Sound Arts.