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.
Professor Frank Pugliese, who oversees Television Writing in the Film Program at Columbia University School of the Arts, is currently a writer and supervising producer on the Netflix hit series House of Cards. Now in its third successful season, House of Cards was created by fellow School of the Arts alumnus Beau Willimon ('03), who graduated from the Theatre Program.
Digital Storytelling Strategy, an innovative, high-level seminar first presented last fall in a groundbreaking partnership between Columbia University School of the Arts and Columbia Business School Executive Education, will be offered for a second time this spring on April 30.
Following in the success of previous years, Columbia filmmakers will once again showcase their work at the prestigious South by Southwest (SXSW) Festival in Austin, Texas, from March 13 to 21. Originally renowned for its music festival, SXSW has earned industry and audience plaudits in the last several years with its film festival and interactive conference.
Grand Electric has hired Jacob Jaffke (‘10), to produce and develop feature films. The four-month old company was born as a join-venture between veteran producer Eric Newman (Children of Men, Dawn of the Dead) and French production and distribution company, Studiocanal.
Adjunct Professor Guy Gallo, who traught Screenwriting in the Film Program since 1987, died at the age of 59 on January 13. Gallo, who was born and raised in New Orleans, received an AB magna cum laude from Harvard College in History and Literature, and an MFA from The Yale School of Drama in Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism.
Columbia University School of the Arts alumni continue to mark their presence at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s Golden Globe Awards. Work by Film and Theatre Program alumni garnered several nominations for the 72nd Annual Golden Globes, set to take place in January.