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.
Columbia University School of the Arts Film Program presents the 28th Annual Columbia University Film Festival (CUFF), a weeklong program of screenings, dramatic readings and special events in New York.
The Columbia University School of the Arts Film Program recently announced the recipient of the Andrew Sarris Memorial Award for Film Criticism, an annual cash prize in honor of the celebrated film professor and critic who died in 2012.
At the Annual Shareholder meeting on March 12, Bob Iger, the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Walt Disney Company, John Lasseter, Chief Creative Officer of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios and actor Josh Gad, announced that the studio will be creating the much-anticipated sequel to the smash hit Frozen.
The 14th annual Tribeca Film Festival will see the participation of seven Columbia films, including three documentaries and two shorts. Widely regarded as one of the foremost platforms for showcasing independent cinema, the festival will take place between April 15 – 26 this year.
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.