Film

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


updated January 2016
 
Columbia University’s Digital Storytelling Lab (DSL) has announced the first annual “Digital Dozen: Breakthroughs in Storytelling,” its list of the most creative approaches to narrative from the past year.
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updated January 2016
 
Lisa Rubin ’13 has two major projects in the works: Netflix recently picked up her original series Gypsy, and she has been hired by Dreamworks to adapt the hit novel Food Whore for the screen.
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updated January 2016
 
Gary Graham ’05 has been tapped to adapt the science-fiction novel Railhead for Warner Bros. Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity, Edge of Tomorrow) has been attached to direct and produce.
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updated January 2016
 
Simon Kinberg ’03 received an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture as a producer of The Martian. The film, adapted from Andy Weir's 2011 novel...
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updated January 2016
 
Moira Demos ’08 and Laura Ricciardi ’07 have achieved enormous success with their Netflix series Making a Murderer, which has been watched by millions...
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updated December 2015
 
Four shorts by Columbia filmmakers—Toby Fell-Holden ’13 and current students Stephen Lee, Nelicia Low and Clara Roquet—have been selected to screen at the prestigious Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival this year.
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updated December 2015
 
Kathryn Bigelow ’81 will serve as executive producer on The Recruiters, a new drama about Islamist jihadi recruitment in Minnesota that is being developed for HBO...
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updated December 2015
 
Lauren Wolkstein ’10 and Chris Radcliff ’09 received the Eastern Effects Equipment Grant from the Rooftop Films Fund for The Strange Ones, a feature version of their award-winning short of the same name. The grant, sponsored by the Brooklyn-based film production rental house Eastern Effects...
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updated December 2015
 
Sundance will have no shortage of Columbia University filmmakers present this year. Twenty-five of the films at the festival bear the work of Columbia alumni and faculty members; their jobs on the various projects include producer, writer, director, post-supervisor, script supervisor and actor, among many others.
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updated December 2015
 
Obsessed with Frozen? Guess what—you don’t have to let it go. (See what I did there?) Jennifer Lee ’05 is back as writer and co-director with Chris Buck of Frozen 2, after the wildly successful first installation of Frozen took home an Oscar...

 
 
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.