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 Program alumnus Chris Teague (’06) was awarded the Haskell Wexler Award for Cinematography for his work, with co-cinematographer Danny Vecchione, on the independent feature film Bob and the Trees at the 16th annual Woodstock Film
Screenwriting professor Jamal Joseph sat down with Indie Wire on September 14 to talk about his experience as a member of the Black Panther Party and Stanley Nelson’s new documentary The Black Panthers: Vanguard of a Revolution.
Directing faculty member Ramin Bahrani's film 99 Homes, a drama and psychological thriller about the 2000 subprime mortgage crisis, recently premiered at the American Film Festival in Deauville, France, where it was awarded the Grand Prize.
Paramount has tapped Rebecca Thomas (‘13) as the director for Looking for Alaska, the adaptation of the bestselling young adult novel by John Green. Green confirmed the news on his Twitter account, calling Thomas “brilliant.”
Daniel Radcliffe is set to play a lead role in the upcoming film Imperium, the feature directorial debut from School of the Arts Film alumnus Daniel Ragussis (’05). The film will be produced by Ty Walker, Simon Taufique, and fellow Film grad Dennis Lee (’04).
Four short films by Columbia alumni, all award winners, are featured in the newest season of the KQED program Film School Shorts. The number brings the total of Columbia films shown on the program to 13 in just three seasons; along with NYU's program, Columbia's is the most frequently represented film school in the series.
On July 1, Carol Becker, dean of Columbia University School of the Arts, announced the appointment of Associate Professor of Professional Practice Maureen Ryan as the new chair of Columbia’s Film Program.