The Columbia University Film Festival is the annual premiere of thesis short films, feature screenplays and teleplays created by graduate MFA students from the Columbia University School of the Arts Film Program. The 27th edition of the Festival took place from May 2 to 8, 2014 in New York City at the Miller Theatre, Columbia University and the prestigious Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. The Festival has come to be regarded as one of the premiere showcases of short films in New York and many of the selected films have gone on to win top awards and honors at other prestigious festivals worldwide.
The Carla Kuhn Memorial Speaker Series is a guest lecture program at the School of the Arts. the world's foremost filmmakers and TV personalities visit the Columbia University MFA Film Program to screen their most recent work and afterwards engage in discussions with students. These discussions are moderated by one of Columbia University's established film faculty members.
The Columbia casting website is a resource available exclusively to the students of the Columbia University MFA Film Program. The site contains a sizeable database of professional and aspiring actors from New York, who are eager to collaborate on in-class exercises, filmed exercises, as well as larger projects that students will undertake during their course. The website offers advanced search functionality and the ability to leave feedback on actors for the benefit of other students.
The Digital Media Center (DMC) comprises three state-of-the-art post-production and media labs located in Dodge Hall which are open round the clock throughout the year. Available exclusively to the students of the Film Program, the DMC workstations are equipped with the latest in hardware and software, for anything from editing, colour correction or sound design, to script-writing. Student monitors are also on duty to offer technical assistance.