'House of Cards' Writer, Frank Pugliese, Heads Up TV Writing in the Film Program
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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. learn more


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Columbia University 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.

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Film Faculty Annette Insdorf Featured in New York Post
updated March 2017

Film Faculty Annette Insdorf was featured in the New York Post in a profile last month. The legendary film critic and scholar is currently the host of 92nd Street Y’s “Reel Pieces” series.

Film Professor Bette Gordon Opens the Los Angeles Women's International Film Fesitval
updated March 2017

Film faculty Bette Gordon’s film The Drowning will open the Los Angeles Women’s International Film Festival this week. The film played at the opening night gala on March 23rd.

Alumna Becca Thomas '13 and Jessica Caldwell '12 to Adapt Gonzo Girl
updated March 2017

Film program alumnus Becca Thomas ‘13 and Jessica Caldwell ‘12 are set to adapt and direct Gonzo Girl, from publishers Simon & Schuster.

Columbia Invites You to the Second Annual Digital Dozen
updated March 2017

We'd like to invite you to the Columbia Digital Storytelling Lab’s second annual Digital Dozen: Breakthroughs in Storytelling awards, which will be presented at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center in Manhattan on Wednesday, April 5, at 6:30 PM.

Alumnus James Mangold Directs Latest X-Men Hit Logan
updated March 2017

School of the Arts Alumnus James Mangold ‘99 directed the smash hit Logan, which premiered on March 3rd in the United States to critical and commercial acclaim.

Columbia Alums Win at Oscars
updated February 2017

Two Columbia Affiliated Film won the top awards at 2017 Academy Awards. Moonlight, which was produced by Veronica Nickel ‘10 won Best Picture and Zootopia, which was written by Phil Johnston ‘04, won Best Animated Feature Film.
Columbia Affiliates Featured at Lincoln Center's New Directors/New Films Festival
updated February 2017

Three Columbia Affiliates’ films will be featured at the Lincoln Center’s New Directors/ New Films Festival, which runs from March 15-29th.  Since 1972, the festival has been an annual rite of early spring in New York City, bringing exciting discoveries from around the world to adventurous moviegoers.

"Junk" by Ayad Akhtar scheduled for Broadway
updated February 2017

Film alumni Ayad Akhtar ‘02, best known for his Pulitzer prize-winning play Disgraced, will return to Broadway with his new play Junk in the fall. Junk, which had its premiere at the La Jolla Playhouse last summer, is an epic story about Wall Street in 1985.

Sundance Win for And the Whole World Fit in the Dead Cow's Eye and Others
updated January 2017

School of the Arts’ Alumna film And the Whole Sky Fit In the Dead Cow’s Eye won the International Jury Prize for Best Short at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. 
Work by Columbia Alums Nominated for Oscars
updated January 2017

Columbia Film alums have made their mark on this year’s Academy Awards, earning three Nominations.

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