School of Arts Film MFA student Clara Roquet is the co-writer of the Spanish feature film 10,000KM, set to have its world debut at this year's South by Southwest film festival in Austin, Texas. According to an exclusive article by John Hopewell of Variety, "New York based Visit Films has taken worldwide rights outside Spain" for the film.more
Two Columbia alumnae took home top prizes at the BAFTA awards this year. Jennifer Lee ('05) received the Best Animated Feature award for her directorial debut, Frozen. Columbia College alumna Dede Gardner (CC '91), a former student of School of the Arts faculty member Annette Insdorf, produced 12 Years A Slave, which won the Best Film Award at the BAFTAs.more
Every year the New Directors/New Films Festival presents upcoming filmmakers and their stories at the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Museum of Modern Art. The 43rd Annual ND/NF Festival will begin in New York on March 3, 2014, with the work of four Columbia filmmakers being showcased.
San Francisco's local PBS station, KQED has finished production on the second season of its series Film School Shorts which, as the name suggests, showcases great student films from around the country. Four Columbia films aired on the inaugural season of the program; this year Columbia's Film Program celebrates five student films selected to air.more
South by Southwest (SXSW) recently released its 2014 lineup, among which many shorts and three of the eight competing features come from Columbia filmmakers. The festival, held every March in Austin, Texas, is ranked fourth on IndieWire's list of the best film festivals in the world. more
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), the governing body of the Oscars, runs an annual fellowship competition for screenwriters. The Academy Nicholl Fellowship awards up to five fellowships each year worth around $35,000 each. At least two Columbia alumni made it on the semi-finalist list for the 2013 Academy Nicholl Fellowships.more
Thanks to the generous support of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, veteran editor Carol Littleton will join the Film Program faculty at Columbia University School of the Arts this spring. Littleton will act as Editor in Residence for three weeks, from February 10 - 28, working with students in one-on-one editing sessions to help them prepare for the 27th Annual Columbia University Film Festival, to take place in May.