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Film Student Alex Bateman Receives 2023 American Australian Association Arts Grant

By Carlos Barragán
January 20, 2023

Second-year Film student Alex Bateman has been awarded the American Australian Association Arts Grant, which provides financial assistance, mentorship, and a global network of fellow artists. 

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Columbia Alumni Nominated for 2023 Golden Globes; 'The Fabelmans' Wins Best Picture

By Jessie Shohfi
January 11, 2022

The Fabelmans, co-written by alumnus Tony Kushner (CC '78) and director Steven Spielberg, was one of the winners at last night’s Golden Globe Awards

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Federica Belletti '16 Wins BAFTA-Yugo Short Film Commissioning Grant

By Jessie Shohfi
January 6, 2023

Arya, a short film by alumna Federica Belletti ’16, has been awarded the BAFTA-Yugo Short Film Commissioning Grant. 

Frozen poster

Writer and co-director: Jennifer Lee '05

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Writer-director: Greg Mottola '91

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Writer, director, producer: Kathryn Bigelow '79

Logan poster

Co-writer and director: James Mangold '99

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Co-creator, executive producer, writer: Ashley Lyle '07

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Writer-director: Sandi Tan '00

Film

Columbia University's School of the Arts houses one of the top-ranked film schools in the world. Under the leadership of the late Milos Forman—the Oscar-winning director of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and Amadeus—Columbia’s Graduate Film Program became renowned for its devotion to story, its uniquely integrated curriculum, and its faculty of working professionals esteemed in both Hollywood and the independent film community. Our curriculum fosters cutting-edge creativity, intellectual rigor, and hands-on practicality.  Decade after decade, our diverse and international alumni have been celebrated at the highest levels of industry achievement in television, film, and new media.

The Film MFA programs—in Screenwriting & Directing and in Creative Producing, recently joined by Writing for Film and Television—are among the world's premiere training grounds for emerging filmmakers. Since the Film MFA at Columbia began in 1966, it has been renowned for the global success of its alumni, including top prizes at the Oscar and Emmy Awards as well as yearly accolades at Sundance, Cannes, Venice, Berlin, Telluride, and more.

We also offer both a BA and an MA in Film and Media Studies, the latter with a choice of specialization between cinema/media and emergent media.

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