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Columbia MFA in Film - Overview

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, one of the creative capitals of the world, affording access to exceptional talent pools and locations, major research collections, and the opportunity to see films from every country and era at the many venues dedicated to film culture.  Our degree programs are populated by  top students from around the world and our curriculum fosters  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 emerging filmmakers. Since the Film MFA at Columbia was introduced 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 in Film and Media Studies program and the undergraduate Film and Media Studies major give students a unique opportunity to study film history and theory in the midst of an active filmmaking community and a world capital of film culture.

Collaboration and the Film MFA, with Lauren Wolkstein and Chris Radcliff

From Thesis to Feature Film: A Conversation with Rachel Israel '13

Upcoming Events

Legacies of Leftism in Film and Media Theory: East Asia and Beyond

THURS, FEB 28 - SUN, MAR 03, 2019

3-day conference - February 28 to March 2, 2019, additional screening March 3, 2019.

Organized by Jane Gaines, Film, and Ying Qian & Takuya Tsunoda, East Asian Languages and Literatures.

How have Leftist traditions inspired film and media theories across the world, and what can we learn from these traditions today as we explore new methodologies in film and media studies and new political possibilities in the contemporary world?


Kit Noir Festival

WED, MAR 27 – SUN, Mar 31, 2019

Into the Night: Cornell Woolrich and Film Noir

Programmed by Rob King, Film and Media Studies
Managed by Soheil Rezayazdi, Columbia University

Short story maestro, former Columbia student, muse of suspense filmmakers: Cornell Woolrich (1903–1968) lived all of these lives. A prolific man of letters, Woolrich has had his novels and stories adapted into nearly 40 films and dozens of episodes of radio and television. Yet despite his strong influence on the postwar crime film, Woolrich has remained overshadowed by his hard-boiled contemporaries: Chandler, Hammett, and Cain. The Second Annual Dr. Saul and Dorothy Kit Film Noir Festival seeks to correct this oversight.