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Powerful Political Projects From Columbia Affiliates Nominated for '22 News and Documentary Emmy Awards

By Emily Johnson
August 05, 2022

Columbia faculty and alumni are among the nominees for the 2022 News and Documentary Emmy Awards.

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Alumna Olivia Newman '12 Directs Adaptation of Best-Selling Novel 'Where The Crawdads Sing'

By Emily Johnson
May 26, 2022

Where The Crawdads Sing, the hotly anticipated film based on the best-selling novel, directed by Alumna Olivia Newman ’12, will open in theaters this July 22, 2022.

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Columbians at Tribeca Film Festival 2022: Ellie Foumbi '17 wins Audience Award

By William Hutton
June 28, 2022

Tribeca has announced the Audience Award winners for their 2022 festival, naming Our Father, The Devil, by Ellie Foumbi '17, Best Narrative Feature. 

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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

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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 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—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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