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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

November 8

The Price of Everything

The Katharina Otto-Bernstein Screening Room
Lenfest Center for the Arts
615 W. 129 St.
New York, NY 10027 6:30 PM

The film The Price of Everything features a range of collectors, dealers, and artists, exploring the role of art in today’s money-driven, consumer-based society: Mary Boone, Gavin Brown, Connie Butler, Amy Cappellazzo, Jeffrey Deitch, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Jeff Koons, Marilyn Minter, Holly Peterson, Larry Poons, Simone de Pury, Gerhard Richter, Barbara Rose, Jerry Saltz, and many others. Screening followed a conversation with Director Nathaniel Kahn, Producers Jennifer Blei Stockman and Debi Wisch, and Executive Producer Katharina Otto-Bernstein. Registration opens October 10, 2018 Check-in will begin one hour prior to start time. Seating is limited and first come, first served. Advance registration does not guarantee seating; early arrival is suggested.

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