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Columbia Filmmakers Make a Splash at TIFF; 'Same Old' Wins Honorable Mention

By Angeline Dimambro
September 22, 2022

The 2022 Toronto International Film Festival has officially come to a close. Same Old, directed by Lloyd Lee Choi and produced by alumnus Tony Yang '20, was awarded an Honorable Mention for the IMDbPro Short Cuts Award for Best Canadian Film.

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Ivan Rome (Tia Carr)
Screenwriter Ivan Rome Looks Homeward

By Paul Hond
September 09, 2022

As the inaugural recipient of the Bobby Kashif Cox Memorial Scholarship, the Columbia MFA student takes inspiration from his native Georgia.

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Shayok Misha Chowdhury, left; Hazel McKibbin, right
Two Columbia Artists Named Honoraria Recipients at the 2022 Princess Grace Awards

By Angeline Dimambro
September 01, 2022

Alumnus Shayok Misha Chowdhury '16 and fifth-year Directing student Hazel McKibbin have been named honoraria recipients of the esteemed 2022 Princess Grace Awards.

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Writer and co-director: Jennifer Lee '05

Superbad poster

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


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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