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Current Students Gauri Adelkar and Saim Sadiq Shortlisted for 2019 BAFTA Student Film Awards

Current Students Gauri Adelkar and Saim Sadiq Shortlisted for 2019 BAFTA Student Film Awards

May 14, 2019

The Little Goddess, written and directed by current student Gauri Adelkar, and Nice Talking to You, written and directed by current student Saim Sadiq, and co-produced by alumnus Joseph Capotorto '18 and alumna Federica Belletti '18 have been shortlisted for the 20

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Columbia Filmmakers Win at Tribeca Film Festival 2019

Columbia Filmmakers Win at Tribeca Film Festival 2019

May 7, 2019

Over twenty-three Columbia filmmakers were selected to participate in this year’s Tribeca Film Festival which ran from April 24 to May 5th, and several took home awards.

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Twenty Three Columbia Filmmakers Head to Tribeca Film Festival 2019

Twenty Three Columbia Filmmakers Head to Tribeca Film Festival 2019

March 19, 2019

Twenty three Columbia alumni, faculty, and current students including writers, directors, producers, actors, cinematographers, and post-supervisors, will showcase at this year’s Tribeca film festival which runs April 24–May 26.

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Current Student Cole Smith Creates Music Video Short With Musician Lauren Jenkins

Current Student Cole Smith Creates Music Video Short With Musician Lauren Jenkins

March 27, 2019

Running out of Road is a narrative music short directed, shot, edited, co-written and co-produced by current student Cole Smith and co-written and co-produced by musician Lauren Jenkins.

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'Combat Obscura,' a Controversial War Documentary By Current Student Miles Lagoze Released Worldwide March 15

'Combat Obscura,' a Controversial War Documentary By Current Student Miles Lagoze Released Worldwide March 15

March 11, 2019

Combat Obscura, a documentary directed by current student, Miles Lagoze, premieres on March 15th despite external efforts to suppress the film.

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Columbia Filmmakers Head to SXSW 2019 Film Festival

Columbia Filmmakers Head to SXSW 2019 Film Festival

February 15, 2019

From March 8th to 17th, Alumni, Students, and Faculty will be among those showcasing their work at the renowned South by Southwest Film Festival 2019.  

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Current Student Cameron Bruce Nelson's Film Out on DVD

Current Student Cameron Bruce Nelson's Film Out on DVD

February 8, 2019

Current student Cameron Bruce Nelson’s first feature, Some Beasts, is available for purchase on DVD.  

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Alumni, Students and faculty Head to Berlinale 2019

Alumni, Students and faculty Head to Berlinale 2019

February 4, 2019

Alumni Ophelia Harutyunyan '15 and Bora Kim '11, current student Selman Nacar, and faculty members Bette Gordon and Sandra Schulberg are all heading to the 2019 Berlinale Film Festival.

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Film By Current Student, Gabriele Urbonaite, Premiering at The Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Film By Current Student, Gabriele Urbonaite, Premiering at The Santa Barbara International Film Festival

January 31, 2019

The Last Day Of School, written and directed by current student Gabriele Urbonaite, will have its US premiere at The Santa Barbara International Film Festival on January 31.

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The Next Generation: Project Involve Welcomes 4 Columbia Students as 2019 Fellows

The Next Generation: Project Involve Welcomes 4 Columbia Students as 2019 Fellows

January 25, 2019

Film Independent’s Next Generation: Project Involve welcomes 30 new fellows for 2019, including Columbia film alumni Apoorva Charan ’18, Rammy Park ’11, current film student Johnson Cheng, and poetry alumna Stephanie Adams-Santos ’09.

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Current Student Selman Nacar Awarded the Malatya Film Platform Grant

Current Student Selman Nacar Awarded the Malatya Film Platform Grant

January 8, 2019

Aralık (Lacuna), a feature film written by current student Selman Nacar has been awarded a grant of 100,000 TL from the Malatya Film Platform.

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Current Student Ryan Lonergan's 'Kill the Monsters' Released to Much Praise

Current Student Ryan Lonergan's 'Kill the Monsters' Released to Much Praise

December 28, 2018

Current Student, Ryan Patrick Lonergan's feature film, Kill the Monsters, premiered in June at Frameline, the largest LGBTQ film festival in the world. It has since played in over a dozen festivals, domestic and international, with more to come.

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Columbia Filmmakers Head to Sundance and Slamdance 2019

Columbia Filmmakers Head to Sundance and Slamdance 2019

December 17, 2018

Thirty-seven School of the Arts filmmakers, including writers, directors, producers, cinematographers, and post-supervisors, will showcase at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, which runs January 24 to February 3. 

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Five Alumni And Students Selected For Prestigious Sundance Screenwriting Lab 2019

Five Alumni And Students Selected For Prestigious Sundance Screenwriting Lab 2019

December 17, 2018

Film Alumni Barbara Cigarroa ‘18, Chantel Clark ‘18, Mounia Akl ‘17, Clara Roquet ‘16 and current student Nehir Tuna have been selected for the extremely competitive Screenwriters Lab at the Sundance Institute.

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Current Film Students Victoria Rivera & Chieh Yang Win 2018 DGA Student Film Awards

Current Film Students Victoria Rivera & Chieh Yang Win 2018 DGA Student Film Awards

December 7, 2018

This year, two current Columbia Film students were recognized at the 2018 DGA Student Film Awards: Victoria Rivera and Cheih Yang.

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Current Student Donggyun Han Selected to Participate in 'Talents Tokyo'

Current Student Donggyun Han Selected to Participate in 'Talents Tokyo'

November 27, 2018

Current Film student Donggyun Han was selected to participate in Talents Tokyo 2018 with his feature script Hana.

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Film Students and Alumnus Organize CineCina Film Festival

Film Students and Alumnus Organize CineCina Film Festival

November 5, 2018

Film students Narcissa Sun, Xiaoyu Shen, Zijing Yu, and alumna Wentao Ma '18 organized the CineCina Film Season Screenings, a series of Chinese film screenings taking place at the Anthology Film Archives that began earlier this week, and will run through mid-December.

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Film Students Screen 'The Looking Ceremony' Internationally

Film Students Screen 'The Looking Ceremony' Internationally

October 26, 2018

The Looking Ceremony, co-written & directed by Fany De La Chica, co-written by Gauri Adelkar and produced by Leticia Escárate Akel, will screen at the Seville Film Festival in November.

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Film Alumni and Current Student Selected at New York Film Festival's Artist Academy

Film Alumni and Current Student Selected at New York Film Festival's Artist Academy

October 15, 2018

Film Alumni Barbara Cigarroa '18, Ellie Foumbi ‘17 and current student Johnson Cheng were selected at this year’s New York Film Festival’s Artist Academy.

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'The Little Goddess,' Written and Directed by Current Student Gauri Adelkar, Premieres Worldwide

'The Little Goddess,' Written and Directed by Current Student Gauri Adelkar, Premieres Worldwide

October 1, 2018

The Little Goddess written and directed by current Student Gauri Adelkar will have its world premiere at The Hamptons International Film Festival on October 7.

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Film Alums & Current Student Chosen for Prestigious Artist Academy at Lincoln Center

Film Alums & Current Student Chosen for Prestigious Artist Academy at Lincoln Center

September 26, 2018

Alumni Barbara Cigarroa '18, Ellie Foumbi '17, Jordana Spiro '15, and current student Johnson Cheng were selected as participants for The Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Artist Academy, an immersive four-day program that nurtures up-and-coming filmmakers by providing workshops, talks, screenin

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Film Students Saim Sadiq & Federico Spiazzi Take Home Prestigious Kodak Scholarships

Film Students Saim Sadiq & Federico Spiazzi Take Home Prestigious Kodak Scholarships

September 25, 2018

Current students Saim Sadiq and Federico Spiazzi won the Gold and Silver Awards, respectively, at the 2018 Kodak Student Scholarship Program.

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Columbia Filmmakers Head to the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival

Columbia Filmmakers Head to the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival

August 22, 2018

The Toronto International Film Festival is dedicated to presenting the best of international and Canadian cinema and creating transformational experiences for film lovers and creators of all ages and backgrounds.

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Faculty, Alumni, & Current Students Head to Venice Film Festival

Faculty, Alumni, & Current Students Head to Venice Film Festival

August 13, 2018

The 75th Annual Venice Film Festival runs from August 29th to September 8th, and this year it will include numerous films written, directed, and produced by Columbia filmmakers.

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Alumnus and Current Student Take Home Provincetown Film Festival Awards

Alumnus and Current Student Take Home Provincetown Film Festival Awards

June 29, 2018

Among those who screened films, alumnus Ísold Uggadóttir '11 and current student Chloe Sarbib took home awards. 

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Columbia Students in Film Festivals All Over the World

Columbia Students in Film Festivals All Over the World

April 10, 2018

An impressive number of film Students and Alumni have been screening in prestigious festivals all over the world, showing work produced at Columbia University.

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Film Students Finalists in Coca-Cola/Regal Competition

Film Students Finalists in Coca-Cola/Regal Competition

March 28, 2018

Coca-Cola and Regal Cinemas partnered eighteen years ago to support films made by students. Together, they created a competition to give financial support to a Coca-Cola ad made by emerging filmmakers.

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18 Alumni, Faculty, and Students Screen Films at 2018 SXSW Film Festival

18 Alumni, Faculty, and Students Screen Films at 2018 SXSW Film Festival

February 28, 2018

From March 9th to March 18th, 15 Columbia alumni, one Student, and one Faculty Member will be among those showcasing their cinematic work at the renowned 2018 South by Southwest Film Festival.

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Columbia Brings 'Frankenstein' to the 2018 Sundance Film Festival in a Brand New Way

Columbia Brings 'Frankenstein' to the 2018 Sundance Film Festival in a Brand New Way

January 17, 2018

A group of digital storytellers from Columbia School of the Arts is bringing Mary Shelley’s 200-year-old classic, Frankenstein, to Sundance Film Festival — in the form of artificial intelligence.

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11 Columbia Filmmakers Featured at Berlin International Film Festival

11 Columbia Filmmakers Featured at Berlin International Film Festival

January 31, 2018

The 68th Berlin International Film Festival, known as the Berlinale, will be a Columbia reunion of sorts — with several current students and alumni showcasing their cinematic talent.

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28 Films Premiere at 2018 Sundance Film Festival

28 Films Premiere at 2018 Sundance Film Festival

December 12, 2017

The 2018 Sundance Film Festival will premiere 27 films and one immersive AI project that represent the work of Columbia University filmmakers across writing, directing, and producing, and many other positions, including Editor, Script Supervisor, Co-producer, Unit Production Manager, Casting Di

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Three Columbia Filmmakers Win DGA Student Film Awards

Three Columbia Filmmakers Win DGA Student Film Awards

December 8, 2017

Three Filmmakers from the School of the Arts Film program took home top prizes at the DGA Student Film Awards. Suzanne Andrews Correa ‘17, current student Sudarshan Suresh, and Raylene Jin ‘17 all received the top prizes in their respective categories.  

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Current Student Screens Film in Festivals Across the Country

Current Student Screens Film in Festivals Across the Country

November 30, 2017

Tear of the Peony, written and directed by current student Yuxi Li, screened at the Urban Access Showcase International Film Festival in New York and the San Diego Asian Film Festival.  

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Student and Alumna Screen Film at Citizen Jane Film Festival

Student and Alumna Screen Film at Citizen Jane Film Festival

November 30, 2017

Crick in the Holler, written & directed by current student Ursula Ellis and produced by Nadia Zoe '17 won best student short at the Lone Star Film Festival this past month.

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Current Student's Short Film Garners Acclaim from Multiple Festivals

Current Student's Short Film Garners Acclaim from Multiple Festivals

October 28, 2017

Rabbits, directed by Patrick Clement '19, produced by Brúsi Ólason, associate produced by Donggyun Han ‘19 and written by David Mar Stefansson, won top prizes at two festivals over the past few weeks.  

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Columbia Staff Member and Current Student at NYFF

Columbia Staff Member and Current Student at NYFF

November 13, 2017

Filmmaker Magazine published several articles recently written by Film program administrator, Soheil Rezayazdi in coverage of the New York Film Festival, including an interview with director Nancy Biurski and an overview of festival highlights.

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Students and Alumni Head to Sweden for Uppsala International Film Festival

Students and Alumni Head to Sweden for Uppsala International Film Festival

October 27, 2017

Ten Columbia alumni and current students are represented across three films playing at the Uppsala International Short Film Festival next week.  

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Current Students Participate in Antalya Film Forum

Current Students Participate in Antalya Film Forum

October 26, 2017

Six current School of the Arts Film students were represented across two films chosen to participate in the Antalya Film Forum this week. The Forum is a co-production development market that is part of the Antalya International Film Festival in Turkey.  

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Columbia Film Takes Top Prize at Cannes

Columbia Film Takes Top Prize at Cannes

June 1, 2017

Once again this year, Columbia filmmakers had a strong showing at the Cannes Film Festival.  

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Columbia at the New Orleans Film Festival

Columbia at the New Orleans Film Festival

October 19, 2017

Six films from Columbia alumni, students, and affiliates are playing at the New Orleans Film Festival. The festival, which runs from October 9th - 19th, is the longest running festival of its kind in the state of Louisiana and one of the largest film festivals in the South.

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Columbia Film Captures BAFTA Student Award for Second Year in a Row

Columbia Film Captures BAFTA Student Award for Second Year in a Row

June 29, 2017

Jimmy Keyrouz, an alumnus of the Columbia Film Program, won the 2017 BAFTA Student Film award in the Live Action category for his film Nocturne in Black. The awards were presented at a ceremony in downtown Los Angeles on June 23.

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Columbia Affiliates Head to the Tribeca Film Festival

Columbia Affiliates Head to the Tribeca Film Festival

March 31, 2017

Columbia University’s School of the Arts has an extraordinary presence at the Tribeca Film Festival this year with films from current students, alumni, and faculty all represented. In total, there are thirty-four School of the Arts affiliated filmmakers across 9 films.

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Columbia Affiliates Featured at Lincoln Center's New Directors/New Films Festival

Columbia Affiliates Featured at Lincoln Center's New Directors/New Films Festival

March 15, 2017

Four Columbia Affiliates’ films will be featured at the Lincoln Center’s New Directors/ New Films Festival, which runs from March 15–29. Since 1972, the festival has been an annual rite of early spring in New York City, bringing exciting discoveries from around the world to adventurous mov

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Current Students' Short Film Acquired by KQED

Current Students' Short Film Acquired by KQED

February 8, 2017

Film School Shorts has acquired current student Connor Simpson’s short film Léa for its upcoming fourth season, which will begin airing in September.

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