29th Columbia University Film Festival to Run May 13–17, 2016

April 21, 2016

Columbia University School of the Arts Film Program presents the 29th Annual Columbia University Film Festival (CUFF), a weeklong program of screenings, dramatic readings and special events in New York May 13 – 17, 2016. The celebration will continue with events in Los Angeles June 13 – 17.

Columbia University’s School of the Arts Film Program is one of the most prestigious programs in the country and boasts a graduate list that includes Moira Demos and Laura Ricciardi (Making a Murderer), Jennifer Lee(ZootopiaFrozenWreck-It Ralph), Simon Kinberg ‘03 (The MartianSherlock Holmes), Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt LockerZero Dark Thirty), Nicole Holofcener (Enough Said), Ron Nyswaner (PhiladelphiaHomeland), and Lisa Cholodenko (Olive KitteridgeThe Kids Are All Right) and an esteemed faculty that has included Tom KalinMira NairRamin BahraniIra Sachs and Bette Gordon.

Maureen A. Ryan, Chair of the Columbia University School of the Arts Film Program, noted, “This year’s work is the culmination of years of hard work by our directing, screenwriting and creative producing students. The films and the screenplay readings will take place all around the city—Lincoln Center, DGA Theater and MIST Harlem—and we are thrilled for this to be the launch pad for this exciting work. From here these films will go on to screen at major film festivals and cinemas all over the world.”


The Andrew Sarris Award

Annemarie Jacir ’02 will receive this year’s Andrew Sarris Award, named for the late School of the Arts Film Program professor and world-renowned critic and theorist, which honors outstanding service by and artistic achievement of distinguished Film Program alumni.

Annemarie Jacir is an independent filmmaker and screenwriter living in Jordan. Named one of Filmmakermagazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Cinema, two of her films have premiered as Official Selections at the Cannes Film Festival, one as an Academy Award qualifier, and one in Venice. Her first feature film, Salt of This Sea, was Palestine’s official Oscar Entry for Best Foreign Language Film and was also noted as the first feature film directed by a Palestinian woman. Jacir co-founded Philistine Films, an independent production company, focusing on productions related to the Arab world and has been involved in numerous productions. Her short film, like twenty impossibles (2003), the first Palestinian short film to be selected in competition as an official selection of the Cannes International Film Festival (Cinefondation), went on to be a Student Academy Awards Finalist, and has won more than 15 awards at International festivals.

The annual Andrew Sarris Award winner is selected by current School of the Arts Film Program students. Past recipients include James Ponsoldt ’05 (Off the BlackSmashedThe Spectacular NowJennifer Lee ’05 (ZootopiaFrozenWreck-It Ralph), Adam Davidson ’91 (The Lunch DateSix Feet UnderLostCommunity),Malia Scotch Marmo ’88 (RafinaMadelineHookOnce Around), Greg Mottola ’91 (Super Bad), Albert Berger ’83 (NebraskaLittle Miss Sunshine), Shari Springer Berman ’95 and Robert Pulcini ’94 (American Splendor), Kathryn Bigelow ’81 (The Hurt LockerZero Dark Thirty), Lisa Cholodenko ’97 (Olive Kitteridge,The Kids Are All Right), Sabrina Dhawan ’02 (Monsoon Wedding), Simon Kinberg ’03 (Sherlock Holmes),Kimberly Peirce ’96 (CarrieBoys Don’t Cry), James Mangold ’99 (WolverineWalk the Line), and Nicole Holofcener ’88 (Enough SaidPlease Give).

The schedule of this year’s events is as follows:

Friday, May 13 – Sunday, May 15
Film Screenings: 2016 Showcase of MFA Films

Film Society of Lincoln Center
Walter Reade Theater
165 West 65th Street, between Broadway and Amsterdam
Tickets for these screenings are $14 and go on sale at noon on Thursday, April 21 online at filmlinc.com and in person at the box offices of the Film Society of Lincoln Center. Visit www.cufilmfest.com for up-to-date information, as well as a full list of Festival films, synopses, filmmaker bios, and ticket information.

Sunday, May 15
8:00pm: Student Selects

Film Society of Lincoln Center
Walter Reade Theater
165 West 65th Street, between Broadway and Amsterdam
Screenings of top films as curated by the Student Selects Committee at the Columbia University School of the Arts MFA Program. The Selects Committee is made up of MFA student representatives in creative producing, screenwriting and directing from all years.

For ticket information, visit cufilmfest.com.

Monday, May 16
7:00pm: Screenwriting Night and Alumni Reception

MIST Harlem
46 W 116th Street, between Malcolm X Boulevard and 5th Avenue
An evening of screenplay readings and awards. Annemarie Jacir ’02 will receive the Andrew Sarris Award at this event. Tickets are $14 general admission, $10 for students with CUID, and include admission to the reception after the event. Visit www.cufilmfest.com for up-to-date information.

Tuesday, May 17
7:00pm: Awards Night

DGA Theater
110 W 57th St, between 7th Avenue and Avenue of the Americas
Screenings and awards ceremony of the films designated as Jury Selects of the Festival. The 2016 Festival Jury is comprised of faculty of the Columbia University School of the Arts Film Program and, for the fourth year running, outside jurors from the industry, including Cinereach Head of Creative Initiatives Caroline Kaplan and BAFTA NY CEO Julie La’Bassiere. Tickets are $20 general admission, $14 for students with CUID, and include admission to the event after-party. Visit www.cufilmfest.com for up-to-date information.

Audience members should arrive at least 15 minutes before show time. Seating is not guaranteed once the screening has started.
Ticket Purchase Options as of April 21 at noon
Online: cufilmfest.comfilmlinc.com
In Person: Film Society of Lincoln Center box office

Theater & Box Office Locations
Walter Reade Theater
165 West 65th Street, north side/upper level
between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue

CUFF IN LOS ANGELES
June 13 – 17, 2016


Details to follow separately.

To date, the Columbia University Film Festival has received generous support from Adobe, Adorama Rental Company, AFM & SAG-AFTRA, The ASCAP Foundation, The Beam Foundation, The Richard Brick Fund for Special Distinction in Line Producing, The Bridges/Larson Foundation, Brooklyn Brewery, Chockstone Pictures, Columbia Alumni Association, Joyce Draganosky and Laureen R. Callo, EuroChannel, Film L.A., Film Musicians Secondary Markets Fund, Film Society of Lincoln Center, Final Draft, Fox, Dan Gordon, HBO, The Michael Hausman/Filmhaus Foundation, IFP, The Ezra Litwak Fund, MBS Equipment, Movie Magic, MSR Studios, National Board of Review, Paramount, The Adrienne Shelly Foundation, Franz W. Sichel Foundation, SimonSays Entertainment, Technicolor PostWorks New York, Judith and Jesse Thompkins, Variety, and Vimeo.