Still from Broke, written and directed by Asad Farooqui and co-produced and photographed by Ashish Pant

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.


Having so much representation in both national and international film festivals is telling of the diverse backround from the MFA students at Columbia. It is also a sample of the variety of voices and sensibilities that can be found within the film program.


Premonición, co-written & directed by Leticia Akel, co-written by Brúsi Ólason and produced by Mahak Jiwani. This film was developed as a first-year 8-12 project. It screened in competition at the San Diego Latino Film Festival last month and at the Lebu International Film Festival in Chile in February, and will also screen this month at the Aspen ShortsFestthe Mostra de Cinema Llatinoamericà de Catalunya, and the Talca International Film Festival.


Santo Cerro, written & directed by Rodney Llaverias, produced by Estefania de la Chica, and co-produced by Apoorva Charan, was also an 8-12 project. The filmmakers wanted to talk about sexuality, repression and religion in the Dominican Republic, where Llaverias is originally from. The film premiered in the official selection of the New Orleans Film Festival and later screened at the Miami Film Festival as part of the IMDBPro Shorts Selection.


Verde, directed by Victoria Rivera, written by Neda Jebelli and produced by Camila Zavala, had its world premiere at the Oscar qualifying Festival Internacional de Cine de Cartagena de Indias in Colombia. During her first year at Columbia, Rivera's short documentary feature Skull and Bone also premiered at Tribeca Film Festival.


Aaron, directed by Aviva Neuman, will screen at the Vail Film Festival in Colorado this month. Newman also wrote the short film Twenty Minutes, directed by Gabriel Wilson and produced by Alumna Caroline Boyd ’17. It's playing at the Independent Film Festival Boston this month.


The Daughter, written & directed by Kristy Richman and produced by Nicholas Santos, will premiere at the Beverly Hills Film Festival this month. Richman and Santos also teamed up to work on Mother Fucker, which premiered at the Boston Underground Film Festival in March and will screen at the Sarasota Film Festival next week. Santos’ 3-5 Columbia project Holiday Fear is also finishing up its 37 film festival run in two weeks at the Landshut Shorts Festival in Germany. Richman collaborated on the film as an Assistant Director.


Tropical Memories, co-written & directed by Shipei Wen, co-written by Binghao Zhao '14 (Theatre) & Yinuo Wang '16, and produced by Jing Wang '15, won the VFF Talent Highlight Award at the Berlin Film Festival.


Hiatus, directed by Kevin Haefelin screened at the TCL Chinese Theatre in LA as part of the 18th Beverly Hills Film Festival where it won the audience award for Best Short Film. The film will also screen and the Philadelphia Independent Film Festival next month, and the River Film Festival in Padua Italy in June where it will be projected on a floating screen above the Canale Piovego.


Broke, written and directed by Asad Farooqui and co-produced and photographed by Ashish Pant, will have its US Premiere at the Atlanta Film Festival this month. Farooqui also plays the lead role in the film. Farooqui’s play, BIN is one of three finalists at Ivy Film Festival in competition for Best Screenplay category.


Conscience, written & directed by Austin Drakes and produced by Saladin White II, screened at the DC Independent Film Festival in February and will screen at the Philadelphia Independent Film Awards this May.