Film and Media Studies Events

MA Conferences

Each Fall, students gain experience in academic symposia by participating in the yearly MA conference.

The Seventh Annual MA in Film and Media Studies Conference presents papers by the class of 2024. Learn more -->

The Fifth Annual MA in Film and Media Studies Conference presents papers by the class of 2023 that address questions about sending and receiving, whether messages or cultures, signals or signs, from “here to there” or the over time “from…to” one historical time to another. Learn More -->

The Fourth Annual Film and Media Studies Conference tackles sending and receiving—including past and future modes of dissemination, whether distributing, broadcasting, or streaming, or sneezing. What can film and media studies make of the strange analogy between diseases and messages in the time of a pandemic? Learn more -->

2019 MA in Film and Media Studies Conference, co-presented by Columbia University MA in Film and Media Studies & Institute for Women and Gender Studies. Learn more -->

Fall 2018: Cinema’s World Migration Pattern: Two Day Student Symposium. “A Still-frozen Fraternity: Transnational Film Histories between India and China,” Keynote Speaker, Nitin Govil, University of Southern California. Learn more -->

One-Day Student Symposium Various schedules events: Student panels: 10:00 am - 12:30 pm / 2:45 - 6:00 pm “A New Operational Aesthetic: Comparing Silent Film and Video Games”: 1:30 pm Keynote Speaker, Professor Manuel Garin Department de Comunicació Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona MA program in Film and Media studies, School of the Arts, Columbia University. Learn more -->


Zoom-In is an annual event held at Columbia University School of the Arts’ Lenfest Center for the Arts in the Spring and organized solely by the MA students in the Film and Media Studies Program. This event features screenings, conversations, and presentations related to the thesis projects of the graduating MA students. Many students consider it something of a capstone for their education. Zoom-In is organized and administered solely by the students, offering them the opportunity to plan a budget and the event’s format, learn how to acquire public performance rights for screenings, create and place publicity, and other aspects involved in organizing and running an event.  This annual event is a central component of the Film and Media Studies Program’s commitment to providing training and mentoring to the MA students in film and event curating along with their training in history, theory, and criticism. 

Zoom-In 2024     |     Zoom-In 2023     |     Zoom-In 2022     |     Zoom-In 2021

Zoom-In 2020     |     Zoom-In 2019     |     Zoom-In 2018


Past Conferences & Symposiums