Celebrating Columbia Filmmakers

The Legacy of Milos Forman

In 1978, esteemed director Milos Forman ​and his​ ​Screenwriting​ mentor​ Frank Daniel​ ​were appointed co-chairs of the Film Program. Under their leadership, the program flourished and became the world-renowned institution of film education that it is today. In many ways, Forman was the "creative founder" of Columbia Film, having shaped and refined its ​commitment to narrative​ filmmaking anchored in strong screenplays. He ​gave it​ a character as distinct as his own​—original, passionate​, ​intelligent​, and international.


The nominations for the 2023 Writers Guild Awards have been announced, and several projects from Columbia filmmakers are among the honorees.

Film student Anika Benkov was named a Sloan Student Grand Jury Prize Honorable Mention for their original feature screenplay,

Professor Jamal Josephserves as an executive producer on Dear Mama, a new docuseries from FX.

Several Columbia filmmakers took home awards when the winners at Sundance 2023 were announced this past weekend. 

2nd Chance, a feature documentary film by Associate Professor Ramin Bahrani, will be available to stream on Showtime after a successful th

Assistant Professor of Film, Anocha Suwichakornpong, recently contributed to a new book published by Firefly Press, Pier Paolo Pasolini: Writin

Come Here (2021), a film by Assistant Professor Anocha Suwichakornpong ’06, will be screened at the e-flux Screening Room in Brooklyn, New

Second-year Film student Alex Bateman has been awarded the American Australian Association Arts Grant, which provides financial assistance, mentors

Malpelo, a feature film by Film alumna Victoria Rivera '20, was selected to participate in the

The Fabelmans, co-written by alumnus Tony Kushner (CC '78) and director Steven Spielberg, was one of the winners at

Arya, a short film by alumna Federica Belletti’16, has been awarded the BAFTA-Yugo Short Film Commissioning Grant. 

Film Student Minkyu Kang recently won a DGA Student Film Award for his short, Children of Light