Showcase your films at Columbia University Film Festival (CUFF)

Each year, Columbia University School of the Arts hosts the Columbia University Film Festival (CUFF), an eight-day celebration of thesis projects during the spring semester. The festival takes place in New York and Los Angeles and helps students and alumni connect with directors, producers, casting agents, and other critical industry players.

There are two award categories: Film and Script. CUFF presents over a dozen named awards, including the Zaki Gordon Memorial Award for Excellence in Screenwriting — won by Patrick Clement (G’20) in 2021. (Discover more about Patrick’s experience attending Columbia University in his interview with

Alumni and faculty filmmakers are also regularly selected for prestigious external award shows, such as the Telluride Film Festival and Venice International Film Festival.