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  1. filmschooluvr2000

    NYU vs. Columbia

    I was curious if anyone has insight on the tendency for Columbia to offer scholarships for graduate MFA directing / screenwriting students? I've read that NYU typically offers at most around 25,000 per student per year, but I was curious how Columbia compares to this. Thank you kindly in advance!
  2. Tal Lazar (AFI Cinematography MFA‘09) on Choosing the Right Film School and the Beauty of Not Knowing (Part 2)

    Tal Lazar (AFI Cinematography MFA‘09) on Choosing the Right Film School and the Beauty of Not Knowing (Part 2)

    Exclusively for our Supporting Members, this is the second part of our 1.5 hour interview with award-winning filmmaker Tal Lazar, who teaches cinematography at Columbia University and the City College of New York. FilmSchool.org is 100% advertisement free so without our Supporting Members...
  3. Tal Lazar (AFI Cinematography MFA‘09) on Choosing the Right Film School and the Beauty of Not Knowing (Part 1)

    Tal Lazar (AFI Cinematography MFA‘09) on Choosing the Right Film School and the Beauty of Not Knowing (Part 1)

    Tal Lazar is an award-winning cinematographer, producer, and educator who has studied and taught at some of the most prolific film schools worlwide, most notably the American Film Institute Conservatory (AFI) and Columbia University's School of the Arts. His films (The Unborn, Every Time I Die...
  4. C

    NYU or Columbia for Screenwriting?

    April 15 is coming up and I still have a decision to make! I am very grateful to have been accepted into MFA programs at both NYU (Dramatic Writing) and Columbia (Film - Writing for Film and TV Concentration). I am most interested in TV writing, but excited to learn other formats as well. I am...
  5. TalLazar

    Going to film school at the age of AI

    Hello everyone, My name is Tal Lazar. I am a cinematographer and educator. I have taught at the American Film Institute Conservatory for 7 years and currently teaching for Columbia University School of the Art film program, as well as other film schools and programs. I have participated in...
  6. Z

    Admitted but Not Attending (After Interview) Columbia Fall 2024 Screenwriting/Directing

    Hello! I didn't find this site until after I had applied and interviewed, and been accepted. Wish I had this resource during all the nerve wracking hours developing these materials and prepping for the interview. But still had fun, regardless. Hope this helps!
  7. F

    Waitlisted (After Interview) Columbia University Writing for Film and TV MFA - Fall 2024

    Application was straightforward and I enjoyed writing for the prompt, although the page limit was quite short. Excited to learn more about this new writing concentration accelerated program.
  8. m_w

    Genuine Advice Needed!! - I aspire to become a cinematographer

    To provide context on my future goal, I aspire to become a cinematographer. I'm pretty much clear about my future. Nevertheless, I want to learn all aspects of filmmaking before diving into cinematography. Oh also, I'm an international student Okay, so I need genuine advice from people who are...
  9. HannahLSam

    Denied (After Interview) Columbia - Directing/Screenwriting Film MFA

    The application process went well. Just a lot of drafting, writing and revising to make sure that all the components they ask for is done appropriately. The prompts were fun to write stories about and find unique ways to interpret the meaning of them!
  10. E

    Waitlisted (After Interview) Columbia MFA Directing & Screenwriting - Fall 2024

    It went well. I enjoyed the process of working on several different creative writing supplements and tried to come up with some stories that weren't obvious with the given prompts. I had a short film that I already was working on before the application process that I was able to use in my...
  11. m_w

    Declined Admission (Off Waitlist After Interview) Columbia University - MFA Creative Producing, Fall 24

    The process went okay. I think it was very simple and most of the requirements were documents that I had already prepared for other unis which is why it made it easier for me to re-submit them here. I wasn’t planning on applying to Columbia because of how expensive it is but I decided to try my...
  12. Q

    Attending (Admitted After Interview) Columbia MFA Creative Producing

    The first round is finished! It was a lot of fun, but I had a little anxiety from my last recommender. Luckily, she came through. I felt I wrote my essay too pretentiously so I hope the interview process can really show my character!
  13. smatney33

    Denied (w/o Interview) Columbia - 2024 MFA Screenwriting & Directing

    I didn’t feel very confident in this application, but by this point I had already done five other applications and was feeling a bit burned out. I struggled the most with my dramatic writing sample as I couldn’t quite decide which screenplay to submit.
  14. K

    Denied (After Interview) Columbia Writing for Film & TV MFA - Fall 2023

    Honestly, I feel kind of slighted with this one because I had the opportunity to interview with three faculty members and thought it went pretty well. Maybe the fact that the interview didn't flow as smoothly or easily as Chapman's should have clued me in that I wasn't going to get in. Oh...
  15. E

    How to rank/compare AFI vs Stark vs Columbia producing programs?

    Finances aside, how would you choose between AFI Creative Producing, USC Peter Stark Program and Columbia University Creative Producing?
  16. jorgeicotte

    Waitlisted (After Interview) Columbia Directing MFA 2023

    First time applying. This is my top choice. Has the most extensive creative materials requirements of any of the schools i applied to. Interview was really in depth. Even though they asked tough questions, it felt good to be taken seriously.
  17. How to Get Into Columbia University Film School: Exclusive Advice From the Admissions and Industry and Outreach Departments

    How to Get Into Columbia University Film School: Exclusive Advice From the Admissions and Industry and Outreach Departments

    Julie Dobrow and Alece Oxendine discuss Columbia's graduate film program's cohorts, financial aid, networking for film students, and more.
  18. How to Get Into Columbia University Film School: Exclusive Advice From the Admissions and Industry and Outreach Departments (Part 2)

    How to Get Into Columbia University Film School: Exclusive Advice From the Admissions and Industry and Outreach Departments (Part 2)

    Exclusively for our Supporting Members, this is the second part of our 2 hour interview with the Columbia SOA film school admissions team. FilmSchool.org is 100% advertisement free so without our Supporting Members, in-depth articles and interviews like this one would not be possible...
  19. How to Get Into Columbia University Film School: Exclusive Advice From the Admissions and Industry and Outreach Departments (Part 1)

    How to Get Into Columbia University Film School: Exclusive Advice From the Admissions and Industry and Outreach Departments (Part 1)

    The graduate film program at Columbia University School of the Arts is highly acclaimed for its star-studded alumni roster and teaching students how to tell stories that move the masses. In 2022, FilmSchool.org ranked Columbia SOA runner-up for Best Screenwriting Program in its list of top film...

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