Choosing between programs and factoring in competition??


Hi everyone! If you're like me, you've spent hours looking into different film schools trying to see what MA/MFA may be best for you and worth applying to. It is also a fact that grad programs can be very competitive, and while there are so many I want to apply to, I also don't want to spread myself thin.

I will be applying for:
AFI - Directing
Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema (Concordia in Montreal) - MFA Film Production

And I am currently deciding between these:
-UAL- MA Film
-Goldsmith's MA Filmmaking
-Edinburgh Napier University - MA Film
-Kino Eyes
-San Fransisco State -MFA Cinema
-Emerson -MFA Film and Media Art

Obviously I can't apply for all of these. I want to be strategic in my choices, and knowing how competitive AFI and Concordia are, I'm am curious which from the bottom list may be a little less competitive? Are UAL and Goldsmith's around the same competition level? I have lived and worked in Europe before and would love the chance to go back and study film. I have also researched each school listed extensively and see that they would be great for me (focus on the art/ craft, developing voice, exploration, industry connections, ect).

Any input would be much appreciated. Thank you so much in advance!!
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