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Columbia 2021 MFA Screenwriting/Directing Applicants

acsiv

Member
Supporter
Good luck to everybody with your application! Speaking of, does anyone know when Columbia's website will be updated for the 2021 admissions cycle?
 

cawheeler

New Member
Supporter
I e-mailed admissions yesterday and they replied with "Our application will be made available on our website in the coming days"...Not super helpful but their website makes it seem like it should be up by the end of September.
 

Cody Young

Tattoo/Film Enthusiast
Supporter
Looks like the Columbia Film MFA application is now available. Deadline appears to be December 15th.
 

lucychoi97

Member
Supporter
Hi did anyone finish the Autobiographical Essay? It's 4-6 pages and I'm struggling to make it to 4-5 pages. Mine seems a little short. How many pages did you write if you don't mind me asking?
 

catmom

Member
Hi did anyone finish the Autobiographical Essay? It's 4-6 pages and I'm struggling to make it to 4-5 pages. Mine seems a little short. How many pages did you write if you don't mind me asking?
Mine was about five pages! I was struggling at first but was able to think of a few bits I wanted to include. Good luck!!
 

catmom

Member
Hi thanks for your reply! May I ask how you formatted your film treatment? Did you divide your story into 3 acts?
I made sure to follow this part of the instructions, "including major characters and plot developments and a clear statement of the resolution," but I didn't specify the acts. It's more like a synopsis than an outline because they only gave us one page.
 

lucychoi97

Member
Supporter
I made sure to follow this part of the instructions, "including major characters and plot developments and a clear statement of the resolution," but I didn't specify the acts. It's more like a synopsis than an outline because they only gave us one page.
Thank you so much! I have one more question if you don't mind me asking. About the Columbia film prompt, do I have to copy and past the prompt to my script word for word or am I allowed to just use the 'concept' of it and slightly change it? For example, if I choose this prompt,

INT. LIBRARY – MORNING
The TWO WOMEN, 50’s, burst through the library doors and race into the shelves. Scanning the titles of books, they stop short when they spot the exact one they’ve been searching for. One of them grabs for it, but the other stops her before she can open it up.


Am I allowed to add some details like what kind of library or how the characters look on the outside perhaps?
 

catmom

Member
Thank you so much! I have one more question if you don't mind me asking. About the Columbia film prompt, do I have to copy and past the prompt to my script word for word or am I allowed to just use the 'concept' of it and slightly change it? For example, if I choose this prompt,

INT. LIBRARY – MORNING
The TWO WOMEN, 50’s, burst through the library doors and race into the shelves. Scanning the titles of books, they stop short when they spot the exact one they’ve been searching for. One of them grabs for it, but the other stops her before she can open it up.


Am I allowed to add some details like what kind of library or how the characters look on the outside perhaps?
I didn't add any extra details except the character's name and brief description but I didn't see anything in the instructions saying you couldn't!
 

katiebonnie

Member
Supporter
Hi guys! I was wondering if I could ask where everyone put the logline on their 10-page sample? I'm also a little conflicted because I basically took out the best 10 pages from a 30 page pilot but they don't run together in the actual thing. It works and doesn't sound off at all but I'm now wondering if that's allowed? I just think the 10 pages I've picked show off my writing better? Thanks in advance for any advice!
 

Cody Young

Tattoo/Film Enthusiast
Supporter
Hi guys! I was wondering if I could ask where everyone put the logline on their 10-page sample? I'm also a little conflicted because I basically took out the best 10 pages from a 30 page pilot but they don't run together in the actual thing. It works and doesn't sound off at all but I'm now wondering if that's allowed? I just think the 10 pages I've picked show off my writing better? Thanks in advance for any advice!
I put my log line on the title page of the sample. I'm not sure about the other concern though.
 

Chris W

Willem was robbed
Staff member
It's deadline day! Getting down to the wire! :)

Good luck everyone.

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