Stanford MFA Documentary Film Production

JJV

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Hi
I am planning to apply for the mfa documentary programme offered by Stanford. Can somebody please tell me something more about the program. Any recent graduate or current student out there???
Thank you
 

Drew DP

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I had a short video interview with Stanford earlier this week, but I'm not sure if it is necessary for admission. They say on the website that decisions will come out by March 15th
 

Drew DP

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Thanks! I'm not an international applicant. I think the only question they asked that wasn't a specific question about my visual portfolio was how I would go about finding subjects for films if admitted to the program. They also brought up a film I mentioned in my writing sample. They were nice and it was pretty casual and quick (about 20 minutes), so don't stress too much! Good luck!
 
Hey everyone. I know I'm joining a little late, but I'm also waiting to hear back from Stanford. Has anyone heard anything yet? I know they were supposed to notify us yesterday but nothing. I just called their department and the call would not go through.
 
So...still haven't heard back from Stanford, but I'm guessing it's a no. I just wish they'd notify me. When I logged into my portal it said that my application was incomplete. However, when I submitted a long time ago I received an email saying everything was successfully submitted. It says they never received my transcripts, but I have a confirmation from the transcript service I used. I even called months ago to double-check with Stanford. They basically told me if anything was missing they'd let me know.

I'm fine with not getting into Stanford, but just kind of bummed if the reason is that they never even looked at my application, even though it appeared everything was in order. Has anyone received a rejection letter? I emailed their office weeks ago and still have not heard back.
 

RobertBruceHope

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So...still haven't heard back from Stanford, but I'm guessing it's a no. I just wish they'd notify me. When I logged into my portal it said that my application was incomplete. However, when I submitted a long time ago I received an email saying everything was successfully submitted. It says they never received my transcripts, but I have a confirmation from the transcript service I used. I even called months ago to double-check with Stanford. They basically told me if anything was missing they'd let me know.

I'm fine with not getting into Stanford, but just kind of bummed if the reason is that they never even looked at my application, even though it appeared everything was in order. Has anyone received a rejection letter? I emailed their office weeks ago and still have not heard back.

I have not heard back either, but yeah I think it's pretty sure it's a no. I'm thinking about emailing the program director for a confirmation. I think it's pretty rude that we spent money on applying and then they respond with nothing. I think it will just give us a peace of mind to have a for sure no.
 
I have not heard back either, but yeah I think it's pretty sure it's a no. I'm thinking about emailing the program director for a confirmation. I think it's pretty rude that we spent money on applying and then they respond with nothing. I think it will just give us a peace of mind to have a for sure no.

Just got the rejection email. Finally! Lol. I'm ok with not going. Looks like it's between Columbia and USC now. At least now I can begin to truly weigh the two without wondering about Stanford. Best of luck! Thanks for being here to share in my anticipation!
 
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tr0624

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Hey everyone. I know I'm joining a little late, but I'm also waiting to hear back from Stanford. Has anyone heard anything yet? I know they were supposed to notify us yesterday but nothing. I just called their department and the call would not go through.
hey! i sent in my application (for 2021) in late november and have been checking my portal like every day to see any update.

my portal also says incomplete... i called the school, and they said pretty much what you mentioned was said to you. do you know if they ever looked at your application or had any other communication with them?

i'm so interested in the program, and it'll be a huge bummer to not hear from them.
 

user1234567

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hi! I don't know if this will ease your mind at all but I applied to the program as well and my portal still shows as incomplete. I submitted through slideroom and also on the stanford internal portal way before the deadline and called then about it. lady in admissions said the same thing to me...
 

tr0624

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hi! I don't know if this will ease your mind at all but I applied to the program as well and my portal still shows as incomplete. I submitted through slideroom and also on the stanford internal portal way before the deadline and called then about it. lady in admissions said the same thing to me...
okay, so we are literally in the same boat!
 
hi! I don't know if this will ease your mind at all but I applied to the program as well and my portal still shows as incomplete. I submitted through slideroom and also on the stanford internal portal way before the deadline and called then about it. lady in admissions said the same thing to me...
Does it say the date your portfolio was received? Or other materials? Mine only says a received date for the personal statement and letters.
 
Mine also only says my personal statement and letters were received. my portfolio received date is blank
Thanks! What about the writing sample or resume? Those words don't even appear in the checklist for some reason. But I definitely submitted all the application materials.
 
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