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What are affordable graduate film schools with a good network?


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Hi guys, I am from India.
I'm trying to make an educated decision to apply to film schools. I am interested in a two year MFA program in either cinematography, screenwriting and directing. Schools in NYU and LA are extremely expensive, so is the living cost. There's now way I could afford them even with loans and what not. Are there good schools in other areas (considering other countries too like Canada?) with a good alumni network and connect with the industry. Please help me out here! Thanks.

Chris W

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There are definitely some good and more affordable programs out there. In the states UT Austin jumps to mind. If you're interested in Screenwriting their Michener Center is even a FREE program WITH a $6k/year stipend! (But they only admit one or two a year) We did have a forum member get accepted there recently however.

You can also use our film school database as you can sort schools by tuition and read reviews:

Here's a list of film schools between $10 and $20k per year.

Here's a list of film schools under $10k per year.

And here are some film schools that are free. :)

Good luck and welcome to the site!
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University of New Orleans is very affordable. I start this Fall! It is a three year program, though they did just add a screenwriting major this past school year.


distant or in person?

Right now, I am taking 4 courses and 3 of them are online (screenwriting, production, and equipment training) and 1 class (editing) meets one day a week in the library where we can be socially distant on desktop computers. I also work in the Equipment Room and am on campus every day. It is a mix, but it seems to be working for me.

We have our first film shoots this weekend with small groups (3 people) and we are required to be outdoors, wear masks, etc.

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