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Walter Reade Theater
165 West 65th Street, between Broadway and Amsterdam
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30th Annual Columbia University Film Festival
From Carol Becker, Dean of the School of the Arts
The 30th Columbia University Film Festival is the culminating event for our MFA Film students. In 1987 when the Festival began, it consisted of only four shorts, followed by a panel discussion. Now the Festival has become a true Columbia tradition, including several days of screenings, panels and events in both New York and Los Angeles.
From Maureen A Ryan, Chair of the Film Program
Creative collaboration is the hallmark of our film program. From
the moment students enter our program, they are actively working together to make the best possible films and producing the most captivating stories. Learning how to hone their skills as directors, screenwriters and creative producers is what we all—faculty, staff and students—work on day after day.
And every year at this time, we see the culmination of all those years of study. These films reflect the diverse, global perspectives of our filmmakers—from a film about a Tinder date gone wrong in a loft above a NYC synagogue to a frustrated mother leaving her traditional family for freedom in Delhi, India to the President of Lebanon cleaning up corruption via a local soap maker at a tiny fishing village—our filmmakers bring these stories to life through brilliant scripts and powerful cinema. Over the course of the Festival you’ll see reflected both the depth and breadth of what our students create; we are proud of their remarkable achievements.
This festival may be the hard-earned result of their time in our program but it is also the auspicious beginning of the next step in their creative work and careers. From here, these films go on to screen at the top film festivals around the globe and garner many, many awards. Tonight, I invite you to watch the next generation of storytellers as they step out into the spotlight!