|Columbia Universitys Graduate Film Division in the School of the Arts, one of the nations leading academic training programs for filmmaking, presents the 17th. annual Columbia University Film Festival. A weeklong festival of new workfilm screenings and screenplay readingswill take place from May 1 to May 7 in New York City. A selection of films will be presented in Los Angeles on June 2 and 3.
The Columbia University Film Festival has earned an international reputation as a launching pad for emerging talent. Columbia Film Division students have won top Student Academy Award Medals in six of the past seven years.
Films from the 2003 Columbia Festival went on to screen at prestigious international festivals including: Berlin, Cannes, New York, Palm Springs, Sundance and Telluride.
Recent films by Film Division alumni include Laurel Canyon, written and directed by Lisa Cholodenko (97); Identity, directed by James Mangold (99); Monsoon Wedding, written by Sabrina Dhawan (02); and 2004 Academy Award nominee and winner of the 2003 Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, American Splendor, written and directed by Shari Springer Berman (95) and Robert Pulcini (94).
Films selected by the School of the Arts Film Division faculty as the best of this years festival will be featured at special screenings on Friday, May 7 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., at the DGA Theater, 110 West 57th Street (between 6th and 7th Avenues); and in Los Angeles on June 2, at the SilverScreen Theater at the Pacific Design Center, 8687 Melrose Avenue.
Staged readings of excerpts from feature screenplays written by graduate students at Columbia Universitys School of the Arts Film Division will be held on Thursday, May 6 at 6 p.m., at the McGraw-Hill Theater, 1221 Avenue of the Americas (at 49th Street).
Tickets for the film screenings are $10 per program and are on sale now. They can be purchased at www.ticketweb.com or at the door.
Tickets for the screenplay readings are also $10 and can be reserved by calling 212.854.1547.
The Festival is pleased to offer Industry Screenings of Faculty Selects and Faculty Honors films in New York and Los Angeles. The New York Industry Screening will take place on Wednesday, May 26 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Eastman Kodak Screening Room, 360 West 31st. Street, 7th. Floor (between 8th. and 9th. Avenue). The Los Angeles Industry Screening will take place on Thursday, June 3 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Eastman Kodak Screening Room, 6700 Santa Monica Boulevard. Admission to the Industry Screenings is free, but seating is limited. Please RSVP to 212.854.1547.
Festival Director: Ada C. Chamberlain
Associate Director: Lydia Cavallo
Festival Screenwriting Fellows:
Alumni: Diana Oliva
Programming: Andrew Reuland
Publicity: Althea Wasow
Trailer: Richard Stuart Perkins
Art Director: Jesse Kirsch
Website: Lukas Hauser