2007 Film Festival Awards
Faculty Selects and Honors Films Announced
Professor Lewis Cole to be Honored May 7
On Monday, May 7 we will present a special Visionary Award to
Professor Lewis Cole for his contributions and dedication to the
Columbia Film Division. Please join us in honoring Professor Cole
at the festival Screenplay Readings event!
2007 Andrew Sarris Award to Ron Nyswaner (MFA '81)
The film festival is pleased to present the seventh annual Andrew
Sarris Award to Ron Nyswaner. Named after world-renowned critic,
theorist, and Film Division faculty member, the Sarris award was
created by film students to honor outstanding service and artistic
achievement of distinguished alumni.
Ron Nyswaner received an MFA from Columbia University's School of
the Arts Film Division in 1981. His work often addresses
contemporary social and political issues while examining the very
human need to love and be loved. Ron Nyswaner's screenplays include
PHILADELHIA, SOLDIER'S GIRL, and most recently - THE PAINTED VEIL.
The Sarris Award will be presented to Ron Nyswaner in New York at
the festival Screenplay Readings event on Monday, May 7, and in Los
Angeles on June 7. Please join us in celebrating our distinguished
Festival Trailer Screening on Times Square Astrovision Screen
Our 30-second festival trailer, created by 2nd-year Film student
Robert Broadhurst, is screening in Times Square on the Panasonic
Astrovision jumbo screen. The piece will run twice every hour from
April 30-May 10, and will play at all our festival events in NY and
LA. Special thanks to Robert Broadhurst, Geoff Bailey, and Bruce
Chen for their work and dedication to producing our first motion
graphics animated trailer!
THE HUNTER Wins Grand Prize at USA Film Festival
On April 22, Film Division student Benjamin Gray's thesis film, "The
Hunter", won the Grand Prize at the USA Film Festival's prestigious
National Short Film and Video Competition. The USA Film Festival is
one of 40 Academy Award qualifying festivals worldwide -- which puts
"The Hunter" into a small, international group of short films
for next year's Oscar nominations.
"The Hunter" screens at the Columbia University Film Festival
in Program F on Wednesday, May 2 at 8pm.
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Columbia Filmmakers a Major Presence at Tribeca
Columbia Filmmakers Take Top Prizes at Sundance