Columbia University School of the Arts Film Program and The Film Society of Lincoln Center have announced they will co-present the 26th Annual Columbia University Film Festival (CUFF), a week-long program of screenings, dramatic readings and special events in New York. The celebration will continue with events to be announced for June in Los Angeles. This marks the second year that the festival is co-presented by the Film Society.
Columbia University’s School of the Arts Film Program is one of the most prestigious programs in the country and boasts a graduate list that includes Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty), Ron Nyswaner (Philadelphia) and Lisa Cholodenko (The Kids Are All Right) and an esteemed faculty that has included Milos Forman, Martin Scorsese, Emir Kusturica and Paul Schrader.
Ira Deutchman, Chair of the Columbia University School of the Arts Film Program stated, “Each year, the Festival is an opportunity to take a step back and marvel at the amazing body of work that has been created by our students. We are very pleased that the Film Society is co-presenting the festival with us again this year. They are not only providing us a prestigious platform, but also validation of the quality of the work. It is an acknowledgement that there is no other film festival anywhere that showcases student work with such accomplishment, ambition and diversity.”
“Supporting emerging filmmakers is an important focus for the Film Society,” said Film Society of Lincoln Center‘s Executive Director Rose Kuo, “We are delighted to welcome back the Columbia University Film Festival and their talented new student filmmakers.”
The Andrew Sarris Award
Adam Davidson (’91) will receive this year’s Andrew Sarris Award, named for School of the Arts Film Program professor and world-renowned critic and theorist Andrew Sarris, which honors outstanding service by and artistic achievement of distinguished Film Program alumni. Davidson’s directorial debut, The Lunch Date, won the Palme d’Or for Best Short Film at Cannes and the 1991 Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film. The film was also Davidson’s MFA thesis film, screened at the Columbia Film Festival in his graduating year. Since then, he has directed episodes of a number of TV shows, including Six Feet Under, Lost, True Blood, The United States of Tara, Community, Friday Night Lights, and many others.
From Development to Deal: A Conversation on First Features
Rebecca Thomas (Electrick Children) and Tanya Hamilton (Night Catches Us) will be two of the featured panelists in a special Columbia University Filmmakers Panel titled “From Development to Deal: A Conversation on First Features.” The first feature is a defining moment every filmmaker’s career, and the panelists, moderated by Columbia director and Film faculty member Tom Kalin (Savage Grace, Swoon), will delve into their experience, from initial concept to production, post-production and beyond.
Friday, May 3 – Sunday, May 5 – The Film Society of Lincoln Center, Walter Reade Theater
Film Screenings: 2013 Showcase of MFA Films
Monday, May 6 – Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center at the Film Society of Lincoln Center
4:00pm: CUFF Creative Producing Pitch Contest
Eight students whose feature film project pitches were selected by a panel of industry professionals will compete for a one-on-one meeting with legendary producer David Picker. Jury includes Jack Lechner, Anne Carey, Amy Robinson, Michael Hausman.
7:00pm: From Development to Deal: A Conversation on First Features.
A panel of filmmakers discuss their first feature films: Rebecca Thomas (Electrick Children) and Tanya Hamilton (Night Catches Us), and others to be confirmed. Moderated by Tom Kalin (Savage Grace, Swoon).
Tuesday, May 7 – The Alice Griffin Jewelbox Theatre, The Pershing Square Signature Center
7:00pm: Screenwriting Night
An evening of screenplay readings.
Wednesday, May 8 – Miller Theatre, Columbia University
7:00pm: Student Selects
Screenings of the favorite films of the festival as voted by students at the Columbia University School of the Arts MFA Program.
Thursday, May 9 – The Paris Theatre
7:00pm: Awards Night
Screenings and awards ceremony of the films designated as Jury Selects of the festival. The 2013 Festival Jury is comprised of faculty of the Columbia University School of the Arts Film Program and, for the first time this year, outside jurors from the industry, director Tamara Jenkins and producer Jay Van Hoy.