About the MFA Film Program

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Click on this clip to see what our students are saying about our unique MFA Program!

Click on this clip to see what our students are saying about our unique MFA Program at CCNY!

Our two-year MFA  program in Media Arts Production is the only graduate-level program of its kind, offering Documentary and Fiction tracks in an affordable and accessible public institution.  We are a culturally diverse filmmaking community, located in New York City, the cultural capital of the world, with ready access to the finest talent, locations, organizations and production facilities.

For new and aspiring filmmakers, our graduate MFA program opens doors to the independent film world of NYC and beyond.   Since its inception in 1997, graduates of our program have taken their films directly into the professional arena—from national television broadcasts to Student Emmys and Academy Awards.  Their work has screened at Sundance, Cannes, Tribeca and other major film festivals across the globe.

Our faculty of award-winning filmmakers are dedicated to the principals of strong original storytelling through the creation of socially meaningful, visually engaging and cost effective work.  The internationally acclaimed director, Chantal Akerman, has recently joined our faculty.

We are also home of the new Documentary Forum: CCNY Center for Film, Journalism, and Interactive Media <www.documentaryforum.org>.

Note: Admissions for Fall 2014 is currently closed.  The deadline for Fall 2015 is March 1, 2014, and we’ll begin to accept applications December 1, 2014.


YESSICA CURIEL-MONTOYA  (MFA 2013) - screened her film, QUIET SPACE in the Short Film Corner, at the Festival de Cannes 2014!

 (MFA 2014) -  advanced his CCNY Digital Production class assignment, RED FOG, in the 41st Annual Student Academy Awards – Region Three Semifinals (Narrative Program)!

NIAV CONTY (MFA 2014) - named  2013 Princess Grace Award Winner for her thesis film OUTWORLD; to be honored at 31st annual PGF-USA Awards Gala in NYC!

FLAVIO ALVES (MFA 2013) – premiered his thesis film, TOM IN AMERICA at Palm Springs Film Festival and screened at a number of other Top-Tier and Oscar qualifying Film Festivals!

YOLANDA PIVIDAL (MFA 2007) - wins “Best Documentary” Award for her new feature entitled, OF KITES AND BORDERS, at 2013 San Diego Film Festival and at Docs DF 2013!

JOSLYN DUNCAN (MFA 2011) - accepted into SUNDANCE Screenwriter’s Intensive in Philadelphia with support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation!