Columbia University Film Festival (CUFF) is excited to bring eight days of dynamic programming highlighting the thesis work of the Film MFA Program. For the first time since 2019, we will be hosting the festival in person and for the first time ever, we are having the screenings on campus at the Lenfest Center for the Arts. With over 42 films, 17 out of competition shorts, and a VR project, this is our largest CUFF yet, so join us for Awards Night at the DGA Theater to acknowledge the winning films and closing the festival we will celebrate the winners of the screenplay competition at Screenwriting Night at Riverside Church Theater.

Not only are we offering these in-person events and screenings, we are also offering a chance to watch the films virtually on the Eventive platform via a pass starting at $15. For students, faculty, and staff the festival screenings will be available free of charge both in person and online.

The James Bridges Award for Directing the Actors

The MiloŇ° Forman Directing Fellowship

The Zaki Gordon Memorial Award for Excellence in Screenwriting

The Michael Hausman/Filmhaus Foundation Award

Indian Paintbrush Film Production Grant

The Milena Jelinek Memorial Award

The Phil Johnston Comedy Award

The Sarah Jones Safety Grant

The Arthur Krim Memorial Award

The Jack Larson Award for Collaboration

The Leone Family Film Grant

Completed projects must be completed by the deadline to be eligible for the <> Film Festival.

The submission fee is non-refundable.

Feature films need a Colombian premiere.

Columbia University Film Festival does not pay screening fees.

Multiple entries can be submitted. Each entry must be accompanied by its own online entry and entry fee.

The filmmaker will bear the transportation and handling costs of the festival.

Films made in languages other than English must provide clear English subtitles.