28th Columbia University Film Fest Runs May 1-7

(released 4/30/2015)

Running May 1 through 7, 2015, the Columbia University Film Festival enters its 28th year.  The festival is filled with screenings, screenplay readings, and panels.

Kicking off the festival is a showcase of MFA student films on Friday, May 1 at the Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center.  This showcase runs through Sunday, May 3.

On Saturday, May 2, the festival and school is celebrating a centennial.  A panel will discuss one hundred years of the first university level course in film studies in the United States, which started at Columbia in the fall of 1915.

Some other student highlights include Screenwriting Night on Monday, May 4 and Student Selects, which are student films selected by committee, screening on May 5. Wednesday, May 6 looks like it has the best non-film lineup.  There is a feature film pitch competition with MFA students.  They will make their pitches to industry pros and the winner gets a one-on-one meeting with producer David Picker.  Also on the sixth is the DIY NY Comedy Panel.  This panel will discuss how New York City plays a role in the ever evolving do-it-yourself comedy world.

The festival concludes Thursday, May 7 with the awards ceremony at Symphony Space. The Andrew Sarris Award, which this year is going to James Ponsoldt, is being given out on Screenwriting Night, May 4.

The festival takes place on campus, at Symphony Space, and down at Lincoln Center.  For more details and the rest of the schedule of events, go to cufilmfest.com.

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