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#1 Box Office film directed by FSU Film alum

The feature film The Maze Runner, directed by FSU Film School alum Wes Ball (BFA ’04), with writing by T.S. Nowlin (BFA ’03), led the North American box office its opening weekend with one of the biggest September debuts ever; add in strong l sales from the previous week’s international release, and a new young-adult franchise was born.

New "L.A. Intensive" connects students, alumni with industry

Ivan and Jason Reitman talk with alumni of the College of Motion Picture Arts in a dedicated film forum in Los Angeles.

Student Films Sweep Student Emmys

Five student producers accept awards from the College of Motion Picture Arts.

Third Annual Student Veteran Film Festival features Sebastian Junger film

Third Annual Student Veteran Film Festival features Sebastian Junger film

Faculty documentary screens from coast to coast

Faculty member Valerie Scoon recently finished a documentary chronicling the complicated legacy of colonialism in Grenada.

FSU films dominate Comic-Con film festival

The College of Motion Picture Arts took Comic-Con by storm this year, sending nearly two dozen recent grads to participate, and supplying seven of the thirty-five films that screened at the Con's film festival.

Recent Film School grads take top honors at Student Emmys

Two recent films by College grads win College Television Awards

Once again, alums made their marks on Oscar-nominated films

From recent grads to industry veterans, College of Motion Picture Arts alums made their mark on a number of the films that are being celebrated by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences this year.

Faculty Short Premieres at New York Film Festival

For the third year in a row, the curators of the New York Film Festival's Views from the Avant-Garde chose to screen the world premiere of a short film by editing faculty member April Simmons. April Simmons

FSU Tapped as Partner in $200,000 Focus Forward Filmmaker Challenge

Our own innovative Torchlight Program has been chosen to lead a major marketing effort to inform film school students and faculty members across the nation about a short-film contest with a $100,000 grand prize.

Alum wins two MVPA awards

Greg Jardin (MFA 05), arguably and accidentally the foremost expert on stop-motion jelly bean animation, directed the music video “In Your Arms” by singer Kina Grannis, which was recently awarded Best Animated Video, and Best In Camera Special Effects at the 2012 Music Video Production Awards (MVPA).

Recent Film School Grads Premiere Indie Feature

The indie feature Dead Dad, which premieres in April at the Florida Film Festival in Orlando, boasts a cast and crew made up primarily of FSU alums.

MFA Cine Students Study with the Masters

Two Film School students were chosen to attend the Budapest Cinematography Masterclass, a special two-week program in Hungary, whichincluded 35 cinematographers from 25 countries, and was taught by VilmosZsigmond, ASC, and Elemer Ragalyi, HSC.

FSU Script Wins Sprite Refreshing Films Competition

For years the Coca-Cola Company has run a contest for students at the nation’s top film schools, and Florida State has had its share of winners. This year, the company decided to shake things up and completely revamped the contest, renaming it the Sprite Refreshing Films Contest, and focusing most of their attention at the high school level. Where once film school students wrote and directed short films featuring Coke, the new contest takes scripts written by students at the top film schools and has crews of high school students shoot the films.

MFA Writing Student Wins Top Award at Kennedy Center

The competition was stiff for the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, so the Film School was thrilled when all five of its writing students who participated in the regional competition won awards. Three of their plays were entered into a national pool of regional winners who then competed at the national level in Washington, DC. Adam Groff was one of those regional winners with his hilarious play “Nancies.”

Film Students Top Nation with Four College Television Awards

With a total haul of four trophies, three of them for first place awards, recent graduates of the Florida State University College of Motion Picture Arts topped all other film schools in the nation at the 32nd Annual College Television Awards, held recently in Hollywood.

Writing Students Sweep Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival

Five writing students competed in the One–Act Play and Ten-Minute Play competitions. The Ten-Minute Play Award included six nominees, but FSU dominated the competition as students Kristin Hornsby and Adam Groff shared the top spot, co–winning the event for their original works “Turn Left” and “Nancies.” Rachel Gleicher took the top prize in the One–Act Play Competition for her play “Moving Along,” and Alexandra Landers was selected as Runner–Up/Alternate. The kudos continued as Rebekah Suellau won the New Play Directing Award. 

"Florida State has the best film school in the nation."

Tavarius Eberhart's career objective is simple. "I want to be a great filmmaker." The soon-to-graduate senior said Florida State's College of Motion Picture Arts has prepared him well to enter the highly competitive entertainment business.

"Florida State has the best film school in the nation," said Tavarius. "There's no film school in the country where a student gets the experience and training we get here."

Alums make only U.S. film selected for Cannes Critics Week

Seven alumni of the Florida State University College of Motion Picture Arts made a film that was selected by international film critics to screen at the 49th Cannes Critics’ Week, one of the world’s most prestigious film competitions.

MFA student wins prestigious Fulbright Scholarship

After Allison Leger premieres her MFA thesis film in August, she won’t be heading to Hollywood. Instead she’ll be flying to the exotic island of Macau, off the coast of China. That’s because while she was putting the final touches on her capstone project, she learned that she won a prestigious Fulbright grant that will be sending her to Macau for a year.

Film School Claims Its 25th Student Emmy

A short film cowritten and directed by recent Film School graduate Ken J. Adachi and produced by former classmate Stephen Bell was a winner in the Comedy category at the 31st Annual College Television Awards, or “Student Emmys,” held April 10 in Hollywood, Calif. “Picture Day” won an Emmy for Third Place, ranking it as one of the three best Student Comedies in the nation.

Film School Students Dominate National Documentary Competition

Students in the Florida State University College of Motion Picture, Television and Recording Arts have given another bravura performance, claiming a majority of the awards handed out in a new film documentary competition devoted to highlighting the works of philanthropic and charitable organizations.

"Filmmaker Magazine" Names FSU Grad New Face of Independent Film

Filmmaker Magazine just named Florida State alumnus, Nat Sanders, one of “25 New Faces of Independent Film.” Sanders, who graduated from Florida State in 2002, was working in Hollywood, editing a reality television show, when fellow alum Barry Jenkins summoned him to San Francisco to edit Medicine for Melancholy. He immediately quit his job and went right to work on Jenkins’ film. The gamble paid off, because when Medicine for Melancholy screened at the South by Southwest festival in Austin last year, director Lynn Shelton was taken with his work and asked him to move to Seattle and edit her film, Humpday. Both films have garnered enormous critical acclaim.

Geoffrey Gilmore Brings 2009 Sundance Favorite to Film School

Film School Distinguished Lecturer Geoffrey Gilmore brought a Sundance favorite to Tallahassee right on the heels of the festival, and months ahead of its theatrical premiere. Gilmore, a leading authority on independent cinema and director of the Sundance Film Festival for 19 years, screened 500 Days of Summer at FSU's arts festival Seven Days of Opening Nights. He also held a lecture and discussion, just for Film School students, centered on the current state of the movie business, and the difficulties and opportunities it presents.

Film School Alum Matthew Lopez Tops the Box Office

Disney's new sci-fi adventure movie Race to Witch Mountain (an update of the classic Escape to Witch Mountain) opened at #1, handily stomping the blockbuster Watchmen, and looks to cement the success of Matt Lopez, one of its two screenwriters. Matt Lopez, who graduated from the Film School in 1993, is on a roll.

Alum Pitches Sundance Winning Film to Jay Leno on the Tonight Show

Alumnus Josh Tickell is a good example of how many different opportunities there are for Film School graduates. Sure, some go to Hollywood and make blockbusters about aliens or college buddies, but with the rise in popularity of documentaries, and the challenges facing our nation and world, more alumni are using the medium as a tool for change.

Hollywood Reporter Names Film School Alum Top Exec

Recently The Hollywood Reporter went looking for top film industry executives under 35. It came as no surprise to the FSU Film School that alumna Ali Bell was one of their top picks. She graduated from FSU in 1999 with a BFA and is now the Vice President of Production/Development for Ivan Reitman's Montecito Picture Company.

Dean of FSU Film School Recognized as Top Mentor

The Hollywood Reporter is calling Frank Patterson one of the nation's top mentors to a generation of Hollywood filmmakers. A special, August 28, 2008 edition of the major trade publication lists Patterson, dean of Florida State University's renowned Film School, among the 12 most influential film school professors in the United States.

Director Jason Reitman Presents Student Academy Award to FSU Student Filmmaker Z Eric Yang

For the fifth time in four years, a Student Academy Award has gone to a film written and directed by a student from Florida State University’s renowned College of Motion Picture, Television and Recording Arts -- best known as The Film School.

Film School Students Take Top College Television Awards

With a pair of prestigious wins at this year's College Television Awards, the Emmy-winning tradition continues at the Florida State University College of Motion Picture Arts.

Film School Alumnus Wins Steven Spielberg's "On The Lot"

DreamWorks Pictures has a brand new filmmaker on their lot, welcomed by Steven Spielberg himself. Recent Florida State University Film School graduate, Will Bigham, triumphed over 12,000 other entrants to win the highly competitive reality show, “On the Lot,” a Fox network program produced by Mark Burnett and Steve Spielberg.

Film festival focuses on issues facing veterans

With the help of Paul Cohen and the Torchlight Center, the 2nd annual Student Veteran Film Festival will feature The Invisible War, an award-winning film by director Kirby Dick.

Princess Grace Foundation Supports Independent Projects at Film School

For the second year in a row, an FSU Film School student has won a lucrative Princess Grace Award. The Princess Grace Foundation—created in honor of the late Princess Grace to support young artists in the areas of film, dance and theater—awarded MFA student Iman Zawahry $20,000 to help her make a short film about a Muslim American undercover detective. Zawahry has recently finished production on the film, a Directed Independent Study (DIS) project that she shot here at FSU.

150K Endowment from Miller Family To Be Named for Dean Ray Fielding

A second major endowment in three years has been pledged to the FSU Film School by Bert Miller (FSU 1956), Mrs. Betty Miller and their family. The donation is $100,000, which, when the pledge is completed, will be matched by the State of Florida with another $50,000.

Television Academy Student Award to FSU Film School

For the ninth time in twelve years, the FSU Film School has won a top award at the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences annual Collegiate competition. This is the world's most prestigious award for a student film exhibited in a video format.

Film School Professor Valerie Scoon and "Their Eyes Were Watching God"

Florida State University Filmmaker-in-Residence Valerie Scoon has added another line to the long list of industry accolades for FSU's School of Motion Picture, Television and Recording Arts, better known as The Film School.

Film School Grad Pens Major Motion Picture

Florida State University alumna Melissa Carter took Cloud Nine all the way to New York City for the premiere of her first major motion picture, "Little Black Book," a dark comedy that opened nationwide August 6 with big-name stars like Brittany Murphy and Kathy Bates.

FSU Film School Wins Top DGA Student Awards for Latino, Women Filmmakers

The Directors Guild of America has announced its 2005 Student Filmmakers Awards for African Americans, Asian Americans, Latinos and women -- and Florida State University's School of Motion Picture, Television and Recording Arts will take home half of them.

Film School Grabs Three Coke Finalist Spots

In one of the most watched and prestigious short film competitions in the country, Florida State University film students have beat out hundreds of other filmmakers to garner three of the 10 national finalist spots for the 2007 Coca-Cola Refreshing Filmmaker’s Award.

FSU Film School Awarded Student Academy Award in Hollywood

At a gala ceremony held on June 13 in the Goldwyn Theater at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Hollywood, the FSU Film School thesis film, Slow Dancin' Down the Aisles of the Quickcheck, was awarded a Student Academy Award in the narrative film category. The award, accompanied by a $1,000 cash prize, was accepted by the film's director, Thomas Wade Jackson. Together with eleven other award winners in different categories from various film schools in the U.S., Jackson was treated to a week long all-expense paid trip to Los Angeles, complete with press interviews, visits to studios, receptions, and a dinner given for the winners by the Governors of the Academy.

Grand Slam Sweep For FSU Film School

First, Second and Third Prizes Academy of Television Arts and Sciences
For the first time in the long history of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences annual student competition, the FSU Film School has won all of the prizes in its category.

Alum Garners Three Spirit Award Nominations

Barry Jenkins, a Filmmaker magazine New Face of Indie Film, has found a way to meet Hollywood on his own terms, with a little help from his friends. His first feature film, Medicine for Melancholy, produced by fellow Film School alums at Strike Anywhere Films, has received widespread praise from critics and has been an audience favorite at film festivals. The film garnered Jenkins a nomination for a Gotham Independent Film Award in the category Breakthrough Director, and three nominations for Film Independent's Spirit awards.

Torchlight Program Offers Sneak Peek of “Bright Star”

After sold out screenings at the Toronto International Film Festival, Bright Star screened at The Florida State University just before opening in theaters around the country. The free sneak preview came courtesy of the Film School’s Torchlight Program and its director, Paul Cohen.

Major Kodak Donation to FSU Film School

Eastman Kodak company has donated 25,000 feet of 35mm color film stock to the Florida State University Film School. The donation was made by Kodak’s Director of Worldwide Educational Services, John Mason, at a brunch hosted by the company in Los Angeles to recognize the retirement of Dr. Ray Fielding, the FSU Film School’s founding permanent dean. Fielding is stepping down this Spring after thirteen years of service at FSU and a total of 46 years of teaching and administration at six different film schools.

Daryl Hannah Hosts Screening of Film School's Academy Awards Qualifying Short Film About Human Trafficking

In an effort to help expose and combat human trafficking at home and abroad, actress and activist Daryl Hannah hosted a special screening of The Film School's critically acclaimed short film "Fields of Mudan" on Jan. 9 in Los Angeles.

"Caress of the Creature" Qualifies for 2008 Academy Awards Short Competition

In January Caress of the Creature, a 2006 Masters thesis film written and directed by Stewart McAlpine, was accepted into the nationally recognized Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. The January 21 and 24 screenings of Caress as a part of the "Gallery Shorts" program for the acclaimed rebel festival marked the film's national debut, and garnered the film an Honorable Mention Award in the shorts category.

Film School Alumnus to Begin Work on Directorial Debut

Frank Longo, a recent graduate of the FSU Film School (MFA 1999), has been signed to direct a feature film for Zide/Perry Productions, releasing through New Line Cinema. Zide's most recent film was the hugely successful "American Pie." The Longo assignment was featured in a front page article in the May 18 issue of VARIETY.

American Society of Cinematographers Award to FSU Film School Student

Armando Salas, a second-year graduate student at the FSU Film School, has been awarded the Robert Surtees Heritage Award from the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) in Hollywood. The award is presented annually to one or more film students or recent graduates for outstanding achievement in student cinematography. Salas joins two other FSU Film School students who, in previous years, won A.S.C. commendations for outstanding cinematography. These were Craig Kief in 2000 and Michael Culyba in 1999.

Another Oscar for FSU Film School

A senior thesis film written and directed by 2005 graduate Melissa Rossi -- and appropriately titled "Charm" -- endeared itself to the judges and took home an Oscar during the 32nd annual Student Academy Awards. A dozen students from 11 different colleges and universities, including FSU, were honored during the June 12 ceremony at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

Governor Crist Hosts Recognition of Two Film School Faculty Members

At a Florida film industry reception hosted by Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, Film School professor and Academy Award winner Stuart Robertson was honored by Film Florida, a not-for-profit collective of film industry professionals and professional organizations, for “Appreciation of Outstanding Professional Achievement in Film and as an Educator Building the Future of Florida’s Film and Entertainment Industry."

Richard Portman Named to Gordon Sawyer Professorship

Richard Portman, one of Hollywood's most distinguished motion picture sound designers, has been named "Gordon Sawyer Professor of Recording Arts" at the Film School of Florida State University. Although still active in the film industry as a master sound mixer, Portman has served for the last four years on the full-time faculty of the FSU Film School as Distinguished Filmmaker in Residence, where he supervises all sound recording courses and production.

Two More Oscars for FSU!

The School of Motion Picture, Television and Recording Arts at Florida State University is celebrating another happy ending after two "Film School" grads nabbed a pair of Oscars during the 31st annual Student Academy Awards.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences bestowed the honors on June 13 during the awards ceremony at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

FSU Film Students Win at 13th Directors' Guild Awards

The Directors Guild of America has announced its 2007 Student Film Awards for minority and women filmmakers, and student directors from Florida State University’s College of Motion Picture, Television and Recording Arts -- best known as The Film School -- have earned two of them.

Film School wins another College Television Award

With a recent top-three finish at the 28th Annual College Television Awards in Hollywood, Calif., the Emmy-winning tradition continues at Florida State University's College of Motion Picture, Television and Recording Arts—best known as The Film School.

Paramount Studios Internships for FSU Film Students

A new internship program, exclusively for FSU Film School Students, has been established at Paramount Studios in Hollywood by one of the School's benefactors and supporters, A.C. Lyles. Two undergraduate Film School students, Ali Bell and Nick Verenes, have been selected as the program's first interns. They began work at Paramount on March 13.

$10,000 First Prize at Angelus Film Festival, Los Angeles

The First Prize Patrick Peyton Award for Excellence in Filmmaking of the annual Angelus Film Festival in Los Angeles, worth $10,000 has been awarded to Lector, a graduate thesis film directed by FSU student Greg Marcks (MFA 2000).

Rapchik Film History Collection to FSU Film School

A large collection of biographical material about American filmmakers and celebrities has been given to the FSU Film School by members of the Rapchik family in memory of their late father and mother, Sidney and Helen Rapchik. The collection, which fills two large rooms, consists principally of clipping files containing thousands of articles from magazines, newspapers and pamphlets from the 1920's through the 1990's, dealing with motion picture actors and actresses, directors, producers and other personalities associated with the American film and television industries. The collection also includes books, posters, press books and related memorabilia.

Pioneer Electronics Collegiate Competition

The high-profile award was won by undergraduate FSU students Sloane Korach and Tony West. The $10,000 prize went to the FSU Film School which also received one of Pioneer’s just-introduced DVR-A05 / DVD-R/ RW recordable drives for the School’s recording suite. The students were accompanied at the awards ceremony by Reb Braddock, Director of the School’s graduate and undergraduate programs.

Directors Guild of America Honors FSU Film School for Distinguished Contribution to American Culture

The Florida State University School of Motion Picture, Television and Recording Arts was recognized by the Directors Guild of America (DGA) for its distinguished contribution to American culture through film and television, joining fellow honorees Robert De Niro, Jonathan Demme and other entertainment luminaries at the Fifth Annual DGA Honors on Sept. 29, 2004 in New York City.

Film School Alumna Scores with $225,000 Sale of Script

Melissa Carter, a recent graduate of the Florida State University Film School, has sold an 18 page treatment for a new film entitled Catch of the Day, to New Line Cinema in Hollywood for an initial payment of $225,000. She is now at work on the full-length script, the film of which will be produced by Warren Zide, whose mose recent films are American Pie and Flight 180.

FSU Film School Dominates 2004 Student Academy Awards

For the first time in the history of the Academy of Televisions Arts and Sciences a total of five videos from a single school – FSU – have been selected to receive the Academy’s most prestigious national student honors. The annual ATAS “College Television Awards” will be presented at a gala ceremony on March 28 at the Academy Theater in Hollywood. “So many wins would be almost embarrassing if they weren’t so richly deserved by our talented and well-trained student filmmakers, “ said Frank Patterson, dean of the FSU Film School. “This makes 13 top awards from the Academy in 13 consecutive years.”

FSU Film Students Win at 13th Directors Guild Awards

The Directors Guild of America has announced its 2007 Student Film Awards for minority and women filmmakers, and student directors from Florida State University’s College of Motion Picture, Television and Recording Arts -- best known as The Film School -- have earned two of them.

Professor Scoon adds another item to the long line of Film School honors

Florida State University Filmmaker-in-Residence Valerie Scoon just added another line to the long list of industry honors at FSU’s College of Motion Picture, Television and Recording Arts -- best known as The Film School.

Film School Alumnus Wins Steven Spielberg's "On The Lot"

DreamWorks Pictures has a brand new filmmaker on their lot, welcomed by Steven Spielberg himself. Recent Florida State University Film School graduate, Will Bigham, triumphed over 12,000 other entrants to win the highly competitive reality show, “On the Lot,” a Fox network program produced by Mark Burnett and Steve Spielberg.

FSU Film Student Brings Home The Gold

For the fourth time in three years, a Student Academy Award has gone to a film written and directed by a graduate student from Florida State University's College of Motion Picture, Television and Recording Arts -- best known as The Film School. This year the FSU Film School MFA thesis film "Rundown" has garnered the gold in its category.

Nerdfest 2000 Hits Tallahassee

It's hard to imagine a more distinguished Academy-Award-winning crowd of Hollywood filmmakers than were assembled here in Tallahassee the weekend of July 21-24. This was an elite group of sound designers, editors and mixers who, each year, assemble somewhere in the U.S. for a weekend of socializing and information sharing.

Kodak Grant for FSU Film School

The Eastman Kodak Company has awarded an annual product grant of professional film stocks to the Florida State University Film School. This will used by Film School students, on both graduate and undergraduate levels, for the production of their thesis and workshop films.

Television Academy Award for Comedy

For the ninth time in twelve years, the FSU Film School has won a top award at the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences annual Collegiate competition. This is the world's most prestigious award for a student film exhibited in a video format.

Film School Students Take Top College Television Awards

With a pair of prestigious wins at this year's College Television Awards, the Emmy-winning tradition continues at the Florida State University College of Motion Picture, Television and Recording Arts -- best known as The Film School.

Film School student producers win top Television Academy Awards

In the winning tradition of Florida State University's College of Motion Picture, Television and Recording Arts -- best known as The Film School -- three of its recent graduates and a pair of short films they produced as FSU students have earned top awards from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (ATAS).