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A New Cinema Culture

The filmmaking landscape today is one of constant change. We believe these changes offer an amazing opportunity for creative and agile filmmakers to discover powerful new modes of cinematic expression and supportive infrastructures. CCA’s MFA in Film prepares students to create and thrive in this rapidly changing, ever-exciting field.

Art, Craft, & Career

To build a successful life and career as a filmmaker today, you must be an artist, a craftsperson, and an entrepreneur. Our program encourages you to continuously question and refine your ideas and working methods, while strengthening your intuitive and conceptual capabilities. The MFA in Film program is a laboratory for you to develop your work, a sustainable career, and, by extension, to make a real impact on the future of cinema.

“One of the Best Film Schools in the Country”

CCA’s MFA in Film, recently named by MovieMaker Magazine as "One of the Best Film Schools in the U.S. and Canada," encourages you to continuously question and refine your ideas and working methods while strengthening your intuitive and conceptual capabilities. Our program's unique multidisciplinary culture and diverse, award-winning faculty provides ideal conditions for developing thriving practices in today's rapidly changing media landscape. MFA student films, created with faculty mentorship, have played at major international films festivals such as Locarno, Slamdance, and the San Francisco International Film Festival, with one MFA thesis film recently nominated for a Student Academy Award.

Building Your Network

The MFA in Film program takes full advantage of all that the Bay Area arts community has to offer, including student collaborations with the American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T) MFA program, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, SFFILM, San Francisco International Film Festival, San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival, and The Meisner Technique Studio. Along with field trips to Skywalker Ranch, the Sundance Film Festival, and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Los Angeles, you’ll have many resources to help you kickstart your own professional network.

See also: Undergraduate Film Program »


CCA Faculty

Professor, Film Program


repstein@cca.edu

 


CCA Faculty

Chair, Graduate Film Program

Chair, Film Program

Associate Professor, Film Program


bhinton@cca.edu

 


CCA Staff

Studio Manager, Film, Educational Technology Services


jrakowski@cca.edu

 


CCA Staff

Program Manager, Fine Arts Division, Graduate Film, Undergraduate Film & Painting/Drawing, Fine Arts


davebeeman@cca.edu

 


CCA Faculty

Assistant Professor, Visual Studies Program

Assistant Professor, Film Program


nbayraktar@cca.edu

 


CCA Faculty

Adjunct II Professor, Film Program


hdemichiel@cca.edu

 


CCA Faculty

Associate Professor, Film Program


kezawa@cca.edu

 


CCA Faculty

Professor, Film Program


jfinley@cca.edu

 


CCA Faculty

Professor, Film Program


jgillerman@cca.edu

 


CCA Faculty

Adjunct I Professor, Film Program


joseph.graham@cca.edu

 


CCA Faculty

Visiting Faculty, Film Program


ekallos@cca.edu

 


CCA Faculty

Adjunct II Professor, Film Program


nkelly@cca.edu

 


CCA Faculty

Professor, Film Program


lkirby@cca.edu

 


CCA Faculty

Senior Adjunct Professor, Animation Program


dolmsted@cca.edu

 


CCA Faculty

Associate Professor, Film Program


pparmar@cca.edu

 


CCA Faculty

Adjunct II Professor, Film Program


donaldsmith@cca.edu

 


CCA Faculty

Adjunct I Professor, Film Program


ctabar@cca.edu