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On Wednesday, March 27, please join us for a Zoom Info Session to learn more about our programs, ask questions, and prepare for the last chance to apply to our MFA in Film and MFA in TV Writing. RSVP for details:

Final application deadline for Fall 2024: May 1. 


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Our MFA in Television Writing is among the most comprehensive in the world. Students will graduate with a portfolio of three original pilot scripts; they will also write, direct and produce a micro pilot for an original web series. Additionally, students will learn how to work in collaborative writers rooms with working showrunners to break stories and build season arcs on both open-ended and limited series. Upon graduation, MFA students will be ready to break in and thrive in professional writers rooms as well as succeed as content creators.



magdalene brandeisWhen you become a part of our MFA Programs in Film and Television Writing, you join a community of world-class filmmakers: directors, television writers, screenwriters, and producers who gather together in a cutting edge/urban arts incubator.  

Led by legendary producer, Artistic Director Christine Vachon of Killer Films and our stellar faculty, our mission is to train students in all forms of visual storytelling.

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THE WRAP put Christine Vachon on the cover and ranked Stony Brook 28th among the top 50 film schools in the United States.

CHRISTINE VACHON was featured in Vanity Fair, which highlighted two of her latest films — Past Lives and May December — which could yield her first Oscar nomination.

Thesis student and regional filmmaker NATHAN KOVAR'S first year film has screened at 10 festivals and was nominated semi-finalist and award winner in 6 of those fests.

Thesis student GRANT HERSON, went into contract on his thesis feature with the production company Troma. His thesis feature will be an SB/Troma co-production.

Commited, LINA SORELLO'S first semester micro short won Best Student Short at the 2023 Chain Film Festival.

Alumna LISA THOMAS is the President and Co-Founder of Thin Edge Films. Her first year film screened in eight festivals, winning awards domestically and internationally. Her second year film screened in two international festivals. A directing class assignment received a "Best Short of the Capital Region" award and an end of semester assignment screened in two festivals, while her music video Lostin Timewon Best Music Video in five festivals.

CHRISTINE VACHON won honored with a career tribute at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival in July.

KILLER FILMS' MAY DECEMBER, directed by Todd Haynes, earned a standing ovation at Cannes, nets a Netflix deal

CHRISTINE VACHON was one of several indie producers and executives that discussed the challenges and opportunities in today's cinematic landscape for The Wrap:

PERRY BLACKSHEAR is set to direct Mindful, a horror feature starring Jenny Slate

SCREEN DAILY INTERVIEWED PAMELA KOFFLER about her life in the film business

ALUM YASMINE GOMEZ line produced Netflix doc on immigrant families, Split at the Root

SAVAGE LAND SCREENING IN NYC - Faculty Niav Conty was the award-winning cinematographer for the feature-length documentary

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View the poster art for features that have come out of the MFA in Film program.

tom of your life poster     girl in straw hat poster

white goddess poster     christmas tree love poster


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