Various Names UNCSA Filmmaking School One of the 30 Best Film Schools in North America

The UNCSA Filmmaking School has been recognized by Variety in its list of “30 Best Film Schools in North America,” a “curated list of film schools that definitely deserves a good look.”

The widely read industry publication cited UNCSA for its funding of student theses films, which are unique among their peers, and for their dissertation program that embraces new formats such as documentaries and VR/XR technologies. It also notes the program’s successful alumni including Katherine Linebarger (BFA ’07), post-production supervisor at Walt Disney Television Animation; Tiffany McMichael (BFA ’04), Hulu’s Director of Original Content Operations; and Shawn Harwell (BFA ’99), adjunct faculty member in the Graduate Screenwriting Program and writer on the HBO series “Eastbound & Down.”

Dean of Filmmaking Deborah Lavigne

The article quotes Deborah Lavigne of the School of Filmmaking, saying of UNCSA: “Standing on a set and thinking of a script is challenging. So being in a place where you are mentored, directed, nurtured, and collaborated is invaluable.”

Each year Variety compiles a list of the best film school programs in the United States and abroad, and this year notes that “film education is a rapidly growing and widely expanding focus.”

“Recognition by influential publications such as Variety is a testament to our school’s commitment to staying relevant in the arts and entertainment industry,” said Chancellor Brian Cole. “The Filmmaking School is a great example of how the work we do here impacts internationally, and that our experienced faculty trains our talented students for careers of the highest caliber.”

Dean Lavigne said, “UNCSA deserves to be at the top of any list of best film schools. With our great value and equal playing field created through our financial support for theses films, combined with our amazing faculty and unique collaborative environment, UNCSA is a jewel among the schools cinema all over the world.

Sami without restrictions

Screenshot from the adult short film “Sami Without Chains”.

UNCSA will be presenting 14 short films by graduating seniors in free screenings next month either in person or virtually. Movies will be available on-demand from Friday, May 6 at 4pm, until Sunday, May 8 at 11:59pm. Register for free access to our website.

Renowned as among the nation’s top courses for filmmakers, the University of North Carolina School of Filmmaking has produced some of today’s most creative storytellers, including Danny McBride, David Gordon Green, Brett Haley, Rebecca Green, and Judy. Hill, Jeff Nichols, Craig Zobel, Vera Herbert, Martha Stevens, Aaron Katz and Zoe White, among many others.

The School of Filmmaking’s award-winning faculty has decades of real-world experience and a passion for mentoring undergraduate and graduate students with concentrations including animation, cinematography, directing, film music composition, image editing, sound design, production, production design, visual effects, and screenwriting. The Film School’s Media + Emerging Technology Lab (METL) is dedicated to the exploration and production of immersive narrative content.

A weekly business entertainment magazine and website, Variety has been recognized and respected throughout the show business world as the number one source for entertainment news since 1905. It has an estimated 4 million followers on social media and 17 million unique monthly visitors to its website.

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