We are delighted to announce that Wagonmasters, directed by Sam Smartt and Chris Zaluski, is one of three finalists in the 2013 Academy of Television Arts and Sciences College Television Awards in the documentary division. The winner will be announced at The College Television Awards Gala on Thursday April 25, 2013 at the JW Marriott LA Live in Los Angeles, CA.
The nomination of Wagonmasters marks the fifth time a student film supervised by our faculty has been recognized by the Emmy nominating committee.
Apply Now for Fall 2013 Tuition Scholarships Available
If you are interested in learning how to craft powerful documentary stories, the DFP is currently accepting applications for Fall 2013. Generous tuition scholarships are offered to all students accepted into the program.
Initial application deadline is January 15, but applications are accepted through March 1 or until all available slots are filled.
The RiverRun International Film Festival, a premiere regional film festival based in Winston-Salem, will feature five DFP student films in its North Carolina Shorts category.
This program features the best short films received from N.C. filmmakers. Learn more »
Alums Screen at Sundance, Tribeca and Hot Docs
A former student premiering a film at the Tribeca Film Festival is a thrill, three alums screening at Tribeca at the same time is beyond thrilling. DFP faculty members Sandy Dickson, Cindy Hill and Cara Pilson are delighted with the recent A-list film festival success of their former University of Florida students. From Sundance to Tribeca these former students are making their mark as storytellers. Learn more »
The Last Flight Screens at Wake Forest
The Documentary Film Program and Wake Forest University will host a screening of the The Last Flight of Petr Ginz and Yom HaShoah Community Observance on Sunday, April 7th at 7:00 p.m. at the Porter B. Byrum Welcome Center.
A recipient of the Jerusalem Film Festival's Avner Shalev Award for Cinematic Excellence, The Last Flight of Petr Ginz has screened in more than 40 countries and is available in five languages. The film is accompanied by a 30-page study guide produced by the United Nations, is part of a traveling museum exhibit on children's art of the Holocaust, and will soon be produced as a play by Wake faculty and students. It is distributed nationally by First Run Features and internationally by Pinot Films and Forward Entertainment.
The screening is co-sponsored by Wake Forest University Office of Advancement, Office of the Chaplain, Office of Jewish Life, Hillel and Temple Emanuel.
Wagonmasters Garners Another Win
Fresh off of a Best of Fest Award at the Broadcast Education Association's Festival of Media Arts, Wagonmasters walked away with top honors in the documentary category at the Carolina Film and Video Festival. The film, directed by Sam Smartt and Chris Zaluski, will screen next at the RiverBend Film Festival in South Bend, Indiana and RiverRun.
Fest Momentum for The One Who Builds
April will be a very busy month for The One Who Builds. The film, co-directed by Peter Carolla, Nick Gooler and Hillary Pierce, is slated to screen at four film festivals in April.
It is an official competition selection in the 2013 Kansas City FilmFest, which runs April 10-14. The film will then appear at the Boston International Film Festival on April 18th and will screen at both The Africa World Documentary Film Festival at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas and at RiverRun on April 19th.
Southeast & Midwest Screenings for Over Home
Over Home: Love Songs from Madison County, co-directed by Joe Cornelius and Kim Dryden, will screen at The Appalachian Film Festival in Huntington, West Virginia on April 13th. The film will make its next appearance at the Chicago International Movies and Music Festival, a four-day showcase of outstanding films and energetic concerts. The festival runs from April 18-21.
DFP Students Launch Production House
When Wake Forest departments and organizations repeatedly requested the storytelling skills of DFP filmmakers, a group of entrepreneurial minded students decided to make the most of this opportunity. Chris Zaluski, Sam Smartt and Kim Dryden developed a business plan, secured a location in scenic Reynolda Village and launched Wrought Iron Productions a video production house managed and staffed by DFP students.
WIP is dedicated to providing affordable, high-quality storytelling and video production services to the Wake Forest community while offering graduate students entrepreneurial and professional work experience to supplement their academic training and help offset their tuition expenses.
DFP Offers Concentration in Entrepreneurship Education in the Creative Arts
Filmmakers must know how to maximize limited resources, sell their ideas to funders and ultimately convince an audience to join them on a storytelling journey. In short, they have to be entrepreneurs. The DFP wants to ensure that its students can combine these creative entrepreneurial skills with the business acumen needed to support a sustainable career in the arts.
Its all about how to build ideas around the art, build companies around the art that you are creating to provide a long-term income so you can continue to do your art. -Pat Dickson, DFP Affiliate Faculty and President of the United States Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurs
Workshops and courses offered provide our students with the knowledge and skills to assess an opportunity, conduct a competitive analysis, and develop a business model for a creative arts business.
About the DFP
Wake Forest's Documentary Film Program provides an inspiring and challenging environment for aspiring filmmakers who want to learn how to craft powerful documentaries.
Offering students an MA or MFA in documentary production, the Documentary Film Program is led by faculty with a proven track record of providing students with the critical and technical skills needed to shape their creative visions into compelling, award-winning and socially significant documentary films.