Storytellers wanted. Make your feature film.

UCF’s MFA in Feature Film Production is a three-year, graduate film production program that focuses on independent digital filmmaking. The Orlando-based program includes narrative, documentary, and experimental filmmaking. The thesis includes a feature film independently produced and distributed.

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Flexible, Adaptable

The MFA program supports a flexible curriculum to foster student’s creative vision and professional goals.

 Narrative
 Experimental
 Documentary

Students filming on set

Top 5 Reasons to Come to UCF

  1. Feature Film Thesis
  2. Affordable & Flexible Curriculum
  3. Industry-Grade Facilities & Faculty
  4. Independent Film-Maker Model
  5. Based in Orlando, One of the World’s Entertainment Capitals

Behind the scenes with a UCF student film crewAbout the MFA

The Emerging Media MFA – Feature Film Production is a terminal degree, the highest degree awarded to filmmakers or film artists. It is a highly selective and rigorous professional film production program for visual artists and film practitioners who demonstrate exceptional artistic and intellectual prowess, evidence of significant professional promise and a commitment to the expressive potential of digital filmmaking and the exploration of non-traditional modes of distribution. The MFA in Feature Film Production produces graduates with mastery of storytelling through the digital medium as it encourages the candidate to find his or her personal style. Entrepreneurial in spirit, the program emphasizes story, performance, aesthetic choice, business, and creative thinking. When participation is committed and complete, the program develops graduates who can compete in the worlds of national and international independent filmmaking.

While students may make a thesis film outside the narrative feature film model (i.e., an experimental or documentary film), all MFA candidates are required to take the core required courses that teach the customs and skills required of the narrative model. Upon completion of the degree, each student will have produced a microbudget digital feature film or long-form equivalent body of work and prepared a marketing strategy for its distribution and exhibition. The budgetary limitation is designed to encourage the student to move away from more traditional modes of production toward an approach that minimizes crew size, cast size, shooting time and production costs in favor of more careful planning, more personal filmmaking and more creative use of the means of production.

We welcome innovative approaches within the digital cinema paradigm that reimagine how new technologies can create alternative performances to exploit the tension between narrative and experimental storytelling, creating a new agency for actors and new expectations for audiences.

Narrative Film Contacts

Ula Stoeckl
Associate Professor

Tim Ritter
Lecturer

Documentary Film Contacts

Lisa Mills
Coordinator, Entrepreneurial Digital Cinema

Gary D. Rhodes
Associate Professor

Experimental Film Contacts

Lisa Danker
Assistant Professor

Yson Lorane DeBlois
Instructor


Films by UCF faculty and students have screened at some of the world’s most prestigious festivals.

Logos including Film Independent Spirit Awards, Festival de Cannes, Sundance Film Festival, Florida Film Festival, Berlin Film Festival, The Chicago International Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, Atlanta Horror Film Festival, Brouhaha Film and Video Showcase

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