M.S. Documentary Alums Win 2019 BAFTA Award

We are delighted to share the news that Columbia Journalism School alumni Ingrid Holmquist (M.S. Documentary '18) and Sana Malik (M.S. Documentary '18) have won the 2019 British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Student Film Award for their short documentary Guanajuato Norte. Advised by adjunct professor and RBG co-director Julie Cohen (M.S. '89), Holmquist and Malik made the film as students in the Master of Science Program, Documentary Specialization. The BAFTA winner was selected from 568 submissions from film schools that represent 38 countries across the world.

Guanajuato Norte is about a man from Guanajuato, Mexico who crossed the border to work on a farm in Connecticut and contends with being away from his family for years to help support their dreams and build a new life for them. Watch the trailer below.




The students selected for Columbia Journalism School's M.S. Documentary Specialization are trained to be independent film producers and directors. Under the direction of Professor June Cross and a distinguished group of long form storytellers, including Professor Betsy West, they undertake courses in journalism production, visual storytelling, camerawork, editing; and receive one-on-one coaching from a faculty advisor. Students also learn the business side of documentaries - negotiating partnerships, rights and clearances, and how to develop a winning production trailer. Their Master's project, the capstone of their studies at Columbia Journalism School, is a short documentary expected to be of professional quality. The completed films are shown at Columbia Journalism School's annual Doc Festwhich is open to the public. 

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