Telling Stories Opens Doors

MFA in Documentary Film

The MFA in Documentary Film offers students an immersive and challenging hybrid 2-year terminal degree program with online and on-campus classes.  

Accepting Applications for Summer 2023!
Early Deadline: January 2015

MA in Sports Media & Storytelling

The MA in Sports Media & Storytelling offers students an intensive hybrid 1-year degree program with online and on-campus classes.

Accepting Applications for Summer 2023!
Early Deadline: January 2015


Join us for a screening of Luminous directed by DFP alum Sam Smartt

Tuesday, October 11
Porter Byrum Welcome Center
Reception at 6:00 p.m.
Screening at 7:00 p.m. 


Chris Everett
Program Director, Southern Documentary Fund and Director of Wilmington on Fire.

2022-23 Visiting Filmmakers

Each semester, the Documentary Film Program brings in award-winning filmmakers to teach, mentor, and exhibit their work.

Learn more about current and past program visitors.

Safyah Usmani (MFA ’15)
Emmy-nominated producer and director of Life Too Short (MTV Films)


Latest News

  • Rieff lands Firelight Internship
    We are delighted to announce that 2nd year MFA student Allison Rieff will be working as a production intern with Firelight Films & Media this […]
  • Festival Wins for Gaesser
    Congratulations to Brandon Gaesser (MFA ’21) on his recent festival wins!  Gaesser’s thesis film Chicken Soup for the Soil won Best Short Ag Documentary at the Ag and […]
  • Berra and Cassidy Earn Emmy Nominations!
    We love it when we see familiar names in the list of Emmy nominees!  Congratulations to David Cassidy, Cabin Creek Films Senior Producer and DFP […]
  • Zaluski Featured in Winston-Salem Journal
    Check out this feature in the Winston-Salem Journal on Associate Teaching Professor Chris Zaluski. The article highlights the success of his latest film, Theirs Is […]

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Good things come in threes! DFP alum Monica Berra (MFA '16), DFP part-time professor and @CabinCreekFilms Senior Producer David Cassidy, and @wfudocumentaryfilm alum Diane Hodson (MFA '15) taking a moment to wish each other luck before tonight's 43rd Annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards. @televisionacad @wfuniversity @wakethearts

Good things come in threes! DFP alum Monica Berra (MFA '16), DFP part-time professor and @CabinCreekFilms Senior Producer David Cassidy, and @wfudocumentaryfilm alum Diane Hodson (MFA '15) taking a moment to wish each other luck before tonight's 43rd Annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards. @televisionacad @wfuniversity @wakethearts

Congratulations to Kyle Clayton! 🎉 While he continues to pursue a MA in Sports Media and Storytelling with the DFP, he's also working as a videographer and animator for the Detroit City Football Club. 🎥 ⚽

📸 @detroitcityfootballclub

Congratulations to Kyle Clayton! 🎉 While he continues to pursue a MA in Sports Media and Storytelling with the DFP, he's also working as a videographer and animator for the Detroit City Football Club. 🎥 ⚽

📸 @detroitcityfootballclub

Congratulations to Sarah Nixon (MA '21), who was recently selected as one of two Southern Studies Fellows in Arts and Letters, "a first-of-its-kind and immersive fellowship focused on the culture of the American South" that takes place over 9 months in Spartanburg, SC.

Sarah is an independent documentary filmmaker and visual artist. As a storyteller from Raleigh, NC, it is her aspiration to tell stories that center around the American South. She is currently in the production process of working on her first feature-length film, The Benson Five, where she serves as co-director and producer.

Learn more about the Southern Studies Fellowship and this exciting honor and opportunity for Sarah at https://southernstudiesfellowship.org

Congratulations to Sarah Nixon (MA '21), who was recently selected as one of two Southern Studies Fellows in Arts and Letters, "a first-of-its-kind and immersive fellowship focused on the culture of the American South" that takes place over 9 months in Spartanburg, SC.

Sarah is an independent documentary filmmaker and visual artist. As a storyteller from Raleigh, NC, it is her aspiration to tell stories that center around the American South. She is currently in the production process of working on her first feature-length film, The Benson Five, where she serves as co-director and producer.

Learn more about the Southern Studies Fellowship and this exciting honor and opportunity for Sarah at https://southernstudiesfellowship.org


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