Find Your Filmmaking Home

With an established track record of success in documentary film production and education, the Documentary Film Program at Wake Forest University offers you two graduate degree options:

Two-year Masters in Fine Arts in Documentary Film

One-year Masters of Arts in Sports Media & Storytelling


We are currently accepting applications for your 2024 start!
Application Deadline is March 15.


A Home to Award-Winning Student Work

Diverse in both content and style, our award-winning student thesis films offer powerful stories on the human experiences at the center of a wide range of social and cultural issues. Experience the depth, breadth, and creativity of our student films by watching the clip below and reading more here.


A Home to Documentary Film Experts

The Documentary Film Program (DFP) is not only the home to full-time faculty members with decades of industry experience! The DFP is proud to have accomplished visiting filmmakers every semester that offer students education in the latest industry knowledge and trends. Learn more about current and past program visitors.


Latest News

  • Sheridan to Judge Scripps Howard Journalism Awards
    Professor of Practice Chris Sheridan has been selected as a judge for the 71st Annual Scripps Howard National Journalism awards – one of the most distinguished […]
  • DFP & Get in the Game Team Up for Q Ball Screening & Discussion
    The Documentary Film Program and Get in the Game invite you to a screening of the powerful sports documentary Q Ball. The award-winning film chronicles the lives of […]
  • Finding Home Makes PBS Debut!
    Finding Home, directed by Sidney Beeman (MFA ’22) will make its broadcast debut on West Virginia PBS on Friday, January 12.  “It’s an incredible honor […]
  • Festival Debut for MA Thesis Film
    We are delighted to share the news that Pain into Passion, directed by Brandi Hall (MA ’22) has been selected to screen at the Ocean City […]

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Join us Wednesday, February 28 th at 6:30 at the Porter Byrum Welcome Center on the campus of @WFuniversity.
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The Documentary Film Program at Wake Forest University, and Get In The Game (@GITG4change) invite you to a special film screening of the powerful sports documentary Q Ball.⁣
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Professor of Practice Christopher Sheridan has been selected as a judge for the 71st Annual Scripps Howard National Journalism awards – one of the most distinguished journalism awards in the industry. 📰 
 
With a focus on high-impact and investigative storytelling, the awards honor work from television stations, networks, radio and podcasts, visual media, online media outlets, independent producers, newspapers and other print publications.
 
A longtime journalist and cross-platform media executive at both the local and network level, Sheridan will be judging in the television news category. 📺 This year’s winners will be announced in the Fall.

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Please consider joining us Monday, Feb. 19 6:00 pm at @aperturecinema for a screening of @VishniacFilm - an amazing new documentary about Roman Vishniac: photographer, biologist, and preserver of Eastern European Jewish memory on the eve of the Nazi Holocaust.⁣
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Stay following the film for a talk back with Barry Trachtenberg, Professor, Rubin Presidential Chair of Jewish History, Wake Forest University.⁣
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The world is ready to hear your story! 👂
We are currently accepting applications to The Documentary Film Program at @WFUniversity! ⁣
Have questions? We have answers.⁣👇⁣
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🎥 DO I NEED TO PROVIDE MY OWN EQUIPMENT?⁣
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🎞 While it is advisable that you bring an up-to-date laptop into the program, we provide state-of-the-art video equipment and editing facilities, and software, as well as access to studio space.⁣
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🎥 DO I HAVE TO HAVE EXPERIENCE IN FILM/VIDEO PRODUCTION TO APPLY TO THE PROGRAM?⁣
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🎞 No, you do not. While some previous experience in media production is certainly helpful, we are primarily interested in students who bring a variety of experiences and a passion for storytelling to the program. Thus, our students have come from backgrounds as varied as field biology, history, sociology, and environmental science…and many have never touched a camera or used an editing program.⁣
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🎥 WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FOR IN THE STATEMENT OF INTEREST?⁣
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🎞 We are looking for you to provide deeper insight into your academic and professional background, what draws you to visual storytelling, what you hope to learn in the program, and what your filmmaking goals are. In short, tell us your story and tell us about the stories you hope to tell as a filmmaker.⁣
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🗓️ APPLICATIONS ARE DUE MONDAY, APRIL 15.⁣
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You can access the online application as well as information about the program and the admissions process by visiting the link in our bio —> ⁣@WFUdocumentaryfilm
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FREE SCREENING OF ‘Razing Liberty Square’ - JANUARY 24! ⁣
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Riverrun’s popular Indie Lens Pop-Up series returns with a free, in-person screening and panel discussion on Wednesday, January 24, at 6:00 PM at the @ Forsyth County Central Library @FCpubliclivrary at 660 West Fifth Street in Winston-Salem.⁣
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Join @RiverRunFilm for a screening of @RazingLibertySq ahead of its presentation on @IndependentLens on @MyPBSnc. The film focuses on Liberty City, Miami, which was home to one of the oldest segregated public housing projects in the U.S. Now with rising sea levels, the neighborhood’s higher ground has become something else: real estate gold. Wealthy property owners push inland to higher ground, creating a speculators’ market in the historically Black neighborhood previously ignored by developers and policymakers alike.⁣
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🗣️ The screening will be followed by a panel discussion featuring Max Cawley, Director, Climate Research and Engagement, @MuseumOfLifeAndScience in Durham; Dan Rose, Sociology professor at @WSSU1892 and Founder of @HousingJusticeNow; and Jen Runkle, North Carolina Institute for Climate Studies. ⁣
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Please register to join us for this free screening and discussion by going to RiverRunFilm.com —> @riverrunfilm, link in bio. ⁣
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The Indie Lens Pop-Up series is presented by @ITVSindies, INDEPENDENT LENS, and RiverRun.⁣
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We are so excited to have award-winning documentary filmmaking Rebekah Fergusson with us this semester as an Artist-In-Residence! ✨ ⁣
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Rebekah is co-teaching the class Digital Storytelling and Social Justice, working with Documentary Film Program students on their film projects, and hosting a campus-wide screening of the documentary, Q-Ball, on February, 28 (more info to come on that!).⁣
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Thank you to the Provost’s Office and @WaketheArts for their support to make residency possible.⁣
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Welcome back students, we’re excited to kick off the Spring 2024 semester. 🎞️ And welcome to Wake Forest, Rebekah!⁣
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Apply to the @workingfilms Rural Cinema 2024 program by Tuesday, January 30. ✨ ⁣
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Calling all environmental justice leaders! Don’t miss the chance to make a difference in your community through film!⁣
The Rural Cinema program supports environmental and climate justice leaders from small towns and rural areas in using film screenings to raise awareness of environmental issues and protection.⁣
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Learn more and apply in the link in our bio! —> @southerndocfund⁣
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Be sure to check out ‘FINDING HOME’, Sidney Beeman’s (MFA ‘22) film on West Virginia PBS @WVpublic this evening! ⁣
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Congratulations Sidney on the ongoing success of your thesis film! 🎥 ✨ ⁣
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Some Big News!! You will be able to watch Finding Home from the comfort of your own living room on West Virginia PBS! ⁣
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It’s an incredible honor to share my film on PBS—a dream I’ve had for so long—and now, it’s becoming a reality! Tune in on Friday January the 12th at 8:30pm on WVPB HD to watch the film. ⁣
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Click the link in my bio to find your local WV channel! —> @sidneybeemanfilm 🎞️ 
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Passing along an exciting opportunity from friend-of-the-program @e16dance! 🎞️ 🎥 

Filmshop is thrilled to announce a new weekly works in progress workshop for independent documentary filmmakers working on films in and about the American South. Docshop South – which is presented in partnership with the @SouthernDocFund – will meet virtually once a week and will feature filmmakers working on non-fiction projects of any length at any stage. Each week filmmakers will share works in progress with other members for feedback. The meetings will also feature panels with industry experts and skill shares for continued filmmaker development.

Applications to join open January 1st and close on January 28th. 🗓️ Weekly meetings will take place on Thursdays at 7:30pm and will run February 15th to May 23rd. Dues are $150 for the season – and a discounted $95 for SDF-makers. 
 
➡️ Apply Here: https://www.thefilmshop.org/docshop-south (Link in story)
Ready for a new adventure in the new year? 🎉 Explore the art of storytelling through documentary filmmaking with us!

The Documentary Film Program at Wake Forest University is designed to help you tell stories and equip you with the skills to build your career in film from industry-recognized, award-winning faculty.

We are currently accepting applications for your 2024 start! 🗓 The early application deadline is January 15.

🎞 Apply Now: https://lnkd.in/e73PtC2W

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The early application deadline is just under a month away — January 15! 🗓️ ✔️ So mark your calendars! ⁣
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Our new thesis trailer shows a small sample of our award-winning student films, which are the cornerstones of the Wake Forest Documentary Film Program. ⁣
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Over the past decade, students in the DFP have made powerful films that have sparked conversation and led to social change. 🎥 🎞️ With film topics ranging from civil rights to environmentalism, from LGBTQ+ rights to international stories, and so much more we are continually in awe of their talent, perseverance, and creativity.⁣
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If you’re thinking about applying, be sure to visit our website to enjoy the full length version! ➡️➡️ documentary.wfu.edu⁣ (Link in bio) ⁣
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Another semester is in the books! 👏 Our annual “Finals Day” for first year MFA and MA students was a success.  Students pitched thesis ideas in the morning and then screened their observational short films in the afternoon. 🎥 🎞️ 

Have a safe, happy, and restful Winter Break!  We’ll see you in the New Year! ❄️
Congratulations to Zaria Davis (MA ‘23) and Nicole Mackey (MA ‘23) for successfully defending their thesis film, “Who is Trudi Lacey?”. 🎉 ⁣
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Trudi Lacey made her mark on the game of basketball by becoming the first African American to receive a four-year athletic scholarship from @NCstate. 🏀 From there, the All-American, four-time ALL-ACC player, built an impressive, yet relatively unknown career coaching for Division I colleges, USA Women’s Basketball, and two WNBA teams. “Who is Trudi Lacey?” shares the life challenges, sacrifices, and accomplishments of an unknown legend in college basketball and how she is still finding a way to impact the game and its players.⁣
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🎓 Congrats, Z and Nicole! ⁣
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Congratulations to Grace Zhu (MFA '23) for successfully defending her thesis films last week! 🎞️ ✨ ⁣
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Grace's film "Starting Over" follows the journey of 57-year-old Thomas Fowler as he transitions from truck driver to chef.  ⁣
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The film captures how his “keep moving forward” philosophy and his faith have helped him navigate life’s challenges and how he is passing on these life lessons to his grandson.⁣
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