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 April 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

  • Spring Thesis Showcase Screening
    We are excited to present our spring DFP Thesis Showcase screening of Our Side in the ZSR Auditorium on Tuesday, March 19 at 6 p.m. Our Side follows documentarian […]
  • 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 […]

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Congrats, Rachel (MA '24)! @rachel_kuehn_ is one of our MA students in Sports Media & Storytelling and we're so proud of her accomplishments!

#Repost @accsports⁣
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Congratulations to the ACC Women’s Golf Individual Champion: Rachel Kuehn!⁣
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Please join us next week for a DFP Thesis Showcase screening of Our Side! Mark your calendar for Tuesday, March 19 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the @ZSRlibrary Auditorium. 🎥 ⁣
Our Side follows documentarian and sexual abuse survivor, Jinglin Zeng (MFA ‘23), as she embarks on a journey to heal and reclaim her narrative. As a participant in Resilient Voices, an annual weekend retreat held in North Carolina for sexual assault survivors, Zeng explores healing therapies and connects with a community of survivors as they reclaim their voices and share their growth in front of her camera.⁣
⁉️ - A Q & A with the director will follow the screening.⁣
#wfudocfilm @wakethearts @wfudocumentaryfilm @wfucampuslife
Take a sneak peek behind the scenes of our latest project! 🎥  DFP graduate students recently filmed with Dean Jackie Krasas in preparation for Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week. ⁣
Keep an eye out in early April for the final product! ✨ ⁣
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Congrats to Louie Poore @LCpoore and Parker Beverly (MFA ‘25) for the media coverage on their first year film, ‘United’! 🎞️ Learn more below. ⁣
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The documentary “United” follows a small but determined group of residents — many of whom are elderly or disabled — who live in Winston-Salem’s 11-story, low-income housing facility.⁣
The film, which is streaming on Vimeo, was created by Louie Poore and Parker Beverly as an assignment for Wake Forest’s documentary film program of which they are now graduates. ⁣
The two, who both reside in Winston-Salem, were searching for the right topic for their film when they first heard residents and activists speaking about Crystal Towers at a city council meeting.⁣
“I thought, Wow, that’s incredible,” Poore recalls after hearing activist Dan Rose, with Housing Justice Now, advocating on behalf of residents last year.⁣
In the past several years, a dedicated group of residents and activists like Rose have coalesced around improving living conditions at Crystal Towers. Many news outlets, including TCB, have reported on the subpar living conditions afflicting residents including mold, broken elevators and even a recent fire. The result is a group called Crystal Towers United, which in large part has been led by resident Michael Douglas.⁣
Follow the link in our bio to read the full story.⁣
#WFUdocfilm @wfuniversity @wakethearts @triad_city_beat @downtownwinstonsalem
#GoDeacs! Members of the Doc Film program were thrilled to witness your victory over the weekend! 🥇 ⁣🎉🌳🧻
If you’re feeling the need for more basketball this week be sure to join us on Wednesday at the Porter Byrum Welcome Center on campus.⁣
🏀 We are hosting a special film screening of the powerful sports documentary Q Ball.⁣ The film, co-hosted by @G⁣ITG4Change, explores the San Quentin Prison basketball squad - teammates and inmates at "the Q" - along their journey of rehabilitation and possible redemption.⁣ 
🗓️: Wednesday, February 28th ⁣
⏰: 6:30 ⁣
📍: At the Porter Byrum Welcome Center on the campus of @WFuniversity ⁣
#WFUdocfilm #WakeTheArts #Basketball
Save the date! ⁣🏀 
Join us Wednesday, February 28 th at 6:30 at the Porter Byrum Welcome Center on the campus of @WFuniversity.
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.⁣
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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