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


Please join us for a virtual information session on our MA and MFA programs on Thursday, December 8 at 6:00 p.m.

We are currently accepting applications for your 2023 start!
Early Deadline is January 15


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.

A Home to Award-Winning Student Work

Our graduate programs in documentary film are hands-on experiences where students learn the technical aspects of filmmaking and storytelling as they craft short films as part of the curriculum. These thesis films have consistently achieved success in film festivals and within the industry. To see the variety of films that have been made at the DFP, please read more here.


Latest News

  • DOC NYC Screens MFA Alum Film
    Congratulations to Wake Forest Documentary Film Program alum John Gallen (MFA ’17) on the New York City premiere of his short film, Iron Sharpens Iron, […]
  • DFP MFA Students Receive Filmed in NC Grant
    Congratulations to 2nd year MFA students Elizabeth Miller-Derstine and Allison Rieff on landing a Filmed in NC grant!  Miller-Derstine and Rieff’s film, Bloom, is one of 13 films selected […]
  • Award Winning MFA Film to Screen at Wake Washington Center
    Brandon Gaesser (MFA ‘21) brings his award-winning film, Chicken Soup for the Soil, to the Wake Washington Center on Tuesday, November 1 at 6:30 p.m. for a […]
  • Beeman Selected for Appalshop Film Cohort
    Congratulations to current MFA student Sidney Beeman on her acceptance to the 2022-23 Appalshop Film Cohort!  The Film Cohort is made up of a talented group […]

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Thank you Kai McNeil (MFA '23) for taking time out of your International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (@idfafestival) Student Route experience to represent the DFP at IDFA Film Academy Day at the Netherlands Film Academy. 📽️ 🎞️ In addition to delivering a brief presentation on the DFP, Kai viewed award-winning films from the IDFA 2022 program, attended extensive masterclasses/workshops, and took advantage of the opportunity to network with film students and professionals from across the globe. Greatly appreciated, Kai!

Thank you Kai McNeil (MFA '23) for taking time out of your International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (@idfafestival) Student Route experience to represent the DFP at IDFA Film Academy Day at the Netherlands Film Academy. 📽️ 🎞️ In addition to delivering a brief presentation on the DFP, Kai viewed award-winning films from the IDFA 2022 program, attended extensive masterclasses/workshops, and took advantage of the opportunity to network with film students and professionals from across the globe. Greatly appreciated, Kai!

A big DFP thank you to Rebekah Fergusson for sharing her pathway from athlete to filmmaker with our Sports Media and Storytelling students. Rebekah's journey from her directorial debut, Pelada, to her work on the Academy Award-nominated films Endgame and @CripCampFilm provided students with valuable insight into her creative process, the demands of being a director, producer, and cinematographer and the opportunities available in an ever-evolving industry. An informative session for all! 🌟

A big DFP thank you to Rebekah Fergusson for sharing her pathway from athlete to filmmaker with our Sports Media and Storytelling students. Rebekah's journey from her directorial debut, Pelada, to her work on the Academy Award-nominated films Endgame and @CripCampFilm provided students with valuable insight into her creative process, the demands of being a director, producer, and cinematographer and the opportunities available in an ever-evolving industry. An informative session for all! 🌟

These late-night smiles belong to the 2nd year MFA students who spent Wednesday evening sharing thesis film selects and giving each other feedback! ⁣
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Of course, pizza was also involved. 🍕 ⁣
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#WFUdocfilm

These late-night smiles belong to the 2nd year MFA students who spent Wednesday evening sharing thesis film selects and giving each other feedback! ⁣

Of course, pizza was also involved. 🍕 ⁣

#WFUdocfilm


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