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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Congratulations to Sam Smartt (MFA ‘13) on the streaming release of his film ‘Luminous’! 

Check it out now on Apple TV, Amazon Prime, Google Play, YouTube, and Hoopla (free with yout library card)! 💫✨
'Tis the season... for end-of-semester screenings! 👏👏👏

Thanks to everyone who came out yesterday to watch final films in our Digital Storytelling and Social Justice class. The class was co-instructed by artist-in-residence Rebekah Fergusson @rebajonesjr and was comprised of undergraduate and DFP students.

Thank you, again, to the Provost’s Office and @WaketheArts for their support to make residency possible! We're so proud of what our students created!

#WFUdocfilm @wfuniversity
In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, check out this short documentary by Parker Beverly (MFA '25) on @wakefootball kicker Matthew Dennis. 

Great work, @parkerbev23 !!

#Repost @demondeacons
May is a time to celebrate strength, support each other, and let people know they are not alone. 

𝙈𝙤𝙧𝙚 𝙏𝙝𝙖𝙣 𝘼𝙣 𝘼𝙩𝙝𝙡𝙚𝙩𝙚 
Episode 1 ft. Matthew Dennis

#GoDeacs🎩 | #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth
As a friendly reminder, @riverrunfilm continues through Saturday!

Tomorrow at 5:30pm at Hanesbrands Theatre @hanesbrandstheatre is the "Winston Stories" program, which features 2 DFP documentaries ("United" and @your_cadenza_doc)

On Saturday at noon is the 13th Annual RiverRun Pitch Fest Student Documentary Competition. And following Pitch Fest is a conversation with documentary editor and the 2024 Master of Cinema recipient Kate Amend, hosted by DFP Professor of Practice Peter Gilbert @pmgilbs 

We hope you can join us at some of these incredible events!

(S/O to @triad_city_beat for the great cover featuring 3 DFP films!)
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⁣
🏆 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟰 𝗔𝗖𝗖 𝗖𝗛𝗔𝗠𝗣𝗜𝗢𝗡 🏆⁣
Congratulations to the ACC Women’s Golf Individual Champion: Rachel Kuehn!⁣
@wakewomensgolf | #AccomplishGreatness

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