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

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

  • DFP Alums Premiere Projects at Tribeca
    Congratulations to Diane Hodson (MFA ’15) and Jasmine Luoma (MFA ’15) on their Tribeca Film Festival premieres! Luoma served as producer on An Update on […]
  • A Double Win at Longleaf for Bloom!
    Kudos to Allison Rieff (MFA ’23) and Elizabeth Miller-Derstine (MFA ’23) for winning Best Documentary Feature at this year’s Longleaf Film Festival with their thesis film Bloom, […]
  • PitchFest Win!
    Congrats to Jack Balick (MA ’24) and William Teets (MA ’24) for capturing top honors with their pitch of Ayzoh in the 13th Annual RiverRun Pitch Fest […]
  • 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 […]

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Congrats to Ed Foster (MFA’ 20) and Chen Zheng (MFA ’23) for having their films accepted into the upcoming Full Bloom Film Festival! @fullbloomfilmfest 

Foster’s film “On Their First Tri” and Zheng’s film @your_cadenza_doc were accepted into the festival, which takes place fro Sept. 5-7.

Now in its 9th year, Full Bloom is dedicated to bringing quality, diverse, cinema to Statesville, NC.

For more information, visit
Congrats to Brent Kirkland (MFA ’21) on his recent Emmy award! @bkdocs 

Brent Kirkland is part of the team at @gamecocksplus who won a Southeast Emmy for their work on the documentary film “Small Town, Big Dreams: Darius Rush’s Life Calling.”

Check it out on Congrats, Brent!
Submissions are currently open for the third-annual Boone Docs Film Festival! 🎥 🍿 🎬

@boonedocsfilmfest is held each year in February in Boone, NC, and the festival focuses on short documentaries about the Appalachian Region. 

The DFP has had award winners in each of the first two years of the festival! (Bridget Fitzgerald (MFA '21) and Sidney Beeman (MFA '22)). @bridgetmaryfitzgerald @sidneybeemanfilm 

To submit your film, visit:
Another great @southerndocfund Artist Convening! 🎥 🍿 🎤

It was great hearing from regional filmmakers and connecting with talented storytellers. The Convening is a yearly gathering of documentary professionals, and it's always an inspiring event.

Pictured above is Winston-Salem filmmaker Michael Lippert, Louie Poore (MFA '25), Phillip Marsh (MFA '25), and WFU professor Chris Zaluski.

@lcpoore @lippertfilms rockersprintshopgso @chriszaluski
In honor of Pride Month, check out a special screening of the award-winning documentary "Paris Is Burning" 🏳️‍🌈 🎥

Mark your calendars for Friday, June 18 at 7:30PM at the Camel City Playhouse. The screening is sponsored by OUT At The Movies, Winston's LGBTQ+ film festival (and the second-largest LGBTQ+ film festival in North Carolina!).

Visit for tickets!
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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