DePaul University Newsline > Sections > Campus and Community > The Hollywood Reporter ranks DePaul University among best film schools in U.S. for 2023
By Kristin Claes Mathews /
August 16, 2023 /
Posted in: CAMPUS AND COMMUNITY /
“This is a testament to the excellence of our faculty and staff, our facilities, and most of all our alumni,” said Gary Novak, filmmaker and director of the School of Cinematic Arts.
Alumni filmmakers are also earning national and international accolades. Don Josephus Raphael Eblahan’s 2022 film “The Headhunter’s Daughter” was awarded a grand jury prize that year, and he was a
2023 artist in residence at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.
State-of-the-art facilities at DePaul Cinespace Studios give students access to professional equipment and sound stages. An
LED wall powered by gaming technology offers students opportunities to engage with virtual production and the future of filmmaking.
And while the program is anchored in Chicago, it also has deep connections in Los Angeles. Year-round, DePaul students participate in LA Quarter, where they are guaranteed internships or real-world experience
while networking with professionals in the field. A master’s degree in creative producing, based in LA, is designed to help students catapult forward in their careers.
“My boss from The Jim Henson Company got me in the door at Disney, which led to where I am now,” says Alex Otto, who graduated in 2019 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film and Television. Otto is now an assistant writer on the Disney Junior show, “Firebuds.”
Students and faculty also give back to the community, running summer filmmaking programs for youth in CHA housing. This year, several young filmmakers had their
red carpet dreams come true during a visit to the Cannes Film Festival, thanks to support from DePaul faculty and friends.
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