UCLA boasts the largest university-based media library in the world, housed in their world-famous UCLA Film and Television Archive, providing an invaluable resource for film fans and academics alike. Having recently received a donation of $20 million, projected to be split between scholarship programs and the archives, UCLA has a lot going for itself. Some of the most recent graduates have gone straight into the industry, including Gaia Violo, whose final year student project Absentia was picked up by Amazon and made into a series for Amazon Prime.
Other notable alumni of UCLA include the prolific documentary film director and producer Alex Gibney, and writer-director Ava DuVernay who won the award for directing at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival for her second feature film Middle of Nowhere and received the nomination for Best Director at the Golden Globes for 2014’s Selma. Not to mention the countless other UCLA graduates who have entered the film industry and been involved in recent productions accounting for over $6 billion at the box office. On top of all the success stories from the alumni of UCLA, director and screenwriter Gina Prince-Blythewood hails her time at UCLA as an incredibly safe space for creative expression and a nurturing environment for future filmmakers.