FilmColumbia, Crandell Theatre’s signature program, is an annual ten-day festival of world-class films representing major studios, independents, international films, animated features, documentaries and children’s short films. In addition to screening approximately 50 films, the festival also features panels, Q&A sessions with filmmakers and a popular screenwriting workshop.
Curated by film critic and historian Peter Biskind and co-artistic director and former senior film curator at MOMA, Laurence Kardish, and run by Managing Director Calliope Nicholas, FilmColumbia offers a selection of the year’s best upcoming films, many of which have earned awards from larger festivals around the world, such as Cannes, Venice, Telluride, New York and Toronto, prior to their wider release. Many also go on to win major awards. The following Oscar-winning and Oscar-nominated films screened at our 2021 festival: Parallel Mothers, The Worst Person in the World, Flee, Julia, and Drive My Car.