The Hollywood Reporter Ranks Ringling College As One of the ‘25 Best Film Schools' Worldwide

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The Hollywood Reporter has again ranked Ringling College as one of the 25 Best Film Schools worldwide in their annual survey published August 9, 2013.

Academy Award-winning Cinematographer Teaching Lighting Class at Ringling College Digital Film Program Photo: Rich Schineller

This is clearly a program in its ascent and the enthusiasm of the students and staff at Ringling and the community as a whole for the filmmaking process was refreshing

The Hollywood Reporter has again ranked Ringling College as one of the 25 Best Film Schools worldwide in their annual survey, which was published August 9, 2013. The survey was conducted via an online ballot sent to members of the Writers Guild of America West, American Cinema Editors and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. In addition, The Hollywood Reporter consulted industry insiders, asking them to rate film school programs worldwide.

This is the second time in three years that the Ringling College Digital Filmmaking program, which has just graduated its third class, made The Hollywood Reporter's 25 Best Film School Rankings. The Ringling Digital Film program, founded in 2006, is one of the youngest programs on the list.

According to Academy Award-winning Cinematographer Wally Pfister, who taught at Ringling College through a second consecutive grant from The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, “At Ringling I was impressed by the skill levels already in evidence and the sophistication of the questions asked. This is clearly a program in its ascent and the enthusiasm of the students and staff at Ringling and the community as a whole for the filmmaking process was refreshing.”

Luminary Director and Ringling College Film program advisor Werner Herzog was interviewed for the article, acknowledging Ringling as “having the best digital effects program in the country." The full article is online at http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/best-film-schools-hollywood-reporter-595712.

Ringling College president Dr. Larry Thompson said, “We are pleased to have our relatively young film program recognized by the survey respondents and The Hollywood Reporter as one of the top 25 film schools in the world. It is a great honor and speaks volumes about the efforts of our faculty and students in the program and its compelling curriculum as well as the success of our graduates as they make their way in the entertainment industry.”

2013 has been a banner year for Ringling College in the film & entertainment industry. 2011 Ringling alumnus Jason Letkiewicz received an EMMY nomination for his "I'm Positive" television campaign for MTV; two Ringling student films won Student Academy Awards for animation; "The Lucky 6" inaugural Ringling summer student feature film was shot in collaboration with The Hollywood Reporter top-ranked drama schools Florida State University/ASOLO Conservatory; “The Forever” RCAD senior thesis film directed by Ringling alumnus Sean Benson won the 2012 FMPTA “Crystal Reel Award” for Best Short made in Florida and the Gold Medal Remi Award at Houston’s WorldFest for best short film; and Ringling motion design students' work was selected as the commercial for the Sarasota Film Festival.

According to Bradley Battersby, Ringling College Digital Filmmaking department head, “It’s always gratifying when our ambitious, cutting edge approach to film education is recognized by the industry. So to be included in this year’s Hollywood Reporter Top 25 Film Schools is a thrill.”

Adding to the distinctiveness of the Ringling College program is the Digital Filmmaking Studio Lab, founded in 2010 as a collaborative project in association with Future of Films, LLC to bring top-tier industry talent to work with students at Ringling. In the most recent school year the Filmmaking Lab brought actors Sam Rockwell, Andie MacDowell, Aubrey Plaza and Dylan McDermott to work with students. The Studio Lab is sponsored by PNC Wealth Management and Sarasota Magazine.

Detailed information on Ringling College of Art and Design’s Digital Film Program is available at http://www.ringling.edu/DF.214.0.html. You can also follow the program on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RinglingDigitalFilm.

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