Portfolio Requirements for MFA in Film Production

Below please find the portfolio requirements for the 2020 application. The 2021 portfolio requirements will be posted in mid-July. Please check back soon.

The Application and Portfolio Deadline for Film Production for both the Graduate Film Program (MFA) and the Dual Degree Program (MBA/MFA) is December 1st.   

A filmmaking background is not a prerequisite for admission to the Tisch School of the Arts. We are looking for potential creative filmmaking ability as evidenced through visual and written materials. 

There are two required components that you must submit in order to successfully complete your application for admission:

  1. The application for admission must be submitted online by December 1st to the Tisch Office of Graduate Admissions along with the required academic documentation, recommendations and supporting credentials.
 Access the 2020 application.

  2. You must prepare a five-part creative portfolio (detailed below) and submit it via SlideRoom (tischfilmandtv.slideroom.com).  Please note that upon submitting your creative portfolio, SlideRoom will charge a $12.00 fee for applicants to use this service. You may pay this fee with a credit or debit card. Your creative portfolio must be uploaded via SlideRoom on or before December 1st.

If you are applying for the dual-degree program (MBA/MFA) please click HERE.

You can register and set up a department account at this link when the SlideRoom portal re-opens in September:

Once you have registered to start a creative portfolio via SlideRoom, you may step away and come back at any time, until the final deadline. Please make sure that you save your progress after each visit, and do not click to submit until you are 100% sure that you have properly uploaded the required components outlined below. Once you click submit, you may no longer edit your creative portfolio.

Please note that upon submitting your creative portfolio, SlideRoom will send you an e-mail to confirm receipt of your materials.


Please prepare the following items for your creative portfolio package:


Sample(s) of your work presented visually. Material done in collaboration with other artists is acceptable provided you were the major creative force (i.e., director, producer, writer, camera operator or editor) and explain in detail the exact nature of your contribution.

Choose ONE of the following formats (i.e., do not combine video and photography):

Video: The submission can contain one or more selections as long as the total running time does not exceed 15 minutes. Video footage of staged plays or theatre performances is not acceptable. Please be clear about your specific contributions to the sample. You may upload up to ten minutes of video to the media page within SlideRoom. If the total running time of your video sample exceeds ten minutes, a link to your work must be provided on the media page. Please test your video prior to submission. If you are submitting a link, please be sure no downloads or passwords are required.


Photography (Stills): No more than 10 prints on any subject, black and white or color, with or without commentary may be submitted. The photographs may also be a presentation of work in other media, such as painting, illustration, sculpture, set design, costume design, etc. (Still images and scans uploaded to tischfilmandtv.slideroom.com should be a minimum of 72 dpi.)


You must submit ALL of the following:

Dramatic Story: The Dramatic story is a required short narrative writing exercise.
Write a two page story which builds dramatic tension and ends with one of these lines:

“I was only bluffing.”

“I told you it would rain.”

“This is much heavier than I expected.”

"Just a minute, I forgot to give you back your blanket."

"And then I threw away the keys."

"That night she dreamed the best dream ever."

"And I put it in my little tin box, and slipped it under my bed."

"But that's the beginning of a whole other story."

Format for the Dramatic Story: 2 pages, double-spaced. (Save as a pdf and upload to tischfilmandtv.slideroom.com.)

Dialogue Scene: Write an interesting conversation between two people that reveals something about the characters. You can give a one sentence description of each character, but please include only essential details. Do not write back story. Write a maximum of two pages in screenwriting format. (Save as a pdf and upload to tischfilmandtv.slideroom.com.)

Describe one concept for a feature-length script, narrative film, or documentary that you would like to develop. Write no more than one page, typed, double-spaced. (Save as a pdf and upload to tischfilmandtv.slideroom.com.)

Photograph: Include a photograph of yourself (upload to tischfilmandtv.slideroom.com).  

Resume & Personal Statement: Upload copies of your resume and personal statement to SlideRoom. These are also required elements for the application submitted to the Tisch Office of Graduate Admissions.

Please upload the requested items only. Failure to do so will be grounds for automatic disqualification. Please do not substitute, vary, or add extraneous or additional pieces. Portfolio materials cannot be edited once uploaded to SlideRoom.

Do NOT wait until the last minute to submit your online graduate application and your portfolio in SlideRoom. We strongly recommend that you apply 2 weeks early to avoid technical issues that may arise.

All components of your creative portfolio must be submitted at tischfilmandtv.slideroom.com. Our online portal offers additional instructions for submitting work. For technical assistance, please contact: support@slideroom.com.