Winston-Salem, NC -- The University of North Carolina School of the Arts, School of Filmmaking has been ranked 12th on The Hollywood Reporter's list of the 25 best film schools in the world.
The UNCSA School of Filmmaking was ranked 8th in the U.S. and 2nd amongst the public schools on the list.
The Hollywood Reporter says, "Don't come to Carolina unless you're serious about filmmaking."
The school's Dean, Jordan Kerner, says "Our graduates have made films that receive hundreds of millions of dollars and on the other side of the spectrum, won the Grand Prix at Cannes this year."
Kerner is also the producer of THE SMURFS, which earned $35.6 million in its U.S. opening two weekends ago.
UNCSA's prestigious position on the list has been reported by the Piedmont Triad Film Commission, N.C. Film Commission, Visit North Carolina, The Orlando Sentinel, and the Huffington Post, amongst others.
In compiling the list, The Hollywood Reporter consulted industry insiders, executives, filmmakers and film school graduates.
Participants were asked to rate each program based on alumni, cost, facilities, industry access and strength of faculty.
The University of North Carolina School of the Arts is the first state-sponsored, residential school of its kind in the nation.
Established as the North Carolina School of the Arts by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, UNCSA opened in Winston-Salem in 1965 and became part of the UNC system in 1972.
More than 1,100 students from high school through graduate school train for careers in the arts in five professional schools: Dance, Design and Production, Drama, Filmmaking, and Music.
UNCSA is the state's only public arts conservatory, dedicated entirely to the professional training of talented students in the performing, visual and moving image arts.
UNCSA is located at 1533 S. Main Street, Winston-Salem.
For more information, visit www.uncsa.edu.