MFA in Film

Laura Colella / Faculty Chair

Laura Colella, VCFA Film Program

Laura Colella is both an acclaimed filmmaker and an experienced teacher. Her third and most recent narrative feature, Breakfast with Curtis, premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival, and will be released theatrically in fall 2013, and online in winter 2014.

On the festival circuit, Breakfast with Curtis earned several awards and critical acclaim. At the 2013 Independent Spirit Awards, the film was nominated for a Cassavetes Award, and won the Jameson FIND Distribution Award. Colella began making films as an undergraduate at Harvard, and was a Sundance Directing and Screenwriting Fellow with her second feature, STAY UNTIL TOMORROW (2004). Her shorts and features have screened at over 100 festivals internationally, winning over 25 awards. Laura is represented by United Talent Agency and Circle of Confusion, and her first two features are distributed by Passion River Films. Laura has been awarded numerous fellowships and grants, and was one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film. She freelances as a screenwriter, cinematographer, camera assistant and editor, and has been teaching Film Production and Directing at RISD since 1996. She currently also teaches Screenwriting at Brown University.