Awards & Grants

  • The Robert E. Pristo Filmmaking Awards cover film production and and/or post-production expenses incurred by Duke undergraduate and graduate students. One to three awards are given each year and typically provide up to $1,500.
  • Benenson Awards in the Arts provide funding for fees, travel, and other educational expenses for art-centered projects proposed by Duke undergraduate students, including graduating seniors. Students who plan to pursue a career in the arts or creative industries are encouraged to apply.
  • Creative Arts Grants for Undergraduates help to defray project expenses up to $500 for Trinity and Pratt students who are enrolled in faculty-supervised Independent Study courses or full-credit private instruction in the creative arts (e.g., Art & Visual Studies, Dance, Literature, Music, and Theater Studies).
  • The Undergraduate Research Support Office provides funding for assistantships, conference attendance, and supplies for Independent Studies.


  • Duke Career Center: For internships in Cinematic Arts, reach out to Assistant Director of Entertainment, Media & Arts Career Community, Kai Kelly Jr. 
  • Studio Duke is a two-semester creative lab and mentorship program in which students are matched with creative industry professionals. This provides students the opportunity to take their advanced, ongoing creative projects to the next level through facilitated connections, resources, and logistical help to support their projects.

DEMAN Arts & Media Weekend

This annual signature event at Duke unites students and alumni who are interested in creative industries. It is a great resource for Duke students, alumni, faculty, and staff.

Film Clubs

  • Duke Independent Film Festival (DIFF) is Duke University’s first and only campus-wide film festival, providing a platform for Duke undergraduate and graduate students to develop their filmmaking talent and present their work to the public. An annual event, DIFF accepts short film submissions from any Duke undergraduate or graduate student.
  • Freewater Productions is Duke University’s only student-run production company. With Freewater, you have the opportunity to direct your own movie; learn how to operate a camera, sound equipment, and lighting; screen write; act in a real production; edit the finished product; and be the planner that makes it all happen. No experience is necessary.