Award-winning film veteran joins CCAD Film & Video program

Aug 20, 2018

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Columbus College of Art & Design is pleased to announce that award-winning film veteran Nella Citino is joining CCAD’s Film & Video program.

Citino has worked in video, broadcast, and film for more than three decades and has earned a number of accolades, including seven Emmys, two First Place Awards from the Chicago International Film Festival, two Parents’ Choice Awards, and a Special Recognition Award from the National Association of Broadcasters.

Citino comes to CCAD from Wisconsin, where she served as Chair of the Department of Video and Film at the Madison Media Institute and Executive Director of Frozen Stage Films. Her professional credits include the national children’s programs ZOOM and Get Real!, the award-winning short film The Chiasm, and the forthcoming feature-length film Delight in the Mountain.

“Nella is a talented filmmaker, producer, and educator with decades of experience, and we’re thrilled to have her join CCAD’s dynamic Film & Video program,” says Duncan Snyder, Chair of CCAD’s Film & Video program. “Her extensive experience, enthusiasm, and professionalism will make her a welcome member of the growing CCAD community.” 

Len Hartman, Founder and President of Ohio Film Group, agrees. 

“On behalf of the entire staff and management at Ohio Film Group, I’d liked to welcome Nella to Columbus,” says Hartman, who is also a board member at CCAD. “Nella’s extensive background as a filmmaker and teacher makes her a strong addition to the already vibrant film program at CCAD, and we at OFG look forward to working with Nella to find new and exciting ways to collaborate with CCAD’s growing Film & Video program.”

Citino will teach Video I, Collaborative Projects, and Digital Cinema this fall and Film & Video Capstone and Documentary in the spring. 

Citino, who grew up in northeastern Ohio, has a Master of Arts in Radio-TV-Film from Bowling Green State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Telecommunications from Kent State University.

She said she’s excited to join the thriving film program at CCAD and the growing film scene in central Ohio.

“Columbus College of Art & Design has a wonderful Film & Video program, and I’m looking forward to working with the talented students, faculty, and staff at CCAD,” Citino says. “Plus, I was born and raised in Ohio, so for me, this is like returning home.”

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