Program Overview

Film and Videos Studies (FAVS) at George Mason University engages students in the creation, production and post-production of fiction, documentary and experimental styles of film and video and its parallel forms, including television, transmedia, mobile and web media through our interdisciplinary Bachelors of Arts degree. 

Choose a Specialization

FAVS offers a Bachelor of Arts with concentrations in Producing and Directing, Cinematography, Editing and Sound, and Screenwriting.

In-Depth Study

Program emphasizes ethics, film and media studies, and business and industry practices.

Industry Opportunities

FAVS students work with over 40 regional film companies and organizations in professionalizing internship opportunities.

National Recognition

FAVS students are winning awards at juried film festivals and are earning national professional industry awards.

Student Showcases

Student showcases include the Mason Film Festival each spring, Best of FAVS in September, the Fall Film Showcase, and in FAVS spotlight programs at local film festivals.

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Donate to FAVS

You can give online to the College of Visual and Performing Arts.  Choose to donate directly to the Film and Video Scholarship Fund or to Program Support (or both!).  Help keep FAVS great!


Mason Film Festival 2016

MASON FILM FESTIVAL FAVS is proud to announce our 2016 Mason Film Festival.  Now in its fourth year, the Mason Film Festival showcases outstanding filmmakers of the Film and Video Studies program. #MFF2016 #filmconnects Please see below for the line up of Senior Showcase works! All events are in the Johnson Center Cinema unless otherwise…

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Recent News

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Jennifer Cotto nominated for a Princess Grace Foundation award

Jennifer Cotto has been nominated for a Princess Grace Foundation award. The Princess Grace Foundation has a mission dedicated to identifying and assisting emerging talent in theater, dance, and film by awarding grants in the form of scholarships, apprenticeships, and fellowships.  Past winners for film include Cary Fukanaga (director Sin Nombre, Jane Eyre) and Greg…

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Digital Pitch winner and WIFV winners announced!

We are excited to announce more student winners from our Mason Film Festival. Congratulations to Amanda Bowen, Pitch Competition winner for Best Digital Pitch.  She also won for Best Pitch Delivery! We would also like to congratulate Blythe Dohey, Grace Wilber, Irem Dogancali, and Alisa Posey.  Women in Film & Video Washington, DC (WIFV) is…

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FAVS Prof Hans Charles leads 2015 graduates.

Announcing: CVPA Convocation to Livestream!

FAVS Prof Hans Charles leads 2015 graduates. College of Visual and Performing Arts Convocation is this Friday, May 13 at 3:00pm at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts!   We are very excited to announce that we will Livestream the CVPA Convocation! Do you have family and friends who can’t be here? Invite them…

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Congratulations to the Winners of the 2016 Mason Film Festival!

Congratulations to all filmmakers. This was a festival to remember! The quality and talent on screen was beyond remarkable. All faculty, staff, board members and alumni commend you on your cinematic excellence.   MASON FILM FESTIVAL AWARDS AWARDS FOR TECHNICAL MERIT Cinematography Kyle Van Dyke Editing Sam Mercer JURY AWARDS Best of Fest: The Forest…

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Message from the Director

Giovanna Chesler, MFA Director, FAVS

Giovanna Chesler, MFA Director, FAVS


Each year, the Film and Video Studies (FAVS) program focuses on a theme that resonates through our programming, our classrooms, and our thinking about film production and the study of the film industry. The students have voted and this year’s theme is #FilmConnects.

Filmmaking is a collaborative endeavor. Our student filmmaker community understands the need to connect. They are learning and putting it into practice with each class, event and film shoot. This is a program that believes in and fosters an entrepreneurial spirit through collaboration. To have success, filmmakers must foster connections. We teach you how.

FAVS students create connections: Our Bachelor of Arts degree students make connections through their film clubs: the professional cinematic honor society Delta Kappa Alpha, theGlobal Film Club, and the Experimental Film Club are just three examples of student groups led by FAVS majors who leverage filmmaking and film viewing into opportunities for connection. FAVS events like the Mason Film Festival (a three day juried festival in Spring semester) orFall Film Showcase bring over 600 audience members together to celebrate student projects at the end of each semester with receptions and conversation following each event.

The B.A. program connects learning to skills and practice development: FAVS includes three concentrations: Directing / Producing, Production/Post-Production (emphasis on Cinematography, Editing and Sound) and Screenwriting. Students take a selection of core courses in ethics, theory and criticism, technical elements, aesthetic studies, writing across media forms, and business practices in the industry so that connections are drawn between these areas throughout FAVS courses. As the first multi-disciplinary film program in Virginia, FAVS connects to other areas of study. Students take required courses and film electives in Theater, English, Photography, Art and Design, Communication, Game Design, and Women and Gender Studies.

FAVS faculty connect students to the film industry: FAVS faculty are working, award-winningfilmmakers and celebrated film critics and theorists. Our classrooms abound with examples learned from filmmaking practice as it is now and with a vision for what it will become. FAVS and Film and Media Studies (FAMS) faculty curate our Visiting Filmmaker Series that brings internationally celebrated film artists to campus and gives students opportunities to connect with those in the industry. FAVS Faculty produce, with GMU-TV, our award-winning programStudio A that brings filmmakers and students together in a talk show format. With 50 episodes and counting, the Studio A collection is used as a resource by film educators and film reviewers alike.

FAVS students stay connected: With over 170 students, FAVS works to keep students in close communication. Our class sizes are small (a 20:1 student to faculty ratio) yet our reach is wide. Students have worked at over 103 sites for their professionalizing internships. These launch students toward career success after graduation. And FAVS alumni continue to connect. Hand Me Down Films is one example of a film company built by FAVS alumni who co-produce current student films and continue to make work.

FAVS connects to the vibrant DC / Virginia / Maryland film community: We have relationships with Women in Film and Video DC, DC Shorts, Virginia Film Festival, Washington West Film Festival, Docs in Progress and other regional film organizations. FAVS student films screen at their festivals and students work in internships and summer programs with these organizations. Our FAVS Advisory Board is made of filmmakers, media professionals, and film enthusiasts in our community who support FAVS student scholarships and programs.

FAVS students connect to awards: Last year, student produced web series won 6 Cindy Awards, 1 Webby and 1 Telly. Our student filmmakers won awards at juried film festivals, like Brandon Langford’s film “L.A.R.P.” that earned the award for Best College Documentary from UPIKE Film and Media Arts Festival in Kentucky and “The Machine” by Zach Gross won a Rosebud Award. FAVS alumnus Ashley Blue’s documentary short was a 2015 Horizon Award Finalist and she has been recognized as a filmmaker to watch.

With over 120 screenings+ in the past 12 months, FAVS student and faculty films are enjoying international attention. Please join us – in the theater, in our online showcases, and in person. If you are thinking of applying, please reach out. Or should I say, “connect” with FAVS?


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