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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April 2016

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Recent News

Festival Strategy

FAVS Workshop Series: Planning Your Festival Strategy

Monday May 9th 430-6pm, CFA Grand Tier III with FAVS Program Director / Associate Professor and filmmaker Giovanna Chesler You made a film! Now what? How do you begin a festival strategy that goes beyond the dream of Sundance? Learn about festival programmers and what they do, portals for submitting films to fests, important considerations…

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Cafe Kreyól to Screen at NoVA Film Fest

Cafe Kreyól Director: Scott Cooper 12 min., Documentary Cafe Kreyól will screen at the 2nd Annual Northern Virginia International Film & Music Festival on Monday, April 25. Congratulations, Scott! Northern Virginia International Film & Music Festival Monday 4/25 @7pm Block Angelika Film Center 2911 District Ave, Fairfax VA

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Incoming Freshmen: Apply to the Arts Living Learning Community

Incoming FAVS freshmen, have you applied to live in the Arts Living Learning Community?  The Arts Living Learning Community (LLC) is a unique residential opportunity for freshmen majoring in the visual and performing arts. Hurry to apply now the deadline is May 1st! Through specialized interactive programming, students in the Arts LLC explore innovation and…

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Meagan Arnold

Meagan Arnold Featured by Students as Scholars

FAVS Student Meagan Arnold has been featured by Students as Scholars for her work with the School of Art on the Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here (AMSSH) project. Read the article here. Students as Scholars is Mason’s initiative to support undergraduate research and creative activity, both within and beyond the classroom. The Office of Student Scholarship,…

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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?


#FilmConnects #FAVSGMU