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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 120 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.

Contact Us

Contact us by email at favs@gmu.edu

Or find us on Facebook and Twitter.

Facebook at FAVSGMU       Twitter @FAVS_GMU

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!

Screenings

Mason Film Festival 2017

Mason Film Festival is back for its 5th year! May 4-6, 2017. All events are free and open to the public. Screenings will take place in the Johnson Center Cinema. Thursday, May 4 Staged Readings, TheatreSpace 10 am-2 pm Intermission with Pizza 2:30-6 pm A day of staged readings from the seniors completing their capstone work…

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GMU Visiting Filmmakers: Visitor’s Day

GMU Visiting Filmmakers Series: Visitor’s Day (Día de Visita) Wednesday, April 19, 2017,  7:30pm Johnson Center Cinema Documentary screening and discussion with director Nicole Opper Sixteen-year-old Juan Carlos ran away from an abusive home and lived on the streets of Mexico City for years before finding his way to Ipoderac, a unique group home and…

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Moonlight to screen April 13

Oscar winner for Best Supporting Actor Mahershala Ali as Juan. Moonlight Screening and discussion April 13 4:30pm Johnson Center C “Who is you, man?” Moonlight traces the journey of young Chiron, making his way through life in Miami. The film presents that journey in three chapters — “Little,” “Chiron,” and “Black” — with the character…

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Recent News

Support FAVS on April 6 for Mason Giving Day

George Mason University announces its first ever day of giving! From midnight through 11:59 p.m. EST on April 6, we invite all of Mason Nation to show your Patriot pride and make your mark at Mason by making a gift. Giving Day will be a day for alumni, students, and friends everywhere to join together…

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Lori Yi Named a Mason Top 10 Advisor of the Year

FAVS Academic Advisor, Lori Yi, has been named a Top 10 Academic Advisor of the year out of 300+ advisors at George Mason University.   Here is what some of the students had to say:   She is just the best.   Because she is always there when we need her, ALWAYS. And because she always…

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Reflections on Sundance

FAVS major Zoe Peters volunteered for Sundance for a second year in a row. Read her reflections on the volunteering for the festival, the Women’s March in Park City, and watching “Reservoir Dogs” for the first time with Quentin Tarantino in her guest blog for Women in Film & Video DC.

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Two FAVS Alumni to Screen at RIFF

Scene from EARLY Directed by Alisa Posey. Two Film and Video Studies alumni will be represented at the Richmond International Film Festival on March 2 in the University Spotlight program. EARLY, a short documentary about artist Kevin Earley’s struggle with mental illness directed by Alisa Posey, and SOUTHERN HUSTLE, a dark period fiction directed by…

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Message from the Director

Photo by Evan Cantwell

Photo by Evan Cantwell

Welcome!

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

In our program, we offer concentrations in Screenwriting, Directing, Producing, Cinematography and Sound and Editing to 200 undergraduate students. Our student filmmakers study the processes of cinematic storytelling that includes development, pre-production, production, post-production, and distribution. This year’s theme captures artistry involved in all stages of the work that we do.

This year, FAVS filmmakers – both students and faculty – are again proving our commitment to excellence. Student filmmakers in Web Series were awarded a Regional Emmy Award and CINDY award for their collaborative project Through the Trees’ Eyes. FAVS Professor Hans Charles worked as Director of Photography on a film that opened the New York Film Festival – the first documentary to do so in the festival’s half-century history. And Film and Video Studies student films have been selected to screen at the Virginia Film Festival, Washington West Film Festival, Tampa International LGBT Film Festival and more!

Collaboration and connection are key to the FAVS experience. With Film and Media Studies we bring award-winning filmmakers to campus through the GMU Visiting Filmmakers Series. This year, we welcome legendary producer Christine Vachon and regional storytellers Lance and Brandon Kramer.

In the course of an academic year, FAVS students will produce over 140 films. They do this because they have immediate access to film equipment and facilities as a major in our program. They do this because they come together and collaborate. They do this because they feel inspired and know they have no other choice but to tell the urgent stories that reflect our diverse lives. FAVS students focus, capture and create!

I encourage you to visit our program and reach out if you are interested in applying. We represent one of most diverse educational communities of cinematic storytellers in the country.

#FocusCaptureCreate #FAVSGMU