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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!


Mason Film Festival 2017 Award Winners

Mason Film Festival 2017 – Announcing Festival and Academic Winners! Congratulations to all students for your strong screenings and staged readings during the Mason Film Festival. Thank you to the FAVS Advisory Board for jurying our competition and awarding Pitch Awards that will help students in their productions. And to Film and Media Studies, GMU…

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Recent News

Web Series students win an Emmy!

Film and Video Studies  would like to congratulate the students in Susan Kehoe’s Web Series course who have just won a Regional Emmy Award! Through The Trees’ Eyes has won a Student Production Award from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences-National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter for Category 6: Short Form – Fiction. The crew included Jason Gillian,…

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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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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

Photo by Evan Cantwell

Photo by Evan Cantwell


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