Mason Spirit Highlights Film and Video Studies

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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

Almost Sunrise

Almost Sunrise Monday, September 11, 6pm HUB Ballroom Documentary screening and discussion with director Michael Collins and producer Marty Syjuco Tickets are free and open to the public. Almost Sunrise follows two Iraq veterans, Tom Voss and Anthony Anderson, both tormented by depression for years after they returned home and pushed to the edge of…

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Best of Film at Mason

Best of Film at Mason Friday, September 15 5 pm, Johnson Center Cinema Free and open to the public, reception to follow Best of Film at Mason is a showcase of recent notable and award-winning films. From Senior capstone fiction work, to intermediate and beginning level documentary shorts, this program captures and celebrates the diversity…

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Recent News

Ava DuVernay’s 13th Debuts on Netflix on Oct 7

The New York Film Festival opens Friday, Sept 30, with 13TH by Ava DuVernay and will premiere on Netflix on Friday, October 7. Film and Video Studies at Mason professor of Cinematography Hans Charles is Director of Photography on this Netflix produced doc that focuses on the history of black oppression in the United States.…

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Through the Trees’ Eyes wins a Cindy!

Through the Trees’ Eyes production still. Congratulations to Through the Trees’ Eyes, which has been awarded was just awarded a bronze Cinema in Industry Cindy Award. The FAVS crew included Jason Gillian, Hannah Looney, Cameron Perrier, Logan McKennah Brown and Austin Crooch and was made as part of Susan Kehoe’s Web Series course.

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Studio A with Cheryl Furjanic wins a Bronze Telly Award!

The Winners of the 37th Annual Telly Awards were announced this summer. With over 12,000 entries from all 50 states and 5 continents, we are excited to announce that Studio A: Cheryl Furjanic is a winner of a 2016 Bronze Telly for Film/Video! Film and Media Studies presented Furjanic and her film Back on Board:…

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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