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

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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!


Save the Date: FAVS at 10

Please save the date for FAVS @ 10, a celebration of the past ten years of the Film and Video Studies program at George Mason University! The FAVS @ 10 is a full day of programming celebrating the growth of the program over the last decade and honoring alumni from the FAVS BA, FAMS minor…

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Q-Mason Screening at the HRC

Human Rights Campaign Presents Q-Mason Friday, March 30, 2018 Tickets available here. Mason’s LGBTQ Resources and Film and Video Studies presents Q-MASON, a selection of films from the Film and Video Studies program telling LGBTQ stories. Visual Scar Directed by Sami Ahmed Cope Directed by Alisa Posey Both Directed by Michael Rose Right Man, Wrong…

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February 2018

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
  • A Teach-In on Global Migrations and Refugees: The US and the Middle East
  • Panel & Discussion: Technicolor Was Never Meant to be So White

Recent News

Giovanna Chesler on the State of the Oscars

News at Mason speaks to Film and Video Studies Director and Associate Professor Giovanna Chesler on the state of the Oscars, #MeToo, #TimesUp and #OscarsSoWhite. Read the article: Mason professor assesses state of the Oscars.   See if any progress has been made since last year by reading Prof. Chesler’s assessment of the 2017 Oscars…

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Chinatown Doc to Screen in Arlington

Scene from the documentary CHINATOWN, directed by Yi Chen. Women in Film and Video continues its Locavore Film Series Wednesday, January 17, at 7:30 pm at the Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse. Screening will include Film and Video Studies Adjunct Professor Yi Chen’s documentary CHINATOWN. Tickets available here. Film and Video Studies Adjunct Professor Yi Chen.

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Support Film and Video Studies for Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday is a global day to support the programs that make a difference in your life and in your community. We hope that you consider Film and Video Studies at George Mason University one of those special places in the filmmaking community. Now, more than ever before, it is critical that we as artists…

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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