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!


Fall Film Showcase

Fall Film Showcase December 7-9 All events are free and open to the public THURSDAY, DECEMBER 7 11am-3:30pm Staged Readings, JC Gold Room Reading 1: 11-1 (including talkback) Intermission w/pizza: 1-1:30 Reading 2: 1:30-3:30 4pm – 6pm, Collaborations, Johnson Center Cinema A collection of faculty and student collaborative projects including the Mason Film Lab. FRIDAY,…

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When Two Worlds Collide

2017 Native American Indigenous Heritage Month presents When Two Worlds Collide Wednesday, November 15 7 pm, Johnson Center Cinema An Indigenous environmental activist from Peru takes on the large businesses that are destroying the Indigenous Amazon for the extraction of oil, minerals, and gas. Sponsored by the Native American Indigenous Alliance; The Office of Diversity,…

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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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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