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!


Whose Streets?

Visiting Filmmakers Series: Whose Streets? Thursday, November 2, 4:30pm Johnson Center Cinema (Directions) Documentary screening and discussion with director Sabaah Folayan Free and open to the public An account of the Ferguson uprising as told by the people who lived it. The filmmakers look at how the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown inspired a community…

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Q-Mason Screening

Q-MASON screening presented for LGBTQ History Month Tuesday, October 17 7 pm, Johnson Center Cinema (Directions) Free and open to the public. 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…

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Best of Film at Mason Around the Region

There are two more chances to watch the Best of Film at Mason! Thank you to our regional partners, the Washington West Film Festival and the Virginia Film Festival.   Best of Film at Mason is a showcase of recent notable and award-winning films. From heartfelt to heartbreaking intermediate and Senior fiction films, to poignant…

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Road Through War

Visiting Filmmakers Series: Road Through War Thursday, October 19, 7:30pm Johnson Center Cinema Documentary screening and discussion with director Louie Palu Road Through War is a road trip along both sides of the frontline in Ukraine from Stanytsia Luhanska to Mariupol. Roads, bridges, and rivers have become the borderlands between the Ukrainian Army and the…

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NEW DATE OCT 24: Cameraperson

GMU Visting Filmmakers: Cameraperson RESCHEDULED TUESDAY, OCTOBER 24 4:30 PM, Johnson Center Cinema Documentary screening and discussion with director Kirsten Johnson Free and open to the public PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR TUESDAY, OCTOBER 24. What does it mean to film another person? How does it affect that person, and what does…

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October 2017

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
  • Portfolio Deadline: Spring 2018 Fresh, Transfers, Change of Majors
  • Visiting Filmmakers Series: Road Through War with Louie Palu
  • GMU Visiting Filmmakers Series: Cameraperson
  • Visiting Filmmakers Series: Kara Herold Masterclass
  • End of Selective Withdrawal
  • Best of FAVS at Washington West

Recent News

FAVS Director Giovanna Chesler Discusses the State of the Oscars

FAVS Program Director and Professor Giovanna Chesler was interviewed by Voice of America – VOA on the Oscars as a reflection of our political climate and industry. Read her full interview here Oscars Reflect Talent, but Also Money and Politics.

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FAVS Welcomes New Office Manager

Film and Video Studies announces its new office manager, Samantha Beach. She has worked in various creative settings as a communications and marketing intern at Wolf Trap and as an art and technology teacher at a local private school in Northern Virginia. In addition, she has several years of experience managing offices and working as…

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13TH Receives Academy Award Nomination

13TH, directed by Ava DuVernay, has scored an Academy Award nomination for Feature Documentary. Congratulations to co-Director of Photography for 13TH and Film and Video Studies Professor of Cinematography, Hans Charles! Please join us as we celebrate Prof Charles’ work and watch the film together during the GMU Visiting Filmmakers Series on Monday, February 13th,…

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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