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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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!


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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March 2018

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
  • FAVS Scholarship Deadline
  • CVPA Admitted Student Day
  • Feature Film for Pride Week: Kiki
  • End Selective Withdrawal
  • Q-Mason Screening at the HRC

Recent News

FAVS Giving Day Campaign Extended

Photo: Maurice C. Jones Film and Video Studies received a tremendous support during Mason’s first ever Giving Day on April 6. We raised nearly half our goal and we are happy to announce that if you missed the 24-hour window to contribute, you still have time! Mason has extended the giving campaign until July 30.…

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Music Video Wins Bronze Telly

Congratulations to filmmaking team of PECULIAR SPRING, which has earned a 2017 Bronze Telly! The video was made as part of FAVS 399 – Music Video Experimentation, taught by Susan Kehoe. Executive Producer/ Director – Mary Rodrigues Producer – Shelby Giddings Assistant Director – Chuck Whalen Cinematographer – Robert Kreiling Camera – Cai Wang Editor…

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Allison McDaniel Receives CVPA’s Distinguished Alumni Award

Allison McDaniel (center) with CVPA Director of Development Susan Graziano and University President Angel Cabrera. John Boal Photography On April 26, The George Mason University Alumni Association hosted its annual Celebration of Distinction dinner and award reception. The Celebration of Distinction event recognizes a distinguished alum from each of Mason’s academic units. Each year, the…

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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