Spotlight on Erblin Nushi: Student Oscar Finalist

BINI, the senior thesis film by Erblin Nushi (FAVS '18), reached the finals of the Student Academy Awards.

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.

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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!


Mason Film Festival 2019

Join us for the annual Mason Film Festival, a 3-day celebration of out student filmmakers and their work! The program represents beginning video, intermediate directing work in fiction, non-fiction, web series, and senior films.   Thursday, May 2, 2019-Saturday, May 4, 2019 Johnson Center Cinema and Harris Theatre All events are free and open to…

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Recent News

Student Filmmakers at ArtScreen

ArtScreen Friday, April 5, 7 pm Stacy C. Sherwood Community Center 3740 Old Lee Hwy, Fairfax VA 22030 Map to: Brittney Flores and Andy Riddle will screen their work at ArtScreen, prior to the feature “The Buddy Holly Story.” Brittney will present her documentary THE TWO OF US and Andy will share his senior…

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3rd Annual Giving Day, April 4

George Mason University’s 3rd Annual Giving Day is Thursday, April 4. Light the path to success for Film at Mason Student Filmmakers! Your gift to the Film at Mason during Giving Day will go toward a Gemini LED Soft Panel, an industry-grade light with a variety of uses. Student cinematographers, led by Emmy-nominated Director of Photography Hans Charles,…

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Erblin Nushi and Kauri George Awarded Regional Emmys

Congratulations to Erblin Nushi and Kauri George, winners of this year’s Capital Emmys! Erblin received the Outstanding Achievement in Student Production for Long Form Fiction for his film BINI. Kauri received the award for Short Form Fiction for her film CLOSE CALL. We are so proud of you! #binishortfilm #closecall #studentachievement Read more about Kauri…

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Message from the Director

Photo by Evan Cantwell

Photo by Evan Cantwell


In our program, we offer concentrations in Directing, Producing, Cinematography, Sound, Editing and Screenwriting to over 200 undergraduate students. Our student filmmakers study the processes of cinematic storytelling that includes development, pre-production, production, post-production, and distribution.

We began the year with our Welcome Back / Production Fair where students, new and seasoned, signed on to work on each others’ crews. Crewing up with new faces gives more students opportunities to try out new technical and producing roles and explore cinematic storytelling through sound, light, producing, and art departments. Trying something new is central to the learning process and that includes choosing whom you want to work with. In a recent essay in Moviemaker Magazine, director DeMane Davis encouraged inclusive crewing, “When I think of ‘inclusive crew’ on a practical level, I think it means including people you normally wouldn’t include in your creative process…Including new people will only make whatever you’re making better.”

For Film at Mason, crewing up includes faculty and students working together. Last fall, our Mason Film Lab welcomed showrunner and director Colette Burson (Hung, The Riches, Little Black Boot). Meanwhile, our Mason Film Lab films from previous semesters (collaborations and learning opportunities between faculty, students and guest directors) are exhibiting and being submitted to festivals as I type. Professor Benjamin Steger continues to move forward on a documentary series, Vibrations, through collaborations with his student research assistant. And for a sneak peek behind the scenes of our recent faculty-student collaboration, The Pick Up, check out this video edited by Amanda Bowen (FAVS, BA '17) and Britney Flores (FAVS, BA '18).

I encourage you to visit our program and reach out to our academic advisor if you are interested in applying. We represent one of most diverse educational communities of cinematic storytellers in the country. With 140 student films shooting each year, there are ample ways in Film at Mason for you to find your crew and explore your role on set.