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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!


GMU Visiting Filmmakers Series: Masterclass with Colette Burson

GMU Visiting Filmmakers Series: Masterclass with Colette Burson Friday, December 7, 4:30 pm Johnson Center Cinema, Fairfax Campus Sneak Peek of the Mason Film Lab followed by Masterclass and Q&A with the director. Colette Burson is a television writer, screenwriter, producer, and director. She is the creator, executive producer and showrunner of the HBO television…

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2018 Fall Film Showcase

2018 Fall Film Showcase Saturday, December 8, 10 am-6 pm Johnson Center Cinema, Fairfax Campus Free and open to the public   The Fall Film Showcase is an exhibition of student work made during the Fall semester at Film at Mason. The works range from intermediate directing students in fiction and documentary, beginning video production,…

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November 2018

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  • DKA Yard Sale
  • Thanksgiving (Closed)
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  • Thanksgiving (Closed)
  • A Critic's Point of View with Ann Hornaday & Cynthia Fuchs

Recent News

Film at Mason Welcomes New Faculty

Film and Video Studies announces the hire of two new full-time, tenure-track faculty. Please welcome Nikyatu Jusu, Assistant Professor in Directing and Screenwriting, and Maura Ugarte, Assistant Professor in Directing and Editing.   Nikyatu Jusu Sierra Leonean-American filmmaker Professor Nikyatu Jusu’s films have played at festivals nationally and internationally garnering her a myriad of laurels…

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Summer Research in Asia

Vibrations student crew present their research in Asia at the OSCAR poster session. LtoR: Brittney Flores, Blaire Collingwood, Zeyn Faddoul, and Sanders Evans. Photo: Lisa Thrasher. Film and Video Studies professors Ben Steger and Lisa Thrasher traveled to Asia this July with four students to film episodes for VIBRATIONS. Directed by Benjamin Steger and Produced…

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Winners of the 2018 Mason Film Festival

LtR: Hannah Looney; Logan McKennah Brown; Erik Muendel, CEO and Chief Creative Officer of Brightline Interactive; Lindsey Oblitey; and Stephen Gentry. (Not pictured: Kaidan Blackmer) Thanks to a donation from Brightline Interactive, our Film and Video Studies festival jury gave monetary awards to filmmakers in the Best of Fest (Spring and Fall), Best Drama, Best…

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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.