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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!


2018 Fall Showcase Winners

Kauri George accepts the Audience Award and Best of Fest for CLOSE CALL. Congratulations to the winners of our 2018Fall Film Showcase! PITCH WINNERS Pitch Winners will receive $500 each for the completion of their senior films in the Spring Semester. Best Digital Pitch Jared Palicos Best Pitch Story Amy Houser Best Pitch Presentation Esra…

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Recent News

Film Alum Erblin Nushi a Finalist for Student Academy Awards

BINI Official Trailer from Tilia Entertainment on Vimeo. Film at Mason graduate Erblin Nushi (FAVS, 2017) has advanced to the finals of the Student Academy Awards in the Narrative (Domestic Films) category for his film BINI. His film is one of eight films to make it to the finals and the only work created by…

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The Pick Up to Screen at DC Shorts

THE PICK UP, the second film produced by the Mason Film Lab, will make its Washington, DC Premiere at DC Shorts Film Festival with three chances to watch! DC Shorts Film Festival Landmark’s E Street Cinema, 555 11th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004 SHOWCASE 4 Friday, Sep 7, 2018 9:30p.m. – 11:00p.m. Sunday, Sep 9,…

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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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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.