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!


Best of Film at Mason

The Best of Film at Mason Highlighting award-winning student films Friday, September 7th 3-5 pm, Harris Theatre Free and open to the public The 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 intermediate and beginning level documentary shorts,…

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GMU Visiting Filmmakers Series: Dan Mirvish Masterclass

Dan Mirvish: Masterclass Friday, September 14, 12noon Art and Design Building 1007 Dan Mirvish is a director, screenwriter, producer, author and inventor. His film, Bernard and Huey (written by Oscar/Pulitzer-winner Jules Feiffer), has played in 30 festivals on five continents and has a coast-to-coast theatrical release in the US. Dan’s film Between Us, was an…

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GMU Visiting Filmmakers Series: In the Last Days of the City with Tamer El Said

  In the Last Days of the City Wednesday, October 10, 7:30pm Johnson Center Cinema Screening and discussion with filmmaker Tamer El Said In downtown Cairo in 2009, Khalid (Khalid Abdalla), a 35-year-old filmmaker struggles to make a film that captures the soul of his city while facing loss in his own life. With the…

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GMU Visiting Filmmakers Series: Dark Money

Dark Money Tuesday, October 30, 4:30pm Johnson Center Cinema Documentary screening and discussion with filmmaker Kimberly Reed Kimberly Reed’s documentary examines one of the greatest present threats to American democracy: the influence of untraceable corporate money on our elections and elected officials. This political thriller film takes viewers to Montana. a frontline in the fight…

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September 2018

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
  • SMPTE: TV and Film Jobs/Internships Meeting
  • DKA SFX and Makeup Workshop
  • Arts By George!
  • Student Self-Withdrawal Deadline (100% tuition liability)

Recent News

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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Off the Wall 2018

George Mason – Off the Wall Highlight 2016 from Jim Folliard on Vimeo. OFF THE WALL Saturday, April 21, 2018 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Art and Design Building George Mason University Fairfax Campus Featuring the Mason Mural Project Mark your calendar now to experience Off the Wall, a benefit hosted by Mason’s School of Art,…

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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.