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Fall 2022 Staged Reading and Pitch Event 
Film at Mason's Fall 2022 Staged Reading and Pitch Event was held on Tuesday, November 29, in the Johnson Center Cinema.  Screenwriting Capstone student Sarah Strunk performed a staged reading of select scenes from her screenplay "The Pig," written for FAVS 496, and six FAVS 498 students pitched their Directing Capstone projects live to a jury.  Special thanks to all the FAVS faculty members, students, and families who came out to support our talented students and to the jury members who reviewed the students' work online and in-person.

Digital Pitch Jurors:  Clara Kelly (Film at Mason Advisory Board Member), Samirah Alkassim (Faculty, Film at Mason), Shá Norman (Director of Diversity, CVPA), Melissa Houghton (Executive Director, Women in Film and Video DC), and Jack Kehoe (Film at Mason Advisory Board Member)
In-person Jurors:  Emily Schneider (Academic Programs Marketing Manager, CVPA), Christian Oh (Chair of the Board, DC Shorts Film Festival; President, DC Asian Pacific American Film Festival), and Tony Marquez (Filmmaker; FAVS alum; Member of the Directors Guild of America; Key Staff Member, Young Sheldon)

The following students received awards for their work:
Tiffany Vu, "Surrender" - Best Digital Pitch
Ty Wright, "Transcendent Love" - Best Lookbook
Jaiden Williams, "Countdown" - Best Pitch Story
Jennifer Vu, "We're Only Strangers" - Best Pitch Delivery

Faculty Achievement 

Professor May Santiago was featured in The George.  "My earliest memories are of horror films," she says, "and the first movie I ever saw was Predator, which shaped part of my personality."  We appreciate Professor Santiago's dedication to her work, her students, and the several fields - horror movies, Puerto Rican culture and history, academic studies, and experimental filmmaking - that she's in the process of changing.  To read the article, click here.  
Professor Nikyatu Jusu has announced she will expand her 2019 short film Suicide By Sunlight into a feature film for Jordan Peele's Monkeypaw Productions and Universal Pictures.  To learn more, click here.
Professor Peter H. Kimball's new short film, Millstone, supported by a Robert K. Purks Faculty Enrichment Fund grant, will premiere at Slamdance Film Festival in January 2023.  To learn more about Slamdance, click here. 
Professor Samirah Alkassim attended the Middle East Studies Association Conference in Denver, where she delivered a talk entitled, "Looking Through the Archive Effect: Three Documentaries from 1970s Lebanon," which examined films by Khadijeh Habashneh, Jocelynn Saab, and Randa Chahal.  This presentation was part of a panel called "Arab Filmmakers on the Move: Films, Discourses, Support and Transnational Reception."  For more details on the panel, click here.  
Professor KJ Mohr guest curated (and will introduce) two upcoming archival film screenings at the National Gallery of Art celebrating the career of Carmen Amaya.  Don't miss the December 17th screening of María de la O, which will be shown on a 35mm print on special loan from the Filmoteca Española. For more information, click here.

Film Opportunities and Resources   

Southern Producers Lab – Deadline:  January 16, 2023 
2023 Sundance Ignite X Adobe Fellowship Deadline: February 14, 2023

Festival Submissions 

Call for Entries:  WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival – Deadline: December 15, 2022 

Call for Entries:  Cittador International Film Festival – Deadline: December 15, 2022 

Call for Entries:  2023 New York Festivals TV & Film AwardsDeadline: December 31, 2022 

Call for Entries:  Fantasporto 2023 (Fantasy Film Festival) – Deadline: December 31, 2022 

Call for Entries:  Universe Multicultural Film Festival – Deadline: January 2, 2023 

Call for Entries:  Bethesda Film Fest (Documentary Film Festival) – Deadline: January 10, 2023 

Call for Entries:  IndieFEST Film Awards – Deadline: January 13, 2023 

Call for Entries:  Provincetown Film Festival – Deadline: January 13, 2023 

Call for Entries:  The Macoproject Film Festival – Early bird Deadline: January 18, 2023 – Students should use code “MacoprojectStudent” at checkout to receive 20% off the submission fee 

Call for Entries:  Wyoming International Film Festival – Regular Deadline:  February 10, 2023  

Call for Entries:  ANNECY 2023 (Animation Film Festival) – Deadline:  February 15, 2023  
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