MARCH 2023

Film at Mason Scholarships

As you begin thinking about your upcoming semester and developing your projects, you might consider applying for a Film at Mason Tuition Scholarship.  We are offering $1500-$3000 scholarships to 5 students next year. Visit the Film at Mason Tuition Scholarship webpage for more information, including the required application components and deadlines. 
Application deadline is tomorrow, April 1st

 FAVS 450 Internships 

Check out the updated Film at Mason Internship Database for regional internship opportunities. The second tab (“JOBS!”) is updated regularly and includes local companies/organizations looking for Film at Mason interns and regional companies/organizations that have excellent internship programs. Internship sites are currently accepting applications for summer internships. Use the spreadsheet and other search tools (in our Film Org on Blackboard) and reach out to Professor Chesler with questions or if you need guidance and advice:
Pictured above are Sonja Phillips-Thomas and Jacques Lykes. Last summer, Sonja interned with National Geographic. Jacques interned on Capitol Hill.

Visiting Filmmakers Series

Thank you to Descendant guests Margaret Brown and Kern Jackson and host Professor Yevette Richards Jordan who participated in our Visiting Filmmakers Series on March 30th. Our audience was intrigued by the documentary and brought some thoughtful questions to the Q&A.  

Next, we wrap up our final Visiting Filmmakers Series event of the semester with guest Rebeca Huntt and her film Beba. Mark your calendars and register today. 
Thursday, April 6, 2023 6:00 PM EST - Online 

A young NYC born and bred Afro-Latina stares down historical, societal, and generational trauma with unflinching courage. 

*Winner of Cinema Eye Honors Award: Unforgettables 2022.*  

2023 Mason Film Festival

Save the dates!  The 2023 Mason Film Festival will take place in the Johnson Center Cinema Thursday, May 4-Saturday, May 6, 2023.  

View the lineup and register on Mason 360. Note that the Staged Readings, Senior Showcase, and Award Celebration have separate registrations.  
10:00-4:30pm   FAVS 496 Staged Readings (JC Gold Room) 
4:00-5:00pm     FAVS 378 Web Series 
5:00-6:10pm     FAVS 399 Music Video Production 
6:10-7:50pm     FAVS 255 Video Production 
7:50-8:20pm     FAVS 490 Independent Study 

FRIDAY, MAY 5, 2023 
3:00-3:35pm    FAVS 366 Video Production for Social Change 
3:35-4:30pm    FAVS 300 Global Horror  
4:30-6:30pm    FAVS 365 Documentary Filmmaking 
6:30-8:00pm    FAVS 375 Fiction Film Directing 

SATURDAY, MAY 6, 2023 
3:00-4:00pm   FAVS 498 Pitches 
4:00-4:45pm   FAVS 497 Editing and Cine Capstone Q&A  
4:45-5:15pm   FAVS 497 Producing Capstone Q&A 
5:15-8:15pm   FAVS 499 Senior Showcase 
8:15-10:15pm Awards Celebration (JC Bistro) 

Mason Film Festival Poster Design Winner 

Congratulations to our poster design contest winner Sydnee Jiggetts! Sydnee is a Junior at George Mason University majoring in Film and Video Studies with a concentration in Post-Production/ Editing and a minor in Graphic Design. Apart from being a film student, she is also the Art & Photography Editor at Student Media's Volition magazine to further her experience and interest in film, art, and photography. Sydnee also has experience in drawing and painting but is most interested in wildlife and conservation photography and hopes to get more practice and experience in the film and graphic design world after college. 

Circuit Breakers: Film Festival Workshop

Thursday, May 11, 2023  |  Online Zoom  |  4:30 PM EST
You made a film! Now what? How do you begin a festival strategy that goes beyond the dream of Sundance? Learn about festival programmers and what they do, portals for submitting films to fests, important considerations around online exhibitions, how to handle rejection, preparing for being accepted, and the do’s and don’ts that make a festival experience worthwhile. 
This workshop will be led by Professor KJ Mohr, professional film curator and festival programmer. Professor Mohr teaches FAVS 225 Introduction to World Cinema and FAVS 399 Curating and Programming for the Moving Image. Her portfolio of festivals includes Maryland Film Festival, Tampa Bay International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, Annapolis Film Festival, Outfest, and more. 
This event is open to all film students and collaborators. Look for an email coming soon on how to register on Mason 360.  

Faculty Achievement

Professor Nikyatu Jusu is sweeping the awards season! She recently won “Best Independent Film” at the AAFCA (African American Film Critics Association) Awards and the “Someone to Watch Award” at the Independent Spirit Awards.  

In addition to these honors, Professor Jusu has been named a Momentum Fellow at Sundance. The program of Women at Sundance is designed to support mid-career storytellers from historically marginalized communities who recently achieved a noteworthy accomplishment. Furthermore, her film Nanny is featured in The New Black Film Canon, 75 greatest movies by Black directors, a project by NPR and Slate Magazine, selected by a panel of filmmakers, scholars, and critics. 

Alumni Achievement

Yves Beneche '15 wrote and directed the narrative short Bwa Kayiman. His film follows a young woman at the start of the Haitian Revolution in 1791 who is determined to break societal norms and join enslaved men in fighting against Napolean’s Frend army. The short screened at the LA Film Festival this month. 
Alicia Rodriguez '20 was selected to participate in the Cinematographer's Lab with PANO and AbelCine in New York City. In addition, she has been working on a feature-length documentary about a Palestinian-American family and their diasporic experience. 

Film Opportunities and Resources   

Festival Submissions: 
Fellowships and Grant Opportunities: 
  • The Jerome Foundation is accepting applications for Film, Video and Digital Production Grants for specific projects of up to $30,000 for early career artists based in New York City. Submission Deadline: April 13, 2023 
  • The Rideback Rise Fellowship supports their cohort financially and creatively to make mainstream film, television, digital and audio content and technology projects that advance racial equity. Submission Deadline: April 15, 2023
  • Rise Up ScholarshipDeadline: May 15, 2023 
Job Opportunities: 
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