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“The Love” - Black Eyed Peas and Jennifer Hudson (2020), produced by this semester’s Visiting Filmmakers Series guest Sara Ramaker.

VFS Online: Black Lives Matter

The recorded sessions from this semester’s Visiting Filmmakers Series (VFS) will be available soon. The Series returns in Spring 2021, again focused on Black Lives Matter. See the Fall 2020 Series guests here.

The Art and Business of Filmmaking in Bali,

Summer 2021

Professors Benjamin Steger and Lisa Thrasher will lead students on a study abroad experience to Indonesia. Working in teams, students will produce, film, and edit short documentaries in the heart of Bali, home to some of the richest artistic traditions in the word. Students can participate in cultural activities, including trips to museums and festivals, and dance and music lessons, in addition to surfing and snorkeling. Available summer courses include FAVS 225. FAVS 250, FAVS 255, FAVS 311, and FAVS 365.

To read more about the program and learn how to apply, visit the Mason Abroad website.

World Building Webinar

Saturday, November 7, 1:00-2:30pm
Film at Mason brings Sarah Cogan of Designing the Void Podcast to teach visual storytelling and world building for filmmakers. Don't miss out on this incredible webinar.

GMU Film Club Micro Film Festival

Film and non-film students are welcome to submit work between 30 seconds – 5 minutes to GMU Film Club’s first-ever Micro Film Festival. To participate, upload your film to YouTube or Vimeo, and then send the link to GMU Film Club Discord. Submission deadline: November 14, 2020.

Faculty Achievements

“El Mahal,” written and directed by former FAVS adjunct faculty Ziad Foty and produced by Professor Lisa Thrasher, won “Best Foreign Language Short” at the Marina Del Ray Film Festival. The festival was live October 9th-15th and was the first film festival held on the Roku platform. 

Congratulations to Professor Nikyatu Jusu, featured in Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film.” Read about the inspiration behind her new screenplay, “Nanny,” and learn about her course, FAVS 399: Afrofuturism. (She’s offering the course again in Spring 2021) 

Congratulations to Adjunct Professor Sara Barger, Executive VP for WIFV-DC, as of July 2020.

Student Spotlight

Congratulations to Film at Mason student Paul Lee. His play After High School, a story about four friends who graduate from high school and venture into adulthood, was selected as part of Pandora’s Box Production Playwright Series. Paul wrote the play as his final project for FAVS 280 Writing for the Moving Image during the Spring 2020 semester.
Pandora's Box Productions is a small theatre program that holds virtual lessons and workshops for students to enhance their performance skills. The performance is on November 14th, 7:30PM (EST). Zoom Link/Code will be provided. Check the Film at Mason Facebook page and Instagram for an update in November.

Film Opportunities and Resources

Supported by Kino Lorber, Dedza Films is a new distribution initiative that will showcase short films by young emerging directors. Submit here to be considered for their upcoming curation.
Apply to the 2021 Cassian Elwes Independent Screenwriting Fellowship, an annual program designed to encourage and identify new talent in the field of cinema. Submission deadline: November 15, 2020.

The Las Cruces International Film Festival is accepting submissions in various categories.  It is one of the largest film festivals put on by a major university, New Mexico State University. If you’re a student, submit in the student category using waiver code: LCIFF21. Final submission deadline: October 31, 2020.


GMU Libraries has published a new resource guide on Anti-Racism, #BlackLivesMatter, and Civic Action. The guide provides information and research resources on anti-Black racism, anti-racist learning and practice, the Black Lives Matter movement, and related activist movements.

The female gaze: 100 overlooked films directed by women is a list that aims to write women back into film history by championing 100 female-directed films that have been overlooked.
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