Students Get Production Ready 

Thank you to everyone who came to our Winter Warm-Up and Production Fair in January. For those of you who were unable to sign up for student films, we have an online sign-up available on the Student Blackboard page and written sign-ups posted in the Sage Lab in the deLaski Performing Arts Building, Room 3019. 

At the Warm-Up, we learned about these helpful resources for filmmakers:  

Mason Libraries - If you would like to schedule an appointment with Film Media Librarian Heather Darnell, email her at Make use of the Film and Video Studies library info guide, which has a ton of great resources for class projects, preparing for your films, and research papers.  

Industry Advising Appointments - Industry Advisor Philip Wilkerson can be reached at To schedule an appointment with him, go to or call 703-993-2370. 

MIX Media Lab Reservations
- Makerspace Manager Tim Nielsen will assist you with booking the MIX Media Lab if you are interested in reserving the space for auditions or for filming and using the green screen. You can email with your inquiries. 

Please take advantage of these opportunities and best of luck with your film projects this semester. 

Upcoming Events

This Spring, we continue to bring you a new slate of innovative artists and films for the Visiting Filmmakers Series, as well as workshops and our annual Mason Film Festival. Important upcoming events are below. Be sure to mark them on your calendar.  
Visiting Filmmakers Series: Theo Anthony, All Light, Everywhere 
Thursday, Mar 3, 4:30pm | Johnson Center Cinema 
All Light, Everywhere is an exploration of the shared histories of cameras, weapons, policing and justice. As surveillance technologies become a fixture in everyday life, the film interrogates the complex biases inherent in both human perception and film frames. Our post-screening discussion features filmmaker Theo Anthony and RaShall Brackney, former Charlottesville Chief of Police and Visiting Distinguished Professor of Practice at Mason.  
Visiting Filmmakers Series: Peter Kimball, “My Brother is Deaf”  
Monday, March 28, 7:30pm | Johnson Center Cinema 
A sweet five-year-old learns that his younger brother is deaf and joins his family in discovering how to embrace and support him.  
Media Arts, Design, and Communication Internship and Career Fair
Tuesday, Mar 29 | 9:00am | Center for the Arts 

Meet recruiters from more than 25 arts, design, entertainment, and media employers seeking Mason students and alumni for internships and paid positions. A link to register and a list of employers will be announced here.  

Mason Film Festival
Wednesday, May 4 – Saturday, May 7 | Johnson Center Cinema 

This year will be the largest student film festival yet, combining films from Fall 21 and Spring 22 semesters into a four-day Festival. In addition, we’re inviting alumni who were unable to screen their films in-person due to the pandemic. We plan to have the pitch competition and senior showcase block on the last day of the Festival, Saturday, May 7th. Our inverted career fair Meet the Graduates featuring alumni and graduating seniors will be on Friday, May 6th. To keep up with the latest information, visit our festival website.  
More events will be announced throughout the semester. Keep up to date with these and other opportunities by checking your Mason email, visiting our website and Blackboard, and liking us on FacebookInstagram and Twitter

2022 DC Environmental Film Festival   

This year will mark the 30th anniversary of the DC Environmental Film Festival!  This year’s event will be held virtually from March 17-27, 2022.  Enjoy the festival from the comfort of your own couch. Passes are on sale now.  Use discount code for 50% off- code: EFFEDU30. For more information, visit the festival website.  

Collegiate SeriesFest Submissions Open  

Collegiate SeriesFest Season 8 Festival is now open for submissions. They are accepting episodic pilot work as well as unpublished pilot scripts until March 3rd - winners will be showcased at the in-person festival May 5th-11th in Denver, CO. The entry fee is $25. For more information and to submit your work, visit SeriesFest’s website

Faculty Achievement   

Professor Hans Charles has been busy working in Los Angeles for the past several months, as cinematographer for CW’s new series All American: Homecoming. The spinoff follows a tennis player from Beverly Hills to her first year at a historically Black university in Atlanta. The series premiered on February 21st and has already received much acclaim. Read this review from the Hollywood Reporter. Congratulations, Professor Charles.  
Professor May Santiago recently spoke at Final Girls Film Festival in Berlin. In her discussion “Queer Authorship, Spectatorship, Gaze, & Sensibility in Horror,” Professor Santiago examines the use of queer bodies in horror films, specifically, differences when the author (director and/or writer) is queer or non-queer. You can watch the recorded discussion on the Festival’s YouTube page: Queer Authorship, Spectatorship, Gaze, and Sensibility with May Santiago

Film Opportunities and Resources  

Open Submissions  
Learning Opportunities and Workshops  
  • Virginia Film Office Hotline – Be sure to check the VFO Hotline regularly for new crew opportunities throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia!  This is a great resource for building your list of credits and gaining more on-set experience.  
  • Women in Animation (WIA) Mentorship Program – This program connects women, transgender and non-binary artists at all levels to great mentors who can help them achieve their career goals and the next steps in their careers.  Applications open in February.  Click on the link above to learn more.   
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