Welcome Back 
Our new semester is underway, and we look forward to seeing what everyone has to share. Film at Mason courses offer a range of experiences, including editing and sound, cinematography, producing, analysis and theory, screenwriting, documentary making, and career development, as well as special topics courses like Color Correction and Radical Camera. Faculty and staff members are available to support you in all of your adventures.  

Last Day to Add

The last day to add is January 30th. If you have questions about your schedule or need to make changes, please contact Program Director Cynthia Fuchs ( to discuss options.

Film at Mason

Winter Warm-Up and Production Fair

Start the semester off right by attending the Film at Mason Winter Warm-Up and Production Fair on Friday, February 3rd from 2:00-4:00pm in the MIX in Horizon Hall.
Meet and network with Film at Mason faculty, staff, and students while enjoying a hot beverage and learning about campus resources for filmmakers.  Senior directing students will pitch their thesis films, and sign-ups will be provided for students who would like to work as cast and crew on film sets.  This event is free and open to all CVPA students, so invite your friends!  To attend, register here 

Visiting Filmmakers Series

This spring, the Visiting Filmmakers Series is once again bringing a diverse and exciting group of filmmakers to campus, with their documentaries and narrative feature films. Please see the lineup below and be sure to mark your calendars  

Host: May Santiago, Film at Mason
Thursday, Feb 16, 6:00pm | Zoom webinar 
Visiting Filmmakers Series: Lamb with filmmaker Yared Zeleke 
Tuesday, Feb 28, 4:30pm | Johnson Center Cinema 
Visiting Filmmakers Series: Rise with director Akin Omotoso 
Friday, March 3, Time TBA | Johnson Center Cinema  
Visiting Filmmakers Series: LFG with producer Abby Greensfelder and directors/writers Sean Fine and Andrea Nix 
Thursday, March 9, 4:30pm | Johnson Center Cinema  
More Visiting Filmmakers Series events coming soon 

2023 Mason Film Festival

Save the date!  The 2023 Mason Film Festival will take place in the Johnson Center Cinema Thursday, May 4-Saturday, May 6, 2023.  More details coming soon. 

FAVS Students Making a Difference in Their Community

Video for Social Change students at George Mason University put their filmmaking skills into action this past fall semester to help spotlight Northern Virginia's growing challenges with affordable housing, food insecurity, and poverty. Working in close partnership with Cornerstones - one of this region's leading safety-net and human services organizations –the students created four short videos to help amplify the nonprofit's impact messages in conjunction with their 2022 End-of-Year fundraising campaign. 

"Support from this fall semester's Video for Social Change class proved to be an extraordinary opportunity for Cornerstones to share its many stories of meaningful social change while also exposing students to the myriad ways nonprofits work and support neighbors in need in our community," notes Margaret Anne Lara, vice-president of Marketing and Communications. "Working closely with our staff and volunteers, the Film and Video Studies students saw firsthand how Cornerstones collaborates with partners, engages the community, and looks ahead to future impact in our area." 

"Rebekah Wingert-Jabi's class truly immersed themselves in understanding our mission-driven," added Sarah Casey, director of Faith-based and Community Engagement at Cornerstones. "Their videos did an excellent job conveying the important and meaningful relationships between Cornerstones staff, volunteers, donors, advocates, clients, and neighbors. Thanks to meaningful community collaboration and support, like with the Video for Social Change teams, Cornerstones can continue to help vulnerable people in our community achieve stability, empowerment, and hope.” 

Faculty Achievement 

Professor Tommy Britt published his journal article, "Le musicien et le studio d’enregistrement: perspectives satiriques au cinéma et à la télévision," in Savoirs en prisme, No. 16: La figure du musicien au cinéma. He also contributed a chapter entitled, "Male Ageing and Retribution in Contemporary Action Thrillers," to the new book Ageing Masculinities in Contemporary European and Anglophone Cinema.  Last but definitely not least, Professor Britt won Best Short Script at the 2022 Chicago Screenplay Awards for his screenplay, “Lab Partners.” 
Professor Hans Charles worked as the cinematographer on the 2022 documentary miniseries, We Need to Talk About Cosby, which was nominated for four Emmy Awards, a Critics Choice Documentary Award, and many other awards.
Professor Nikyatu Jusu has been nominated for the Film Independent Spirit Awards' Someone to Watch Award for her work on Nanny.  The Someone to Watch Award recognizes a talented filmmaker of singular vision who has not yet received appropriate recognition.  Award recipients will be announced on March 4, 2023.

Alumni Achievements

Film at Mason alum Zack Gross (FAVS 2014), and his production company Hand Me Down Films, was recently highlighted in VoyageBaltimore Magazine. Click here to read the article.

2023 Alumni Association Awards

Nominations are open for the 2023 George Mason University Alumni Association Awards. For more than 30 years, the Alumni Association has recognized outstanding alumni, student, and faculty accomplishments with these five unique annual awards: 
  • Alumnus/a of the Year 
  • Alumni Service Award 
  • Faculty Member of the Year 
  • Senior of the Year 
  • Graduate of the Last Decade (G.O.L.D.) Award 
The deadline to nominate someone is Friday, March 10, 2023.  Details, including the corresponding nomination criteria and requirements for each award, are available here. 

Film Opportunities and Resources   

2023 Sundance Ignite X Adobe Fellowship – Deadline:  February 14, 2023 

Southern Exposure Film Fellowship – Deadline:  March 15, 2023 

Festival Submissions 

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

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

Call for Entries:  New Orleans Film Festival – Deadline: March 17, 2023
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