Film Studies

Film Studies UMass

Celebrating 20 Years of Film Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst

Welcome to the Interdepartmental Program in Film Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Since 1991, the Interdepartmental Program in Film Studies has been a dynamic center of interdepartmental and interdisciplinary activity. With active participation of more than twenty faculty members, representing fifteen departments from the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, and the School of Education, the Program offers both an Undergraduate and a Graduate Certificate in Film Studies. [More...]



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Trailer for the 22nd Annual Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival, “Dislocations”


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Honoring the Roif Family


Waiting for Herzog


Interview with Catherine Portuges


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Interdepartmental Program in
Film Studies
S448 Integrative Learning Center
University of Massachusetts Amherst
650 North Pleasant Street
Amherst, MA 01003
Tel. (413) 545-3659
FAX: (413) 545-0014


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Luis Arguetas' The U-Turn

Screening and discussion with Guatemalan-American Filmmaker Luis Arguetas. Pizza will be served. Weds 11/8 at 7:00pm in ILC S404.

Latin American Film Festival 2017

Join us for 5 weeks of Latin American cinema! The theme of the 4th annual LatAmFF is "Women's View on Latin America." Mondays at 6:30pm in ILC S350 starting 10/16!

Barbara Zecchi, Director of Film Studies

Barbara Zecchi, the new Director of the Interdepartmental Program in Film Studies!

Michael S. Roif Awards in Film Studies

Winners of the 2017 Michael S. Roif Awards in Film Studies

Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival

Take a look back at the 24th Annual Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival in its spring 2017 season, “Endings/Beginnings.”

Undergraduate Advising and New Student Enrollment

Film Studies offers the online scheduling tool Appointy for Student Advising appointments and New Student Sessions starting Fall 2015!

Study Film Production in Prague

Study abroad opportunities for film students and aspiring filmmakers at Prague Film School.

Luis Arguetas' "U-Turn" screening and discussion


The U-Turn Screening and Discussion with the Director

Wednesday, 11/8 at 7:00pm
ILC S404
UMass Amherst

The third documentary in Luis Argueta’s immigration trilogy narrates the transformational journey of the immigrant workers who broke the silence about the abuses they endured at the Agriprocessors meatpacking plant in Postville, Iowa and the community that would not abandon them. The film showcases the U-Visa, an immigration relief part of VAWA (Violence Against Women Act) in much need of dissemination and understanding by immigrant workers, immigration rights- advocates and law-enforcement. Pizza will be served before the screening. The director will be present. [More...]

4th Annual Latin American Film Festival: "Women's View on Latin America" Fall 2017

4th annual Latin American Film Festival opens with Second Mother

Monday, 10/16 at 6:30pm
ILC S350
UMass Amherst

The 2017 Latin American Film Festival begins with a screening of Second Mother by Brazilian screenwriter and director Anna Muylaert. In Portuguese with English subtitles. This season's festival brings five weeks of engaging Latin American cinema, organized around the theme of "Women's View on Latin America." See the flyer. Free and open to the community. Presented by the UMass Amherst Spanish and Portuguese with support from the Center for Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies, the Department of Languages Literatures and Cultures, The Interdepartmental Program in Film Studies, and Gynocine. [More...]

The 24th Annual Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival is pleased to present its spring 2017 season, “Endings/Beginnings.”  Opens Wednesday 3/1.

Massachusetts Multicultural
Film Festival 2017

Wednesdays at 7:30pm

The 24th Annual Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival is pleased to present its spring season, “Endings/Beginnings.”  Whether art or entertainment, documentary or fiction, movies experiment with­—and at times manipulate—our sense of reality.  It is often through the process of entering into a film and emerging from it that the shock of a cultural experience is most apparent.  The films of this season’s festival explore themes of the end of life and rebirth, memory and loss, revolution, tradition, and personal discovery.  Embracing a range of genres, styles and techniques, our screenings interrogate endings and beginning, in life and in the movies, proposing that openness to cinema’s surprising moments may lead us to unexpected places.  In so doing, the festival suggests the power of cinema to engage and mobilize in times of crisis. All events are free and open to the public.


German Film Series Spring 2017

German Film Series Spring 2017

Thursdays at 4:00 and 7:30 pm
Stirn Auditorium, Amherst College

Presented by the German Department at Amherst College, the German Film Series presents films in German with English subtitles.

[See schedule]


Undergraduate Certificate

The Undergraduate Certificate Program in Film Studies offers undergraduates a comprehensive interdepartmental course of study in the history, criticism, theory, and aesthetics of the moving image. Film Studies faculty from a broad spectrum of departments offer courses exploring the dynamics of screen representation in topics such as media and culture; race, nation and ethnicity; gender and sexuality; film styles and genre; production and distribution; technology and new media. Graduates go on to prestigious film schools and graduate programs; positions in film and video production; employment in film and video distribution and exhibition, digital and new media, and as editors, producers, actors and independent filmmakers. [More...]

student advising and new student enrollment

Undergraduate Advising and New Student Enrollment

Film Studies uses the online scheduling tool Appointy as of Fall 2015 for advising appointments and new student information and enrollment sessions.

Graduate Certificate

The Graduate Certificate in Film Studies offers graduate students the opportunity to cultivate their work and interest in film studies as an important part of their graduate training. Certificate students have the opportunity to benefit from advanced study in a growing field, mentored by internationally-renowned, award-winning faculty specialists in the arts, humanities and social sciences. [More...]


Faculty from fifteen departments from the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, the School of Behavioral and Social Sciences, and the School of Education teach courses in the Interdepartmental Program in Film Studies and participate in film events and programs at UMass and in the Five Colleges. The Director of Film Studies, Catherine Portuges, is a professor of Comparative Literature specializing in French and East-Central European cinema. [More...]

Publications and Projects

See recent books, films, and other projects by faculty in the Interdepartmental Program in Film Studies. [More...]

Five College Interchange

Expand your undergraduate experience with courses at Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges. Registration for a Five College course is easy, and the Five College Interchage Office is there to assist you. [More...]

New Grad Course in Media and Environmental Conservation

ECO 691VM – "Video Media for Communicating Science and Conservation": As a greater awareness of sustainability becomes global, how can the ‘video media revolution’ be used to deliver an authentic and accurate message that is both educational and entertaining? Can video media in a diversity of forms be used to positively affect change in they way human societies respond to scientific discoveries and environmental urgencies?  In this discussion-based course we will examine how video media can be effectively used to enhance communication in science and conservation, ranging from fundraising to affecting public policy. [More...]

Review the Courses and the Five College Interchange page for more information about the program in film studies.

2017 Michael S. Roif Awards in Film Studies

Winners of the 2017 Michael S. Roif Awards

See this year's winners of this Undergraduate film award for students in the Film Certificate program. Michael S. Roif Awards in Film Studies.

Bard Abroad

Bard Abroad

Seeking UMass applicants for study abroad through the Bard Abroad programs with the Institute for International Liberal Education. Programs in St. Petersburg, Russia; Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan; and Budapest, Hungary have grown in the last year and now all offer academic year, semester, and summer programs. During the summer in St. Petersburg, students can participate in our intensive RSL program for either four or eight weeks, gaining the equivalent of one year of Russian language study, while in Budapest students participate in internships that are paired with a credit-bearing seminar on the third sector in Eastern Europe. This summer we will also begin a new internship program in Bishkek: Development, Sustainability and Conflict: Contemporary issues in Central Asia. As with all Bard Abroad's programs, these offer rigorous academics, language study, and cultural excursions.
We have had applicants from University of Massachusetts, Amherst in the past and we are eager to continue to support your students in their explorations of other cultures and languages. [More...]

Film Studies Internship

Apply for the Film Studies internship! The Interdepartmental Program in Film Studies seeks creative,  energetic, detail-oriented, dedicated film students with excellent  communication and teamwork skills for 3-credit internships during the  fall or spring semester. Students with strong skills in videography,  photography, and film editing are especially encouraged to apply. The  spring internships will support the Massachusetts Multicultural  Film Festival as well as other aspects of the Film Studies program. [More...]

Manhattan School of Music

Manhattan School of Music Film Scoring for Student Films

Manhattan School of Music has been collaborating with film schools so that student composers taking a film scoring class get to work one on one with a student film maker scoring a short film in the Spring semester. This has been a great, "real world" program with many benefits for students on both sides. In an effort to provide our students with a larger pool of films to choose from, and also to offer this opportunity to more film schools nationally, we are currently engaged in attempting to expand the base of film schools and students who may be interested in participating in this program. [More...]

Publish Your Work!

Call for undergraduate student submissions to the journal Film Matters. [More...]

American Pavilion student programs


Students in Film Studies each year benefit from internship opportunities with such world class programs as the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the American Pavilion at the Cannes Film Festival, the Venice Film Festival, and the L.A. Intensive program, and also with local film organizations such as the Media Education Foundation, the Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival, Amherst Cinema, ACTV, and our own Interdepartmental Program in Film Studies at UMass. [More...]

Michael S. Roif Award

The Michael S. Roif Award in Film Studies is a competitive annual prize awarded to students in the Undergraduate Film Studies Certificate Program. Nominate your outstanding film students for the this year's award. [More...]

Film Festivals

Students are invited to submit work to film competitions at UMass, in the Five Colleges, locally, and internationally, such as the UMass Undergraduate Film Festival, the Five College Student Film Festival and other competitions announced on the Film Studies website. [More...]

Film Schools

Certificate students go on to pursue programs in filmmaking and advanced degrees in film and media studies. Listings on our Film Schools page offer a starting point for exploring options for further study. Representatives from programs such as LIU's innovative M.F.A. in Writing and Producing for Television meet with our students for in-depth informational and Q&A colloquia. [More...]


Study Abroad

Take advantage of the enriching experiences of studying abroad, including unique film studies opportunities that fulfill certificate course requirements. [More...]

Explore other resources such as film groups, research tools, and career building tools.



University of Massachusetts Amherst Film Studies Celebrating 20 Years of Film Studies