IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Join us for the Michael S. Roif Awards in Film Studies for Exceptional Creativity and Accomplishment! Roif Awards ceremony with reception to follow. Friday 4/29 in ILC S350 and the ILC 3rd floor "Hub."
New course: FILM-ST 397E: Film at the End of the World open to Juniors and Seniors in the Film Certificate program, or by instructor consent.
Sign up for a New Student Session or Current Student Advising with our online scheduler, Appointy.
Viewfinder: for filmakers in the Five Colleges to connect and collaborate.
2016 Michael S. Roif Awards
Friday, 4/29, 12:00pm
Join us to celebrate the winners of the Sixteenth Annual Michael S. Roif Awards in Film Studies for Exceptional Creativity and Accomplishment to be presented to Undergraduate Certificate Students in the Interdepartmental Program in Film Studies. The awards will be officially presented to the student filmmakers at a celebration for students, their friends and family, faculty and the academic community at 12:00 noon Friday April 29, 2016 in the Integrative Learning Center S350 with a reception in the ILC 3rd floor Communication Department “Hub” at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Professor Shawn Shimpach (Communication), Interim Director of Film Studies will introduce the winners. An excerpted staged reading of the 1st place screenplay and screenings of the films receiving 2nd place and Honorable Mention will follow the presentation of the awards. The event is free and open to the public. A reception in the ILC 3rd floor “Hub will conclude the event. [More...]
Cheryl Dunye with Black Is Blue
Wednesday, 4/20, 12:00 noon
The Stonewall Center at UMass Amherst presents award-winning Black Lesbian filmmaker Cheryl Dunye for a screening and discussion of her new film, Black Is Blue, a short film about a trans man who works as a security guard in an apartment complex in Oakland. Lunch will be provided. [More...]
Religion and Film Series
The Religion and Film Series runs April 4-7 with: The Decalogue (1988), White Zombie (1932), Earth (1998), and Why Has Bodhi-Dharma Left for the East? (1989). Free and open to the public. [More...]
Screen Histories: The Moving Image in Contemporary Art
Monday 4/11, 4:30pm
Smith College presents a talk with Alex Keller, Andrew Uroskie, Frazer Ward and Meredith Hoy. Free and open to the public. [Flyer]
German Film Series Spring 2016
Thursdays at 4:00 and 7:30 pm
See the Events page for more UMass, Five College, and Local film events.
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...]
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.
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...]
2016 Five College Film Festival
Deadline: February 11th at 3pm
The Five College Student Film and Video Festival is an annual event featuring original films and videos by Five College students. Founded in 1994, the festival has become an important venue for film students to meet, collaborate and share their productions with their peers and with the Five College film community. Entry categories include documentary, experimental, narrative, animation, dance on camera and a separate graduate student category. [More...]
Cinéfondation Selection of the Festival de Cannes
Due February 15th
Winners of the 2015 Michael S. Roif Awards
Join us in celebrating the winners of the 2015 Michael S. Roif Awards in Film Studies. Awards ceremony and presentation of winning works will be Friday, May 1 at Noon. Free and open to the public! [More...]
VIEWFINDER: A Network for Five College Filmmakers
Viewfinder is a networking tool for student filmmakers at Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, Smith, and UMass Amherst. Use Viewfinder to ask for help on your own film, show off some of the films you’ve made in the past, and get to know other student filmmakers. Use the left-hand menu to navigate. [More...]
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.
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 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!
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...]
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...]
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...]