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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Contact Us

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

 

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Black Radical Cinema at Amherst and Smith

"Parallel Worlds" 7:00pm Tues 11/1 at Amherst College, Keefe Campus Center: Screening films by Ephraim Asili. "Black Radical Imagination" 7:00pm Weds 11/2 at Smith College, Weinstein Auditorium: Screening short films by Black artists.

Tournées Film Festival: screening Jean-Luc Godard's Pierrot le fou

UMass Comparative Literature, French, and the Interdepartmental Program in Film Studies are pleased to invite you to the 2016 Tournées Film Festival, Tuesdays at 7:45pm in Isenberg SOM 133.

Latin American Film Festival 2016

The 3rd Annual Latin American Film Festival presented by the Program in Spanish and Portuguese. Tuesdays at 6:30 in ILC S404.

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!

Michael S. Roif Awards in Film Studies

See the winners of the 2016 Michael S. Roif Awards in Film Studies!

VIEWFINDER: A Network for Five College Filmmakers

Viewfinder is a networking tool for student filmmakers at Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, Smith, and UMass Amherst.

Study Film Production in Prague

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


Black Radical Cinema at Amherst College and Smith College: Screening Parallel Worlds Tues 11/1 and Black Radical Imagination Weds 11/2.

EVENTS

Black Radical Cinema at Amherst College and Smith College

"Parallel Worlds"
Tues 11/1 at 7:00pm
Keefe Campus Center
Amherst College

"Black Radical Imagination"
Weds 11/2 at 7:00pm
Weinstein Auditorium
Smith College

"Parallel Worlds" will take place on Tuesday, November 1st in Amherst College's Keefe Campus Center at 7 pm. The screening features five films by filmmaker Ephraim Asili that explore the artist's relationship to the African diaspora. These films are Points on a Space Age, Forged Ways, American Hunger, Many Thousands Gone, and Kindah. The screening will be followed by a conversation with Ephraim Asili.

"Black Radical Imagination" will take place on Wednesday, November 2nd in Smith College's Weinstein Auditorium at 7 pm. The screening features short films by Black artists reinventing the medium and reimagining the world. The screening will be followed by a conversation with co-curator Amir George and filmmakers Ephraim Asili and Ja'Tovia Gary. 

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 Fall 2016 Tournees Film Festival: screening PIERROT-LE-FOU

2016 Tournées Film Festival: Jean-Luc Godard's Pierrot le fou

Tuesdays 7:45pm
Isenberg School of Management SOM 133
Umass Amherst

The UMass programs in Comparative Literature, French, and the Interdepartmental Program in Film Studies are pleased to announce and invite you to our weekly public screenings in the Fall 2016 Tournées Film Festival. [More...]
Amherst Cinema Student Ambassadors

Amherst Cinema Student Ambassadors Meeting

Friday, 9/30, 12:30pm
Frost Library, room 211
Amherst College

Interested in getting more involved with your local cinema? Come to this meeting to find out how!

The Cinema is looking for students interested in volunteering in exchange for resume-building real-world experiences such as marketing arts events, navigating the challenges of a nonprofit arts organization, and event coordination. In exchange for volunteer hours students can earn the following:

- Invitations to private receptions with filmmakers + special guests
- Free tickets to select events
- Free movie posters and ephemera

Refreshments provided by Black Sheep Cafe!

Contact: Noelle Serafino
Marketing & Communications Coordinator
Amherst Cinema
413-253-2547 x110

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German Film Series Fall 2016

German Film Series Fall 2016

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]

PROGRAM

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

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.

2016 Five College Digital Humanities Student Fellowship

OPPORTUNITIES

Five College Digital Humanities Student Fellowship

Applications for this cycle are due October 17th, 2016 by 5:00pm.

5CollDH welcomes applications for its 2016 – 2017 Undergraduate Fellowship program. Undergraduate students at any of the Five Colleges are invited to submit proposals for creative and/or scholarly projects that draw together the humanities or arts and substantial work with digital technologies. The Fellowship includes a $1000 educational stipend, support for travel and research expenses, and active support and mentorship from our post-baccalaureate resident.

What are the digital humanities? Projects in the digital humanities can emerge from any combination of academic disciplines, but nonetheless demonstrate a commitment to sharing of tools, methods, and insight. Such projects are often driven by new connections between thinkers and makers, and ideally transform how we connect with others through scholarship. [More...]

 

2016 Michael S. Roif Awards in Film Studies

Winners of the 2016 Michael S. Roif Awards

Undergraduate film award for students in the Film Certificate program. See the winners of the 2016 Michael S. Roif Awards in Film Studies. [More...]

Viewfinder for 5 college student filmmakers

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...]

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

Internships

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...]

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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