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...]



Student Advising and New Student Enrollment

Book an appointment for Student Advising or for a New Student Session to learn about and enroll in the Film Studies Program.



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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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"Behind the Camera: a Producer's View of Feature Filmmaking in Hollywood"

UMass alumnus Bart Rosenblatt - a film Producer and President/Founder of Code Entertainment - to speak at UMass November 23rd!

Applied Humanities Learning Lab

Applications for the competitive Five College Program are due Dec. 4th!

Italian Film Classics Series

Don't miss the weekly screenings of classic Italian films. Thursdays at 5:30 in ILC S240.

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!

VIEWFINDER: A Network for Five College Filmmakers

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

Winners of the 2015 Michael S. Roif Awards

Congratulations to the winners of this year's Michael S. Roif Awards in Film Studies, Josef Ameur and Alexander Kamb.

Study Film Production in Prague

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

Bart Rosenblatt


"Behind the Camera: a Producer's View of Feature Filmmaking in Hollywood"

A Conversation with Bart Rosenblatt
Monday, 11/23, 11:30am-1:30pm
Integrative Learning Center S404

UMass alumnus Bart Rosenblatt is a film Producer and President/Founder of Code Entertainment. His work involves aspects of the film production process from creative inception through physical production as well as financing, marketing and distribution. Rosenblatt is a member of the Directors Guild of America and has line-produced many of Code's films. Code Entertainment, founded in 1994 by Bart Rosenblatt and Al Corley, is a film production and management company. Working with both emerging and established talent Code has financed and produced over fifteen feature films in every genre and works with numerous award winning actors including, John Travolta, Woody Harrelson, Christopher Walken, Ben Kingsley, Bill Macy, Kiefer Sutherland, Robin Williams, Susan Sarandon, Penelope Cruz, Danny DeVito, Tea Leone, Luke Wilson, John Hamm, Jamie Lee Curtis and Alan Arkin.

Girl of My Dreams Reading

Girl of My Dreams Reading

Wednesday, November 18th, 7:00pm
Odessey Bookshop, 9 College Street South Hadley, MA 01075

Join us for a reading and discussion with acclaimed author and Academy Award-winning filmmaker Peter Davis for his novel, Girl of My Dreams - a sweeping novel of Hollywood in the 1930s that perfectly captures the essence of the Golden Age when Hollywood became the mesmerizing fantasy it is today. Lurid, juicy, and scandal-driven, Girl of My Dreams has an epic sweep that encompasses the flashiness of 1930s Hollywood and the Great Depression’s plunder of the American Dream. [More...]

German Film Series Fall 2015

German Film Series Fall 2015 

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

Presented by the German Department at Amherst College, the German Film Series is wrapping up. Be sure to check it out! In German with English subtitles. [More...]

Italian Film Classics Series 2015

Italian Film Classics Series 2015 

Thursdays at 5:30pm
Integrative Learning Center S240

Curated by faculty from Italian Studies at UMass and the Five Colleges, the Italian Film Classics Series this year is hosted at UMass. [More...]

Latin American Film Festival

Latin American Film Festival

Tuesdays at 6:30pm
Integrative Learning Center S404

The main goal of the "Spanish and Portuguese Latin American Film Festival" at UMass Amherst is to bring to the table the different issues that Latin American societies have encountered in the past, present and future. Also, it has the intention to promote and develop bridges between scholars and creators establishing the importance of the collaboration within different areas of studies that have as a common point of interest Latin America. [More...]

See the Events page for more UMass, Five College, and Local film events.


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.

Applied Humanitites Learning Lab


Applications for Applied Humanities Learning Lab

Due December 4th
Apply online!
The Applied Humanities Learning Lab is looking for undergraduates to apply for this unique Five Colleges, Inc. / Andrew W. Mellon Foundation funded program. This is a competitive program, selecting 4 students from each campus.
A January 4-day Intensive AND Spring History 291 course, AppHuLL offers a dynamic and challenging opportunity for students to hone their humanities skills and put them into practice, as well as explore various career paths in the public humanities. Includes hands-on exercises and workshops, presentations by working public humanists, networking practice, trips to area museums and career exploration - all designed to help students find their paths into the future.
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15th Annual Roif Awards winners

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 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...]

Jerusalem Film Workshop

Jerusalem Film Workshop

How would you like to learn film, travel through Israel, meet fellow filmmakers from around the world, and screen your film at the prestigious Jerusalem Film Festival? Well, then the Jerusalem Film Workshop is where you need to be this summer. We offer a variety of Israel summer programs for 18-26 year olds looking for a hands-on (camera) experience in Israel. Participants will learn about filmmaking with Israel's top filmmakers, with the best equipment on the market, on the best set in the world - Jerusalem. Scholarships available until May 21, 2015. [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


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