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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MMFF: Why Can't I Be Tarkovsky Weds 2/17

Why Can't I Be Tarkovsky screens at the MMFF Weds 2/17 together with We Bear Good News for Our Beloved Country, Our Cinema is Celebrating its 100th Anniversary!.

2016 Five College Film Festival

Submission Deadline February 11 at 3pm. The 2016 Five College Student Film Festival screening will be held at 7:00pm on Friday, February 26, 2016 at UMass Amherst, room TBA.

German Film Series at Amherst College

The Spring season of Amherst College's German Film Series runs 2/11 through 4/21.

Cannes Student Film Competition

Cinéfondation call for entries for new talented student filmmakers from around the world! Deadline 2/15.

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.


MMFF 2016: "Why Can't I Be Tarkovsky" and "We Bear Good News for Our Beloved Country, Our Cinema is Celebrating its 100th Anniversary!"

EVENTS

Why Can't I Be Tarkovsky
and We Bear Good News for Our Beloved Country, Our Cinema is Celebrating its 100th Anniversary! at the MMFF

Wednesday, 2/17, 7:30pm
137 Isenberg SOM

The 23rd Annual Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival “Films About Film” presents Why Can't I Be Tarkovsky, a low-key, tragicomic glimpse into the life of Bahadır, director of TV movies, who dreams of making artistically ambitious films like those of his idol, Andrei Tarkovsky.

Screening with...

MMFF 2016: "Why Can't I Be Tarkovsky" and "We Bear Good News for Our Beloved Country, Our Cinema is Celebrating its 100th Anniversary!"

We Bear Good News for Our Beloved Country, Our Cinema is Celebrating its 100th Anniversary! This documentary short questions the received history of Turkish cinema, based on a mysterious and missing film allegedly shot on November 14, 1914, the so-called birthday of Turkish Cinema.

Introduction by Eren Odabasi, UMass.

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Five College Film Festival

The 2016 Five College Student Film Festival

Screening: Friday, 2/26 at 7:00pm
UMass Amherst (Room location to be announced)

Submission deadline: 3 p.m. February 11, 2016

Prizes will be awarded for best film of the festival, best film in each category and best of each campus.

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. Students from each of the Five Colleges organize the festival with the assistance of a Student Director from the host college and a faculty advisor. The festival, which is sponsored by the Five College Film Council, is held each year during the Spring semester. Submissions are evaluated by a jury of students and faculty members from each campus. Selected works are shown at the festival and awards are given for the best works in designated categories. Entry categories include documentary, experimental, narrative, animation, dance on camera and a separate graduate student category. [More...]

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

German Film Series Spring 2016

German Film Series Spring 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. [More...]

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 Film Festival

OPPORTUNITIES

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
Created in 1998 and devoted to the search for new talent, the Cinéfondation selects fifteen to twenty short and medium-length films each year from film schools all over the world. 
The Cinéfondation selection forms part of the Official Selection and the selected films are presented to the Cinéfondation and Shorts Jury which awards a prize to the best three at an official ceremony.
Each year more than 1600 student films are sent to the Cinéfondation, a testimony of the diversity and dynamism of the young international cinematographic creation. Since 1998 more than 280 films from more than a hundred schools in the world have been selected. [More...]

Cinéfondation Selection of the Festival de Cannes

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...]

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