UMASS Film Studies

UMASS Film Studies Umass Film Studies is an interdepartmental and interdisciplinary program that offers graduate and undergraduate tracks. Here you can learn film history, criticism, theory, and aesthetics, as well as production
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The Certificate Program in Film Studies offers a comprehensive course of study in the history, criticism, theory, aesthetics, and production of the moving image in the unique context of an interdepartmental and interdisciplinary program. The Interdepartmental Program in Film Studies is the home of the Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival, an annual series that brings to the campus and Five College community important new international films and visiting filmmakers. Certificate students are encouraged to participate in the Festival’s one-credit colloquium and internship program as well as in the annual Five College Student Film and Video Festival which showcases the best work of students in the Five Colleges and offers valuable opportunities to Certificate students interested in production to screen their film and video projects and to participate in producing and organizing the Festival.

Mission: Since the Program began in 1991, Film Studies graduates have used the Certificate to compete successfully for admission to prestigious film schools and graduate programs; for positions in film and video production; for employment in film and video distribution and exhibition, digital and new media, and as editors, producers, actors and independent filmmakers.

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UMass Film Studies students, Please do not miss this opportunity!!
If you wrote a paper you are proud of, please consider participating at the 5C Film and Media Studies: Undergraduate Conference.
It's a great opportunity for you to share your insights with a wider audience through a 15-minute Zoom presentation, as part of a panel with 2-3 fellow students working on related themes. And it will also be a great addition for your resume!!
Submissions on any form of media (film, television, radio, videogames, podcasts, Internet media, etc.) and welcome a variety of approaches (textual analysis, historical studies, explorations of archiving and curating, critical interventions presented in a creative format such as a videographic essay or digital platform, etc.). Please note, however, that this is not a venue for showing student films and other forms ofmedia production (consider submitting to the 5C Student Film Festival instead).
Please email a Word document or PDF of the following to the organizers at [email protected] and [email protected] with the subject “5C Conference Submission” by this Sunday, Feb. 7th:
• Your name, preferred pronoun(s), school, year, major, email address, and time zone
• An abstract of 250-300 word
Your abstract should deliver a succinct, well-written, and self-contained preview of the work you’ll be presenting. Strong abstracts describe what text(s) the presentation will be about, but spend more time on the presenter’s analysis of the text(s) and feature a clear argument. Be sure to include a descriptive title at the top.
• A brief bio of 100-150 word
This is a professional, rather than personal, bio. In it you may describe your interest inFilm and Media Studies, topics in the discipline that you find most compelling, anything notable you’ve worked on, and/or your career ambitions after graduation. Applicants will be notified of whether their abstract has been accepted by February 15. Email Alex Keller ([email protected]) or Lise Sanders ([email protected]) with questions.

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The Five College Film and Media Studies Undergraduate Conference is open to submissions from any undergraduates in the Five Colleges regardless of major or field. All strong scholarly work done on and around the moving image will be considered, and the conference welcomes presentations from any humanistic discipline.

5C Film and Media Studies: Undergraduate Conference

Call for Submissions

Event Details:

• A one-day conference to be hosted by Smith College via Zoom on Saturday, April 10, 2021

• Organized by Alexandra Keller (Film Studies, Smith College) and Lise Sanders (Film and Media Studies / English, Amherst College and Hampshire College) for the Five College Film Council

Description:

The 5C Film and Media Studies Undergraduate Conference is designed to build

community among students studying film and media on each of the five campuses, to give our most engaged students an opportunity to hone their presentation skills, and to allow them to share insights from their work with a wider audience. Participants will each give a 15-minute Zoom presentation as part of a panel with 2-3 fellow students working on related themes (the organizers

will assemble these panels). Each panel will include time for questions and discussion. This is a standard format for academic conferences in the humanities and social sciences, so the experience will offer an additional benefit for participants who are considering graduate school. Although we are using a formal structure, the virtual conference will be focused on providing a friendly, supportive atmosphere for sharing ideas and meeting colleagues across the Five Colleges.

We invite applicants who are interested in presenting scholarly work they have done in and around Film and Media Studies. This material might come from a final paper in a class, an independent study, or a senior thesis—even one that will still be in progress at the time of the conference. We encourage submissions on any form of media (film, television, radio, video games, podcasts, Internet media, etc.) and welcome a variety of approaches (textual analysis, historical studies, explorations of archiving and curating, critical interventions presented in a creative format such as a videographic essay or digital platform, etc.).

Please note, however, that this is not a venue for showing student films and other forms of media production (consider submitting to the 5C Student Film Festival instead).

To Submit an Application:

By Monday, February 1, please email a Word document or PDF of the following to the organizers at [email protected] and [email protected] with the subject “5C Conference Submission”:

• Your name, preferred pronoun(s), school, year, major, email address, and time zone

• An abstract of 250-300 words

-Your abstract should deliver a succinct, well-written, and self-contained preview of the work you’ll be presenting. Strong abstracts describe what text(s) the presentation will be about, but spend more time on the presenter’s analysis of the text(s) and feature a clear argument. Be sure to include a descriptive title at the top. Email the organizers if you’d like to see a sample abstract.

• A brief bio of 100-150 words

-This is a professional, rather than personal, bio. In it you may describe your interest in Film and Media Studies, topics in the discipline that you find most compelling, anything notable you’ve worked on, and/or your career ambitions after graduation.

Applicants will be notified of whether their abstract has been accepted by February 15. Email Alex Keller ([email protected]) or Lise Sanders ([email protected]) with questions.

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S448 Integrative Learning Center, 650 North Pleasant Street, University Of Massachusetts Amherst
Amherst, MA
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General information

Any student formally enrolled as a student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst may pursue a Certificate in Film Studies in conjunction with his or her departmental major. Upon graduation, students who have completed all certificate requirements will receive a Certificate in Film Studies that is noted on the transcript, in addition to their UMASS diploma.

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It is great to see the love for film in this program. The weekend watch list is a fantastic idea. It is great to spread the awareness of films and what platforms they are on, especially this time of year ramping up to festivals and awards season. Looking into festivals recently, I saw that a former Sundance winner called Ruby in Paradise is coming out on VOD platforms on the 16th of February. It is a 1993 film about a young woman who moves to Florida to make a new life for herself. The trailer made it look like a powerful story of this woman's self discovery. Definitely worth checking out. Thanks for the passion and the weekend watch list.
This free event is a great chance to stay connected and creative. This Wed. 6:30pm Filmmaker Critique Group open to those who want to: show film/video you have made read from your screenplay practice a project pitch or just watch what others have done and provide feedback Please register for the meetup group ahead of time (it's free) and RSVP for the event. https://www.meetup.com/westernmassfilmmakers/
During the time that I must be practicing social distancing in my home, I have been leaning more towards online streaming to entertain myself. I recently discovered the online streaming platform, Film Festival Flix, and have been very appreciative of the way they promote independent films and give them a better sense of recognition. This online streaming platform has made watching films through a simple and organized manner. My favorite film on there so far has been, “Queen of Hearts: Audrey Flack” because it is about Flack’s artistic journey. They offer a channel of genres to choose from, so if you get the chance to stream any film you would like to share, please let me know!
How is everyone else staying entertained during this social distancing and self quarantining? I have been binging independent films that I might not normally watch thanks to this website my friend showed me called Film Festival Flix. It is basically a library of films from different film festivals all over the country. I am a fan of independent films so I have been going through the IndieFest International channel. The next film I plan on watching is a trippy horror film called Toad Road by director Jason Banker that’s about a girl who goes on a hallucinogenic fueled journey to the supposed “gates of hell” in the woods. There are plenty of different channels ranging from a mountain and adventure channel to a halloween horror channel so there is something for every different mood. Check it out if you’re in the mood for something new.
Love this page! A great place to connect with other film students and discuss things. I wanted to share this movie called "Empathy, Inc." I recently read about on Variety because I just watched the trailer and it looks phenomenal. It's about a man who becomes involved with a VR technology that lets him switch bodies with someone who is less fortunate, and eventually leads to a very ethically complex plot. I'm so excited to watch it on September 24th when it's being released on VOD, but I really want to see what you guys think of it! Let me know your thoughts 😊
Got a script, film pitch, or film video that you would like feedback on? Slots available to present works-in-progress at Western Mass Filmmakers critique group this Wed., starting at 6:30pm, at Iconica Social Club in Northampton. We are also incubating a new part of our group to collaborate on making a film. If interested in discussing, please join us at Packard's in Northampton, 9pm this Wednesday to discuss ideas on how to bring together our talents, ideas, and extensive list of available equipment. Please email [email protected] to RSVP to either or both events.
We're OFFICIALLY BACK! For international teams from anywhere in the world! . Thailand Short Film Competition 2019. Great news for all student filmmakers from all over the world to explore Thailand and compete to win a top prize of over 300,000 Thai Baht and it's all free! . The theme this year is "Living Eco Living Thainess" . Requirement 1. Applicants must apply in team of two (Non Thai). 2. Applicants must be currently studying film or a related field at undergraduate or equivalent level. 3. Applicants must not be more than 35 years old. 4. Applicants must not have won any prizes in our competition in any previous year. 5. Applicants must have a valid passport with six months remaining from the arrival date. 6. Applicants must not have a criminal record and must not have ever previously been dinied entry to Thailand 7. Applicants should be ready to make a great film and explore Thailand for a once in a life time experience. 8. All contestants must be in good physical health, and have no existing or recurring serious medical conditions. 9. All contestants will supply their own camera and editing equipment capable of filming at 1080p 24fps with audio. 10. AFTER SELECTION ANNOUCEMENT – All the “ 20 selected teams ” must do “ PR PLAN “ on social medias and must send us the plan within 10 MARCH 2019. If you couldn’t send it on time your team will be disqualified and there will be another substitute team chosen for replacement. 11. On the " PR PLAN " must hashtag #TSCF2019 when you post anything about Thailand short film competition 2019 on social medias. . *****All contestants are required to have basic English communications skills. Your applications and creative concepts must demonstrate these abilities.***** . if you meet these requirements please prepare documents below 1. Completed Application Form 2. Resume/ Profile of both team members. 3. Passport copied of both team members. 4. A written treatment for your concept of the film you want to make "FULL SCRIPT NOT REQUIRES AT THIS STAGE" (Font CORDIA NEW 18, Save as PDF) 5. A link to a YouTube clip, where you introduce your team to the judges and explain why your team should be selected to join this competition. (Introduce and Showreel, Max 2 minutes) 6. A copy of your Student ID, or letter from your college/ university (with your signature), showing that you are currently engaged in a course of study related to film, television, or other media-related subject. (MUST BE IN ENGLISH) 7. Current photo of both members. (Straight photo for badge) . APPLY NOW!!! www.thailandfilmdestination.com Please prepare these documents and join us! P.s. Set our page as "See first" you won't miss any updates from us: New feed preferences > Prioritize who to see first > pages only > Thailand Short film competition #TSFC2019
Students/professors/staff/community welcome! Group is run by a UMass alum. Students and professors have attended in the past. You are welcome to attend our holiday party and critique night. Hope you can join us tomorrow (Wed Dec. 19 at 6:30). Free cookies and juice! Please RSVP. After that we meet again in Feb. and resume our usual night: first Wed. of the month. You don't have to have a work to present in order to attend. Basically we works-in-progress such as critique film/video, screenplays, and film pitches.
Want feedback? Students/staff/faculty/community welcome!
Want feedback? Students, staff, faculty, community welcome.
Filmmakers and screenwriters give/get feedback on your work-in-progress. Wednesday Sept. 5 at 6:30pm. Location: Iconica Social Club in Northampton. Details and RSVP at www.westernmassfilmmakers.org All are welcome...students, professors, crew, actors, etc.
Please let me know what you think of our new promo! This is a bit meta because by watching the video you'll also hear about our critique group for filmmakers, screenwriters, etc. which meets monthly.