Film and Media Studies

The Five College Film Council works to coordinate the study of film and video at all five campuses.

The members of the Council include faculty members drawn from a number of disciplines ranging from foreign languages to literature, history and media studies. They meet regularly to exchange information about courses as well as faculty appointments, and plan a coordinated approach to meeting common needs for instruction.

The Council sponsors an undergraduate film and media studies conference and an annual student film and video festival, both held during the spring semester.

The Five College FC Film Studies Announcements email list is open to faculty, staff and students interested in Film Studies to share announcements and information. Visit the Five Colleges Film Studies Announcements page to subscribe or unsubscribe.

The email list for Five College Film Studies Council business is for faculty members only. Visit the FC-Film-Council page to request to subscribe or unsubscribe.  Please contact the Five College Academic Programs office for more information about joining these email lists.

On This Page


Kara Lynch, Associate Professor Emerita of Video Production 

Susana Loza, Associate Professor of Critical Race, Gender, and Media Studies

Abraham Ravett, Professor of Film and Photography

Lise Sanders, Professor of English Literature & Cultural Studies 

Hope Tucker, Assistant Professor of Video and Film

Robin Blaetz, Professor of Film Studies and Chair of Film Media Theater

Justin Crumbaugh, Associate Professor of Spanish, Latina/o, and Latin American Studies

Ajay J. Sinha, Professor of Art History

Paul Staiti, Professor of Fine Arts on the Alumnae Foundation

Thomas E. Wartenberg, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy

Elizabeth Young, Professor of English and Gender Studies

Alexandra Keller, Professor of Film Studies, Director of Film Studies Program

Anna Botta, Professor of Italian Studies and of World Literatures

Dawn Fulton, Professor of French Studies

Barbara Kellum, Professor of Art

Daniel Kramer, Professor of Theatre

Jennifer Malkowski, Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies

Richard Millington, Helen and Laura Shedd Professor of English Language and Literature

Fraser Stables, Professor of Art

Frazer Ward, Professor of Art

Joel Westerdale, Associate Professor of German Studies


Fall 2023 Film and Media Studies Courses

Subject Course # Sect # Course Title Instructor(s) Institution Meeting Times

The Five College Student Film Festival

The Five College Film Festival seeks short films of 20 minutes or less from students across the Five Colleges.* The festival will be held in-person for the first time in four years on Saturday, April 1. The deadline for submissions is Monday, February 27th. Awards and prizes will be granted to winning films in three categories: fiction, documentary, and experimental. 
Contact us at or if you have any questions.

*All students currently enrolled at Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College and the University of Massachusetts Amherst are welcome to submit films, regardless of your major. Work by recent graduates of one of the Five Colleges may also be submitted, as long as it was produced while enrolled.

Mission Statement
The Five College Film Festival’s mission is to share the stories of students from across the Five Colleges through the medium of film. We hope that all students, regardless of background or experience with filmmaking, share their stories. 

New Deadline: Thursday, March 2, 2023
Submission Form

Saturday, April 1, 2023 






The Five College Film and Media Studies Undergraduate Conference
Each year, the Five College Film and Media Studies council invites submissions for its annual undergraduate research conference. 
The 2023 Conference will take place on Saturday, February 18th at UMass Amherst.


Amherst College
Film and Media Studies

Hampshire College
Film, Photography, and Video

Mount Holyoke College
Film Studies

Smith College
Film and Media Studies

UMass Amherst
Interdepartmental Program in Film Studies

Five College Consortium
The Lorna M. Peterson Prize

Contact Us

Five College Film and Media Studies Major Steering Committee

Amherst College
Joshua Guilford (Co-Chair), English and Film and Media Studies

Hampshire College
Eva Rueschmann, Cultural Studies
Lise Sanders (Co-Chair), English Literature and Cultural Studies

Mount Holyoke College
Elliot Montague, Film Media Theater

Smith College
Barbara Kellum, Film and Media Studies

University of Massachusetts Amherst
Shawn Shimpach, Communication, Interdepartmental Program in Film Studies

Five College Staff Liaison
Ray Rennard, Director of Academic Programs


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