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 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.
One of the Council's most significant achievements in recent years has been the creation of a Five College major in film studies. Announced in the spring of 2006, the major has now been approved at three of the four colleges -- Hampshire, Mount Holyoke and Smith -- and is under consideration at Amherst College and at the University.
The Council negotiates the shared teaching duties of two joint faculty appointees -- Baba Hillman and Bernadine Mellis -- who provide instruction in film and video production to complement and courses in film theory and history currently offered at each campus.
The Council also sponsors an annual student film and video festival, held during the spring semester.