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Welcome to Film and Media Studies

Film and Media Studies (FMS) is an interdisciplinary program in the College of Arts and Sciences designed to give students a broad understanding of film and media history, theory, and criticism. An interdisciplinary program, the FMS curriculum is built around a core of Film and Media Studies courses and a rich variety of electives, including offerings in the Departments of Anthropology, African and African American Studies, English, Communication, History, and Modern Languages, as well as in the College of Journalism and Mass Communication and the College of Fine Arts. The comprehensive undergraduate degree provides students with the knowledge and skills required for careers in media-related fields, film production, academics, or other jobs in the liberal arts and humanities.


  • Clermont-Ferrand Call for Films!


    Every year Film and Media Studies sends a program of short films to the Clermont-Ferrand Film Festival (http://www.clermont-filmfest.com/?nlang=2) in Norman’s sister city of Clermont-Ferrand, France. The giant posters in the student lounge are all from past editions of this festival, which is the largest festival specifically dedicated to short films in the world. This year the festival will take place from February 5th to February 11th, 2017. A committee of FMS faculty will select the films for the program. The films are not part of the official competition, but rather part of a special screening at the festival. With the financial and material support of Blaise Pascal University and the College of Arts and Sciences, Film and Media Studies will be able to take TWO outstanding FMS students to the festival.



    FMS majors and minors may submit any film, including personal projects. Non-FMS students may submit films completed for FMS classes. Students may submit more than one film and should fill out a separate submission form for each film. All films submitted must be from this calendar year (2016).


    The FMS screening is limited to about 100 minutes. We would like to exhibit a wide variety of excellent student work, so your film has a greater chance of acceptance if it is under about 8 minutes. Some of our best films in past years were short and sweet, in the 3-6 minute range.


    If your film is selected, you will not only have a film screened at an international festival, but also at our local Clermont-Ferrand Festival Send-Off Screening at the Gaylord Auditorium on the OU campus.


    Submit your completed film by November 18th (Friday). If your film is not complete, we can also accept rough cuts for consideration.



    Dr. Man-Fung Yip will be leading the trip to the Clermont-Ferrand Film Festival. This year the festival will take place from February 5th to February 11th, 2017. The trip is typically 5-7 days in that time frame (exact dates remain to be determined). Typically, the group will fly to Paris and then travel by train to Clermont-Ferrand. In the past, students spent 2-3 days in Paris and then 3-4 days in Clermont-Ferrand, attending the festival.


    FMS Majors/Minors with Junior or Senior standing are eligible to apply.


    In addition to a short film (see details above), interested students are also required to submit a brief (750 word, double-spaced) essay that describes how such a trip to the Clermont-Ferrand Film Festival would benefit them as well as what they expect to be the purpose of such a trip. The essay should be accompanied by Student ID Number and Current GPA and Academic Year, and any foreign travel or travel funding they’ve had within the last year.


    Blaise Pascal University will cover the housing and festival costs. The students are responsible for the plane ticket as well as ground transportation, housing in Paris, and all meals.


    While we cannot guarantee funding, in the past students were able to obtain scholarship that partially cover their transportation and some other costs.


    Please fill out the online submission form by the November 18th deadline: https://ousurvey.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_d0ELR7Wlzo5jTb7
    If you are submitting multiple films, you must fill out a separate submission form for each film.

    Before you begin the form please have the following information ready

    • A 20 word (or less) description of your film
    • Title of film
    • Length of film
    • Credits for Director/Writer/Editor
    • A Vimeo or YouTube link to your film

    For trip consideration only: A 750-word essay describing the purpose of the trip as well as the trip’s benefits to you. Email your essay to Dr. Yip (myip@ou.edu)

    FILL OUT THE SUBMISSION FORM CAREFULLY. If your film is selected, we will use the information on the online form to complete the formal programs for the screenings.

    Please let us know if you have further questions.

    Dr. Man-Fung Yip

    Dr. Katrina Boyd

    Karl Schmidt

  • Summer 2016 Newsletter is here!

    Summer 2016 Newsletter

  • Winter 2016 FMS Newsletter

    Dear friends and alumni of Film and Media Studies:

    Happy New Year! It is a very exciting year for me as the new Director of OU’s Film and Media Studies Program. I’m honored to lead this illustrious team, and we have sensational plans for the year ahead. I encourage you to read about those plans and get caught up with the latest developments in the FMS Media Lab in the newly revamped Film and Media Studies newsletter. 

    In future issues of the newsletter, we’ll keep you apprised of new student work and faculty exploits, but we’re especially interested in highlighting the achievements of our alumni! Please let us know if you have information or ideas to share or are willing to sit for an interview with one of our current students. We want to stay in touch—and we hope you do too.

    Best wishes,
    Caetlin Benson-Allott
    Director, OU Film and Media Studies Program



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