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Spring Registration is Here

The spring 2019 film courses include a few new entries and a number of old favorites.

Of special note are two sections of Studies in the Film (ENG 4132).  Igor Shteyrenberg (Executive Director of the Miami Jewish Film Festival and Co-director of the Popcorn Frights Festival) will reprise his course in the art of cinematography and the poetics of visual style. Students who took the course with professor Shteyrenberg still haven’t stopped talking about what a transformative experience it was. Running on Monday afternoons at the BBC, the course is a gem for students Continue reading Spring Registration is Here

Panther Film Festival Returns for Year Two

We are thrilled to announce the return of the steadily growing Panther Film Festival!  Building on last year’s structure, this school year will feature a series of workshops and competitions to bring student filmmakers of all levels on board, culminating in the April festival screening.

Kick start the year with us next Thursday, September 13th at the first Panther Film Festival Meet & Greet of the semester!

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From the Director: Welcome to the Fall Semester!

It’s looking like an exciting fall for film in our FIU classrooms, around campus, and in Miami’s burgeoning film scene.

Last spring, our first ever Panther Film Festival brought our student body together, creating thirteen short films, twelve of which were up for awards selected by faculty, staff, and an audience vote. Over 100 students, alumni, judges, and faculty members were in attendance, and we are making this year’s Panther Film Festival bigger and better. Stay tuned for information on our free film workshops as well as the event itself!

We know our students are looking forward to the fantastic courses you’re enrolled in, from Professor Michael Gillespie’s new Film Noir course to Phillip Church’s ever popular Intro to Acting/Directing for TV/Film, and many others.

We’ll keep you posted about film happenings on campus and around town. Cult cinema, restored classics, and new international movies are playing at local art houses, such as the Coral Gables Art Cinema and Miami Beach Cinemateque.  Knowing that many of you are still coming down off this month’s Popcorn Frights film festival, we’re also looking forward to events sponsored by the Miami Jewish Film Festival and the Miami Film Festival’s GEMS four day mini-festival at the Tower Theater.

The new president of the Film Initiative: Underground, Jose Ramirez, has a line-up of film screenings as well as expectations from the club this year in an article you can read here.

Finally, we just want to give a shout out to our alumni and community partners. As always, feel free to email our director, Dr. Andy Strycharski, at strychar@fiu.edu to say Hi or let us know what’s going on with you. We love to hear from you all!

Be a Film Studies Intern, No Experience Necessary


The film studies program is looking for summer and fall interns. If you are interested in developing social media skills and learning more about the Miami film scene, you have what it takes.

Former interns have gone on to win Miami Film Development Project grant, are working screenwriters, and have won employment in the Miami film community in such organizations as the Coral Gables Art Cinema and the Miami Jewish Film Festival.

Interns register for FIL 4940, with a sliding scale of credits based on hours. You will work directly with Dr. Strycharski, Director of the film studies certificate program.

We are keen to find one or two interns for Summer A, and several interns for the fall. If you are interested, please drop Dr. Strycharski a line.