FMS Events

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FMS Film Rally

Be the first to hear about upcoming events and opportunities at our kick-off event. We showcase films from special guests, like Deidre Backs, the producer for "Fancy Dance" and "Little Chief", both which premiered at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival. We've also spotlighted projects from our faculty, like Professor Hurst's documentary, "Garden City, Kansas."

Students receive information and advice behind the scenes at the True/False Film Festival.

True/False Film Festival

Each year, we take a group of students to the True/False Documentary Film Festival in Columbia, MO. Students attend screenings, meet filmmakers, and learn the ins and outs of film festivals. The department provides transportation and hotels for the students who are selected to attend. Watch your email in the fall semester for info on how to apply!

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Special Events

The department hosts a variety of one-time events with special guests. The guests have a connection to or work in the film and media industry. They often give advice on their area of expertise and share their work with students. They are prime examples on how to use your degree to find work in the industry!

PAB members discuss alternative career options with students during a panel.

Professional Advisory Board (PAB) Meeting

PAB members are KU alums who work in film and media industries. They meet on campus once a year to advise the department on ways to keep our program relevant and competitive. They also love to talk to our students!

Meet the PAB
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The Tensie Awards and Student Recognition Ceremony

At our final event, students submit their best work in various categories such as Best Drama, Best Director, etc. Winners are announced at the ceremony. We also recognize our scholarship and award winners and our graduating seniors. Bring your friends and family and enjoy dinner on us!

Eligibility for Tensie Entries

Tensie entry forms are sent out about a month prior to the ceremony. Submitted projects must be completed for an FMS course, club, or other FMS-sponsored activity.

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