UC Davis students can study film in many ways, including history and theory through its Film Studies Program, learning to make documentaries in the Technocultural Studies Program and, for more advanced filmmakers, pursuing an M.F.A. in the Art Studio Program. In addition, throughout the year, film fans can see student productions and professionally made videos in a variety of venues:
This annual event is produced by the Department of Theatre and Dance and presented by the Davis Varsity Theatre in association with UC Davis Technocultural Studies, and co-sponsored by Film Studies and Art Studio. The festival gives students the opportunity to showcase their short films and receive feedback.
The Vanderhoef Studio Theatre transforms into a classic art film house, with Mondavi Center Executive Director Don Roth presenting themed film series with commentary and occasional guest speakers.
This annual grassroots festival of short films features filmmakers from around the world. Drawing on narrative, documentary and experimental styles, the films focus on issues often missing from mainstream media and highlight the links between local and global social struggles.
Through the academic year, the institute features box-office hits, art films and documentaries from Central and South America. Most of the films are in Spanish or Portuguese with English subtitles.
Check in on the Entertainment Council’s Facebook page to keep current on films being screened, often for free, on campus.
The Spanish Club at UC Davis offers two to three Spanish-language films per quarter on campus and sometimes at the Varsity Theater in downtown Davis. Learn about them through the club’s Facebook page.