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Film & Video Student Association

The Film and Video Student Association (FVSA) provides University of Michigan community members with an opportunity to enhance and expand their knowledge and experience of film, video, and television through various events, workshops, movie nights, discussions, and other educational and social activities.

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FVSA 2024 - 25 Co - Chairs - Reyna Hughes and Charles Splete

Lightworks Festival 2023-24

Lightworks Festival 2022-23

Lightworks Festival 2021-22

Lightworks Festival 2020-21


In order to showcase student work from FTVM courses this past fall and winter terms, the Film and Video Student Association used a virtual platform to host its bi-annual Lightworks Film Festivals. The Festivals premiered on YouTube (January 8th and 9th, 2021, at 8PM EST in the fall and May 7th and 8th, 2021, at 8PM EST in the Winter). At the end of the second night each term, winners were announced (see full lists of winners below). 

Please note that all projects created during Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 were created following COVID guidelines, which limited access to certain production aspects -- but ensured that the safety of students and faculty was the top priority of the FTVM Department. 


Watch Both Nights of Lightworks from WINTER 2021 HERE

Watch Both Nights of Lightworks from FALL 2020 HERE

FVSA Event Highlights 

Disney Pixar Artist Chris Bernardi Visits U-M

Chris Bernardi (Sets Supervisor) joined Pixar Animation Studios in November 2000 as a shading technical director on Finding Nemo. He subsequently served in a variety of roles, including sets shading supervisor on Cars, senior shading artist on the Academy-Award®-winning WALL-E, sets shading technical director on the Academy-Award®-winning Toy Story 3, set shading lead on Monsters University, and set shading technical director on the Academy-Award®-winning Inside Out. As a sets supervisor for Coco, Bernardi works with other supervisors, directors of photography, and the production designer, leading a team of artists and programmers to create the environment for the film.

WOLV TV sets up an after-presentation interview with Chris Bernardi

Margaret Mitchell of WOLV TV's Entertainment Buzz recently interviewed Disney Pixar Animator Chris Bernardi, set designer of COCO, about the film after his U-M visit on November 15, 2017. 

Watch the interview here

FVSA Lightworks Festival Archive