Learning Opportunities | Cinema and Media Arts, B.A.

Biola Film Festival

Biola Film Festival

The Biola Film Festival is an annual celebration of the best films created by CMA and other students. This campus-wide event recognizes and awards achievement in acting, directing, screenwriting, production design and editing. A gala event, the Biola Film Festival is held at the closing of the school year to a packed audience. Industry professionals, students, and proud family fill the venue in one of the most celebrated student events of the year.

Biola Media Event Series

Biola Media Event Series

Designed to spark more candid conversations, the Biola Media Event Series will make the best use of resources and programming needs by building around headliner talent at smaller-scale events. The vision of the Biola Media Event Series is for attendees to walk away from each event not only feeling encouraged and inspired, but armed with a tangible game plan to push their artistry, career, and faith forward. For more information visit biolamedia.com.

International Film Program

International Film Program

Biola’s Cinema and Media Arts department offers a motion picture production course in which students produce short or feature-length films in conjunction with writers and producers in countries all over the world. When this course is offered a typical cycle will include: the pre-production class which takes place in the fall; the actual production phase which takes place during Interterm; and students are then involved with post-production at Biola over the course of the spring semester.

Biola Sundance

Biola Sundance

Students are able to attend the Sundance Film Festival, the leading venue for independent film, where they sit in on screenings, filmmaker interviews, course lectures and participate in dialogues on film and faith. This experiential class is held in Park City, Utah, during Interterm. Here's one alumni's comment:

I had always known that it was going to be a great learning experience, but the magnitude of that experience was ultimately incomprehensible. The drive, the relationships, the fellowship, the films, the critiques, and the incredible creativity of everyone involved at Sundance Film Festival out proportioned everything I could have imagined and I will forever remember this week as my favorite time at Biola.”

The 558 Network

The 558 Network

The 558 Network is a professional association for alumni of Biola University in the entertainment & creative industries. Our members work in film, television, music, theater, photography, video games, design, advertising, brand management, interactive, new media and other related fields.

Internships

Internships

Biola’s proximity to Hollywood and the entertainment industry affords CMA majors prime internship opportunities. Our Studio Task Force has extensive contacts in all facets of mass media, from massive movie studios to smaller production companies. Our students find internships to suit their interests and career plans. An internship is required of all majors — see the CMA internships page for more information.

Here is one industry expert's opinion of Biola's cinema and media arts program:

His (student) organizational skills are superior. He is also a very quick learner and was able to take on many tasks we normally don't give to interns. Your program is outstanding!”

Studio Task Force

The driving force behind the 20-year vitality of this organization has been its unified mission to: "invest ourselves into the future of our industry; the next generation of filmmakers -- who will go on to shape culture and impact the world through media. We believe our collective professional associations will benefit this mission, our careers and the kingdom of God."

Over 250 media professionals gather on a quarterly basis to support and empower Biola’s Cinema and Media Arts department. These committed Christians work throughout the entertainment industry, allowing Biola students to draw upon their expertise and connections. The Parents Task Force comes alongside Biola’s students to complement the programs and activities of the CMA department, including special premiers, fundraisers and galas.

The Studio Task Force believes that through mentoring relationships, sponsoring conferences, networking, and building bridges, we become better professionals through giving back to students.”

Ralph Winter, Executive Producer, Fantastic Four, X-Men, Wolverine

Cinema and Media Arts Chapel

CMA majors meet monthly for a unique time of worship, fellowship and exploration of the abilities God has granted us and others. A wide range of special guests and experiences makes this “family time” an essential part of our growth as an artistic community.

Guerilla Film Society

The Guerilla Film Society is a student-created, student-led organization dedicated to the art of filmmaking. Weekly GFS meetings allow CMA majors to exchange information, announce upcoming projects, connect and collaborate with potential crew members, and rally around new and classic films.

Sophias

Sophia" is Greek for wisdom and is the name of the club for the support of female film majors.The Society of Female Innovative Artist (Sofia's) is dedicated to providing support and training in set positions and film techniques. Our goal as a club is to build a community among women based on our common struggle to break into a male dominated industry, and our love for Christ. We offer the advice of alumni, industry professionals, teachers, and students in the CMA department.