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Favienne Howsepian was born and raised in the San Francisco bay area, attending undergrad at San Francisco State University with a major in cinema and minor in French. She was lucky enough to study abroad several times during her undergrad, traveling to Paris and Shanghai to expand her knowledge and practice of world cinema.


Favienne received her MFA in cinematography from the American Film Institute Conservatory in June of 2016. Her AFI thesis film, "Snowplow", was nominated for Best Drama at the 2017 Student Emmy's. Favienne also received the 2017 ASC Student Heritage Award for her work on "Snowplow"


Favienne’s cinematography explores and pursues the truth and perspective of the human condition. Her genre-crossing work ranges from documentaries (Ellen Digital, Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls) to commercials (Barbie, Coca-Cola, Microsoft), with narrative as her main focus.

Favienne is currently based in Los Angeles, and an active member of The International Collective of Female Cinematographers.

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Tel: 925.323.3058


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The American Film Institute Conservatory, Los Angeles, CA

MFA in Cinematography, June 2016

San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA

BA in Cinema, June 2013

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