After two years, our Study Abroad Film Festival is back in-person on October 12th at Venue SIX10 in Chicago! Grab friends and family and join us as we watch this year's top study abroad films on the big screen, witness the live announcement of the winning film, and celebrate study abroad and film at our Film Festival reception!
About the Festival
Founded in 2014, the IES Abroad Study Abroad Film Festival was the first student-focused study abroad film festival in the industry. Celebrating its eighth anniversary in 2022, the IES Abroad Film Festival has provided students a platform to voice their global journey through their own words and video footage, capturing unique views into their life-changing study abroad experiences – showing what the experience meant to them and how it redefined their world.
This is the first year the Film Festival is hosting a virtual event. Originally, the entire Film Festival was hosted as on-demand content on Facebook. In 2017 it was hosted as a live event for the first time at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and emceed by Kate Flannery– best known for her 9 seasons as Meredith, on NBC’s hit show, The Office. The 2018 and 2019 Festivals were hosted by Richard Roeper, best known as the film critic for The Chicago Sun-Times and for his 10 years as co-host of the television series, “At The Movies with Roger Ebert,”.
Over the past three years, the Film Festival event has raised more than $70,000 for IES Abroad Scholarships and more than 160+ colleges and universities have been represented through 500+ student film submissions!