The 2014 Study Abroad Film Festival ran from October 2013 through September 2014. The festival was open to IES Abroad students and alumni who studied abroad any time between January 2011 and August 2014.

Challenged with the prompt of capturing the spirit of study abroad in 25 minutes or less, the producers and their films blew us away!

From 54 submissions to 19 semi-finalists, the jury selected their top 3 films for public vote on our Facebook page. More than 4,000 votes later, the award of Study Abroad Film Festival 2014 Winner went to East of Here by Alexa Penton.






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Alexa Penton

East of Here

"East of Here is told from several different perspectives, each interviewee offering a short insight into how they have been changed by their time abroad. I hope that, as a result, 'East of Here' also invites the viewer to reflect and reconsider his or her own feelings on what they see and hear on the screen."

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Japan: A Boy's Journey

Finn Smyth • University of South Carolina • Tokyo, Summer 2013

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home sweet home

Grace DuVal Johnston • School of the Art Institute, Chicago • Customized Program, Spring 2012


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Augenblicke meines Lebens / Minutes of my Life

David Freid • Berlin, Spring 2014

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Shark in the Water - Galapagos Style

Johanna O’Day • Galápagos Islands, Spring 2014

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The Final Vlog

Steven Fowler • Nantes, Spring 2014

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Adventures Abroad

Ginger Maneske • Milan, Spring 2011

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Miseducation: Beyond Many Means

Taylor Turner • Beijing, Spring 2013

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Bid Me Be Silent

Ashlyn Keightley • Vienna, Fall 2013

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Lost but then Found

Chelsea Golub • London, Spring 2013

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While I Was There, a Study Abroad Adventure

Colin Klingemann • London, Summer 2012

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Briene Lermitte • Siena, Spring 2011

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Viaggio in Italia

Peter Anthony and Kate Krull • Milan, Summer 2014

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A New Globe

Jason Farahnik • Customized Program: Babson BRIC, Fall 2012

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Juggling Down Under

Michael Rizk • Sydney, Spring 2014

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Across the Hall

Doug Gavetti • Milan, Spring 2014

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Kathleen Ray and Nina Ottaviano • Rome, Spring 2014

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The IES Declassified Freiburg Survival Guide

Gracie Weiderhaft • Freiburg, Academic Year 2012-13

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Memories from the Maghreb

Meghan Johns • Rabat, Spring 2014

“Studying abroad in general feeds my travel bug. It will allow for a chance to gain a deeper appreciation for a culture different than my own. I will meet new people and create memories that will turn into stories to share with everyone.”
Meghan J. • Carthage College • Rabat – Study in Rabat

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