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While we work on some upgrades to our website, login will be unavailable for about a full day this Friday night through Saturday, September 30th. You will still be able to peruse the IES Abroad website, but will not be able to access your MyIESabroad account during that window. You should be able to get back into your account by Sunday, October 1st. 

With more emphasis on storytelling and creativity than ever before, the 2016 Film Festival, which ran from October 2015-September 2016, was the most successful festival to date. The 2016 Festival diverged from previous years by asking students to submit their films into one of three categories: A Day in the Life, Creative Short, and IES Abroad Film Course Production.

Starting with a record-breaking 70 film submissions from around the world, 18 semi-finalists were sent to the jury and 5 finalist films were opened up to the public for voting on our Facebook page.

After 2,000+ votes in just five days’ time, the award of Study Abroad Film Festival Grand Prize Winner went to Even in Europe… by Jordan Cain for his light-hearted, and smile-filled dance video across Europe.





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Jordan Cain

Even in Europe

“I am so thankful I had this opportunity to travel and learn about so many different things in the world and this production is my way of communicating my feelings and experiences throughout."

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I Choose Openness

Thamine Nayeem • University of Richmond • Rabat, Fall 2015

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With Love

Shannon Sotomayor • Brown University • Dublin, Spring 2016

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Rachel B, Courtney T, and Rod F • London, Spring 2016

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Si Sabe Algo

Paul Holden • Yale University • Salamanca, Fall 2015


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Motion in the South

Honorable Mention • Oliver Lowe • Cape Town

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Bonjour Paris!

Best Music • Gwendolyn Lee • Paris

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Hidden Beauties: A Day in Istanbul

Best New Talent • Maya Benedict • Istanbul

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The Black Men of IES Roma

Best Interviews • Konso Mbakire • Rome

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(Not) A Day in the Life Abroad

Most Unique • Benjamin Streeter • Madrid

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Most Thought Provoking • Micky Ferguson • Salamanca

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La Bella Vita a Milano

Most Creative Music Video • Hannah Koxlien and Megan Wrentz • Milan

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The Third Man: A Reenactment

Best Screenplay • Sparrow Gates • Vienna

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Teaching Science in Manenberg

Most Informative • James Dolgin • Cape Town

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Best Study Abroad Reflection • Elisabeth Hawthorne • Rome

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There Is No Place Like Home

Best Storytelling • Brock Carlson • Milan

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The Barrier

Best Documentary • Valerie Medoff • London

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My Milano Is Not Your Milan

Best Cinematography • Jiaqi Luo • Milan

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“Moving halfway across the country was a terrifying decision for me. If I hadn't gone abroad and already experienced what it was like to leave home for four months, I don't think I would have taken such a bold leap and pursued storytelling professionally.”
Thamine N. • University of Richmond • Rabat – Study in Rabat

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