From 96 record-breaking submissions to 18 semi-finalists, our international jury selected their top 3 films for a month of public voting. One film was a moving music video from Rabat. Another detail a mysterious night in Barcelona. The third was an adventurous and upbeat story about friendship abroad. More than 2,000 votes later, Philip Baites took home the Grand Prize award for his film Tangier to Casablanca during an exciting and inspiring Film Festival celebration at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. 







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Philip Baites

Tangier to Casablanca

"Featuring a train ride, Chefchaouen (the 'Blue City'), Rabat, the Sahara Desert, cameos by two sweet neighbor girls, my Arabic professor, and my precious host mother, Doha, as the central character, Tangier to Casablanca is a story of pain, joy, longing, and journeys intertwining."

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Penn Harrison • University of Texas at Austin • Barcelona, Spring 2018

happiness only real

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Erik Patak • University of Rochester • Auckland, Fall 2017


soy fanny

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Andie Ayala • Princeton University • Granada, Spring 2018

walk in milan

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Aaron Yasko • Indiana University • Milan, Spring 2018

study abroad stories

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Allison Schafer • University of Iowa • Milan, Fall 2017

el fotografo

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Claire Maske • Skidmore College • London, Fall 2017

the bucket list

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Moriah Atlas • Indiana University • London, Spring 2018

el gusto de hacer

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Ethan Eldridge • Indiana University • Santiago, Summer 2018

where are you right meow

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make every day a good day

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James Jenkins • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill • Barcelona, Spring 2018

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Tessa Vande Creek • University of Rochester • Christchurch, Fall 2017

Shanghai a visual diary

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Kaung Kyaw • University of Pittsburgh • Shanghai, Spring 2018

not your ugly asian dude

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Yu Chen • Tulane University • Rabat, Spring 2018

let's talk

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Taylor Rainey • Howard University • Buenos Aires, Spring 2018

letter to madrid

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Carol Lee Diallo • Haverford College • Madrid, Spring 2018

“I never thought that I would be able to do something like this, but the most important thing I learned abroad was to never underestimate my abilites. I have a lot of things to learn about myself, and I am thankful to New Zealand for kickstarting my next great adventure in my life.”
Tessa V.C. • University of Rochester • Christchurch Direct Enrollment – University Of Canterbury

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