It was truly like a night at the Oscars...but of study abroad films. Attendees walked the red carpet, got their photo snapped by the paparazzi (ok, our photographer), and grabbed popcorn on their way to the theater to view a selection of films from our talented young filmmakers. It was quite an evening to remember at this year's 6th Annual IES Abroad Study Abroad Film Festival. 

Study abroad is great, even when your experience is overwhelming, emotional, or unexpected. That could probably best summarize the underlying theme of the Finalist film selections for the 6th Annual Study Abroad Film Festival. Hosted by film critic Richard Roeper, the Festival took place at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) Chicago on Thursday, November 7th in support of IES Abroad scholarships.

Chase Devens and David Smith’s film Les Cinq Mois (The Five Months) took home the $1,500 Grand Prize. Their creative short is a delightful look at the less-than-delightful things that can sometimes occur when you study abroad (and how it all somehow ends up better than OK).



Interested in our other festivals? Check them out here:

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2020 2022


Chase Devens and David Smith

Les Cinq Mois

"Studying abroad is our generation's rite of passage. Our goal was to show this through the story of Les Cinq Mois (The Five Months) we spent abroad in Paris. Chase didn't know that there's no such thing as an 'average' study abroad experience."

Read More


come alive

Come Alive

Siyu Zhou • University of South Carolina • Tokyo, Fall 2018

dear dublin

Dear Dublin

Kirsten Mossberg • University of Michigan - Ann Arbor • Dublin, Spring 2019




Sarah Campbell • Catholic University of America • Cape Town, Summer 2019

a story of healing

A Story of Healing

Haytham Mohamed • University of Rochester • Madrid, Fall 2019



Emily Kauffman • University of Puget Sound • London, Summer 2019

el viento

El Viento

Jada Page • University of Missouri-Columbia • Barcelona, Summer 2019

Vienna to build

Vienna-To Build a Home

Mohsin Waraich • Butler University • Vienna, Fall 2018

searching london

Searching London: The Lost Time Machine

Shems-Eddine Belhout • University of Tennessee Knoxville • London, Summer 2019

a Barcelona, con amor

A Barcelona, Con Amor

Rachel Zingg • University of Iowa • Barcelona, Summer 2019


AfroArgentinos: Estamos Aca!

Charles Hamer • St. Olaf College • Buenos Aires, Fall 2018

skate in the city

Skate in the City

Victoria B, Peyton K & Sam C • Barcelona, Summer 2019

“Beautiful Dublin has fully enchanted me. I still have anxiety, but it's an anxiety to explore everything with the limited time that I have.”
Kirsten M. • University of Michigan - Ann Arbor • Dublin – Writers Program

Join the Study Abroad Film Festival

a student takes a photo of the ocean on the beach in Barcelona