Now in its seventh year, the IES Abroad Study Abroad Film Festival features inspiring, high quality, creative short films that will leave you with a deep sense of wanderlust and appreciation of the power of study abroad. In a time when travel is almost nearly impossible, these student films remind us that when the world is ready it’s still worth exploring because experiencing cultures and places different to our own provides perspective that fosters tolerant, empathetic, open global leaders, who we need now more than ever.
Public voting takes place on the IES Abroad website from October 5th-14th, and the winner will be announced at a virtual event via YouTube Live on October 15th at 5:30 p.m. (CST). The event is free (yes, totally free), and popcorn is encouraged! Attendees must register beforehand.
Our prominent jury of directors, editors, producers, and screenwriters, all of whom are either IES Abroad alumni or film studies faculty from the organization’s international Centers watch and score all Semi-Finalist films. The top three student filmmakers become our Finalists.The film with the most votes at the end of the voting period is announced as the Grand Prize Winner of the Study Abroad Film Festival and awarded $1,500.