It’s Time to Vote for the 2020 Study Abroad Film Festival Winner

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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.

Vote Now! Book Your Virtual Seat!

Meet Our Finalists & Vote!

Lexi Floom | Fragments

Meet Lexi: (IES Abroad London - Study London, Spring 2020 | Indiana University) Lexi studied abroad in London last spring as a student in the Study London program, and is currently a senior at Indiana University studying Informatics and will be working at the pharmaceutical company, AbbVie, as part of their Business Technology Solutions Development Program upon graduation in May. A fun fact: she’s lived in two foreign countries and has visited 13!

About Fragments: This film explores the concept of time by telling a story of love, friendship, heartache, and personal growth throughout a young woman's early life and her adventure abroad.

Watch & Vote for Lexi

Meet Kiubon: (IES Abroad Nantes - French Language Immersion, Fall 2019 | Claremont McKenna College) After living eighteen formative years in charming Columbus, Ohio, Kiubon hopped on over to sunny Claremont, California to kick off his grand venture of self-discovery and growth in a higher education setting. Since then, he has jumped out of an airplane and eaten McDonalds in nine different countries (having previously never left North America prior to Claremont). Currently, Kiubon runs the wedding film company 12:10 Films with his two hometown friends. In the future, Kiubon aspires to feel the wind slap his face while falling from the sky a couple more times and stumble over his words while ordering McDonald's in a country's native language. But until then, Kiubon walks through life with arms wide open waiting with excitement to catch whatever falls his way. 

About If I Could Put Into Words:  A life lesson on the beauty of sharing food is discovered through a group of special friends.

Watch & Vote for Kiubon

Meet Michael: (IES Abroad Tokyo-UNC-Chapel Hill Japanese Language Customized Program, Summer 2019 | UNC Chapel Hill) Michael Sparks is a senior at UNC-Chapel Hill. He is the Vice President of the Carolina Film Association, a producer for UNC Student Television, and you’ll never see him on campus without his camera. In the rare moments you do catch him without his gear, he’s probably enjoying a bean-based meal with friends, studying Japanese, and smiling very wide.

About 日本の旅行 My Trip to JapanThis film catalogs Michael’s journey through Japan from Tokyo, Sapporo, and Osaka to the top of Mount Fuji.

Watch & Vote for Michael

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Attend the Live Virtual Event & Support IES Abroad Scholarships

oin Us for our Virtual Film Festival Event! The Grand Prize Winner will be announced during our virtual event via YouTube Live on October 15th, 5:30 p.m. (CST).

What's in store: We will screen a selection of Semi-Finalist films, the three Finalist films, host a Q&A with our student Finalists, and announce the winner live! 

Book your virtual seat: Guests should register at Oh, and did we mention it's free? 

Get social: We look forward to seeing you on the big night! Also, be sure to follow the Film Festival conversation across Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter by following @iesabroad, as well as utilizing the #IESabroadFilmFest hashtag.

Interested in making study abroad part of your journey? Check out our study abroad and internship programs to see where your next big adventure will take you.

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