Occidental College Student Wins IES Abroad Study Abroad Film Festival

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Ashley Houston
September 15, 2015

Our 2nd Study Abroad Film Festival received an overwhelming 1,077 votes, and we couldn’t be more excited to announce the winner. Kyle Rodriguez (Occidental College | IES Abroad Buenos Aires, Spring 2015) take a bow for your award-winning film, It's Okay

As the winner, Kyle will receive a $1,000 award and an invitation to the screening of his film at IES Abroad’s Annual Conference in October, where he will be recognized in front of IES Abroad member institutions and worldwide staff.

Kyle’s film highlights his time abroad on the IES Abroad Buenos Aires program during spring 2015, and addresses a topic and aspect of study abroad most people don’t talk about. 

Elisabetta Lodoli, Juror and IES Abroad Rome Film Studies Faculty, commented that Kyle’s film showcased, “An unusual, mature, and sincere point of view on living abroad.” Our 2014 Study Abroad Film Festival winner, Alexa Penton, remarked that Kyle’s film was, “Not just beautiful, but also honest and important.”

In case you missed it, you can watch It's Okay below.

Bringing Light to Egoli by Larisa Manescu (The University of Texas at Austin | IES Abroad & UT-Austin Community & Social Development Customized Program, Spring 2015) secured the 2nd place win and a prize of $500.

We’d also like to give a shout out to our third finalist, Abroad Sweet Abroad by Adrienne Picciotto (Mount Holyoke College | IES Abroad Rome, Spring 2015).

Thank you to everyone who took the time to create and submit a film, our esteemed international jury, and those who voted online.

Congratulations, Kyle!

Curious about all of our semi-finalist films? We'll be releasing one a day for the next 15 days on the IES Abroad YouTube channel!

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