📽️ Our 2023 Study Abroad Film Festival Finalists Are Here! Vote for Your Favorite!

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This year's selection of Finalists includes creatively crafted short films that are sure to ignite wanderlust and instill a profound appreciation for the transformative impact of the study abroad experience. Through these visual journeys, the Film Festival helps increase the awareness of the benefits of studying abroad to new audiences, as well as benefits IES Abroad Scholarships.

Drum roll, please! The 2023 Film Festival Finalists are ...

  • Lost Time | by Emily Greenzang (University of Rochester) and Grant Didway (Whitman College) | IES Abroad Granada, Spring 2023

  • Take the Goggles Off | Sami Stidham (University of Wisconsin Madison) | IES Abroad Barcelona, Spring 2023 

  • Silent Echoes | William Moore-Jones (University of Texas at Austin) | IES Abroad Barcelona, Spring 2023

Watch the Films and Vote For Your Favorite! 

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Attend the Film Festival on October 12th in Chicago

Grab friends and family and join us as we watch this year's top study abroad films on the big screen, witness the live announcement of the winning film, and celebrate study abroad and film at our Film Festival reception where attendees can meet the student filmmakers and mingle with study abroad lovers from around the world!

Secure Your Tickets

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How to Vote for Your Favorite Film

You can vote now through October 4th. All votes are confidential until the winner is announced at the IES Abroad Film Festival awards ceremony in Chicago on Wednesday, October 12th at Venue SIX10 in Chicago.  We hope you can join us!

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Film Festival Fun Facts

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In Support of IES Abroad Scholarships

The Festival has raised more than $100,000 to date.

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Each Film is Student Directed & Produced

The Festival has received 600 student films in the last nine years.

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The One and Only Study Abroad Film Festival

The Film Festival was founded in 2014.

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Red Carpet Event

The Grand Prize Winner is announced in Chicago on October 12th.

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Winning Big

The Grand Prize Winner receives $1,500 & all-expense paid trip to Chicago.

Check Out the Finalists

✰ “Lost Time” | by Emily Greenzang (University of Rochester) and Grant Didway (Whitman College) | IES Abroad Granada, Spring 2023

✰ “Take the Goggles Off” | Sami Stidham (University of Wisconsin-Madison) | IES Abroad Barcelona, Spring 2023 Study Abroad

✰ “Silent Echoes” | William M-J (University of Texas at Austin) | IES Abroad Barcelona, Spring 2023

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“This year's Finalists have not only elevated the standard but transcended it, leaving us deeply moved by their storytelling abilities. Each year we think the Festival couldn't possibly get any better, and then our students prove us wrong with their extraordinary films. Films that resonate with authenticity, inspire wanderlust, and ignite a spark of curiosity. This year’s Film Festival is not to be missed, and we look forward to sharing these Finalists’ films on the big screen and inspiring audiences from near and far.”
Amy Ruhter McMillan • Senior Associate Vice President of Marketing and Founder of the IES Abroad Study Abroad Film Festival
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