Wrapping up the 2016 Study Abroad Film Festival

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Kiah Zellner-Smith
October 31, 2016

With an emphasis on storytelling and creativity, the 2016 Study Abroad Film Festival became our most successful yet! Even in Europe… by Jordan Cain of Indiana University (Vienna | Spring 2016) secured the grand prize of $1,500 and a trip to Chicago to screen his film at the IES Abroad Annual Conference, held October 5-7, at the Union League Club of Chicago. But that wasn’t the only story worth seeing!

The four other finalist contenders were:

  • I Choose Openness by Thamine Nayeem (University of Richmond | Rabat, Fall 2015)
  • FOMO by Rachel Beavers, Courtney Testa, and Rod Flucas (University of Georgia, Penn State, University of the Redlands | London, Spring 2016)
  • With Love by Shannon Sotomayor (Brown University | Dublin, Spring 2016)
  • Si Sabe Algo by Paul Holden (Yale University | Salamanca, Fall 2015)

This year, once again, our students showed us the great breadth of stories that define the power of study abroad. Check out all the 13 semi-finalists films and decide which storyline most inspires you!

Motion in the South
Oliver Lowe | IES Abroad Cape Town
Honorable Mention

Hidden Beauties: A Day in Istanbul
Maya Benedict | IES Abroad Istanbul
Best New Talent

(Not) A Day in the Life Abroad
Benjamin Streeter| IES Abroad Madrid
Most Unique

La Bella Vita a Milano
Hannah Koxlien and Megan Wrentz | IES Abroad Milan
Most Creative Music Video

Teaching Science in Manenberg
James Dolgin | IES Abroad Cape Town
Most Informative

There Is No Place Like Home
Brock Carlson | IES Abroad Milan
Best Storytelling

My Milano Is Not Your Milan
Jiaqi Luo | IES Abroad Milan
Best Cinematography

Bonjour Paris!
Gwendolyn Lee | IES Abroad Paris
Best Music

The Black Men of IES Roma
Konso Mbakire | IES Abroad Rome
Best Interviews

Micky Ferguson | IES Abroad Salamanca
Most Thought Provoking

The Third Man: A Reenactment
Sparrow Gates | IES Abroad Vienna
Best Screenplay

Elisabeth Hawthorne| IES Abroad Rome
Best Study Abroad Reflection

The Barrier
Valerie Medoff | IES Abroad London
Best Documentary

We’re now accepting submissions for our 2017 Study Abroad Film Festival! Learn more about it here.


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