With more emphasis on storytelling and creativity than ever before, the 2016 Film Festival, which ran from October 2015-September 2016, was the most successful festival to date. The 2016 Festival diverged from previous years by asking students to submit their films into one of three categories: A Day in the Life, Creative Short, and IES Abroad Film Course Production.
Starting with a record-breaking 70 film submissions from around the world, 18 semi-finalists were sent to the jury and 5 finalist films were opened up to the public for voting on our Facebook page.
After 2,000+ votes in just five days’ time, the award of Study Abroad Film Festival Grand Prize Winner went to “Even in Europe…” by Jordan Cain (IES Abroad Vienna | Spring 2016) for his light-hearted, and smile-filled dance video across Europe.
GRAND PRIZE WINNER: Even in Europe… Jordan Cain | Indiana University IES Abroad Vienna | Spring, 2016
FINALIST: I Choose Opennness Thamine Nayeem | University of Richmond IES Abroad Rabat | Fall, 2015
FINALIST: FOMO Rachel Beavers, Courtney Testa, and Rod Flucas | University of Georgia, Penn State, University of the Redlands IES Abroad London | Spring, 2016
FINALIST: With Love Shannon Sotomayor | Brown University IES Abroad Dublin | Spring, 2016
FINALIST: Si Sabe Algo Paul Holden | Yale University IES Abroad Salamanca | Fall, 2015
Nobel Elisabeth Hawthorne| IES Abroad Rome Best Study Abroad Reflection
The Barrier Valerie Medoff | IES Abroad London Best Documentary
The 2015 Study Abroad Film Festival, which ran from October 2014-September 2015, was open to IES Abroad students and alumni who studied abroad any time between January 2012 and June 2015.
Like last year, the prompt asked students to capture the essence of study abroad in 25 minutes or less. For the second year in a row we were captivated, inspired, and moved by their personal interpretations of the study abroad experience.
From 45 submissions, to 19 semi-finalists- only 3 jury selected films went live for public vote on our Facebook page. After over 1,000 votes, the award of Study Abroad Film Festival 2015 Winner went to It's Okay by Kyle Rodriguez (IES Abroad Buenos Aires | Spring 2015).
The 2014 Study Abroad Film Festival ran from October 2013 through September 2014. The festival was open to IES Abroad students and alumni who studied abroad any time between January 2011 and August 2014.
Challenged with the prompt of capturing the spirit of study abroad in 25 minutes or less, the producers and their films blew us away!
From 54 submissions to 19 semi-finalists, the jury selected their top 3 films for public vote on our Facebook page. More than 4,000 votes later, the award of Study Abroad Film Festival 2014 Winner went to East of Here by Alexa Penton (IES Abroad Beijing | Spring 2014).
WINNER:East of Here Alexa Penton | University of Mississippi IES Abroad Beijing, Spring 2014
FINALIST: Japan: A Boy's Journey Finn Smyth | University of South Carolina IES Abroad Tokyo, Summer 2013
FINALIST: home sweet home Grace DuVal Johnston | School of the Art Institute, Chicago IES Abroad Customized Program: School of the Art Institute of Chicago Paris Fashion, Spring 2012