We figured there's no one better to tell the story of study abroad than our phenomenal students, so in 2014 we launched our Study Abroad Film Festival (the first in the industry of its kind!), which asks students to capture the spirit of study abroad—both what it meant to them, and how it redefined their world.

Participation in the IES Abroad Study Abroad Film Festival (hereinafter referred to as “Film Festival”) is free. Submitting a film to the Film Festival constitutes acceptance of these Terms and Conditions and all IES Abroad Film Festival rules, requirements and deadlines. A participant’s entry may be deemed void, in IES Abroad’s sole discretion, if it does not comply with these Terms and Conditions and all Film Festival rules, requirements or deadlines.

The Film Festival is open to current IES Abroad and IES Internships students, and recent alumni of IES Abroad and IES Internships. IES Abroad and IES Internships alumni must have attended an IES Abroad or IES Internships program starting on or after January 1, 2018 in order to qualify for entry. Entrants may submit up to three (3) films and must complete a separate entry form for each film. To be eligible, all film submissions must be directed or produced by the Participant, not exceed the time limits for each category, be completed after January 1, 2018 and include English sub-titles if the film is not in the English language. Participants who submitted films for a prior IES Abroad Film Festival are eligible to participate again, but cannot submit the same film. The categories and corresponding time limits are: (1) Film-Class Produced (no time limit); and (2) Independently Produced: 10 Minutes.

The submission period for the Film Festival commences on November 8, 2019 and ends on August 10, 2020. All entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. CDT on August 10, 2020. Student and Alumni participants must submit films through the online submission form, must meet all Film Festival requirements and must complete the Waiver and Release Form at the time of entry. All Directors and/or Producers listed on the online submission form are required to each sign their own Waiver and Release Form. In the event that there are multiple Directors and/or Producers for a film that is selected as a Film Finalist and/or is the Grand Prize Winner, the cash prize for that film will be divided equally among the Directors and/or Producers. Additional participants involved in making a film must be named in the online submission form, including without limitation the original scriptwriters and cast members. IES Abroad’s Chicago staff will select Semi-Finalists and will submit the Semi-Finalists to the jury. Semi-Finalists will be notified of their selection on or before August 24, 2020. The jury will rank each film based on the following criteria: (1) telling a compelling story that captures the spirit of study abroad; (2) production quality; (3) entertainment value; and (4) originality.
Film Finalists (those with the highest scores, regardless of category) will be selected based on the jury rankings and will be notified by email of their nomination on or before September 21, 2020. The Finalists’ films will be shared on www.IESabroad.org and will be made public for online voting starting on October 15, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. CDT. Voting will close at 11:59 p.m. CST on November 15, 2020. The film with the most votes at the close of voting will be the Film Festival Grand Prize Winner. IES Abroad will announce this winner at the Film Festival award ceremony in Chicago on November 19, 2020. If a selected Finalist or winner cannot be contacted within seven (7) calendar days of an initial notification or within three (3) calendar days of any further communication by IES Abroad, an alternate Finalist or winner may be selected. Each Film Finalist will receive a $500 USD cash prize, assistance with film promotion outreach to local and relevant news outlets, and one night lodging to attend IES Abroad’s Film Festival Event on November 19, 2020 in Chicago. The Grand Prize Winner(s) will be awarded an additional $1,000 USD cash prize on this evening. In the event there are multiple Directors and/or Producers for a film, IES Abroad will provide assistance with film promotion outreach and one night lodging to attend the Film Festival Event for up to two Directors and/or Producers on a film. The Directors and/or Producers must select which two individuals will attend the Film Festival and participate in film promotion and notify IES Abroad in writing. The winning student(s) or alumni will be responsible for all applicable taxes, fees or other charges in relation to receipt of the prize(s) and travel stipend, if applicable. IES Abroad shall have no responsibility for the taxes, fees or other costs or charges of participants arising out of or related to the Film Festival. IES Abroad reserves the right to change these Terms and Conditions in its sole discretion at any time.