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Program Category: UGA Faculty-Led Click here for a definition of this term Open to non-UGA students: Yes
Type of Admission: By deadline only Participant Selection: Competitive
Click here for a definition of this term Number of Student Participants: 21-40 students Type of Instruction: Lecture, Research/Fieldwork
Classes With: U.S. Student, UGA Students Taught By: UGA/U.S. Professors(s)
College/School: Grady Academic Area: Advertising, Film Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies, Journalism and Mass Communication, Marketing, Marketing Research, Mass Communication, Mass Media Arts, Public Relations
Language Program: No Language of Instruction: English
Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.0 or above Minimum number of credit hours: 6
Maximum number of credit hours: 6 Work Opportunity: No
Volunteer Opportunity: No Scholarship Availability: No
Housing Location: Off-Campus Housing Type: Private Apartment
Program Description:

The Cannes Film Festival 2021 has moved its dates from May to July because of COVID.  The new dates for our study abroad program will be July 5-29, 2021.

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UGA- Grady- Cannes Film Festival Study Abroad

The Cannes Film Festival Study Abroad offers two academic courses centered on the famed Cannes International Film Festival, which takes place in the French coastal city of Cannes each May. Through this program, students have an opportunity to expand their global perspective and participate in an international cinema and media event. The festival is arguably the most important film festival in the world, and it attracts motion pictures and their producers, directors, and stars from around the world. For two weeks each May, the festival at Cannes is the center of the entertainment world.

Program Location

film festivalLocated on the Mediterranean in southern France, Cannes is a beautiful seaside resort community not far from Nice, Monte Carlo, and St. Tropez.


Contact Information

Dr. Nate Kohn, Program Director
Grady College of Journalism & Mass Communication
Phone: 706.542.4972
Professor Jeff Springston
Grady College of Journalism & Mass Communication
Phone: 706.542.7833


Academic Program

Course Offerings: May 2021

Dr. Nate Kohn, Grady College of Journalism & Mass Communication
JOUR 5590/7590 Critical Writing and Reviewing: As the catalogue course description states, this is a class devoted to writing reviews about the popular arts. It is also intended to be a survey of arts criticism. Assignments will require students to cover a number of live arts events, movies, and television programming.
You will be expected to read reviews on-line and in a variety of publications, including international newspapers. In your reviews, you should draw on your general knowledge of the arts, culture, society, and the relationship between arts production and arts criticism. In addition to your idiosyncratic personal tastes, you should take into consideration issues such as race, class, gender, and nationalism and engage various discourses, such as the modern, the postmodern, the postcolonial, and the romantic.
As this is a concentrated Maymester, we will limit ourselves to reviewing movies that you will see at the Cannes Film Festival.

Professor Jeff Springston, Grady College of Journalism & Mass Communication
TELE 4420/6420 Telecommunications Research:The Cannes Film Festival is one of the premiere annual events in the international motion picture industry. Cannes is not simply a festival of film screenings; it also hosts the largest industry market in the world where filmmakers, agents, distributors, and other professionals from around the world come to buy, sell, pitch, and promote their projects.
Many filmmakers screen their films at the market in Cannes with the goal of securing a distribution deal. How do they create good “buzz” about their films in order to attract audiences and potential buyers? Many films leave the festival without any interest from distributors. Some films receive glowing reviews, while others do not fare as well with the critics. What can these filmmakers do to market their films more effectively?
A movie that is well-received by audiences at Cannes might be difficult to market in another country. How should filmmakers and distributors advertise the film to these audiences? What does the poster look like? Should there be different trailers and posters for different audiences?

Program Itinerary

Arrive in Cannes Saturday or Sunday, 8th or 9th, 2021
Classes run from Monday, May 10th through June 2nd, 2021
Depart program on Thursday, June 3rd, 2021


Students reside two to a room, in furnished apartment-style condos in Juan-Les-Pins, France. Apartments are equipped with twin sized beds, fully-stocked kitchenette (stovetop, microwave, mini-fridge, coffee pot, plates, bowls, cups, cutlery, etc), pillows, sheets, towels, blankets, etc.

The residence is conveniently located one block from the beach, one block from the grocery store and restaurants, one block from the train station, and one block from laundry facilities and a pharmacy.

Program Costs

The program costs vary from year to year depending on number of students enrolled, exchange rates, and logistical cost changes. The estimated PROGRAM FEE for Summer 2021 is $2,735 (this includes the $300 security deposit paid upon acceptance to the program). The Program Fee for Summer 2020 is subject to change until all students are committed to the program in the Spring. In addition to the program fee, students are expected to pay 6 hours of In-state tuition and UGA Mandatory Fees through their Athena student accounts after registration. The HOPE and Zell Miller scholarships can be applied towards TUITION only if applicable. **non-UGA transient students may have an additional $250 fee upon registration**

The program fee listed above includes the following:
- Lodging in fully-furnished apartments located in Juan-Les-Pins, France (2 train stops over from Cannes - where the festival is located). 
- Travel Health Insurance (committed students will be automatically enrolled)
- Opening and Closing Dinner Celebration
- Badges to the Cannes Film Festival
- Classroom rental
- Some faculty related expenses

The program fee listed above does NOT include:
- 6 hours of in-state tuition and UGA Mandatory fees (see Cost of Attendance Sheet for rates for Summer 2019)
- International roundtrip airfare
- Ground transportation while in France - Rail, bus, taxi, etc.
- Meals
- Personal Purchases
- 100 euro refundable security deposit at residence upon arrival (will receive back at checkout pending no damages to room).
- Passport cost if the student does not have one already
- International Data for US Cell phone - Required
- Miscellaneous expenses

Attend the Cannes Film Festival Study Abroad Program Information Session!

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Program Reviews:
Audrey Ellen Shaw, Maymester 2019 Participant
If you are a non-UGA student and are nervous to apply to this - APPLY! I'm so glad I did. I made amazing friends and had a life changing experience in Cannes. This program is worth it in every way and helped me learn so much about myself and the world in relation to film.

Hannah Eleanor Pelfresne, Maymester 2017 Participant
If you are a non-UGA student considering going, GO. Everyone was extremely welcoming to me which I was a little nervous for before the trip.

Hannah Eleanor Pelfresne, Maymester 2017 Participant
This experience can only be had through this program. Probably never in your life will you have the opportunity to have an exclusive badge at the Cannes Film Festival, walk the red carpet, and interact with so many industry professionals.

Aside from a host of amazing experiences and stories, this study abroad showed me what the industry is really like and what the people are like. It made revealed the industry to be a lot more approachable and not as elitist as it is often perceived. It also made me realize that you don't have to be a creative genius or have a sixth toe to make it in the industry. A lot of the people I met were just hardworking and lovers of film, just like the rest of us. This realization gave me confidence in not only being successful in the film industry but more importantly being successful in whatever career path I choose.
     — Thomas Jones, Maymester 2017
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