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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Maymester 2019 01/18/2019 02/01/2019 05/11/2019 06/06/2019
Fact Sheet:
Program Category: UGA Faculty-Led Type of Instruction: Lecture, Research/Fieldwork
Classes With: U.S. Student, UGA Students Language Program: No
Language of Instruction: English Taught By: UGA/U.S. Professors(s)
Housing Location: Off-Campus Housing Type: Private Apartment
Work Opportunity: No Volunteer Opportunity: No
Scholarship Availability: No College/School: Grady
Academic Area: Advertising, Film Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies, Journalism and Mass Communication, Marketing, Marketing Research, Mass Communication, Mass Media Arts, Public Relations Minimum number of credit hours: 6
Maximum number of credit hours: 6 Participant Selection: Competitive
Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.0 or above Number of Student Participants: 21-40 students
Type of Admission: By deadline only Open to non-UGA students: Yes
Program Description:

film festival

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

Rebekah Ryan, Distance Learning Coordinator
Grady College of Journalism & Mass Communication
Phone: 706.542.4181


Academic Program

Course Offerings: May 2019

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, May 11 or 12, 2019.
Classes run from Monday, May 13th through June 5th, 2019.
Depart Cannes on Thursday, June 6th, 2019.


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 total program fee cost for Summer 2019 has not been finalized at this time and is subject to change from what is advertised to students until all students are committed to the program. The program fee for Summer 2018 was $2,610 (this includes the $300 security deposit paid upon acceptance to the program). 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)
- Loaned European cell phone and data to make local calls and texts
- 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
- Miscellaneous expenses


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Program Reviews:
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.

The festival was absolutely one of the most incredible experiences of my life. Getting to feel like a local in Juan les Pins and Cannes was an amazing feeling even though I didn't speak the language. Being able to really immerse myself in French culture and experience what life there is like was an experience I will never forget.
     — Anna Holman, Maymester 2017