Penn-in-Cannes, France


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Experience the Cannes Film Festival while studying how international film functions in the context of celebrity, marketing, and festivals.

In preparation for fieldwork at the festival, students are required to attend two mandatory introductory lectures, which will be held in March and April on Penn’s campus, and view films from around the world. This is followed by two weeks attending the festival in Cannes, France, including screenings, classes and guest lectures by prominent leaders in the industry. Students live in dormitory-style housing at the centrally located Collège International de Cannes. The Cannes program is exclusively for Penn students.

Video: Penn Summer Abroad in Cannes

Students from Penn-in-Cannes, France program attended the 2013 Cannes Film Festival as part of their studies. Led by Nicola Gentili, Program Director, the group attended screenings and lectures, and made some time for celebrity spotting. This video was filmed & edited by Zoe Gan with video contributions from Nicolette Toronto.

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Program Calendar 2014

First introductory lecture at Penn Friday, March 28, 2014
Second introductory lecture at Penn Friday, April 25, 2014
Arrive in Cannes Monday, May 12 or Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Program starts in Cannes Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Program ends in Cannes Sunday, May 25, 2014
Depart from Cannes Monday, May 26, 2014

Course Information

All students register for a total of one course unit (CU). Course offerings are subject to change.

Course registration is completed by the Penn Summer Abroad office for students who confirm their intent to enroll and submit required pre-departure documents.


Perspectives on International Cinema (Cannes Film Festival)
CINE 039 / ENGL 039 (1CU)
Course taught by Meta Mazaj (profile)

The course begins with two introductory lectures held on Penn’s campus to enable students to establish a critical vocabulary for film study. The lectures and subsequent discussions will examine: a) The Business and Art of the Film Festival; b) Contemporary International Cinema; c) History of the Cannes Film Festival. In addition, students are required to watch at least six international films and write a ‘pre-departure’ paper. Those films will be entries from previous Cannes competitions. During the Cannes Film Festival, students will apply the critical tools and knowledge of the film industry gained from their earlier work. They will be expected to view a certain number of international films, keep a journal, attend regular meetings, and submit a final research essay. A pre-departure packet of readings will be sent to students upon admissions notification.


Students stay at the Collège International de Cannes in dormitory-style housing. Classes also meet at the College, which is centrally located. Continental breakfast included.

Tuition & Fees

Tuition and fees are subject to the approval of the Board of Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania and may change without notice.

  • Tuition for Summer 2014: $3,614
  • Program Fee for Summer 2014: $2,010
    Includes accommodation with breakfast, passes to the Cannes Film Festival, and administrative costs.
  • Click here to view the Penn-in-Cannes 2014 Estimated Cost Sheet .

Information Sessions

Information sessions for Penn Summer Abroad 2015 will be scheduled shortly. Please contact the Penn Summer Abroad office with any program-related questions at


The application for Penn Summer Abroad 2015 will be opening later this year.

Contact Information

Program Director
for details about the program, courses, or location including academic advising, travel dates, housing and orientation

Nicola M. Gentili (profile)
Associate Director of Cinema Studies
University of Pennsylvania
Tel: 215-898-8782

Penn Summer Abroad Office
for assistance with application, financial questions, pre-departure, or other general information

Penn Summer Abroad
College of Liberal & Professional Studies (LPS)
University of Pennsylvania
3440 Market Street, Suite 100
Philadelphia, PA 19104-3335
Tel: 215-746-7075
Fax: 215-573-2053