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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|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|
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 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: TBD
- Program Fee for Summer 2014: TBD
Includes accommodation with breakfast, passes to the Cannes Film Festival, and administrative costs.
- Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 5:00pm, 401 Fisher-Bennett Hall
- Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at 5:00pm, 401 Fisher-Bennett Hall
- Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 5:00pm, 401 Fisher-Bennett Hall
- Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 5:00pm, 401 Fisher-Bennett Hall
The application for Penn-in-Cannes 2014 is now open!
- Early application deadline: Wednesday, January 22, 2014
- Final application deadline: Friday, February 28, 2014
for details about the program, courses, or location including academic advising, travel dates, housing and orientation
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