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

In preparation for fieldwork at the festival, you 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. You then spend every day of your two weeks attending the festival in Cannes, France. Your experience includes 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 Penn in Cannes program is exclusively for Penn undergraduate students.

Applications open September 11, 2019
Early admission deadline: Friday, January 24, 2020
Rolling admissions continue until the program reaches capacity
Final application deadline: Tuesday, March 31, 2020

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Join us for an information session to learn more about the program:

Date Time Location
Wednesday, November 13 5-6 p.m. FBH 401
Tuesday, November 19 5-6 p.m. FBH 401
Wednesday, December 4 5-6 p.m. FBH 401
Friday, March 27, 2020
Friday, April 24, 2020
Pre-departure lectures
Sunday, May 10, 2020 Recommended arrival in Cannes
Sunday, May 10, 2020 Program housing first available
Tuesday, May 12, 2020 On-site orientation
Saturday, May 23, 2020 Classes end
Sunday, May 24, 2020 Program housing last checkout date

All students register for a total of one course unit (c.u.)*. 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

CIMS 039 (1 c.u.)

  • Fulfills requirements: Elective Cinema and Media Studies Major & Minor

The program 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 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 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.

Students stay at the Collège International de Cannes in dormitory-style housing. Classes also meet at the College, which is centrally located. Breakfast is 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 and fees for 2020 will be posted in spring 2020. Please use 2019 costs listed below as general estimates only.

  • Tuition for summer 2019: $4,392
  • Program fee for summer 2019: $1,695
    • Penn Summer Abroad deposits ($500) will be credited to students’ accounts when final program costs are posted
    • Includes administrative costs, student accommodations and passes to the Cannes Film Festival
  • 2019 estimated cost sheet

Payment is due according to Penn’s Student Registration and Financial Services billing schedule.

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

If you have a problem viewing this video, you can watch it on YouTube.

Contact Information

For details about the program, courses, or location including academic advising, travel dates, housing and orientation:

Nicola M. Gentili

Program Director
Nicola M. Gentili
Associate Director of Cinema Studies 
University of Pennsylvania
Tel: (215) 898-8782
ngentili@sas.upenn.edu

For assistance with the application, financial questions, pre-departure or other general information:

Fisher-Bennett Hall
Penn Summer Abroad Office
College of Liberal and Professional Studies
University of Pennsylvania
Fisher-Bennett Hall, Room 101
3340 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19104-3335
Tel: (215) 898-7326
summerabroad@sas.upenn.edu

*Academic credit is defined by the University of Pennsylvania as a course unit (c.u.). A course unit (c.u.) is a general measure of academic work over a period of time, typically a term (semester or summer). A c.u. (or a fraction of a c.u.) represents different types of academic work across different types of academic programs and is the basic unit of progress toward a degree. One c.u. is usually converted to a four-semester-hour course.

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