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2018 Film Festival

From 96 record-breaking submissions to 18 semi-finalists, our international jury selected their top 3 films for a month of public voting. One film was a moving music video from Rabat. Another detail a mysterious night in Barcelona. The third was an adventurous and upbeat story about friendship abroad. More than 2,000 votes later, Philip Baites took home the Grand Prize award for his film "Tangier to Casablanca" during  an exciting and inspiring Film Festival celebration at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

GRAND PRIZE WINNER: Tangier to Casablanca | University of Tennessee at Knoxville IES Abroad Raba | Academic Year 2017-2018

Finalist: One Night in Barcelona | University of Texas at Austin IES Abroad Barcelona | Spring 2018

Finalist: Happiness Only Real When Shared | University of Rochester IES Abroad Auckland | Fall 2017



Soy Fanny
Andie Ayala | IES Abroad Granada 

Walk in Milan
Aaron Yasko | IES Abroad Milan

Study Abroad Stories
Allison Schafer | IES Abroad Milan

El Fotógrafo
Isabel Bautista | IES Abroad Salamanca 

The Other Side
Danielle Weinstein | IES Abroad Auckland

First Year Experience
Claire Maske | IES Abroad London

The Bucket List  
Moriah Atlas | IES Abroad London

El Gusto de Hacer
Ethan Eldridge | IES Abroad Santiago

Where Are You Right Meow
Maysam Al-Ani | IES Abroad Tokyo

Make Every Day A Good Day
James Jenkins | IES Abroad Barcelona

A Day (Semester) in Christchurch
Tessa Vande Creek | IES Abroad Christchurch

Shanghai, A Visual Diary
Kaung Kyaw | IES Abroad Shanghai

Not Your Ugly Asian Dude
Yu Chen | IES Abroad Rabat

Let's Talk
Taylor Rainey | IES Abroad Buenos Aires

letter to madrid
Carol Lee Diallo | IES Abroad Madrid


2017 Film Festival

Thoughtful and creative filmmakers, a fabulous celebrity host by the name of Kate Flannery (you've seen her on The Office ), and films that made us laugh, cry, and want to travel the world. No, we're not talking about the Oscars, we're talking about our 2017 Study Abroad Film Festival event! We were thrilled to announce our Grand Prize winner in front of a live audience during the event on November 1st, at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) Chicago. After a record-breaking 93 total student film submissions and 2,000+ votes on Facebook, our Grand Prize award went to Ismael Byers (Hope College | IES Abroad Santiago) and Kyle Arnold (Ithaca College | IES Abroad Santiago)!

GRAND PRIZE WINNER: Solitude: A Companion Abroad Ismael Byers & Kyle Arnold | Hope College & Ithaca College IES Abroad Santiago | Fall 2016

FINALIST: Sapporo Jacob Hatfield | Penn State IES Abroad Tokyo | Fall, 2016

FINALIST: The Journey of Healing in Japan Wennicha Yang | University of Minnesota – Twin Cities IES Abroad Tokyo | J-Term, 2017



Rewind to Fast Forward
Sitthipong Chomsang | IES Abroad Dublin

No Pasa Nada: A Tyler Collins Perspective
Tyler Collins | IES Abroad Barcelona

Just Another Day
Marty Dang | IES Abroad Nagoya

Alya James Abourezk | IES Abroad Berlin

I Spy
Bianca Elise Cortner | IES Abroad Sydney

How to Make the Most of Amsterdam
Noam Kahn | IES AbroadAmsterdam

Abroad Perspective
Christopher Arihilam | Miami University

Japan Through My Eyes
Valerie M. Virgen | IES Abroad Tokyo

Becoming Clouds
Robin Hupin | IES Abroad Milan

2016 Film Festival

With more emphasis on storytelling and creativity than ever before, the 2016 Film Festival, which ran from October 2015-September 2016, was the most successful festival to date. The 2016 Festival diverged from previous years by asking students to submit their films into one of three categories: A Day in the Life, Creative Short, and Film Course Production.

Starting with a record-breaking 70 film submissions from around the world, 18 semi-finalists were sent to the jury and 5 finalist films were opened up to the public for voting on our Facebook page.

After 2,000+ votes in just five days’ time, the award of Study Abroad Film Festival Grand Prize Winner went to “Even in Europe…” by Jordan Cain (IES Abroad Vienna | Spring 2016) for his light-hearted, and smile-filled dance video across Europe.

GRAND PRIZE WINNER: Even in Europe… Jordan Cain | Indiana University IES Abroad Vienna | Spring, 2016

FINALIST: I Choose OpennnessThamine Nayeem | University of Richmond IES Abroad Rabat | Fall, 2015

FINALIST: FOMO Rachel Beavers, Courtney Testa, and Rod Flucas | University of Georgia, Penn State, University of the Redlands IES Abroad London | Spring, 2016

FINALIST: With Love Shannon Sotomayor | Brown University IES Abroad Dublin | Spring, 2016

FINALIST: Si Sabe Algo Paul Holden | Yale University IES Abroad Salamanca | Fall, 2015



Motion in the South
Oliver Lowe | IES Abroad Cape Town
Honorable Mention

Hidden Beauties: A Day in Istanbul
Maya Benedict | IES Abroad Istanbul
Best New Talent

(Not) A Day in the Life Abroad
Benjamin Streeter | IES Abroad Madrid
Most Unique

La Bella Vita a Milano
Hannah Koxlien and Megan Wrentz | IES Abroad Milan
Most Creative Music Video

Teaching Science in Manenberg
James Dolgin | IES Abroad Cape Town
Most Informative

There Is No Place Like Home
Brock Carlson | IES Abroad Milan
Best Storytelling

My Milano Is Not Your Milan
Jiaqi Luo | IES Abroad Milan
Best Cinematography

Bonjour Paris!
Gwendolyn Lee | IES Abroad Paris
Best Music

The Black Men of IES Roma
Konso Mbakire | IES Abroad Rome
Best Interviews

Micky Ferguson | IES Abroad Salamanca
Most Thought Provoking

The Third Man: A Reenactment
Sparrow Gates | IES Abroad Vienna
Best Screenplay

Elisabeth Hawthorne| IES Abroad Rome
Best Study Abroad Reflection

The Barrier
Valerie Medoff | IES Abroad London
Best Documentary

2015 Film Festival 

The 2015 Study Abroad Film Festival, which ran from October 2014-September 2015, was open to IES Abroad students and alumni who studied abroad any time between January 2012 and June 2015.

Like last year, the prompt asked students to capture the essence of study abroad in 25 minutes or less. For the second year in a row we were captivated, inspired, and moved by their personal interpretations of the study abroad experience. 

From 45 submissions, to 19 semi-finalists- only 3 jury selected films went live for public vote on our Facebook page. After over 1,000 votes, the award of Study Abroad Film Festival 2015 Winner went to It's Okay by Kyle Rodriguez (IES Abroad Buenos Aires | Spring 2015). 

WINNER: It's Okay Kyle Rodriguez | Occidental College IES Abroad Buenos Aires, Spring 2015

2ND PLACE: Bringing Light to Egoli Larisa Manescu | University of Texas – at Austin IES Abroad Cape Town, Spring 2015

FINALIST: Abroad Sweet Abroad Adrienne Picciotto | Mount Holyoke College IES Abroad Rome, Spring 2015



A Day in Rome
Lichun (Lisa) Chang | IES Abroad Rome, Fall 2014

A Semester in China: Shanghai 2015
Shea Parikh | IES Abroad Shanghai, Spring 2015

Abbey Road – It’s Just a Road
Marialyse Martiney | IES Abroad London, Spring 2015

Be Cool – Berlin
Hannah Ayasse & Julia Lesser | IES Abroad Berlin, Spring 2015

Hannah Kaminsky | IES Abroad Rome, Spring 2015

Dear Delhi
Elisa Barton | IES Abroad Delhi, Spring 2015

Die Sprache der Steine
Jonathan Ho & Cole Graham | IES Abroad Berlin, Spring 2015

Eliza – Official Trailer (2015)
Philip Chen | IES Abroad Vienna, Spring 2015

Headbanging Around Europe
Andrew Brummer | IES Abroad Barcelona, Fall 2014

Rio de Janeiro Semester Abroad
Tim Fisher | IES Abroad Rio de Janeiro, Spring 2015

So It Goes
Kimberly Webber | IES Abroad European Union, Spring 2015

Thank You Australia
Marlowe Padilla | IES Abroad Sydney, Spring 2015

The ABC’s of Study Abroad
Saphir Shemesh | IES Abroad Vienna, Spring 2015

The Bravest Measure
Elisabeth Hawthorne | IES Abroad Rome, Fall 2014-Spring 2015

The Rich Life of Robert Dawson
Adam Wallace | IES Abroad Rome, Spring 2015

Tomado 4: El Toma
Joe LoCascio & TJ Patrias | IES Abroad Barcelona, Spring 2015

2014 Film Festival

The 2014 Study Abroad Film Festival ran from October 2013 through September 2014. The festival was open to IES Abroad students and alumni who studied abroad any time between January 2011 and August 2014.

Challenged with the prompt of capturing the spirit of study abroad in 25 minutes or less, the producers and their films blew us away!

From 54 submissions to 19 semi-finalists, the jury selected their top 3 films for public vote on our Facebook page. More than 4,000 votes later, the award of Study Abroad Film Festival 2014 Winner went to East of Here by Alexa Penton (IES Abroad Beijing | Spring 2014). 

WINNER: East of Here Alexa Penton | University of Mississippi IES Abroad Beijing, Spring 2014

FINALIST: Japan: A Boy's Journey Finn Smyth | University of South Carolina IES Abroad Tokyo, Summer 2013

FINALIST: home sweet home Grace DuVal Johnston | School of the Art Institute, Chicago IES Abroad Customized Program: School of the Art Institute of Chicago Paris Fashion, Spring 2012



Augenblicke meines Lebens / Minutes of my Life
David Freid | IES Abroad Berlin, Spring 2014

The Final Vlog
Steven Fowler | IES Abroad Nantes, Spring 2014

Miseducation: Beyond Many Means
Taylor Turner | IES Abroad Beijing, Spring 2013

Lost but then Found
Chelsea Golub | IES Abroad London, Spring 2013

Briene Lermitte | IES Abroad Siena, Spring 2011

A New Globe
Jason Farahnik | IES Abroad Customized Program: Babson BRIC, Fall 2012

Across the Hall
Doug Gavetti | IES Abroad Milan, Spring 2014

The IES Declassified Freiburg Survival Guide
Gracie Weiderhaft | IES Abroad Freiburg, Academic Year 2012-13

Shark in the Water - Galapagos Style
Johanna O’Day | IES Abroad Galápagos Islands, Spring 2014

Adventures Abroad
Ginger Maneske | IES Abroad Milan, Spring 2011

Memories from the Maghreb
Meghan Johns | IES Abroad Rabat, Spring 2014

Bid Me Be Silent
Ashlyn Keightley | IES Abroad Vienna, Fall 2013

While I Was There, a Study Abroad Adventure
Colin Klingemann | IES Abroad London, Summer 2012

Viaggio in Italia
Peter Anthony and Kate Krull | IES Abroad Milan, Summer 2014

Juggling Down Under
Michael Rizk | IES Abroad Sydney, Spring 2014

Stereotypes/ Stereotipi
Kathleen Ray and Nina Ottaviano | IES Abroad Rome, Spring 2014

Last Updated: 1/28/19