The Oscars got us thinking about Cannes. Why? Amour, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Moonrise Kingdom (that’s just this year), all got their start at the film festival which is one of many reasons why it’s an amazing place to study abroad.
Spring semester students benefit from being in Cannes during the world-famous film festival (!) which lasts for 2 weeks in May. You receive a pass that allows you to attend screenings, and, for the past few years, AIFS students have been offered the following opportunities during the festival:
- Volunteering with a U.S. production company which supplies crews for U.S. networks
- Volunteering with an International film sales company, providing them with administrative, office management and marketing support
- Volunteering with a specific section of the festival, working as hosts in a screening place
- Volunteering with the American Foundation for AIDS Research (AmfAR). Every year “Cinema Against Aids” hosts an annual gala dinner during the Film Festival to raise money for AIDS research. AIFS students work as volunteers at the exclusive dinner organized by amFAR
Interns are not paid but are provided with meals, treated as crew members and work every day of the festival. It is an excellent opportunity for those interested in careers in business, the arts, communications, public relations and more.
Need more reasons to go?
It’s beautiful enough to compete with Paris (no easy feat), it’s so easy to travel around Europe (cheap flights out of Nice, 30 minutes away; Italy alone is less than two hours away), and southern France boasts some of the best small museums in the world, dedicated to Picasso, Chagall, Matisse, Rodin and more.