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The Film and Media Studies program in the Department of English is pleased to announce its Ninth Annual Sundance Film Festival Student/Faculty Trip from January 28 – February 2, 2020, available for Film and Media Studies and Department of English undergraduate and graduate students, on-ground and online. Students will volunteer for 25 hours during this time as members of the Sundance Film Festival theatre team, helping to usher, take tickets, manage lines, and run its theatres. Accommodation and accreditation will be provided for all selected students. Students will be responsible for airfare to and from Salt Lake City as well as shuttle to and from Park City. Accepted students can also earn one credit of FMS 484: Internship or ENG 484: Internship.
Living accommodation will be a multi-bedroom condo in the heart of Park City that is walking distance to many festival venues and directly on the Sundance bus line. Faculty members will serve as mentors and share accommodation with 9 to 11 students. Information on the Sundance Film Festival can be obtained at https://www.sundance.org/festivals/sundance-film-festival.
Scholarships are also available for the Sundance Film Festival Student/Faculty Trip. Scholarship determinations are based on financial need, grade point average, year of study, and career goals as they relate to independent filmmaking and the Sundance Film Festival. Up to four scholarships are awarded to those students accepted to the trip after a formal selection process of all applicants. Awarded funds of $150 to $500 will be deposited directly into each recipient’s student account. Students interested in applying should also submit a one-page separate scholarship request with the general application materials. If you receive a scholarship and want to apply it toward the airfare for Sundance, that is your choice.
To apply for the Sundance Film Festival Student/Faculty Trip, a general application must be received no later than Tuesday October 1. It must comprise a one-page resume of your experience and a one-and-a-half-page cover letter detailing how this Sundance opportunity would benefit your career aspirations and goals. Email your application to Dr. Kevin Sandler at firstname.lastname@example.org. This opportunity is extremely competitive so please take your time with the application materials. An interview may also be required. The formal selection process is conducted by four-to-five faculty and staff members from the Department of English who will make the final decision on applicants. Applicants will be notified of the panel’s decision by Friday, October 11.