Festival and Lab Opportunities

Current SFTV students have the opportunity to attend the world’s best film festivals. There is an emphasis on engaging with professionals in the industry, understanding the current state of film and crafting their career path. 

There are countless film festivals in the United States and internationally. As a filmmaker, a solid understanding of how to use a film festival strategy to your advantage can save you a lot of time and money, which is why we focus on film festival education. We have ongoing conversations about which festivals will support your film, help build an audience and lead you to future opportunities.

Questions? Students and alumni are welcome to email Director of Industry Relations, Lex McNaughton.



The Slamdance Film Festival is a showcase for raw and innovative filmmaking that lives and bleeds by its mantra: by filmmakers, for filmmakers. Slamdance has created a track record for showcasing breakthrough artists that is beyond dispute. Filmmakers who first presented their work at the festival are now among the biggest names in the entertainment industry. 

Cannes Film Festival Student Program 

The American Pavilion Student Programs are more than an internship. Each program is specifically designed to complement a student's school curriculum with hands-on experience, direct access to industry professionals and networking opportunities with other film-focused students from leading universities all over the world. Students participate with industry thought leaders in roundtable and panel discussions on all aspects of the film business.

Telluride Film Festival

Student Symposium

Imagine being a part of an exclusive give and take with such filmmakers as Werner Herzog, Kelly Reichardt, Barry Jenkins, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Todd Haynes, Joshua Oppenheimer, Francis Ford Coppola, Errol Morris, Hirokazu Kore-eda, Karyn Kusama, David Fincher, Trey Edward Schults, Wim Wenders, Agnieszka Holland, Tilda Swinton, Mike Leigh, Lynne Ramsay, Walter Murch, Michael Haneke, Xavier Dolan, Chloé Zhao, Asghar Farhadi, Guy Maddin, Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne, and Volker Schlöndorff, to name some of the past participants in the Telluride Film Festival Student Symposium.
It all happens Labor Day Weekend in the Colorado Rockies at the Telluride Film Festival Student Symposium. The symposium is open to 50 college and university students, regardless of your major. We are looking for some inspired students to screen the year’s best films and have in-depth discussions with some of the greatest names in cinema. All participants in the symposium will receive a Student Festival pass and a modest travel stipend.

Production Apprentice

For those who want the fullest ‘behind-the-scenes’ adventure, we select 8-10 eager applicants as Production Apprentices for an intensive six weeks of preparation in Telluride. Remember the elementary school gym that transforms into a galactic movie palace? That takes many hands and long hours. Carpentry, rigging, painting and other production skills — apprentices acquire a real hands-on view of assembling a world-class event from the ground up. 

Film Independent

LMU SFTV Alum at the Forum

The Forum will be packed with interactive panels, workshops, and in-depth discussions, giving attendees ample opportunity to seize the tools and strategies they need to get their projects off the ground. Our off-the-record networking lunches will be back, as well as Industry Connect, which provides valuable one-on-one meetings with key figures and decision-makers from throughout the entertainment industry.