Students wishing to discuss their career path, film festivals or receive notes on their projects should schedule a Zoom meeting with Lex McNaughton via Handshake. Are you an SFTV alum? Head on over to our alumni opportunities page!

There are countless film festivals in the United States and internationally. Having a solid understanding of how to use film festival strategy to your advantage as a filmmaker can save 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.
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.

Have a quick question? Students and alumni are welcome to email our Career and Film Festival Manager Lex McNaughton.

Current Opportunities

Cannes Film Festival Student Program 2020

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.

Application Timeline:
Early Decision: December 6, 2019
General Admission February 7, 2020

Telluride Film Festival 2020

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 & Jean-Pierre Dardenne, and Volker Schlöndorff, to name just a few 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, no matter what your major. We’re 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.

Application Timeline
Opens February 4, 2020- Closes March 16, 2020
Production Apprentice

For those who want the fullest ‘behind-the-scenes’ adventure, we select 8-10 eager applicants as Production Apprentices for an intensive 6 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. More information and the Production Apprentice Application Form are available below.

Application Timeline:
Opens February 4, 2020- Until Filled


Film Independent

LMU SFTV MFA Screenwriters at the Forum

The 2020 Film Independent Forum has been postponed. 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.

Current MFA Screenwriting students:
Selected MFA Screenwriting students will receive a complimentary pass to the Forum, receive priority 1:1 industry meetings and one will be selected to pitch their film to a panel of industry members. Apply for a complimentary student pass.

Date TBD 

Current students in good standing may apply for the SFTV Student Travel Award for experiences outside of Los Angeles.