Festival and Lab Opportunities

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

Slamdance 2021

Grab your free pass while supplies last and cheer on our own faculty member, Skinner Myers when he premieres his film, The Sleeping Negro at this year's festival.  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 amongst the biggest names in the entertainment industry. 

Cannes Film Festival Student Program 2021

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: February 1, 2021
General Admission March 15, 2021

Telluride Film Festival 2021

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
Spring TBD
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:Spring 2021

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.

Application Timeline: Fall 2021



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