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.

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.

SFTV Alumni 8 years out from graduation or less:
Selected alumni will receive a complimentary pass to attend the Forum. Apply for a complimentary alumni pass.


Project Involve Lab Fellowship

For more than a quarter-century, Project Involve has been Film Independent's most vital and impactful program. We're proud to be a leader in the ongoing fight to build a more inclusive and equitable industry by supporting emerging filmmakers from communities underrepresented in film and entertainment.

Each year, 30 filmmakers from diverse backgrounds are given the opportunity to hone skills, form creative partnerships, create short films and gain industry access needed to succeed as working artists. This robust program pairs participants with mentors at the top of their respective field provide hands-on filmmaking experience from pre-production through premiere and much more.

Loyola Marymount University School of Film and Television Project Involve Fellowship: The LMU SFTV Project Involve Fellowship provides a $10,000 grant to alums of Loyola Marymount University accepted into Project Involve.

Project Involve 2021 
Application Timeline
Opens 5/11/2020 -Closes 7/13/2020 

Screenwriting Lab Fellowship

The Screenwriting Lab is a week-long workshop beginning in February, designed to provide individualized story and career development for emerging screenwriters with a fiction feature screenplay.

The LMU SFTV Screenwriting Fellowship provides a $10,000 grant to an alum of Loyola Marymount University that is accepted into the program. 

Screenwriting Lab 2021 
Application Timeline
Opens 6/17/2020 -Closes 8/19/2020

Story Development Residency: Open to SFTV Alumni 8 years out from graduation 

The Story Development Residency will work with a select group of alumni screenwriters over the course of 12 weeks to develop a feature-length, narrative screenplay or episodic series. The LMU Story Development Residency is project-based and the application timeline will be posted here when available.

Once selected, the filmmakers will begin their journey with a full week of masterclasses on the craft of screenwriting and workshopping their screenplays with script consultants and esteemed professional writers. The filmmakers will have at least five in-person touchpoints with Film Independent staff and mentors to track progress and provide continued support.

In the final week of the Residency, the filmmakers will reconvene to learn as a group about current industry best practices for pitching and developing stories from a producing perspective.

As part of the Residency, participants will also have opportunities to interact with and hear from professionals in the film industry through Film Independent’s year-round events which include networking events, education sessions, screenings, and showcases.

Application Timeline:
TBD 2020

Village Roadshow Emerging Talent Group

The Emerging Talent Lab is an exclusive partnership between LMU SFTV and Village Roadshow Entertainment Group to offer a 3-month Lab. The Emerging Talent Lab is a program designed to give select graduating students and recent alumni of LMU’s Film and Television program a bridge to the film, TV, and digital media industry, and to help them move their specific projects forward in a concrete and significant way.

Participants in the Emerging Talent Lab will work closely with Village Roadshow creative executives. Participants will also have regular group meetings at Village Roadshow to receive mentorship and guidance on their projects (approximately 4 times over the course of the program).

Application Timeline:
TBD 2020


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