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Cinema Studies TIFF Program

The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) program is designed to provide Oakland University students with hands-on experience at a major international film festival and market, including screenings, industry panels, and master class workshops with media professionals. The program will be organized in conjunction with one-credit CIN 485 course taught during Fall 2018.

Program eligibility: current students who enroll in the one-credit CIN course, which is by instructor permission only. Please note that current OU Cinema Studies students and upperclassmen will be given preference since spots are limited.

Priority deadline for applications is April 7:the deadline for the $500 deposit is May 15.

For more information, check out this video about the Cinema Studies TIFF Program in Toronto

Where You
Will Be

The trip will take place in the heart of downtown Toronto, Canada. In addition to being the location for North America’s most prestigious film festival, Toronto is a center for Canadian and international film, television, and media industries. Students will stay at the HI-Toronto Hostel in dorm style rooms. The hostel is close to a number of restaurants, coffee shops, shopping, mass transportation, etc.

The TIFF Bell Lightbox holds many of the festival’s activities and is only a five-minute walk from the hostel. We will spend the first day in Toronto getting oriented to the area and festival locations. Students will be given a tour of the neighborhood and festival locations, pick up film badges, etc.

What You
Will Do
and learn
What you will do
Students will attend Industry Conference panels, festival screenings, networking events, OU Master Classes, and other designated class activities. As part of the one-credit CIN 485 course, you will also complete festival-based assignments. Students will have the opportunity to contextualize and reflect upon their experiences at the festival. After the first day or two of the festival, students will be encouraged to structure their own festival experience based on their interests as well as course assignments and activities.

There are several goals for participating students in this program: 1) to introduce students to contemporary trends in global cinema, 2) to foster an understanding of the business operations and cultural activities of TIFF, and 3) to offer professionalization opportunities and forge pathways towards successful creative careers in the media industries.

What you will learn
Students will attend Industry Conference panels, festival screenings, networking events, and TBD class activities. As part of the one-credit CIN 485 course, you will also complete festival-based assignments. Students will have the opportunity to contextualize and reflect upon their experiences at the festival. After the first day or two of the festival, students will be encouraged to structure their own festival experience based on their interests as well as course assignments and activities.

There are several goals for participating students in this program: 1) to introduce students to contemporary trends in global cinema, 2) to foster an understanding of the business operations and cultural activities of TIFF, and 3) to offer professionalization opportunities and forge pathways towards successful creative careers in the media industries.
What to
Bring
  • TIFF is a fairly informal event. Pack casual clothes and comfortable shoes. Additionally, you may want to bring a slightly dressier outfit for a group dinner or industry networking event. A light jacket, umbrella, and a backpack or satchel is recommended. Since you will be working on course assignments, you should bring a laptop or tablet, or any camera equipment you may have. You may want to bring your own pillow, twin set sheet, and towel.
  • You should contact your cell phone provider to find out if your cell phone will work in Canada. Due to the size and scope of the festival, we strongly prefer students to have cell and/or text access. You may buy international data plan, purchase a SIM card if you phone is unlocked, purchase a Canadian pay-as-you go phone, or download a texting app that works over Wi-Fi.
Requirements

Students must enroll in CIN 485, which is by instructor permission only. Please note that current OU Cinema Studies students and upperclassmen will be given preference since spots are limited.

Potential participants should complete applications on the International Education website, including contact information for a personal reference. Applicants should meet with the program director at least briefly prior to completing the application and submitting the deposit, either individually or at one of the information meetings. The priority deadline for the application and a non-refundable deposit of $500 is May 15. Final program costs will be determined by the number of students attending the trip.

Cost
Toronto International Film Fest
Film Festival Sept. 7 - 13
Number of Credits1
Program Cost$1,200
Application depositNon-refundable deposit included in program cost
Meals not included$250
ExcursionsNot included
AirfareBus transportation included
Books and supplies$35
Extra costsOn-the-ground transportation ($50), passport/passport card enhanced license fees, international cell phone costs, personal incidentals