COM 366 US The Sundance Film Festival Experience 4 S.H.
This Communications course will explore the many facets of the role of the modern day film festival. Students will interact with professionals in promotions, distribution and independent filmmaking while immersing themselves in the aesthetics and culture of film. Students will spend one week at Elon, put on a small film screening, and then travel to Utah to attend a week of the Sundance Film Festival. They will research topics prior to attending the festival and complete journals and related assignments upon returning to campus. The online application includes a short essay. Applicants will also submit a 60 second video demonstrating why they are interested in attending the Sundance Film Festival.
This Winter Term program fulfills a COM elective.
Prerequisites: COM 100 and COM 220
Grades count toward an Elon GPA.
This course may not be taken on an audit or pass/fail basis.
Sundance Film Festival is located in Park City, Utah. Students will be housed within walking distance to the screening venues and steps away from the free bus system. They will have access to a grocery store and two full kitchens.
Students will spend the first half of January participating in classes on Elon's campus. The second half of the course will take place in Park City, Utah at the Sundance Film Festival.
Note: Itinerary is subject to change due to availability of local facilities and scheduling issues.
Eligibility & Application Deadlines
The eligibility requirements specific to this program are listed in the Fact Sheet at the top of this brochure.
See the Deadlines and Events Calendar for the most up-to-date deadline information.
To cancel your participation in a program, complete the Winter Term Withdrawal questionnaire in your application.
- Sept. 14, 2017: Deposit refund deadline for Study USA programs. Students accepted to Study USA programs that cancel after this date will not have the deposit refunded.
- October 2, 2017: Full payment deadline.
- October 3 - 9, 2017: Students that cancel within these dates are responsible for 50 percent of the cost of the program.
- October 10 - 18, 2017: Students that cancel within these dates are responsible for 75 percent of the cost of the program.
- Oct. 19, 2017: Students that cancel on or after this date are responsible for the full program cost.
You are responsible for the costs noted above if you cancel regardless of whether you have paid the program fees at the time of cancellation.
Deposit Refunds -
If you have paid the deposit and are cancelling your participation prior to the deposit refund deadline, the amount will remain as a credit on your account to be applied towards the following semester’s billing. If you have any questions about your deposit, you may contact the Bursar’s office at firstname.lastname@example.org
*All students are automatically enrolled in a travel insurance policy through iNext, an outside insurance provider. This policy covers students who must cancel their participation due to serious health issues that occur after October 1. In some instances (evaluated on a case-by-case basis) the travel insurance may insure against changes in mental health. The insurance does not cover any other changes in circumstances such as disciplinary or academic status; job, internship, graduate school or theatrical performance opportunities; leadership opportunities on campus; fear; other personal issues. Students who must cancel their participation after the final day to have the $400 deposit refunded may be able to seek a refund through the travel insurance company.
If airline bookings have already been made by the time of a student's cancellation, some airlines may issue the student a voucher for the value of the ticket less some penalty fee for change in ticketing. These are usually valid for 12 months with the airline issuing the ticket. The airline can provide specific details.
Costs for Study USA vary program to program and are in addition to the tuition for Winter Term, which is included in the fall semester tuition bill.
The cost includes some group meals, transportation, housing, movie tickets, one festival pass, & industry panels.
Basic cost information is available on the Cost and Credit Chart.
Detailed cost information is available on the budget sheet (link at top of page).
Need-based scholarships are available for Elon WT programs through the GEC.
For additional information on scholarships or other funding for study abroad, see the Financial Planning for Global Study page.
If you qualify for a travel grant through any of the fellows or scholars programs, see the appropriate program director for more information on how to apply the grant to your study abroad program. Visit the Deadlines and Events Calendar for travel grant deadlines.
For More Information
Program Leader 1: Jason McMerty
Director of the Elon in LA; Assistant Professor of Communications
2850 Campus Box
Isabella Cannon Global Education Center
CB 2375, Global Commons 360
Elon, NC 27244