Montreal Filmmaking Summer Program

Montreal Summer Film Program

FLM 389: Urban Indie Filmmaking (six credits)

June 2016

We'll start accepting applications in Fall 2015.

Montreal is the vibrant cultural capital of Quebec, Canada, and serves as the urban backdrop for this highly creative and immersive Filmmaking Summer Program.

In this four-week Urban Indie Filmmaking course, you will write, produce, shoot and edit a film in collaborative groups of three or four students. Working within narrative fiction, documentary or music video genres, you will acquire the necessary skills in the cinematic arts to confidently begin your career as an indie filmmaker.

From writing screenplays, documentary treatments and visual concepts, to mastering the tools of cinematography, sound recording and video editing, you will engage with many aspects of the film production workflow, including how to promote and distribute the films that you produce. At our Montreal campus, you will have access to state-of-the-art equipment and facilities. The course includes weekly screenings that provide students with a foundation for their own productions, master classes and a speaker series with industry professionals, along with visits to local production companies and studios such as Eyesteelfilm, Parafilms, 4U2C, Cineground, Framestore and Mel's "La cité du cinéma." At the end of the program, the student films will be screened at the Cinémathèque Québécoise.

Staffed by local professional filmmakers, the Montreal Filmmaking Summer Program stresses the importance of maintaining a proactive and professional environment. Taught in English, the Urban Indie Filmmaking course aims to foster innovative and creative projects, and to nurture passionate aspiring filmmakers. This filmmaking study abroad experience is enhanced by Montreal's dynamic art scene, numerous festivals and diverse cultural events, all of which will inspire the stories you wish to tell.

Total Cost: $4,800

Includes tuition, housing, activities fee and insurance. Personal production costs not included (location fees, on-site equipment transport, catering, etc).

Who should consider applying?

  • Current Champlain College Filmmaking students who would like to enhance their programmatic experience 
  • Current Champlain College students in other programs, such as Professional Writing, Creative Media, Communication, and Broadcast & Streaming Media who would like an integrated filmmaking experience
  • Students in relevant disciplines at other institutions of higher education who are interested in spending a summer in Montreal honing in their filmmaking skills 


Champlain College students: Minimum of 60 college credits. Must have completed DFM-225 and DFM-228, or equivalent courses. Permission from your Advisor to enroll is required and should be sent to CCM Assistant Dean, Eric Ronis.

Students from other institutions: Minimum of 60 college credits and at least one year of production courses. With your application, please submit a transcript from your home institution, as well as a short essay (250 words) describing your personal goals for engaging in the Montreal Filmmaking Summer Program.

Payment Deadlines

  • Applications are due by Feb 15
  • Deposit of $400 due by March 1
  • First payment of $2000 due by April 15
  • Balance of $2400 due by May 15

Equipment Information

  • Shooting and editing equipment will be provided
  • Participants are encouraged to bring their own computer capable of cutting video


Contact Noah Goldblatt at about the application process.