Montreal Summer Film Program

How to apply:

  • Earn 12 College Credits
  • Engage in intensive screenwriting and cinematography projects
  • Learn Urban Indie Filmmaking including screenwriting, shooting, directing and post-production
  • Complete an original short film


Live in Montreal for two months and study Urban Indie Filmmaking with celebrated Champlain College professor and Hollywood director Rob Schmidt Barracano. Home base will be Champlain's downtown Montreal campus located on Sherbrooke Street (near Rue Berri).

Montreal is a dynamic cultural and media center, home to the production of many Hollywood films and many cultural festivals and events (including the Montreal World Film Festival in August). There are few cities in the world offering this much access to film and creative culture.

During the first session, students will engage in intensive screenwriting and cinematography work that will culminate, in the second session, with a month of "urban indie filmmaking." Students will be involved in shooting, directing, editing and post-production using state-of-the-art equipment. All participants will complete an original short film project.

Rob Schmidt Barracano, a professor at Champlain College, has taught in NYU's graduate film program in Singapore and at SUNY Purchase's program. He Robert Schmidt Barracanostudied at the American Film Institute and is a member of the Directors Guild of America and the Writers Guild of America.

Who should consider participating?

  • Current Champlain College Filmmaking students who would like to enhance their programmatic experience (6 of the 12 credits will apply toward required Filmmaking courses).

  • Current Champlain College students in other programs, such as Professional Writing, Creative Media, and Broadcast & Streaming Media who would like an integrated filmmaking experience (a portion of the 12 credits will apply toward required courses in your program).

  • Students in all disciplines at any U.S. institution of higher education who are interested in spending a summer in Montreal learning filmmaking.

The Details

What: Urban Indie Filmmaking Summer Program

Where: Champlain College's beautiful campus located in downtown Montreal, Canada

When: June 2 - August 1


Courses (12 total college credits):

  • Tales from the City (3 credits)—Screenwriting for all levels
  • Guerrilla Cinematography (3 credits) —On location with limited equipment
  • Urban Indie Filmmaking (6 credits)—Produce and direct your own film

Director/lead faculty member: Champlain College professor and Hollywood feature film director Rob Schmidt Barracano (Wrong Turn, Alphabet Killer)

Estimated Costs

Tuition $6,708 (USD) not including housing and meals
Housing $1,750 (estimated cost) Champlain College housing required; exceptions can be made upon request
Facilities Fee $972
Insurance Fee $150
Total $9,580

Equipment Information

  • All shooting equipment will be provided
  • Participants encouraged to bring their own computer capable of cutting video.

Questions? Contact: Prof. Rob

Prerequisites: Students from other institutions taking the course for college credit must submit a transcript from their home institution with their application. Include a short essay (250 words) about personal goals for engaging in such a summer filmmaking program. Must be age 18 or older to apply.

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