Montreal Filmmaking Summer Program

Champlain College Montreal Filmmaking Summer Program

FLM 389: Urban Indie Filmmaking (six credits)

May 23 - June 29, 2019

As the vibrant cultural capital of Quebec, Montreal serves as the urban backdrop for this highly creative and immersive 6-credit Urban Indie Filmmaking course. Students will engage with the whole film production process, from writing screenplays or documentary treatments to promoting and distributing the film. Master the tools of cinematography, sound recording, and video editing.

Enhanced by Montreal’s dynamic art scene, numerous festivals, and diverse cultural events, the Urban Indie Filmmaking course aims to foster innovative and creative projects and to nurture passionate aspiring filmmakers. Working in small collaborative groups, students will write, produce, shoot, and edit films using professional level equipment and facilities at our Montreal campus. Whether working in narrative fiction, documentary, or music video, you will acquire the necessary skills in the cinematic arts to begin your career as an indie filmmaker.

The Montreal Filmmaking Summer Program stresses the importance of maintaining a proactive and professional environment. This filmmaking study abroad experience includes weekly screenings, master classes, a speaker series with industry professionals, and visits to local production companies and studios such as Eyesteelfilm, Parafilms, 4U2C, Cineground, Framestore, and Mel’s “La cité du cinéma.” Final projects will be screened at a major independent downtown theatre.

Total Cost: $5,495.00
Includes tuition, housing, activities fee, and insurance. Personal production costs not included (location fees, on-site equipment transport, catering, etc). Students are expected to arrive on campus Thursday, May 23, 2019. 

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 Creative Media or Broadcast Media Production, 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 their filmmaking skills.

Prerequisites:

Champlain College students: Minimum of 50 college credits and FLM 225 or equivalent by the start of the Summer Program.

Students from other institutions: Minimum of 60 college credits and at least one year of production courses by the start of the Summer Program. 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 March 1 
  • Deposit of $500 due by March 15 
  • First payment of $2,000 due by April 17 
  • Balance of $2,995 due by May 15

Equipment Information

  • Production and editing equipment will be provided
  • You are encouraged to bring your own computer capable of editing video

Questions?

Contact Noah Goldblatt at ngoldblatt@champlain.edu about the application process.

Contact professor Van Dora Williams at vwilliams@champlain.edu about the program.

Contact Ryan Hipgrave at rhipgrave@champlain.edu about the Montreal campus.