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Application for the Student Symposium '24

Application Deadline is Sunday, March 31, 2024 by 11:59PM, Pacific Time.

The Student Symposium is open to 50 college and university students  of any major. We are looking for inspired students to screen some of the year’s best films and have in-depth discussions with the exceptional artists who made them. 

Both graduate and undergraduate college students are eligible, as long as you’re currently enrolled when you apply.

Use the online form to apply

In addition to providing information about yourself and your educational status, you will also be asked to provide the following:

  • Essay:

    In 700 words or less, write  about a film that has deeply engaged you and how and why it did so.  We want to know about your knowledge of cinema and your ability to think critically about it, but just as important  is your ability to be self-reflective and to engage with broader questions in the world, and to ask how cinema has or could inform these questions for you.

    Please save your essay as a PDF with the filename LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME_essay.pdf

  • Letter of Recommendation from your Academic Advisor:

    A letter of recommendation is a requirement for your application.

    Have an instructor/advisor describe your student status and  why you are a good fit for this program.

    Two options for submitting your letter of recommendation are:

    1. Collect a letter of recommendation from your teacher and submit via the online application. Letter should be on official campus letterhead and signed by your instructor or advisor.

      Please save as a PDF file with filename  LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME_rec.pdf

    2. If your instructor prefers to send their recommendation directly to us, then do not include it with your original application. Instead, we will provide you with a web link via email after we confirm your email address.

    Please share the following text with your recommender:

    Thank you for recommending one of your students for the Telluride Film Festival Student Symposium!

    To help us choose our symposium participants, please give us a sense of your student’s passion for film and/or their involvement and experience with watching, making, or thinking about films.

    Can we count on your student to commit seriously to an intensive program of filmgoing and discussion, and to engage thoughtfully and enthusiastically with filmmakers and their fellow students? Help us get a sense of who this student is.

    Finally, if you are recommending more than one student, please differentiate your letters to help us with our decision. Thank you so much for supporting the Student Symposium!

  • Pass Photo:

    Should you be accepted, we need a photograph of you for your Festival Pass. Please make sure that the resolution is reasonable for print, your face is recognizable, and that your face takes up at least 70% of the field.

    Please title your photo: LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME.png or LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME.jpg

Submission Deadline for Student Applications

Your complete application as well as supporting material must be submitted by Sunday, March 31, 2024 by 11:59PM, Pacific Time.

If you are ready to start the application process, you may proceed to the

Student Application Form