The American Pavilion at the Cannes International Film Festival offers university students a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to attend most prestigious film festival in the world.
Festival’s only officially sanctioned worldwide student program open to film, business, hospitality/events majors.
Culinary students and professional chefs invited to participate in the American Pavilion Culinary program.
The American Pavilion www.ampav.com, celebrating its 31st year as the leading hospitality and business center at the Cannes International Film Festival, is now accepting applications from both U.S. and international university students and culinary students/chefs to participate in The American Pavilion Cannes Worldwide Student Programs taking place May 12th – 26th, 2019 in Cannes, France. The only officially sanctioned student programs recognized by the Cannes Film Festival’s governing body, the internship/educational programs include the AmPav Cannes Film & Business Program, the Cannes Hospitality & Event Management Program and the AmPav Cannes Culinary Program.
“The American Pavilion Worldwide Student Programs’ participants have the unique opportunity to meet and interact with entertainment professionals at the Cannes Festival and Market — a privilege normally reserved only for industry experts,” noted Michael Bremer, director of the AmPav Student Programs. “For most, it’s their first experience in the film business and as a result many have gone on to illustrious careers.”
Application Early Decision Deadline is December 7, 2018. General Admission Deadline is February 8, 2019. The Film, Business, Hospitality/Events Programs fee is $3950. The Culinary Program fee is $1995. This includes: 14 nights of shared accommodation with three to four other participants in a European-style residence apartment, a 10-minute drive from the Festival center; 16 nights for Culinary Program participants; Cannes International Film Festival accreditation; airport pick-up on arrival day; airport drop-off on departure day; daily breakfast; membership to The American Pavilion; guidance from an industry advisor; admission to The Student Roundtable Series (work schedule permitting); access to The American Pavilion in-house Festival ticketing system; and end-of-program party. If accepted in the programs, participants are responsible for their own travel costs and arrangements to and from Nice, France.
Prior to the start of the Festival, students participate in a pre-Festival orientation and tour of Cannes. During this time students attend workshops and seminars designed to help them gain a greater understanding of the history of The Cannes Film Festival and the business side of the film industry. Once the Festival begins, students start their four-to-five-hours-per-day internship/work placement with The American Pavilion (which includes a restaurant, bar, coffee bar, and conference center), one of its sponsors or with leading companies doing business at the Festival such as production/distribution/sales offices, talent agencies, publicity firms and entertainment trade publications. Hospitality & Event Management Program participants work closely with industry professionals in producing a broad range of events — from press conferences to movie promotion parties to intimate dinners on The American Pavilion Terrace
During the Festival, students are invited to attend The AmPav Student Roundtable Series which allows students to have small group discussions with noted individuals from both the creative and business side of the film industry. This programming is available only to students participating in The American Pavilion Worldwide Student Programs. Recent past guests in The AmPav Roundtable Series include Ryan Coogler, Jessica Chastain, Jude Law, Will Forte and Michael Moore.
Participants in the Culinary Program, a dynamic culinary boot camp, prepare over 1,000 meals a day for film industry professionals in The American Pavilion restaurant and bar as well as plan and create cuisine for high-profile parties, intimate dinners and celebrity events. Prior to the Festival, the culinary participants experience the cuisine of the South of France, visit wineries, and working kitchens, vineyards and outdoor markets.
All Program participants receive membership to The American Pavilion which provides them access (work internship schedule and space permitting) to programming in The Roger Ebert Conference Center. The center hosts panel discussions on topics ranging from film financing to the future of independent film. The In-Conversation Series pairs leading journalists with industry thought leaders. Past guests have included such directors as Martin Scorsese, Stephen Frears, James Cameron, Alexander Payne, Steven Soderbergh, Francis Ford Coppola, Jason Reitman, Wim Wenders, Jeff Nichols, Spike Lee as well as actors Morgan Freeman, Salma Hayek, Sean Penn, Jude Law, Robert Duvall, Tim Robbins, Colin Firth, Michelle Williams, Viggo Mortensen, Amy Poehler, Carrie Fisher, John C. Reilly and Mindy Kaling, among many others.
Since 1989, The American Pavilion has been a fixture on the Cannes landscape, and the hub of the U.S. film industry’s presence at the Cannes International Film Festival. The Pavilion is a membership-based communications and hospitality center for journalists, publicists, celebrities, filmmakers, and motion picture executives working at the Festival. The Pavilion is located in the International Village adjacent to the Palais (the main venue for competition film screenings) and the Cannes Film Market, which features over 4,000 companies from more than 100 countries.