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Program Type: Faculty-led Minimum GPA: 2.5
Language of Instruction: English Faculty-led: Yes
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Telluride Mountainfilm Festival, Colorado | Faculty-led Program

Study Film at the Mountainfilm Festival in beautiful and historic Telluride, Colorado. Winona State's Film Studies program and the Frozen River Film Festival are collaborating on this course featuring a one-week stay at Telluride. Students will volunteer at the Mountainfilm festival; attend screenings, events, and lectures; and learn first-hand from filmmakers about their work. You’ll stay on-site in Telluride in comfortable condominium lodging with your faculty and trip leader. Lodging is within walking distance of all of the festival programming. We’ll provide a breakfast and evening meal together each day. Telluride is a beautiful mountain resort town with a rich cultural history! It’s home to both Mountainfilm and the world-renowned Telluride Film Festival.  Mountainfilm in particular endorses a “close-to-zero-waste” policy and a focus on humanitarian, environmental, social, and cultural causes.  The festival programming is relatively self-contained, with venues all in walking distance—and a free shuttle and gondola!  

Students will earn 3 credits as part of this program and may register for either Film 240, Film Genres (GEP Goal 6a, Humanities, no prerequisites) or Film 450, Film Topics/Problems (Film Studies elective; prerequisite Film 140 or 240), with assignments varying accordingly but including some pre-travel reading responses, daily volunteering, program attendance, blogging/vlogging, and a final media project. 

The primary audience for this program are majors and minors in Film Studies and general education students seeking an engaging Humanities elective. This faculty-led program is limited to students with a cumulative WSU GPA of 2.5 or above, and priority will be given to declared majors and minors in Film Studies. 

Before the travel component to Telluride, you’ll complete some selected readings (via D2L) in documentary film form and festival history and theory. During the time in Telluride, you’ll be volunteering at and attending the festival events, participating in group meetings and activities, and blogging about your experience. After the trip, you’ll complete a final project based on your interests and expertise.

Students can expect to walk up to five miles per day from lodging to various venues and to perform light physical duty in the course of required volunteering activities. Students can expect that high altitude (8,750') and variable weather (including significant rain) may entail a period of accommodation and/or compromise their physical performance. Students will be advised to hydrate, avoid caffeine and alcohol, apply sunscreen, and bring protective headgear and clothing, including boots, a rain jacket, and umbrella.

Be sure to check out the following for more details and to review pictures, videos, and blog posts from the 2019 Telluride Mountainfilm Festival program.
May 26 - June 2, 2021

Telluride, Colorado

Students may register for ONE of the following:
  • FILM 240, Film Genres: Indies, Shorts, Docs, Etc. (3 credits)
    • Counts as GEP Goal 6A Humanities elective
    • Available to all WSU students
    • No prerequisites
  • FILM 450, Topics/Problems: The Film Festival (3 credits
    • Prerequisites: either FILM 140 or 240

  • Range from $2,700 - $3,500 depending on enrollment min/max.
  • The $500 deposit required as part of the program application is applied toward the final program cost. After students are accepted for the program, the $500 deposit is nonrefundable unless the program is cancelled.
  • The program cost includes: WSU tuition/fees for 3 credits for either FILM 240 or FIML 450, roundtrip airfare, transportation throughout the duration of the program, most meals, all lodging, admission & event fees for group educational experiences, and the Study Abroad Administrative Fee. 

  • Dr. J Paul Johnson ( - Professor of English and Film Studies
  • Sara Enzenauer - Executive Director of the Frozen River Film Festival

Kathy Jicinsky, Assistant Director of Study Abroad for Faculty-led Programs or (507) 457-5019
143 Maxwell

  • February 15, 2021: Application deadline. Complete applications and a $500 confirmation deposit are due to be considered for this program. After being accepted, the $500 confirmation deposit is nonrefundable unless the program is cancelled. Students will be accepted for this program on a rolling basis.
  • February 25, 2021: If you are accepted for the program and withdraw after this date you are financially responsible for the full cost of the program regardless of participation.
    • NOTE: This deadline is 90 days prior to the start of the program. As detailed in the Cancellation, Financial, and Conduct Policies - faculty-led document students must review & electronically sign as part of the application for this program, students and families are strongly urged to consider purchasing travel cancellation insurance. The Center for Global Education does not endorse any particular travel insurance coverage, but quote comparisons can be found at Review closely what the cancellation insurance includes and what it does not include. Cancellation insurance should be purchased immediately after acceptance into the program for the insurance to be effective.
  • May 5, 2021: Full payment for the program is due by this date. If you can show you have summer financial aid to cover your outstanding balance for the program, you will be allowed to participate even with a balance as of May 5, 2021.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2021 02/15/2021 ** Rolling Admission 05/26/2021 06/02/2021

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.