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Vanguard Sundance Program

The Sundance Film Festival, held in Park City, Utah, is the leading U.S. venue for independent film premieres. Attending the festival allows an immersive plunge into the art and commerce of the entertainment industry. The Vanguard Sundance Program takes place during the second week of the Sundance Film Festival at the end of January. Although the actual festival is in the spring, students must register for the program as a fall semester course as there is assigned course preparation leading to the festival. Students will be expected to read texts prior to attending the festival and will have written assignments during and after the festival experience. The festival will serve as a laboratory in which students attend screenings, discussions, and seminars.

As a part of the program, Vanguard has teamed up with the Windrider Forum. This partnership allows students from Vanguard to meet up with students from other Christian universities and seminaries to have discussions with filmmakers currently screening films at Sundance.

The Vanguard Sundance Program accepts up to 12 communication students each year. Eight of these students will be honored with significant funding toward attending the program. If selected as one of the eight honored applicants, the communication department will cover housing, 10 film tickets, shuttle from and to the airport, Windrider Forum fees, and Sundance Film Festival credentials. Students will be expected to cover transportation to the festival, meals, and any additional films.

A panel of faculty members from the communication department will determine those accepted into the program. Decisions will be made based on academic standing and essay responses. The department may also accept up to four private pay students in addition to the funded eight.

COMM 486 • Vanguard Sundance (3 units)

The Sundance Film Festival is the leading venue for independent film premieres. It is an immersive plunge into the art and commerce of the Entertainment Industry. This program takes place in Park City, Utah during the second week of the Sundance Film Fest. The festival will serve as a laboratory as students attend screenings, discussions, and seminars.

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