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The UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television/Université Côte D’Azur (UCLA TFT/UCA) Storytelling Institute in Cannes, France is an immersive, in-residence graduate-level feature film screenwriting program designed to advance the artistry and skills of the next generation of outstanding, diverse humanistic cinematic storytellers. During six weeks in the beautiful seaside town of Cannes, the Institute's program is framed by UCLA TFT’s unparalleled screenwriting curriculum, along with professional screenwriting instruction from UCLA TFT and UCA faculty. Select UCLA TFT and French graduate screenwriting students complete a fully realized first draft feature film screenplay. In the final two weeks, they have the opportunity to experience master classes with distinguished filmmakers and screenwriters, discussions, special screenings and other professionally oriented activities at the Cannes Film Festival.

Created by UCLA TFT in partnership with UCA, the Mayor and the City of Cannes, France, the president and director of the international Cannes Film Festival and Vivendi/Canal+, key sponsorship for the program and a “first look” opportunity for the students who participate in the program will be provided by Vivendi/Canal+.

UCLA TFT alumni have long had association with the Cannes Film Festival. Alumnus Francis Ford Coppola’s film Apocalypse Now won the Palme d’Or in 1979, and Taxi Driver, written by alumnus Paul Schrader, earned the prize in 1976 for director Martin Scorsese.

Created in 2015, Université Côte d’Azur is a community of universities and establishments dedicated to research and training. UCA is an internationally renowned university recognized for its innovative educational program, its high quality of research, and its anchoring in the local ecosystem.

In light of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak that is affecting countries around the world, the 2020 Cannes Storytelling Institute has been postponed. Please check back in September 2020 for the status of the 2021 application period.