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IU Music Student Grand Prize Winner In IES Abroad's Film Festival
Updated September 2, 2016 7:12 AM
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(BLOOMINGTON) - Indiana University music student Jordan Cain, is the grand prize winner of IES Abroad's Film Festival.

Cain's film, "Even in Europe..." is a light-hearted take on a semester abroad in Europe that documents the highlights of the experience through dance.

In Jordan's words: "These are the highlights of my semester studying abroad in Europe! I took a camera with me everywhere I went and danced, walked, and had fun hanging out in front of the what I thought was beautiful and unique to the city. I also danced in the places I spent my most time while I was studying in Vienna, such as a grocery store called Billa. I am so thankful I had this opportunity to travel and learn about so many different things in the world and this production is my way of communicating my feelings and experiences throughout. Hope you enjoy!"

Study Abroad Film Festival Jury Critique:
"This uplifting and entertaining video is a technically accomplished piece of work. Jordan Cain is a charismatic front man with a winning smile who makes this fun film a joy to watch. The editing is accomplished too and well paced and just as you begin to find the structure a little repetitive - Jordan changes gear and keeps the viewer's interest." - Mara Perbellini, Juror & IES Abroad Milan Film Studies Faculty

Jordan Cain will receive a $1,500 grand prize, and the opportunity to screen his winning film at the IES Abroad Annual Conference in Chicago on October 7. The grand prize winner was selected by the public through a poll on IES Abroad's Facebook page.

IES Abroad, a leading not-for-profit organization providing access to study abroad programs in more than 20 countries and 35 cities around the world selected five finalists for this year's annual competition of films produced by students participating in IES Abroad study abroad programs around the world.

The finalists were winnowed from a record 70 submissions that celebrate the transformative life-changing experiences made possible by studying abroad. The leading entries were selected by a prestigious jury of screenwriters, writers, producers, directors, and editors, all of whom are either film studies faculty at one of their international locations or alumni of IES Abroad programs.

The number of U.S. students studying abroad has more than tripled over the past two decades, and rose 60 percent between 2004 and 2014. Despite fears of global terrorism in the past year, U.S. students studying abroad continues to remain steady in popularity.

IES Abroad is a leading not-for-profit organization providing access to120+ study abroad programs in more than 30 locations worldwide and 100,000+ alumni.

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