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Burlington College Film School Student Raising Funds to go to Cannes Film Festival
Award-winning Burlington College Film School student Noah Petrie has a rare opportunity to participant in the Filmmaker Institute of the Creative Mind Group at the Cannes Film Festival in France this spring.
Petrie is selected from a large pool of applicants to attend this two-week program called “Creative Minds in Cannes,” from May 14th to the 28th. The event’s activities include a short film competition judged by a panel of industry professionals, daily networking events, filmmaker workshops and Cinema Master Classes hosted by industry icons such as Quentin Tarantino and Martin Scorsese
“This is a huge opportunity for my film career and has been a dream of mine ever since I discovered my love for film back in high school,” Petrie said.
Petrie, a native of Swarthmore, PA, who has one more semester at Burlington College, is enrolled in its Film School. Last fall, he took part in the Vermont International Film Festival, a 24-hour filmmaking festival, at the Flynn Theater for the Performing Arts. He was cinematographer and editor on the film produced by Burlington College students that won the award for Best Short Film.
Last fall in my Cinematography class, [Burlington College faculty] Jeff Wager pushed students to be a little more adventurous with their internships; to go after something they really wanted to do as opposed to doing it just to graduate. That stuck with me.”
“When I saw the flyer for the program, there were just two weeks left before the early application deadline. “I figured it wouldn't hurt to try and I'd get a discounted application fee. I wasn't expecting to get in at all. I'm glad I applied,” he said.
Michael Fisher, an adjunct professor at Burlington College and leader on the 24-hour Film Festival, provided his letter of recommendation. “Noah has been an inspirational, tireless, creative force on every project on which we've collaborated,” Fisher said. “I have encountered very few young filmmakers as hard-working, enthusiastic, and easy to get along with. There is no question he will make the most of this unique opportunity. He is one to watch.”
There is only one drawback. “I'm a broke college kid,” he said. Petrie must raise $3,000 to take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and has created a website for the purpose, http://www.indiegogo.com/NoahPetrieInCannes. He has a month left to raise the needed funds.
As stated on its website, the Creative Mind Group’s mission is to “find the next generation of talented film and TV professionals and usher them into the entertainment industry.” The organization has taken over 400 students to Cannes, established over 200 internships and produced over 50 films. It has provided over 40 jobs for its alumni.
At Cannes, students will be divided into groups and given a week in which to write and shoot a short film. The films are then screened at the festival, judged by a panel of giants in the industry. Winning entries are awarded trophies and prizes. During the second week, students attend filmmaker workshops, lectures, classes taught by famous directors, and networking events.
“I'm really grateful for all of the help from the teachers and others at Burlington College that helped make this happen,” Petrie said. “It’s an amazing opportunity.”