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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Deadline Nears for Montreal Film Festival Adventure

Once again, Washtenaw Community College is offering an opportunity to attend the Montreal World Film Festival, which will be held Sept. 3-7. The July 9 registration deadline is fast approaching for one of North America’s premier cinematic events.

“The Montreal World Film Festival, now in its 33rd year, is one of the largest film festivals in the world,” said Stuart Susnick, a humanities instructor who developed the trip as a two-credit course 15 years ago and will be with students at the festival offering guidance and advice. “It fulfills its commitment to cultural diversity by bringing to its audience newly-made feature films from around the world. The Montreal World Film Festival offers ample proof that first-rate cinema is the monopoly of no one country.”

Students will travel to Montreal by train from Windsor, Ontario, and have their choice of 10 films to view before returning by rail to the Canadian port city. Rides will be arranged for students who need transportation to and from Windsor. Passports or enhanced driver’s licenses to enter Canada and return to the U.S. are required.

The trip costs $495, which covers roundtrip train fare, double occupancy for four nights in a downtown hotel, passes to see 10 films, and a Montreal Festival Program Guide. The deadline for payment is Thursday, July 9, and there will be an orientation meeting on campus Thursday, Aug. 13. Tuition for the two-credit course is extra and required.

This international adventure is a popular and unique learning opportunity for WCC students. It is the only competitive film festival in North America recognized by the International Federation of Film Producers Associations.

For more information about the trip, contact Susnick at . To learn more about the festival, visit the Montreal World Film Festival website.

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