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  • Locations: Bologna, Italy
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: LMU applicants only
  • Program Costs: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start/Arrival Date End/Departure Date
Summer 2019 02/10/2019
Rolling Admission 06/08/2019 07/06/2019

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Application Fee: $100 Click here for a definition of this term Financial Aid Applicability: Some Financial Aid (Loans)
Click here for a definition of this term Class Standing: Sophomore, Junior, Senior Minimum GPA: 3.00
Housing Option(s): Student Residence Hall Click here for a definition of this term Study Abroad 101 Info Session Required: Yes
Study Abroad Advisor: Wilson Potts
Program Description:

The Cinema Ritrovato festival is the largest and most prestigious film restoration festival in the world. Through this program, students will be attending its 32nd edition. The Ritrovato partners with upwards of 25 institutions around the world dedicated to film restoration, including Martin Scorcese’s World Cinema Foundation, dedicated to restoring diverse films from around the globe. For the past three years, LMU has hosted a mini-­version of the Cinema Ritrovato Festival during the month of March, where faculty select films from the prior Summer to bring to campus along with the festival’s director, Guy Borleé. LMU is one of only two institutions in the U.S. that partner with the festival in this manner (Brown University is the other one). This is a partnership that SFTV|LMU values as we believe it brings invaluable opportunities to our students for learning and for connecting with a global film culture.


Bologna is located in northern Italy in the Po River Valley, between Florence and Venice. This beautiful medieval city is known for its cuisine, porticos, and terra-cotta-colored buildings. Bologna began life as an Etruscan town (pre-Roman times), and many of the buildings and museums that dominate the town’s historic center are legacies of this heritage.

Today Bologna is noticeably a student town, lively and entertaining, and is viewed as one of the most forward-thinking cities in Europe. In fact, one in four people walking the streets of Bologna are college students. Fewer than 500 of these students are Americans, which makes Bologna a true cultural immersion for students wanting a genuine Italian encounter.  


Students are required to take the first course and are encouraged to also take the second course.

Required Course

FTVS 3700 ST/598: World Cinema (3-units)
Taught by LMU Professor Carla Marcantonio

This course is an intensive introduction to the history of World Cinema from 1895-1970. The course is built to interface with the Cinema Ritrovato Festival, the largest film restoration festival in the world, which screens upwards of 400 films in eight days. Students will become conversant in the major aesthetic and technological developments in the history of film. This survey-style overview will take place during the first two weeks of class, by way of lectures and film clips. This introductory overview will then be complemented by one week of screenings at the festival, where students will be required to watch at least fifteen films that fulfill different historical categories, leaving room to also pursue a specific historical emphasis of their choice. Journal entries and essays on the films will be required.

Optional Course

SCRW 398/598 – Writing the Short Film (3-units)
Taught by LMU Professor Beth Serlin

This course will be an intensive short script screenwriting seminar, heightened and informed by participating in the Cinema Ritrovato Festival.  By looking specifically at the short film programs during the festival, students will decode what makes a short film work while they are developing and writing their own scripts.  During this course, students will learn how to find strong cinematic ideas and develop these ideas into stories appropriate for the screen.  We will focus on understanding the principles of character and how central character is to story development.  Scene construction, visual writing and dialogue topics will be discussed and applied to the final project.  Students will learn the value of collaboration by functioning as a writer’s group for constructive criticism.  The concept of universal themes versus a specific cultural application will be highlighted through discussing screenings from the festival short programs.  Ultimately the students will write a 5 – 7 page screenplay demonstrating a specific thesis and point of view.  

Students will live on campus in residence halls at Spring Hill College which are set up in traditional residence hall style. The residence hall is fully air-conditioned and equipped with a laundry facility, communal kitchen, and dining hall. Rooms are furnished with a twin bed, sheets, towels, pillow, dresser, desk (or dresser/desk combination) and chair for each person. The rooms are arranged in triples, twins, and singles. You will have both breakfast and dinner at the cafeteria on campus, and you are welcome to use the community kitchen to make lunch or go explore one of Bologna’s many delicious and cheap eateries! The residence is located 20 minutes from the heart of the city on foot.

Attendance to the week-long Cinema Ritrovato festival is required.

There will be an optional weekend excursion to Venice. Students who choose to participate will take the train up this magical city and explore its winding canals and hidden treasures. The trip will include a stay at a very nice youth hostel, visits to historical sights, and a delicious group meal sampling some of the Venetian delicacies. Students can pay for this trip upon arrival to the Italy Center.

Summer Program Costs (click here)

This program is currently not accepting applications.