Current Student Stephanie Falkeis Selected to Participate in 46th Annual Telluride Film Festival's Student Symposium

BY Zoe Contros Kearl, August 12, 2019

Teluride Film Festival poster


Stephanie Falkeis, a current Film student, was chosen to participate in the Telluride Student Symposium at the 46th Annual Telluride Film Festival. The 31st Annual Student Symposium, which will run from August 29 to September 2, 2019, is a selective program open to 50 currently-enrolled college and university students from around the globe, no matter their major. While there’s an official application, the primary requirement for all applicants is a love of film. All participants in the Symposium receive a Student Festival pass and a modest travel stipend. 


The Telluride Film Festival’s Student Symposium looks for a diverse cross-section of the college and university student population - undergraduate and graduate students; film and non-film majors; and geographical and cultural diversity. The most important qualities they seek are: passion for film, an ability to enrich the discussions with other students and Symposium guests, and a willingness to follow a highly rigorous program of screenings and discussions. Students selected will view approximately a dozen film programs over four days, attend exclusive symposia with filmmakers, producers, actors, writers, and other great minds, and “live and breathe film with 49 other students and 2 of the best film faculty leaders you could ever wish for.” 


Falkeis is an artist and filmmaker from Vienna, Austria currently based in New York City. She earned a Magister of Arts in Media Arts from the University of Applied Arts Vienna, studying in the Studio of Brigitte Kowanz and also studied Screenwriting and Directing at Harvard University with Marcus Stern and Susan Steinberg, and Narrative Filmmaking with Thomas Arslan at the University of the Arts Berlin. Falkeis writes, directs and produces short narrative, experimental and documentary content and writes narrative feature films. She also produces conceptual media installations. Her work has been presented in exhibitions and screenings in Austria, Germany, England, Greece, California and New York. Falkeis is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship, two Erasmus Scholarships, two Merit Scholarships and a Travel Grant from the University of Applied Arts Vienna and a Film Program Scholarship from Columbia University, where she is currently pursuing an MFA.