Spring 2017 Internships in the Motion Picture Industry
Social Media Marketing
The Torchlight Program
Interviews Begin Monday December 5th – Thursday December 15th.
Interviews Continue Drop Add Week Monday January 9th – 13th, 2017
All FSU students are welcome to join this opportunity as a member of the feature length motion picture marketing internship team available through The College of Motion Picture Arts Torchlight Program for the spring semester, 2017. This program has grown to be recognized nationally for its work in bridging education with industry.
The spring internship semester runs from January 9th through May 5th, 2017.
We are currently recruiting a select group of students to join our team to directly assist me in my independent motion picture marketing company which consults with a variety of producer, director and distribution clients in the motion picture industry, as we market their fall releases throughout the country. You will participate in regularly scheduled marketing calls with industry executives regarding their films.
Interviews will be conducted daily Monday-Friday 1p.m. – 7p.m. during the remainder of the current fall semester and during the first week of this spring session drop / add week.
This spring we anticipate marketing approximately 8-10 new independent motion picture feature films through my entrepreneurial marketing company. Our new title lineup for the semester will include a number of films that premiered at prominent film festivals including Sundance, SXSW, Tribeca, Hamptons Int. FF, and Festival de Cannes, ,among many others.
Once you receive this advisory please contact us to reserve a position by taking a moment to call or email so we may schedule a personal interview as soon as your schedule permits. Be sure to include your mobile # and email contacts.
Gayle Gari / Administrative Assistant
Or contact me directly, if you prefer:
Paul Cohen / Executive Director
Selected interns will screen films before they are released to the public and work on social media marketing of a number of new feature length motion picture releases as well as engage in other film industry opportunities, such as film festival development (Gasparilla International Film Festival) and screenings ( Opening Nights Performing Arts Festival) during this upcoming semester.
REQUIREMENTS For the Internship: Accepted interns must provide each of the following.
1. A laptop is required for the internship
2. Transportation to and from the Torchlight Center. (Directions are at the bottom of this email). The Torchlight Center is located approximately 10 miles from the center of Campus just off of Tennessee St. (90 W)
3. A minimum of 12 hours per week to devote to the internship, with hour commitment accommodations possible and discussed during the interview.
4. Students must be enrolled as an FSU undergraduate or graduate student during the duration of the internship.
5. A minimum GPA of 3.0 (and/or “a compelling reason why you want this internship”).
This is a non-paying internship, however course credit for this internship is available through your department in most instances and can be arranged through your academic adviser.
This opportunity is a powerful resume building professional experience for students going on to graduate programs or beginning careers in their industry.
Examples of a few of the projects we are currently scheduled to begin in spring:
https://filmfestivalflix.com; the social film festival network that allows filmmakers and audiences to enjoy the opportunity to both present their feature films and/or to view feature independent films that are often just being released.
We will be marketing newly released motion pictures for a variety of distribution companies and producers throughout the semester.
Citizen Soldier; directed by David Salzberg and Christian Tureaud. Set against the backdrop of the war in Afghanistan, this is the award winning, immersive documentary on men and women who serve our national guard.
In partnership with The Equus Film Festival the Torchlight Program’s spring 2017 interns who are interested may volunteer and have the unique opportunity to promote motion pictures focused on the love of horses.
Interning students will work on films opening in theaters and on VOD across the U.S. during this fall semester. Additionally, we will promote a very prominent, internationally recognized film industry blog that will be an outstanding resume building credit. The lineup for this fall will be discussed during our interview.
Whether you are interested in traditional marketing, graphic design, social media marketing and promotion, developing your professional writing skills for social media platforms, still photography, editing, and distribution, there may be an opportunity to find an appropriate internship through the Torchlight Program and its association with companies and individuals within the entertainment industry.
The INTERVIEW Process:
Please take this opportunity to call or email to set up a personal interview to secure a spot in the internship. We are interviewing weekdays during these last weeks of this fall semester and during the first week of the spring session, daily 1p.m. until 7p.m. All personal interviews will take place at the Torchlight center, 387 Commerce Boulevard/ Midway, Florida 32343. Driving directions are in the paragraphs below. The Center is approximately 10 miles from campus (90W, Tennessee St., to Commerce Blvd., or take I-10 to Exit 192).
DIRECTIONS to the Torchlight Center: From campus take 90 W to Commerce Blvd in Midway (Gadsden County), which is at the stoplight just after passing under I-10. Turn hard right (almost a U-turn) onto Commerce Blvd and stay right as you proceed around a winding road. After you pass the two new motels on your left, you will see a blue-grey art deco building as you wind past the trees also on the left side of the road. Pull into the driveway and park in the upper-left parking lot. Take walkway to glass doors located on the north side of the building. Please contact Gayle directly on her cell (845) 300-0268 if you have any problem locating the Center.
(Note: The Torchlight Center was originally built for the Allman Brothers Band by Butch Trucks and Gregg Allman as their Pegasus Recording Studio.)
MORE ABOUT THE PROGRAM:
Josh Tickell, the director of the Festival de Cannes Film Festival official selection, The Big Fix, as well as the Sundance Film Festival Best Documentary, Audience Award winning movie, FUEL recently offered these words about The Torchlight Program;
– “All of the Torchlight Interns we have worked with on our visits to Florida had been trained to the highest level of professionalism. We could not resist grabbing one and hiring him for our production company, where he has since outperformed many employees who came from “big film schools” or professional film backgrounds. Overall, The Torchlight Program radically accelerates the trainee’s ability to interact with people in one of the most dynamic, challenging social environments – the film industry. Thank you Torchlight for producing such stellar people – and for setting the Gold Standard for Hollywood and beyond.”
– “Your team did a fantastic job spreading the word and it was a certainly a pleasure working with everyone.“
The filmography below outlines and represents some of the opportunities students and interns have had while interning in my marketing company and/or through participating in The Torchlight Program presentations. Information may be viewed by clicking the following links:
For this year’s Opening Nights “A Movie You Haven’t Seen”, the Torchlight spring semester interns will take part in the presentation of a newly released motion picture. Last spring interns had the opportunity to host the feature film presentation of Hunt for the Wilderpeople, a New Zealand film written and directed by Taika Waititi, based on the book Wild Pork and Watercress by Barry Crump and stars Sam Neil and Julian Dennison.
In 2015 the Opening Nights film we presented was the Sundance hit, Racing Extinction directed by Louie Psihoyos, director of The Cove, the Academy Award Winner for Best Documentary Feature in 2010. Mr. Psihoyos attended the event and did a Q & A after the screening. Several Florida State alumni worked on the film, including Co-Producer Gina Papabeis (’08) and Associate Producer Adrianne Hall (‘13). Both Papabeis and Hall were assistants in The Torchlight Program during their FSU collegiate careers.
On November 12th, 2016 the fall Torchlight interns participated in the 6th annual FSU Student Veteran Film Festival by presenting and awarding the new feature documentary film by the producers of The Hornet’s Nest, and hosting its director and special guests at FSU. November 2014, during the 4th annual FSU Student Veteran Film Festival, documentary filmmaker Rory Kennedy was honored with the FSU Student Veteran / Torchlight Award of $25,000 during the presentation of her latest film, the 2015 Academy Award Nominee for Documentary Feature, Last Days in Vietnam.
Torchlight interns had an opportunity to work with a number of film festivals through The Torchlight Program including Jane Fonda’s Covey Film Festival in Thomasville, Georgia this past October. We have also been invited to continue our support of the Silver Springs Film Festival in Ocala, Florida.
The Torchlight Program at the College of Motion Picture Arts was created to educate students in current and emerging motion picture business practices with a focus on marketing, financing, and distribution strategies that have proven to be effective in releasing feature films. Through strategic relationships with industry professionals, The Torchlight Program facilitates unique internship opportunities with industry that provide students with hands-on experience with motion picture production and distribution companies.
We also work to identify internship opportunities for students to work with members of the esteemed faculty of professionals who teach at the College of Motion Picture Arts, many who are currently working on creative and professional projects in various stages of development, production, and distribution.