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Call for Spring Internships In the Motion Picture Industry

Published November 16, 2015

Interviews Begin Monday, November 16 – Friday, December 10th

Please join and become a member of a feature length motion picture marketing internship team available through The Torchlight Program for spring 2016. This program has grown to be recognized nationally for its quality opportunities and outcomes. The spring semester runs from January 6th through April 29th. Please read the material below and call today … or this week … or as soon as is possible, to set up an interview by phone or in person.

A select group of student team members will be sought to directly assist in an independent motion picture marketing company that consults with a variety of producer, director and distribution clients in the motion picture industry.

This spring it is anticipated that marketing will reach approximately 8-10 new independent features through this entrepreneurial marketing company. The 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 des Cannes.

Gayle Gari / Administrative Assistant


Mobile: 845.300.0268

Please reserve a position by taking a moment to call or email now to schedule a follow up personal or phone interview as soon as your schedule permits. Be sure to include your mobile # and email contacts.

Paul Cohen / Executive Director
Phone: 646.244.5598
REQUIREMENTS For the Internship: 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. (The Torchlight Center hours are weekdays Noon to 8p.m.) 
4. Students must be enrolled as an FSU undergraduate or graduate student during the duration of the internship.
5. A minimum GPA of 3.3 (and/or “a compelling reason why you want this internship”).
 6. This is a non-paying internship. 
7. Course credit for this internship is available through your department in most instances and can be arranged for now or during Drop/Add week.
Although, this is a non-paying internship, this opportunity has led to a powerful resume building professional experience for previous students going on to graduate programs or beginning their careers in their industry.
Selected interns will work on social media marketing of a number of new feature length motion picture releases, (a number of Sundance Film Festival favorites) as well as engage in other film industry opportunities, such as film festival development and screenings, during this upcoming semester. 
A few of the projects we are scheduled to work on are:
Heart Of A Dog ; World-famous performance artist Laurie Anderson reflects on Heart of a Dog, her avant-garde documentary that weaves together the death of her husband, Lou Reed, her mother, and her beloved rat terrier, Lolabelle. is a 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.
Spring interns will participate in the marketing of a number of new titles release by companies such as Cinedigm Entertainment (; Abramorama (; Breaking Glass Pictures (; Level 33 Entertainment (; and a number of other independent motion picture distributors.
Interning students will work on films opening in theaters and on VOD across the U.S. during this spring semester. Additionally, we will promote a very prominent, internationally recognized film industry blog that will be an outstanding resume building credit. This is real time marketing experience within the independent motion picture industry. 

​Spring 2016​ Torchlight interns will have the opportunity to host the director for the annual Opening Nights film presentation of the film series “A Movie You Haven’t Seen”. The Torchlight Program presented a new independent feature film at the annual Opening Nights with “A Movie You Haven’t Seen” and hosted our special guests. The 2015 film was Racing Extinction directed by Louie Psihoyos, director of The Cove and 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.

 At the 2014 Opening Nights event, we hosted the acclaimed Palo Alto, starring James Franco and Emma Roberts, presented by its director Gia Coppola, who attended as the Opening Nights special guest and did a Q & A for the audience afterwards. Torchlight’s interning students helped to arrange for and manage the evening’s presentation as they have for the past 6 years, with films including (500) Days of SummerBlue Valentine, Win Win, and War Witch. This is a unique and exciting opportunity for FSU interning students. 
This year on November 9th, the fall Torchlight interns participated in t5th Annual FSU Student Veteran Film Festival by presenting the award winning feature documentary film, The Hornet’s Nest ( hosting its director and special guests at FSU. This past November, during the 4th Annual FSU Student Veteran Film Festival, documentary filmmaker Rory Kennedy was honor ed 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 October.
Whether you’re 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 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:
Paul Cohen – Faculty Page:
Torchlight Filmography:
The Torchlight Program Information:
Please take this opportunity to call or email to set up a personal interview to secure a spot in the internship. 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 just above the trees, also on the left. 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.)
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.“
Leon Toomey
Producer/Executive Producer
Detroit Unleaded
March 2014
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.