Location(s): Bologna, Italy

Date: Arrival Date:  June 23, 2022 End Date: July 16, 2022

Program Overview

Join Film and Digital Media Professors Shelley Stamp and Jennifer Horne at the Il Cinema Ritrovato film festival in Bologna, Italy. Programmed over 9 days, the Il Cinema Ritrovato is the world's premiere festival of film preservation, screening over 500 films from around the world in multiple cinemas, including in the city’s historic and picturesque outdoor piazza. Meaning “cinema rediscovered,” the festival celebrates the history of cinema and film restoration. Renowned for its curatorial leadership, the festival features the premiers of restored prints and rare gems of mainstream, arthouse, experimental, and early film, giving students a fully programmed tour of international cinema. The Ritrovato festival draws diverse filmmakers to hold masterclasses on their craft and industry insights. It's a unique experience to see their films and hear them reflect on filmmaking in front of an international audience

Evenings during the festival include special presentations of films outside under the stars. Festival attendees enjoy live musical accompaniment, panels and lectures, themed programs that provide students with in-depth knowledge of fascinating strands of international film history. Following the film festival, students will remain in Bologna for in-depth courses with Professors Stamp and Horne. 

Language of Instruction: English


  • FILM 132A: International Cinema to 1960 (5 units)
  • FILM 185S: Circulating Cinema: Festivals, Programs, Spectators (5 units)

Max Enrollment: 20

Faculty Leaders: Shelley Stamp and Jennifer Horne

Contact: globallearning@ucsc.edu 

Program Highlights

  • A week-long pass for the international Il Cinema Ritrovato Film Festival, with access to all screenings
  • Visits from world-renowned film historians, archivists and curators 
  • A neighborhood walking tour and welcome dinner upon arrival 


“As a first generation student, traveling seemed like a really far off, distant and unattainable experience to me - attending a film festival in Italy was barely ever a thought. The program with Shelley Stamp and Jennifer Horne was life changing both in that aspect and as a film student. My mind was opened to different research topics, different possible careers and to the importance of those who archive the creations of the world. Experiencing Bologna and Il Cinema Ritrovato is something I would do a million times again.” - James Retana 

How to Apply

  1. Review the below eligibility criteria, prerequisites, and specific requirements for this program
  2. Apply in the Global Learning Portal

All applications will be processed first-come, first-served. Students are encouraged to apply early due to limited capacity. 

General Eligibility Criteria

  • Good Academic and Disciplinary Standing at the time of application and every quarter prior to departure
  • 2.5 cumulative GPA or higher at the time of application and every quarter prior to departure
  • Be at least 18 years old by the time of departure
  • Sophomore, junior, or senior class standing by the time of departure (45 units completed at time of depart.)

Prerequisites and Program-Specific Application Requirements

  • Film and Digital Media Major, or Minor
  • Students must have completed 20A prior to departure