program details

This program is open to all undergraduate, graduate and non-traditional students. Participants will be mentored by University of Utah faculty in the creation of a short film. Students will gain firsthand experience in film production. The program is articulated with lectures and on-field experiences. Basic knowledge of Italian is recommended though not required.

Program dates:

December 27, 2018 - January 6, 2019

application deadline: 

October 15, 2018



Tucked away in the picturesque hills of southern Tuscany 43 miles southeast of Siena, the town of Montepulciano is as historic as it is charming. Montepulciano is renowned for its food and drink, particularly its Vino Nobile  wine, which is considered among the best in Italy. The town walls date back to the 14th century, and within them are a number of walkable historic sites, such as the Palazzo Comunale and the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta. 


Film Production

Travel and living arrangements:

Students arrange and pay for their own round-trip travel to Montepulciano. Transportation for program-related field trips are arranged by Frontier Education and are included in the program fee. Students are housed in apartments in the historic center of Montepulciano for the duration of the program. A welcoming and farewell dinner are included as well as one field trip.

how to apply:

Contact Conor Long: 801.200.4464 - 

Giuliana Marple: 801.671.2331 -


program director - conor long

Conor is a film director, writer, producer, and animator Conor mixed an academic approach towards filmmaking with an intensely adventurous ten years of of guerilla filmmaking all over the world. With an insatiable desire to master his craft, he seizes every opportunity to learn and work in film. Conor holds undergraduate degrees in Film and Media Arts and Asian Studies from the University of Utah. In the years following graduation, Conor travelled the world writing and making movies, eventually returning home to study Animation in graduate school. Many of his projects including award-winning shorts and his first feature film, POINT B, were made during his time away. Since POINT B, Conor has been studying animation techniques and fiercely writing and to ensure that his follow-up project is of the highest quality he can produce.