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The Tournées Film Festival Essay Contest at UNC Charlotte

Atkins Library is offering a $250 prize to the winner of the Tourneés Film Festival Essay Contest!
The films in his year’s festival explore experiences of foreigners and strangers in new and sometimes hostile environments. Please attend one or several films (see schedule here) and write a brief review of one film – 750 to 1,000 words, double spaced – to explain its relevance to these topics. The review should describe, analyze and evaluate the film’s content and style, especially as it addresses the themes of intercultural relationships and the outsider’s experience in a new environment.
A successful review essay will:
  • Identify the purpose and point of view of the film, and may include historical and or social context for the film.
  • Briefly summarize the narrative of the film as it relates to the themes of immigrant, foreigner, or outsiders’ experiences. 
  • Include comments on how the filmmaker’s style conveys his/her purpose. 
  • Evaluate, by pointing to specific moments or details from the film, how successfully the filmmaker achieves his/her purpose.
The winner will be chosen by the UNC Charlotte Festival committee, comprised of selected faculty & staff . The prize will be awarded at a reception (TBA).

This essay contest is open to UNC Charlotte students only. Essay submissions are due by 5:00 p.m., Friday, March 30Submissions and any questions should be emailed to

Bonne chance!/Good luck!