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Michael Sparks, a senior studying computer science and communications, has been named a finalist in the IES Abroad Film Festival for the film he created on the UNC Summer in Japan program in 2019. IES says of Michael’s film: “[Michael] provides us with an incredible cinematic experience of scenes in Tokyo, Japan that are dramatic and comedic–a balance that is curated so beautifully that we can’t help but hit the replay button.”

Founded in 2014, the IES Abroad Study Abroad Film Festival is one of the first student-focused study abroad film festivals in the industry. Celebrating its fifth anniversary this year, the IES Abroad Film Festival has provided students a platform to voice their global journey through their own words and video footage, capturing unique views into their life-changing study abroad experiences – showing what the experience meant to them and how it redefined their world. For more information, please visit:

Congratulations, Michael! We’re so proud of you!

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