Teach Abroad Film Fest at Davis Theater April 4

First of its kind
event showcases
the world
through a
dozen unique

The Teach Abroad Film Festival will celebrate the work of incredible English teachers abroad at the Davis Theater on Thursday, April 4, from 7:30-10 p.m. The event is the first of its kind.

Hosted by the International TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) Academy — also known as the ITA — the evening program will include a screening of 12 short films from ITA alumni finalists (shortlisted from 50 total submissions).

A jury of 12 professionals from the teach abroad, travel, education, and film industries will choose the 3 winners: Grand Prize is $2,500 USD; 2nd Prize is $1,500 USD; 3rd Prize is $750 USD.

The film submissions were created by the ITA’s alumni network of more than 20,000 who were invited to share their unique stories through the power of film by drawing on the organization’s slogan for inspiration: Teach. Travel. Explore.

See the world through their eyes on this incredible adventure of international education and cultural exchange.



There are about 1.7 billion people learning English worldwide and around 250,000 native English speakers working as ESL (English as a Second Language) teachers in more than 40,000 schools overseas.

Headquartered in Chicago and with 25 locations worldwide, International TEFL Academy (ITA) is one of the most renowned TEFL (teach English as a foreign language) certification schools in the world.

The organization certifies 6,000 people each year to teach English abroad, and boasts an alumni network of over 20,000.

In 2018, the ITA was awarded the GoAbroad.com People’s Choice Award for Best International Education Organization and it just made Inc. Magazine’s list of 5,000 Fastest-Growing Companies for 2018.

ITA has partnered with The Foundation for Learning and Youth Travel Education (FLYTE) for this event and 100% of proceeds from Film Festival ticket sales will be donated to this cause in order to strengthen international education and support youth empowerment in underserved communities within the USA. Ticket price is $15 USD and available here.

Anyone who is looking to experience an exciting atmosphere of new filmmakers living their dreams abroad and sharing their love of culture, community, and teaching. You should also attend if you love film, travel, or are just looking to see if teaching English abroad is for you!

The Teach Abroad Film Festival
April 4, 7:30-10 p.m. | Lincoln Theater, 4614 N. Lincoln Ave.
For tickets and additional info, click here.


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