Student Screening Day

Every year, over 1100 high school students journey from around the Coachella Valley to partake in an extraordinary event: Student Screening Day. This eagerly awaited program brings the energy of the Festival directly to the valley’s youth, offering them a unique cinematic experience that transcends the boundaries of their classrooms.

At Student Screening Day, students aren't just passive spectators; they're active participants in a journey of discovery. They’re immersed in the magic of cinema, engaging with thought-provoking films carefully selected from the Festival lineup by the programming team. These screenings serve as windows to the world, introducing students to a kaleidoscope of cultures, ideas, and perspectives from across the globe.

More than just a field trip, Student Screening Day is a catalyst for inspiration. Students not only experience stories unfolding on the screen, but they also gain:

  • Cultural Exposure: Experiencing films from diverse cultures broadens students' understanding and appreciation of global perspectives.
  • Critical Thinking: Analyzing and discussing films encourages critical thinking skills and enhances media literacy.
  • Empathy Development: Engaging with characters from different backgrounds fosters empathy and promotes understanding of others' experiences.
  • Creativity Spark: Exposure to innovative storytelling techniques inspires creativity and imagination in students.
  • Career Exploration: Interacting with filmmakers during the Q&A portion provides insight into various career paths within the film industry and beyond.
  • Community Engagement: Coming together with peers which fosters a sense of community and belonging.

To learn more about hosting Student Screening Day at your school, please email

To learn more about Sponsorship opportunities related to Student Screening Day, please contact

Thank you to our Student Screening Day Sponsors