The Torchlight Program

College of Motion Picture Arts

The Torchlight Program is a non-degree granting academic program designed to enhance the education of motion picture students by providing instruction in the current and emerging business practices of the motion picture industry. The program also seeks to provide students with relevant internship opportunities to gain hands-on experience in motion picture financing, distribution, and marketing.

Industry veteran Paul Cohen serves as the Executive Director of the program, which is located at the Torchlight Learning Center in Critchfield Hall that includes production offices, conference rooms, post-production facilities, and a sound stage.

In additon to the Student Veteran Film Festival, The Torchlight Program also supports the:

Torchlight Film Series / Cinema 30A

Screening contemporary feature films throughout the Florida panhandle (30A refers to a coastal highway in the panhandle), the Torchlight Film Series borrows from the tradition of early film festivals by keeping the title of each film secret until moments before it is screened. Audiences are able to directly experience new entries into contemporary independent cinema and dialogue with filmmakers and cinema experts.

Opening Nights Performing Arts

Since 1999, this expansive festival of music, theatre, dance, visual arts, film, and literature has nourished art lovers of all types at Florida State University and in the local community. In addition, Opening Nights provides artistic and professional experiences to students on and off the Florida State campus through master classes, lectures, and interactions with visiting artists and performers.

Torchlight Filmography

An archive of the independent motion pictures that students in the Florida State University Torchlight Program have had the opportunity to present, market, publicize, promote and theatrically distribute in markets throughout the United States and Canada.

For more information, contact:

Paul Cohen
Filmaker in Residence
Executive Director, The Torchlight Program
College of Motion Picture Arts