Big Ideas on the Big Screen: How Economic Thinking Can Make You a Better Filmmaker FAQs
Who should apply for FEE and MPI’s Big Ideas on the Big Screen: How Economic Thinking Can Make You a Better Filmmaker?
This seminar is open to anyone between the ages of 18 and 24 who is interested in learning about the economic, ethical and legal principles of a free society and has a demonstrated interest in filmmaking. We encourage people who are new to these ideas to apply, and all we ask is that you are respectful, intellectually curious, and willing to engage in the lectures and discussions.
What qualifies as a “demonstrated interest in filmmaking?”
We are looking for applicants who already work in film/video or are seriously interested in doing so in the future. You can show us your commitment by highlighting things like past and/or current projects, relevant coursework, and more.
How advanced are these seminars?
The economic ideas presented in this seminar are introductory while the more practical filmmaking lectures will be largely intermediate. We will talk about big ideas, and our goal is for you to leave the seminar with a completely new perspective about the world. These seminars should be a starting place in your journey to better understand the world and to change it for the better.
Do I have to be a libertarian to apply?
Not at all! We encourage students of any political ideology to apply as long as they have an interest in openly and respectfully exploring ideas.
If I am not in college, can I apply for this seminar?
Yes. You do not need to be enrolled in college to attend. Our preferred age range is 18-24, but we will make occasional exceptions based on the quality of the application.
How much does the seminar cost?
Housing, meals, and tuition are completely free to you thanks to our generous donors. All you are responsible for is travel (including to and from the airport) and any incidental spending during the seminar.
Can international students apply for this seminar?
Yes. International students are welcome to apply and attend. Please note that you are responsible for your own travel and for completing any necessary paperwork required by your country for a visa.
I applied for a Seminar; when will I hear if I am accepted?
Students are accepted on a rolling basis; however, we receive many applications, so it may take a few weeks for us to get back to you.
I was told that I was “Overqualified” for the seminar, what does that mean?
Our seminars are designed for students who are new to economics and the freedom philosophy. If you were told that you are overqualified, it means that we believe you are too advanced for our introductory material. Don’t worry! There are plenty of great programs for you to continue your education. Check out:
What should I pack?
The dress code for the seminar is casual. Be sure to bring all toiletries and personal items you would need for any overnight trip. To see if you need to bring linens, please refer to your seminar location on the Location page. We also recommend that you bring a notebook to take notes during the lectures.
Should I bring workout clothes/ will there be exercise facilities available?
Exercise facilities will be available at the hotel. Of course, you are welcome to run or workout during your free time, but keep in mind that the seminar days are very full, and you are expected to attend all lectures and activities.
Do we have to attend all of the lectures and discussion groups?
Of course! Why would you want to do anything else?
Also, a lot of time and money go into planning and executing these seminars, and many students who would like to attend are turned away due to space limitations. Please plan to attend and actively participate in all lectures and activities.
Will there be any pre-reading assignments?
Yes, you will receive some reading materials in the mail and via email to prepare for the reading discussion groups. Don’t worry, we aren’t going to pile too much on you, but make sure you read everything, so you can participate in the discussion groups!
Can I receive classroom credit from my participation at the seminar?
It depends on your college or university.
Check with your Dean’s office to find out if your college or university offers an independent study option. If so, you may be able to design an independent study that includes your attendance at a FEE Summer Seminar.
All seminar participants will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the seminar stating that you received 28 hours of contact time. You will also receive some pre-seminar readings, and we can work with you to find additional readings if you need them. Please contact us if you would like to receive a reading list in advance, or if you need a more robust reading list.
The credit card is required as part of our Attrition Policy, so you will only be charged if you cancel your attendance too close to the deadline.
In order to provide the best possible programming at no charge to our students and to respect our generous donors who fund these programs in their entirety, it is imperative that we have an accurate attendance count for each event we host. Attrition means that FEE and MPI incur additional costs for each student in attendance, in addition to preventing students on our waiting list from attending.
To accommodate all our students and continue to provide seminars at no charge, we require that our students sign our Attrition Policy form, acknowledging that they will follow the deadlines below for opting out of a seminar.
Cancellation more than 60 days prior to a seminar – No charge
Cancellation 60 days prior a seminar - $50
Cancellation 30 days prior to a seminar - $100
Cancellation 48 hours before a seminar (including no shows at the seminar) - $200
$200 is the total cost of what it costs to host a student for one day. If you cancel within 48 hours of a seminar, you will be responsible for reimbursing FEE for the charges accrued.