Bianca Vitureira's has always dreamed of attending the Cannes Film International Festival as an audience member. This year, the senior film and creative writing major will attend as a filmmaker.
This year's 68th edition of the Cannes Film Festival in France takes place from May 13 to May 24.
"It's just one of those things that has a reputation for giving people great opportunities," Vitureira said of the festival. "Famous film industry professionals and famous actors attend this festival. It's a red carpet event. Who wouldn't want to be a part of that?"
Through the program, Vitureira said she will produce a film with people from all over the world, using top-of-the-line equipment and software, and have it submitted to the festival for industry professionals to judge — and possibly win some awards. Attendees will also have the opportunity to hear cinematic idols, such as Quentin Tarantino, speak and give advice.
In order to be a part of such a prestigious festival, one must apply to the internship, filmmaking or networking program. The internship is one of the hardest to get accepted to, Vitureira claims.
"It was the longest month of my life," Bianca said of waiting to hear back. "I applied for the internship program originally, but they liked the work I submitted and thought I would benefit from the filmmaking program, so I jumped at the opportunity."
The application process includes answering a handful of essay questions, obtaining a letter of recommendation and submitting a résumé and a few pieces of work from your portfolio, including short stories, short films or artistic photographs.
"My favorite part [of the application process] was making the introduction video, which is basically just the applicant speaking into a camera and talking about themselves and why they are applying to the program," she said.
Vitureira loves being able to work with a team with people who all have the same goal, as she said it's sometimes hard to find people with her same ambitions.
"Rather than working alone, it's much more rewarding to have a group of people helping each other along the journey," Vitureira said. "I've never been happier than when I'm on a set shooting a scene and figuring out little details to make it perfect."
Vitureira has been a part of making many different films in the past internships she's had, including news segments, documentaries and a western feature-length film.
Bianca is a member of Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society and is a sister of the Eta Theta Chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta at UCF. Her little sister in Theta, Annie Weber, shared Vitureira's excitement.
"I think it's absolutely amazing," she said. "Going to the Cannes Film Festival in France is something you could only dream about, never actually thinking you'd get to go. And yet, my big was chosen. There are people flying in from countries all over the world for this internship, too. She's in good company and is going to go really far in her career"
The program fee is $3,500, and Vitureira received a scholarship of $500. With help and donations from family, friends and anonymous individuals on her GoFundMe account, she was able to raise close to $3,500 to use toward her trip to France. Housing is included in the program fee.
Vitereira's boyfriend said he wasn't surprised she was selected.
"Bianca works extremely hard to be where she is, and she got one of the greatest opportunities because of her diligence," Kevin Veiga said. "She truly has what it takes to be a great filmmaker. And yes, I'm going to miss her, but I'm meeting her in France after the festival so we can have an adventure through Europe."
Her father echoed this excitement.
"I was thrilled, excited and proud," her father Gustavo said. "I was nervous that is was so far away in France, but I was still thrilled because I knew it was an amazing opportunity for her."
Lia Fernandez is a Contributing Writer for the Central Florida Future.