The Torchlight Program

Bridging the Gap

The Torchlight Program is a non-degree-granting academic program designed to enhance the education of motion picture students. The program functions as a gateway between school and career by providing instruction in current and emerging business practices of the motion picture industry. Only students currently enrolled in Florida State University are qualified to participate in the program.

The program offers coursework in a variety of areas, including motion picture financing, distribution, and marketing. It then seeks to provide students with relevant internship opportunities to gain in-depth experience in these areas.

The program is located at the Torchlight Center in the studio facilities at Critchfield Hall, which includes production offices, conference rooms, post-production facilities, and a sound stage.

Industry veteran Paul Cohen serves as the Executive Director of the program. He can be contacted by email at or by phone at 646.244.5598.

Goals of the Torchlight Program

  • To educate motion picture students in current and emerging business practices of the motion picture industry
  • To create strategic local, state and national educational partnerships within the film industry
  • To create effective incentives and opportunities for the College’s faculty to produce their creative work in Tallahassee
  • To provide motion picture business leadership in the State of Florida
  • To create a culture of cinema appreciation through community interaction in the State of Florida

Students may enroll in internships arranged by the program with various motion picture industry members and organizations, including the College’s nationally recognized faculty who bring their creative work to the program in support of its stated goals.

Torchlight Filmography

Florida State University Torchlight students have had the opportunity to present, market, publicize, promote and otherwise theatrically distribute a stunning array of independent motion pictures in a variety of markets throughout the United States and Canada.

Here is a sample of the films they have worked on: Torchlight Filmography.