The in-person version of the 2020 Young Filmmakers Camp has been canceled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, SFFILM Education will be hosting an intensive online summer program for teens ages 14–18 to learn from world-class film professionals in a fun, interactive, and collaborative environment.
The program is broken up into two experience levels: the Starter Lab, which is for beginner students looking to learn the basics of filmmaking and enhance their storytelling skills; and the Advanced Lab, which is for students who want to build upon their existing skills. Both labs will take place concurrently online, but the Starter Lab students will be required to participate in two extra days of instruction at the beginning of camp. The purpose being that this will give beginning students a chance to learn the basics of filmmaking before collaborating with the advanced students. All students will dive deep into the filmmaking process by learning about screenwriting, storyboarding, production, cinematography, sound, editing, and much more. During this period of sheltering in place where students may be feeling isolated at home, Young Filmmakers Camp will foster an online environment for students to work together with other young filmmakers and have in-depth conversations with industry professionals.
Maddy Leonard is a filmmaker, artist, and the SFFILM Education Program Coordinator. She is a creative educator who has spent half a decade teaching youth about film and media literacy, and mentoring youth as they produce their own films. Maddy will be joined in her instruction by additional Bay Area professional filmmakers, some of whom will be from the SFFILM Makers program.
July 9–10 & 13–24, 2020
July 13–24, 2020
* Prerequisite to be considered an Advanced Student is completion of a past Starter Lab or equivalent filmmaking experience.
Details for both Labs:
Zoom lessons, special presentations, one-on-one check-ins with instructors, and other at-home activities will be scheduled throughout the week. The daily schedule will be flexible, but students can expect to spend at least four hours a day participating in online lessons or working on solo projects.
$400 per Lab for SFFILM members
$450 per Lab for general public
Did you know? SFFILM offers scholarships for young filmmakers! Each year we provide a limited amount of partial and full scholarship assistance to our campers. All requests are considered and undergo a formal review process to determine eligibility.
Want to make a positive impact on the next generation of storytellers? You can help SFFILM Education serve students in need by making a fully tax-deductible gift in support of Young Filmmakers Camp Scholarship Assistance.
For questions about enrollment or scholarship applications please contact SFFILM Education Program Coordinator Maddy Leonard at firstname.lastname@example.org or 415-561-5023.
Camp coursework developed in collaboration with pro video team at Apple.