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CFI Education’s Filmmakers Go to School (FGTS) program connects elementary, middle, and high school students with filmmakers from around the world by coordinating onsite visits to classrooms throughout the Bay Area.

Through FGTS, students get the unique opportunity to meet filmmakers and engage in in-depth discussions about their work within the small-group classroom setting. At the same time, filmmakers get the chance to share their work with young audiences and talk with them more informally about the art, craft, and business of filmmaking.

With schools closed, we are now offering FGTS Virtual Visits online to connect students with films and filmmakers and provide engaging and inspiring experiences to supplement their distance learning. Our new virtual FGTS program provides educators with links to films for students to stream online followed by live online discussions with filmmakers.
If you would like your students to take part in a Virtual Visit, contact our Education Outreach Manager, Shakira Refos, at [email protected].



Schedule a visit with a filmmaker during the DocLands Documentary Film Festival!
We will be coordinating both in-school visits to classrooms and virtual visits on Zoom with filmmakers from around the world who are participating in this year’s DocLands. Filmmakers will be matched with classes on a first-come, first-served basis based on locations, schedules, and the film’s curricular alignment.

If you are interested in having your school or class take part in the FGTS program with a visit from a local or guest filmmaker, please contact our Education Outreach Manager, Shakira Refos, at [email protected].