Many thanks to all of our amazing Summerfilm students, instructors, presenters, and special guests. It was such a joy to be back and to meet many more aspiring filmmakers and curators during our online sessions. We continue to be awed and inspired by all of our Summerfilm participants who came together from around the country to learn, share, engage, create, and collaborate as they explored the world of film and filmmaking from every angle. 

Our Narrative Film Production for Tweens students spent two weeks learning all the ins and outs of the filmmaking process from camera techniques to crew roles, movie genres to story development, and all stages of production. After learning the ropes, they worked in teams to write, shoot, and edit two group film projects. Check out their great work—and a fun camp slide show—in the Narrative Film Camp Showcase in the YouTube link to the right.

Our Documentary Film Production for Teens students spent five days learning all the basics of nonfiction storytelling and filmmaking including interviewing, story structure, narration, point of view, camera technique, and more. Working in small groups, they collaborated on the production of four short documentaries about local issues including crime, skateboarding, film history and the local animal rescue organization WildCare. Check out their incredible films in the Documentary Film Camp Showcase in the YouTube link to the right.

Our Youth in Industry Lab students met with more than a dozen film industry professionals who workshopped and demonstrated their specialized skills in screenwriting, editing, creative advertising, TV writing, investigative journalism, storyboarding, on-camera acting, voice-over for animation, silent film accompaniment, documentary filmmaking, and more. Putting their new skills into practice, each student also produced a one-minute showcase project of their own.

Our Young Curators may have worked the hardest of all. Over five days, they watched over 100 films by youth filmmakers from around the world, clocking more than 10 hours of viewing time. After rigorous deliberation, the team of 8 teens selected the 13 short films that will screen in the youth program at the 46th Mill Valley Film Festival this fall. Over the course of the week, they gained valuable insights into the skills, experiences, and responsibilities of a film curator. The MVFF46 Youth Program they curated will screen during the Festival (October 5–15) with exact dates, times and film line-up to be announced at in September.

Join us next summer for more great Summerfilm opportunities!