That’s a wrap!

Many thanks to all of our amazing Summerfilm students, instructors, presenters, and special guests. It was such a joy to be back in person for several of our camps 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 five days 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.

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 three short documentaries about local issues including graffiti, sustainability, and plastic cups. Check out their incredible films in the Documentary Film Camp Showcase.

Our BEHIND THE SCENES 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, 3D modeling, 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 their own 3D model.

Check out the full program schedule to see all they learned about HERE.

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 7 teens selected the 13 short films that will screen in the youth program at the 45th Mill Valley Film Festival this fall. Over the course of the week, they also met with several programmers from MVFF and around the country, gaining valuable insights into the skills, experiences, and responsibilities of a film curator. The MVFF45 Youth Program they curated will screen during the Festival (October 6–16) with exact dates, times and film line-up to be announced at in September.

Join us next summer for more great Summerfilm opportunities!

Questions? Contact us at [email protected]