That’s a wrap!

Many thanks to all of our amazing Summerfilm students, instructors, presenters, and special guests. In our second year presenting the program entirely online, we continued 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. They watched movies, met guest filmmakers, and worked collaboratively to shoot and produce two group film projects.

Check out their great work—and some fun student interviews and a camp slide show—in the Narrative Film Camp Showcase.

Narrative Film Camp Showcase |  Summerfilm 2021


The students in our first ever Documentary Film Production for Teens spent five days learning the all the basics of nonfiction storytelling and filmmaking including interviewing, story structure, narration, point of view, camera technique, and more. Each student worked on their own film on a subject of their choice and really blew us away with the eight short documentaries they produced on a wide range of subjects from fairy houses to single parenting.

Check out their incredible films in the Documentary Film Camp Showcase.

Documentary Film Camp Showcase |  Summerfilm 2021


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, stop-motion animation, on-camera acting, voice-over acting, silent film accompaniment, documentary production, and more. Putting their new skills into practice, each student also produced their own “day-in-the-life” personal short film.

Check out the results of their creative endeavors in the Behind the Scenes Camp Showcase.

Behind the Scenes Showcase  |  Summerfilm 2021


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 12 hours of viewing time. After rigorous deliberation, the team of 7 teens selected the 16 short films that will screen in the youth program at the 44th Mill Valley Film Festival this fall. Over the course of the week, they also met with several programmers from MVFF and other festivals and independent theaters across the country, gaining valuable insights into the skills, experiences, and responsibilities of a film curator.

The MVFF44 Youth Program they curated will screen during the Festival (October 7–17) with exact dates, times and film line-up to be announced at in September.

Young Curators  |  Summerfilm 2020

Join us next summer for more great Summerfilm opportunities!

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