Join us this summer for a variety of programs that explore all angles of the industry and artistry of film. Please read each program description carefully, as some will be offered in person and some will be online. All in-person camps will take place at the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center. All online camps will be hosted on our CFI Education Online platform and open to students anywhere in the U.S. Times listed are Pacific Time Zone. Need-based scholarships are available for all programs.

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NARRATIVE FILM PRODUCTION FOR TWEENS

IN PERSON
July 11-15 | 10:00am – 4:00pm | Ages 11-13 | $850

THIS SESSION IS FULL!

This five-day program is an opportunity for you to learn from first-class film professionals in a fun, interactive, and collaborative environment—and a great way for both beginning and intermediate aspiring filmmakers to enhance their craft and storytelling skills. You will learn elements of screenwriting, cinematography, sound, editing, and more, and will collaborate with fellow students on the writing, production, and editing of a short movie. All filmmaking equipment will be provided.

Lead Instructor: JASON WOLOS is an experienced San Francisco-based freelance filmmaker with a history of producing, directing, shooting, editing, and writing for hire around the world and teaching filmmaking and film camps for teens for over ten years.

Narrative Film Camp Showcase |  Summerfilm 2021

BEHIND THE SCENES

ONLINE
July 11-15 | 10:00am – 4:00pm PDT | Ages 14-18 | $550

We hear a lot about directors, actors and producers, but there are thousands of other film professionals working “below the line” and in other areas of the industry who help to make movie magic happen. This is your chance to get an inside look at those parts of the movie making process—and the exciting career opportunities—that don’t get as much public attention. You will take part in a series of online interactive workshops with industry professionals from varying corners of the business such as casting directors, voice over artists, animators, documentarians, screenwriters, marketers, editors, and more, and then put your new skills into practice creating short video content of your own. Sessions will run consecutively, with breaks throughout each day for lunch and time away from the computer screen.

Lead Instructor:  SHAKIRA REFOS, CFI Education Outreach Manager

Behind the Scenes Showcase  |  Summerfilm 2021

DOCUMENTARY FILM PRODUCTION FOR TEENS

IN PERSON
July 18-22 | 10:00am – 4:00pm | Ages 14-18 | $850

This five-day program teaches the ins and outs of nonfiction storytelling and filmmaking. Professional documentarians will walk you through the necessary steps to produce short documentary films in small-group collaborations, while exploring critical skills and methods such as interviewing, story structure, narration, point of view, camera technique, and more. The program will include a combination of hands-on lessons, viewings and discussions, and practical experience that will culminate in a screening of your completed film projects. All filmmaking equipment will be provided.

Lead instructor: S. SMITH PATRICK is a San Francisco-based documentary filmmaker and photographer focusing on human rights and social issues.

Documentary Film Camp Showcase |  Summerfilm 2021

YOUNG CURATORS

ONLINE • BY APPLICATION ONLY
July 25-29 | 10:00am – 4:00pm PDT | Ages 15-18 | $450

Ever wonder how movies get chosen for the Mill Valley Film Festival? In this online program you will learn from festival and arthouse theater programmers around the country about how a film festival works and how they decide what to show to their audiences. Then you will take part in the selection process as a member of the jury that chooses the films for the youth-produced shorts program at MVFF45. You will screen dozens of short films from all over the globe, discuss them with your fellow jurors, and learn how to curate the program for exhibition at our annual festival in October. If you like watching movies, this is the program for you!

Lead Instructor:  SHAKIRA REFOS, CFI Education Outreach Manager

Young Curators  |  Summerfilm 2020

Questions? Contact us at [email protected]

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