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The film industry has long been a place where diversity and inclusion can be improved and our organization would like to help lead the way.


That is why Young Filmmakers Academy is proud to offer the Diversity in Film Scholarship Program for our Summer Filmmaking Workshops. Every year we seek out budding future Spielbergs to join our program, tuition

free for the summer session.


Here are the stipulations:

  • Your child must love film and filmmaking

  • They must enjoy collaborating in groups

  • They should identify as a person of a minority group  (African American, Latino, Asian, LGBTQ, etc.)

  • They must be able to commit to all 3 weeks of the program.


If your child fits our description and would like to attend our Summer Program please fill out our application.



Victoria Sequera (2022)

"Tori" is an eighth grader at Ohdela Academy. She was born in Caracas, Venezuela, but moved with her family to Miami, Florida when she was 2 years old. She enjoys a variety of activities including playing the guitar, keyboards, and singing.  However acting, has always been her greatest passion since she was 3 years old. Recently, she has been part of several theater plays such as Little Women, Bugsy Malone, and Little Tech Class of Horror.  Her dream is to become a professional artist with the ability to create, perform, and produce which is why, finding the Young Filmmakers Academy has been a blessing.




Lonny McLaughlin (2022)

Lonny became interested in complicated stories with deeper meanings at a young age. After several of performing on stage and working as an understudy at Playhouse Square's "A Christmas Story" he is
ready to explore the other side of the coin and hopes to find the same passion in writing scripts, filming, editing and possibly even directing that the YFA scholarship will provide. Being autistic and part of the LGBTQ+ community, Lonny
believes we should accept and embrace each other for our differences, because our individual characters make the story of all of our lives more exciting.






Sofia Castellanos (2021)

Sofia Castellanos, a 14-year-old actress from Hawken Middle School in Lyndhurst, is of Columbian descent and hopes to learn more about what goes on behind the camera. Sofia was the recipient of our first ever Diversity in Film Scholarship.







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