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Now in our sixth year, The Young Filmmakers Academy Summer Filmmaking Workshop is a multi-faceted experience in which the students write, produce and edit a real film from start to finish with the help of award winning industry professionals and mentors.  The camp culminates in a Red Carpet Premiere of their film where their movie will be seen by a packed house of filmmakers, media, fans, friends and family.

Films made by our students are receiving international recognition and awards at film festivals all over the world. Last year's film, TRIAL OF ERRORS won Best Picture at the 2021 Boston International Kids Film Festival and our 2020 film THE OTHER SIDE OF THE LINE, won Best Picture at the International KidsNFilm Festival. Other festivals include Brooklyn Film Festival in NY and Toronto International Women's Film Festival to name a few.

LYFA not only teaches your child how to make a real Hollywood film, but provides them with the excitement and wonder of becoming award winning filmmakers. Space is limited so register TODAY!

HOW DOES IT WORK?

This year YFA is shaking things up a bit with TWO summer programs. The first is our:

 

BEGINNERS FILM PROGRAM. This program is geared towards our younger students (ages 8-11). It's a week long workshop designed to give our younger kids a taste of what the advanced workshop is all about. Students in this age range who have attended previous camps can be grandfathered into the advanced program if that choose. The students of this class will will attend the red carpet premiere where their project will screen before the main attraction.  Dates: June 20-24 from 10am-1pm

The Second Program is our:

ADVANCED SUMMER WORKSHOP. The three week long workshop is like our previous camps. It is broken into three segments and is for students ages 12-17. This allows for each student to focus on one particular discipline they are most interested in. Whether they fancy themselves a director, a boom operator, a set designer, actor, etc. the format allows for the student to dictate how they contribute to the project.

 

WEEK 1: WRITING & PRE-PRODUCTION
Every great film begins with a blank piece of paper or an empty computer screen, until the story flows out of its writer. In this three day segment of the camp, the students will brainstorm story and theme ideas and write the script that will become the blueprint for the entire camp project. Casting decisions will be made by the participants in this segment as well.
Dates: July 11-15 from 9am-3pm

WEEK 2: PRODUCTION AND ACTING
Once the script has been printed and the actors have been cast it's time for lights, camera and action. In this week long segment the the film will be shot. Crew positions include directors, camera operators, boom operators, grips, gaffers, set designers, costumes and props, hair and makeup, miscellaneous crew and actors.

Dates: July 18-22 from 9am-3pm


WEEK 3: POST-PRODUCTION AND EDITING
Once all the footage has been shot, the task of putting it all together falls on the post production team in this 3 day segment. From editing, to color correction, to music and special effects, this team has the final say in what the world gets to see.
Dates: July 25-29 from 9am-3pm

WHO CAN ENROLL IN THE SUMMER WORKSHOPS?

YFA is an inclusive organization that welcomes everyone. With that said the main summer program is truly geared for kids ages 12-17. Beginning in 2022, YFA will be hosting two summer workshops, one for students ages 12-17 and one for our younger filmmakers, ages 8-11. The younger workshop is a great introduction to the program and an excellent way to find out if YFA is a good fit for your child. Note: Past campers who are still under 12 can be grandfathered in to the older camp upon request.

Due to continuing COVID concerns and an effort to give more individualized attention to our students it is YFA's goal to limit our enrollment this year to just 12 students per group (12 writers, 12 actors, 12 crew and 12 editors) So enrollment will fill up fast.

WHAT KINDS OF FILMS DOES YFA MAKE?

Young Filmmakers Academy strives to make films that matter. Some of the topics our students have produced tackle such topics as bullying, child hunger, prejudice, global warming, gun violence and more, with the occasional zombie apocalypse comedy mixed in. But don't take our word for it, see for yourself!
 

WATCH THE SUMMER WORKSHOP FILMS

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Dear Diary (2017)
Dear Diary tells the story of six lifelong friends who discover a diary that is predicting their futures. Funny and suspenseful, the kids have to find out which one of their lives is in danger.
 

WATCH DEAR DIARY

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Zombie Lake (2018)
Zombie Lake is a humorous take on the zombie genre. When a group of kids think one of their own may be infected they must race to find a cure.
 

WATCH ZOMBIE LAKE

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The Lunch Bunch (2019)
The Lunch Bunch is a parable about bullying and child hunger using the genres of 80s comedies, super hero films and classic noir as the backdrop for the action.
 

WATCH THE LUNCH BUNCH

The Other Side of the Line (2020)
The Other Side of the Line is an allegory about prejudice and racism as seen through the lens of a fairy tale. Two neighboring towns that have been at odds for years learn how to overcome their differences .

WATCH THE OTHER SIDE OF THE LINE

The Retribution (2020)
Something is wrong with the children of this small God fearing town as the descend upon the adults to bring about the end of days.

WATCH THE RETRIBUTION

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