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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 the Ohio State University Ohio Shorts 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!

SUMMER PROGRAMMING INFORMATION

Tuition & Fees:
Advanced Workshop  $499 - $999
Beginners Workshop $299


Dates:
Advanced Workshop July 11 - 29
Beginners Workshop June 20-24


Location:
Harding Middle School
16601 Madison Ave, Lakewood, OH


Premiere Information:
August 18 from 6pm-9pm
Sari Feldman Auditorium
Cuyahoga County Public Library
2121 Snow Road, Parma, OH.

YFA offers two separate summer programs, our BEGINNERS WORKSHOP and our ADVANCED WORKSHOP.

 

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 they 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

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. Dates: July 11-29 from 9am-2pm

HOW DOES IT WORK?

ADVANCED WORKSHOP PHASES

Like a real movie production, The ADVANCED WORKSHOP is broken down into three phases. Pre-Production, Production and Post-Production. Students in the advanced program have the option of enrolling in 1, 2 or all 3 phases of production, depending on their areas of interest.

PHASE 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 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 10-14 from 9am-2pm

PHASE 2:
PRODUCTION & DESIGN

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 17-21 from 9am-2pm

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PHASE 3:
POST- PRODUCTION & EDITING

Once all the footage has been shot, the task of putting it all together falls on the post production team in this  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 24-28 from 9am-2pm

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!

 

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**We are unable to offer refunds for a class once the session has started. We will be happy to offer you a credit towards another class or workshop.**