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Make this summer a blockbuster!
Austin Film Festival’s Summer Film Camp returns in June for its 18th year of screenwriting, filmmaking, and claymation classes. At Summer Film Camp, young filmmakers (ages 9-18) are surrounded by like-minded collaborators and guided by professional instructors who help ignite their creativity, inspiration, and skill sets.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT?
Led by professional filmmakers, AFF’s Summer Film Camp provides campers with the venue, equipment, and team they need to create their very own short films. Campers learn everything they need to know to comfortably get behind the camera and turn their ideas into real movies. Furthermore, they have the unique opportunity to see their films on the big screen (and walk the red carpet!) at the annual Summer Film Camp showcase*. Students also participate in inspirational panel discussions with visiting guest speakers, who in the past have included industry luminaries such as James V. Hart (writer Hook), Rita Hsiao (writer Toy Story 2), Robert Mark Kamen (writer The Karate Kid), Justin Marks (writer The Jungle Book), and Caroline Thompson (writer The Nightmare Before Christmas).
WHEN IS SUMMER FILM CAMP?
We offer morning, afternoon, and day-long sessions June 8 through July 31 (including the week of July 4th). Most sessions are one week long. Check out the calendar on the next page for specific dates and more information.
*The annual Summer Film Camp Showcase takes place at the Galaxy Highland Theatre date/time TBD.
WHO TEACHES THE CLASSES?
At Summer Film Camp, we want campers to make the best films they can. That’s why our professional instructors are hand-chosen to lead students through every part of the filmmaking process, from conception through final product. All instructors have backgrounds in both teaching and filmmaking so they can give students the guidance and support they need to truly shine.
WHERE IS IT HELD?
This year camp will take place at First Baptist Church located at 901 Trinity St Austin, TX 78701. First Baptist Church is centrally located, has easy pick-up & drop off, and offers a unique array of filming locations.
WHY SUMMER FILM CAMP?
At Summer Film Camp, we focus on two things: Storytelling and collaboration. We believe that for any budding artist, these two things are of utmost importance. Storytelling allows campers to express themselves, while giving them a vehicle through which to practice their developing filmmaking skills (be it directing, camera operating, sound recording, or editing). Collaboration is a challenging but necessary aspect of filmmaking, since every production is made up of many crew members playing different, but equally important, roles.
If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact our Young Filmmakers Program Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 512-478-4795.
BECOME AN AFF MEMBER AND SAVE ON CAMP!
Join AFF for a year’s worth of exclusive advanced screenings, film premieres, script readings, roundtable events, Conversations in Film, party invitations, and more! Your AFF membership includes benefits from the Paramount and Stateside Theatres, Alamo Drafthouse Village, Vulcan Video, Hideout Theatre and SFA Hotel.
- All day Matinee prices at the Alamo Drafthouse Village
- 2 Free Movie Rentals at Vulcan Video
- $5 discount on a book of FLIX-TIX at the Paramount Theatre box office
- 10% off Food at the Hideout Theatre
- 10% off at Stephen F’s Bar at the InterContinental Stephen F. Austin
Purchase your membership and receive discounts on Summer Film Camp!
This reflects the 2019 schedule - the 2020 schedule will be released in December!
Registration and Classes: Ages 9-12
$215 (AFF Members/Summer Film Camp Alumni: $190)
Claymation Creations introduces campers to the exciting world of stop-motion animation. Using cameras, clay, and basic software applications, campers learn to tell stories frame-by-frame. To complete each stage of production, campers work in collaborative groups to design storyboards, build worlds out of clay, and edit their films. This class includes a mix of classroom and lab time. Campers receive a DVD and link to their claymation projects after each week. No previous animation or video editing experience is required.
Monday, June 10 – Friday, June 14 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Monday, June 17 – Friday, June 21 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Monday, June 24 – Friday, June 28 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Monday, July 8 – Friday, July 12 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Monday, July 15 – Friday, July 19 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Monday, July 22 – Friday, July 26 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm
A combination of the two half-day camps listed below, at a discounted price. For the overall filmmaking experience, these week-long sessions can’t be beat! In between classes, campers will have a supervised hour to eat lunch, participate in guided activities, and watch movies. As with all sessions, campers are given the chance to work together to make their very own films, and receive a DVD and link of their work at the end of camp.
Monday, June 10 – Friday, June 14 9:00 am – 5:00 pm – Sold out!
Monday, June 17 – Friday, June 21 9:00 am – 5:00 pm – Sold out!
Monday, June 24 – Friday, June 28 9:00 am – 5:00 pm – Sold out!
Monday, July 8 – Friday, July 12 9:00 am – 5:00 pm – Sold out!
Monday, July 15 – Friday, July 19 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Monday, July 22 – Friday, July 26 9:00 am – 5:00 pm – Sold out!
This session introduces boys and girls to the thrill and challenge of filmmaking. Campers learn basic filmmaking skills then team up with their peers to make their very own short films using provided equipment. With the wide variety of available shooting locations at First Baptist Church of Austin, campers can truly bring their stories to life in this class. At the end of the week, campers will receive a DVD and link to their work. No previous filmmaking to video editing experience is required.
Monday, June 10 – Friday, June 14 9:00 am – 12:30 pm – Sold out!
Monday, June 17 – Friday, June 21 9:00 am – 12:30 pm – Sold out!
Monday, June 24 – Friday, June 28 9:00 am – 12:30 pm – Sold out!
Monday, July 8 – Friday, July 12 9:00 am – 12:30 pm – Sold out!
Monday, July 15 – Friday, July 19 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
Monday, July 22 – Friday, July 26 9:00 am – 12:30 pm – Sold out!
Here for July 4th? Join us for an accelerated 4-day Filmmaking 101 class at a discounted price!
Monday, July 1, Tuesday, July 2, Wednesday, July 3 and Friday, July 5 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Please note: this is a 4-day camp only.
Registration and Classes: Ages 13-18
SCRIPT TO SCREEN
$410 (AFF Members/Summer Film Camp Alumni: $365)
This class is for teens who want to learn how to make their very own narrative-driven short films. Campers will discover the power of storytelling and transform their ideas into proper screenplays before creating fully-realized short films of their own. Over the course of this class, students will learn the fundamentals of screenwriting, directing, cinematography, sound design, and editing.
Monday, June 3 – Friday, June 14 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Monday, June 17 – Friday, June 21 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Monday, July 15 – Friday, July 19 10:00 am – 5:00 pm – Sold Out!
Monday, July 22 – Friday, July 26 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
STORY STARTER – NEW COURSE!
$215 (AFF Members/Summer Film Camp Alumni: $190)
Austin Film Festival + Story Bar are pleased to present their inaugural “Story Starter” class, held June 10-14. A one-week deep dive into the universal elements of creativity and storytelling, this interactive class is designed to help cultivate imagination, innovation, and curiosity. Students ages 13 – 18 will explore how their own personal stories can inform their artistic work through various writing prompts and literary exercises, and will walk away with a reservoir of ideas, ready to be transformed into their next creative project. This class is intended to be the perfect introductory class to storytelling in any medium and is the perfect prep for any of our other camp classes.
Monday, June 10 – Friday, June 14 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
In partnership with:
The Instructor: Erin Hallagan is the Founder and Artistic Director of Story Bar, a multi-disciplinary arts initiative featuring storytelling and the exploration of the human condition through community-driven events and workshops. Through Story Bar, she has launched four signature programs: Story Mixers, Inward and Artward, Story Baton, and Story Bar Lab, all designed to bring audiences and artists together through creativity, community, and collaboration.
Prior to Story Bar, Erin served as Creative Director of the Austin Film Festival & Writers Conference, in addition to associate producing the festival’s PBS and PRI affiliated project, On Story. She is currently on the board of the Austin Film Festival, Austin Emerging Art Leaders, and co-produced the storytelling track for the inaugural Creatives Meet Business Experience. Before Erin lived in Austin, she taught writing classes at the Graduate School of DC and managed an equestrian center in Rock Creek National Park. She is a certified yoga teacher through the YogaAlliance with 400 hours of training, and is in the process of launching a new mindfulness and creativity venture called The Wild Yes.
Erin believes everyone has a story to tell, and that we are all creative. She is dedicated to making a difference through the transformative power of the arts.
Here for July 4th? Join us for an accelerated 4-day Script to Screen class at a discounted price!
Monday, July 1, Tuesday, July 2, Wednesday, July 3 and Friday, July 5 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Please note: this is a 4-day camp only.
In this special class, campers will partner with acting students from ZACH Theatre to make story-based short films. Write, Shoot, Direct! is structured similarly to Script to Screen, except that campers will spend more time learning specialized directing and acting techniques and will be able to cast ZACH’s students in their own short films. Equipped with these newly developed skills, and with a group of experienced actors at their fingertips, students will be able to elevate their filmmaking to the next level and make short films that blow the rest out of the water!
Monday, June 24 – Friday, June 28 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Monday, July 8 – Friday, July 12 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
In partnership with:
Our hands-on Summer Film Camp fills up fast. And because we like to make sure every kid has a chance to attend, we hold a bunch of tuition scholarships in reserve. These scholarships are available on a financial-need basis. Film is for everybody. Camp should be too.
Complete online form below.
Summer Film Camp’s Guest Speaker Series features Hollywood veterans, rising stars, and Austin filmmakers. Take a look at the upcoming Guest speakers:
Friday, June 28 | 12:30PM – 1:30PM | John Langmore, Photographer and Film Director/Writer
John Langmore’s relationship with the working cowboy traces back to his great-grandfather who was one of Colonel Teddy Roosevelt’s original Rough Riders. His father, Bank Langmore, published The Cowboy in 1975 and is considered one of the pioneers of contemporary western photography.
Beginning at the age of twelve, John spent twelve summers cowboying on some of the country’s largest ranches before becoming a lawyer. John quit the legal profession to pursue his passion for photography and last year authored Open Range – America’s Big-Outfit Cowboy, published by Twin Palms. He is also the co-director on the recently completed feature-length documentary film, Cowboys – a documentary portrait. John’s photography has been widely published and exhibited, including an exhibition together with his father’s work at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum.
Friday, July 26 | 12:30PM – 1:30PM | Jason Neulander, Writer, Director, and Producer
Jason Neulander is a writer, director, and producer based in Austin, Texas. Neulander received his BA and MA in theater from Brown University. He founded and was the artistic director of Austin’s Salvage Vanguard Theater from 1994 to 2008. Over his tenure he directed and produced more than 50 world-premiere plays, musicals, and operas. His play THE INTERGALACTIC NEMESIS (2010), which he wrote, directed, and produced, toured to more than 200 venues around the world, including runs on Broadway and sold-out performances at the Kennedy Center, and was adapted for television by PBS. His first short film HIT & RUN (2015) was selected for the Texas Filmmakers Showcase. His second short Buttercup (2016) was broadcast nationally on PBS’s “On Story”. His feature film debut Fugitive Dreams is currently in post-production. “A seemingly inexhaustible ability to surprise. And thrill. And horrify. And amuse. And intrigue.” — The Austin Chronicle
Here’s a sampling of past guests:
Dave Reynolds is an award-winning screenwriter best known for Finding Nemo, The Emperor’s New Groove, and A Bug’s Life. You don’t want to miss out on this talented screenwriter!
Mighty Coconut is an Austin-based content studio specializing in animation, visual effects, and interactive. The studio will be represented by Carrye Glazar, Mighty Coconut’s Head of Original Content, and Tim Cunningham, Director & Executive Producer. Read more about the team and their award-winning work here.
Austin-based screenwriter and novelist Ernie Cline has been writing for the last twenty years, including the films Fanboys and Thundercade. His two novels, Ready Player One and Armada, are being adapted into films as well—with Steven Spielberg set to direct!
Cindy McCreery has sold feature projects to New Line Cinema, Walt Disney Studios, Paramount Pictures, Nickelodeon, Disney Channel, National Geographic Films, Warner Brothers, Lionsgate and MGM! She most recently co-wrote two episodes of the SyFy Channel Show, Haven, that aired in the fall of 2014.
Robert Mark Kamen
Kamen is a well-renowned writer and producer who has been creating major motion pictures for over twenty-five years! He is best known for his film franchises The Karate Kid, Taken, and Transporter.
Schulman re-wrote Honey, I Shrunk the Kids and turned it from a drama to a comedy in just seven days. He is best known for his Academy Award winning screenplay Dead Poets Society.
Where is summer camp held this year?
Summer camp will be held at First Baptist Church of Austin, located downtown at 901 Trinity St. Austin, TX 78701.
Can I drop off my child early?
Yes, you can drop off your child up to 30 minutes early.
How do I drop-off/pick up my child?
Summer Film Camp has a hassle-free drop-off and pick-up system so you don’t actually have to park. All students will need to check-in with AFF staff/volunteers at the front entrance of the church. A valid driver’s license or state issued ID card is required for all pick-ups from either the parent or authorized person.
How late can I pick up my child?
Parents (or authorized persons) arriving later than 30 minutes after the completion of a class section will incur a late fee of $10 and an additional $1 per minute if later than 45 minutes after the completion of a class.
What if my child has a license?
Students who are 16-18 years old with a valid driver’s license and vehicle are not required to wait for parents to sign them out but must sign themselves out before leaving the church grounds.
What should my child bring to camp?
- Snacks are provided during camp, but if your child requires specific food/beverages, you must provide them.
- Lunch if your child is attending a full day camp.
- Water bottle (we will provide small water bottles for each child. There are also plenty of water fountains located around the school).
- Sweatshirt or long sleeve shirt (classrooms can get cold).
- Pencil and paper (for brainstorming and taking notes).
What should my child expect at camp?
- High quality instruction from accomplished local professionals
- A DVD of completed projects
- An AFF Summer Film Camp T-Shirt
- A free screening of all completed camp projects on Sunday, August 4 (times will vary based on class) at the Galaxy Highland
- Your child feeling excited about learning and making a movie.
Will my child have a chance to show their movie?
A free screening of all completed camp projects on Sunday, August 4 (times will vary based on class) at the Galaxy Highland 10 (6700 Middle Fiskville Road. Austin, Texas 78752 .
***Parents will receive an email closer to this event with showcase times, RSVP information and more.***
What do I need to complete for my child to attend camp/How do I get the Packet?
Our Summer Camp Coordinator will email a digital Summer Camp Packet to all registrants as camp approaches. The packet forms need to be completed before the beginning of camp or your child will not be able to attend.
Summer Film Camp Refund Policy
If you purchased a Summer Film Camp, a refund of 80% of class tuition is offered only with written notice, which may be received by regular U.S. mail or by e-mail to email@example.com from the parent or legal guardian of an enrolled student received no later than May 25, 2020. After this date, all camp purchases are non-refundable for any reason, including but not limited to illness, acts of God, or travel-related problems.
Special events may require purchase of separate ticket for entry. If you have any questions about the Festival, your membership or badge purchase, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-800-FEST (3378).
Austin Film Festival is funded and supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department
and by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts.
Special thanks to our host venue, First Baptist Church of Austin