Make Summer 2017 a blockbuster!
Our Summer Film Camp is all about storytelling. We encourage aspiring filmmakers ages 9-18 to find and tell their own stories. Then we teach them how to turn those stories into their very own movies with the help of a supportive crew of peers.
Led by industry professionals and accomplished filmmakers, each of our classes focuses on developing specific filmmaking skills and engaging campers to work together and create. Plus, as an added bonus, campers get to participate in panel discussions with inspiring guest speakers that are major Hollywood writers, producers, and directors! And finally, to finish it all with a bang, finished films will premiere at the Summer Film Camp Showcase at Galaxy Highland on Sunday, August 6th.
When: One and two week sessions offered from June 5th to July 28th. Morning, afternoon, and full-day classes available for age groups 9-12. Afternoon and full-day classes available for age groups 13-18.
Where: Camp is held right downtown at St. Davids Episcopal Church – 301 E. 8th St, Austin, TX 78701.
Registration and Classes: Ages 9-12
FULL DAY OF CAMP WITH FILMMAKING 101 AND CLAYMATION CREATIONS!
$370 (AFF Members/Summer Film Camp Alumni: $330)
Back by popular demand, register your camper for a full day of camp at a discount! Campers will enjoy Filmmaking 101 in the morning, break for lunch, and enjoy Claymation Creations in the afternoon!
Monday, June 12 – Friday, June 16 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Monday, June 19 – Friday, June 23 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Monday, June 26 – Friday, June 30 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Monday, July 10 – Friday, July 14 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Monday, July 17 – Friday, July 21 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Monday, July 24 – Friday, July 28 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
$195 (AFF Members/Summer Film Camp Alumni: $180)
Making a film is not easy. But don’t worry; we’re here to help! In this intensely hands-on workshop, you’ll discover how to translate your ideas from the page to the screen by learning storytelling techniques, screenwriting, directing, camera operation, sound recording, and editing. For the overall filmmaking experience, this workshop can’t be beat!
Monday, June 12 – Friday, June 16 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Monday, June 19 – Friday, June 23 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Monday, June 26 – Friday, June 30 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Monday, July 10 – Friday, July 14 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Monday, July 17 – Friday, July 21 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Monday, July 24 – Friday, July 28 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
FULL DAY FILMMAKING 101
$310 (AFF Members/Summer Film Camp Alumni: $290)
In this class, students will learn to expand their creative storytelling abilities. Students will work in teams to create short films that move beyond basic point-and-shoot. we will explore the importance of writing, pre-production, and post-production. Here’s where you’ll learn how to make an engaging short film using more advanced techniques.
Monday, July 3 + Wednesday – Friday, July 7 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
*No prerequisites required.
Please note: this is a 4-day camp only.
$195 (AFF Members/Summer Film Camp Alumni: $180)
What is Claymation? It’s stop-motion animation. Students positioning student-made creations to tell a story frame-by-frame. It requires patience. And time. But above all else, Claymation Creations is incredible fun. It’s a get-in-there, hands-on experience that engages creativity, problem-solving, and teamwork. Campers will discover how Hollywood claymation films are made as they work individually and in teams to bring clay objects and figures to life with three-dimensional stop-motion animation.
Monday, June 12 – Friday, June 16 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Monday, June 19 – Friday, June 23 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Monday, June 26 – Friday, June 30 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Monday, July 10 – Friday, July 14 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Monday, July 17 – Friday, July 21 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Monday, July 24 – Friday, July 28 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Registration and Classes: Ages 13-18
SCRIPT TO SCREEN
$390 (AFF Members/Summer Film Camp Alumni: $355)
A good film comes from a good story. Story is where it all begins. In this in-depth workshop, students will learn tried-and-tested storytelling techniques used in Hollywood films since they began. We’ll take campers through the entire process, from crafting an idea, to producing, staging, and shooting a short film. In addition to discovering the power of good storytelling, you’ll screenwriting, directing, camera operation, sound recording, and editing as you produce your very own short film.
Monday, June 5 – Friday, June 16 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Monday, June 19 – Friday, June 30 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Monday, July 17 – Friday, July 21 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Monday, July 24 – Friday, July 28 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Write, Shoot, Direct! (featuring ZACH Theatre)
$390 (AFF Members/Summer Film Camp Alumni: $355)
This exciting and collaborative class is intended for students that have already made multiple films or who have attended Summer Film Camp before. We tend to move quickly with this class, deciding on an idea and getting you behind the camera as quickly as possible. We’ll provide more feedback, and push students to expand their creative storytelling ideas. This year, AFF is partnering with ZACH Theatre, which means our advanced students will have the opportunity to direct ZACH summer camp actors with experience.
Monday, July 10 – Friday, July 14 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
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.
The deadline for consideration is April 30, 2017. Incomplete applications will not be processed. Download the form below and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org, fax to 512.478.6205, or mail to:
Austin Film Festival
Summer Film Camp
1801 Salina St
Austin, TX 78702
Download the Application:
2017 Scholarship Application
Summer Film Camp’s Guest Speaker Series features Hollywood veterans and rising stars. Guest speakers for 2017 to be determined. Here’s a sampling of who came last year:
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!
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 St. David’s on 301 E. 8th St.
Can I drop off my child?
Yes, you can drop off your child up to 30 minutes early.
How do I drop-off/pick up my child?
Turn into the Saint David’s parking lot off San Jacinto. You will need to check-in with AFF staff/volunteers. Look for them at the front enterance. 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 person) arriving later than 30 minutes after the completion of a class section will incur a late fee of $10 (30-45 minutes after); and $1 per minute after.
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 school grounds.
What should my child bring to camp?
- Snacks are provided during camp by Whole Foods Market, but if your child requires specific food/beverage, you must provide your own snacks/beverage.
- Lunch if your child is attending a full day camp.
- Water bottle (we will provide small water bottles for each child. There are 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 9 (times will vary based on class) at the Galaxy Highland
- Your child feeling excited about learning and bursting with creativity
Will my child have a chance to show their movie?
A free screening of all completed camp projects on Sunday, August 7 (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?
You need to fill out the Summer Camp Packet that will be emailed to you from the Summer Camp Coordinator-this needs to be completed BEFORE the beginning of camp or your child will not be able to attend their class.
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, 2017. 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, St. David’s Episcopal Church: