Filmmaking camps take place during school breaks throughout the year. Classes are offered in a variety of animation and live action filmmaking techniques for grades K-9. Students will conceive, storyboard, write, shoot, draw, model, create sets, and perform on camera to create a completed short film.
Our Field Trip program offers the complete Festival experience, including filmmaker Q&As and audience voting, for school classes and after school groups. Educators are provided with supplementary materials to encourage classroom discussion and to encourage students to think critically about film.
We support local schools with an unique fundraising program that introduces school communities to the wide world of film. Each year, we partner with over 100 schools throughout all 5 boroughs to either raise funds directly for their PTA or to pass along ticket discounts to their school community.
Film-Ed in the Community
One of the Festival’s core missions is to ensure that our audience reflects the diverse cultural and economic make-up of the city at large. In pursuit of that goal, the Film-Ed initiative provides free and discounted opportunities for students and families to participate in the full range of Festival activities and services. Programs in the Festival’s Film-Ed initiative currently serve over 7,500 students, families, and educators each year.