Kids Make Movies

During public school breaks and holidays

Learn filmmaking from start to finish! In our hands-on animation camps, students will use a variety of techniques from claymation and pixelation to hand-drawn and cutout animation to create their own movie. Students will collaborate to conceive, write, storyboard, construct sets, shoot, and produce a completed mixed media animated short film using professional grade animation software Dragon frame stop-motion.

All films made during weeklong camps will be shown at New York Int’l Children’s Film Festival in 2018, and students will receive an online link to the film in the weeks following the camp to share with family and friends.

To view films made during previous camps, click here

Sample Daily Schedule

9:15-9:30am – Arrival, morning welcome, and free draw
9:30-9:45am – Daily schedule overview
9:45-11:00am – Warm-up: students will look at short films to learn about the animation style they will be exploring and will participate in short animation exercises
11:00am-12:00pm – Story development: Led by teaching artists, students will work together to write a compelling story for their short film, create storyboards, and begin to work on character and set design
12:00-12:30pm – Lunch in the cafeteria (students bring their own lunch)
12:30-1:00pm – Recess on the playground (weather permitting)
1:00-3:30pm – Animation: students will create the puppets, sets, props, and everything else needed to complete their short film and begin animating
3:00pm – Clean up/dismissal
3:30-5:00pm – Extended care (available for $20/day)

Upcoming Film Camps

Registration is now open for summer camps! Sign up for one, two, or all three weeks!
Camps take place from 9:30am-3:30pm

Useful Information

  • Extended care is available from 3:30-5pm for an additional charge
  • Each class will be led by two head teachers from our partner, The Good School, and will consist of 15 students
  • Class sizes are limited and expected to sell out
  • Students must bring lunch and snacks with them each day
  • Camps take place in lower Manhattan in Tribeca and the Financial District

For additional questions or information, please call (212) 349-0330


Full scholarships are available weeklong camps in February, April, and July. Students who qualify based on proof of income are eligible to apply. Preferable documentation is letter from child’s school indicating eligibility for Free and Reduced-Price Lunch. If this is unavailable, paystubs or proof of Medicare, unemployment, or social security benefits may be used instead.

Questions? Please email for additional information.