Online Documentary Filmmaking Workshops

Learn Documentary Filmmaking Online at NYFA

In addition to in-person workshops, NYFA’s Documentary Filmmaking School also offers a series of online workshops. During these intensive programs, students build creative and technical skills in visual and nonfiction storytelling, learning how to pitch and present their ideas, interview subjects, edit their footage into compelling narratives, and apply introductory sound and cinematography techniques to their films.

Students may use their smartphone or provide their own DSLR camera to shoot their projects. Students study under the remote mentorship of our experienced faculty, and receive personalized feedback and creative critique on their work. No prerequisites or prior experience is required to attend.

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Documentary Filmmaking Programs

To accommodate all schedules, we offer both full-time and part-time online workshops, including an evening documentary filmmaking workshop. Online documentary workshops cover similar topics and projects, with the primary difference being the class times in which the programs are offered.

Program NameScheduleClass Times
15-WEEK ONLINE DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKING AND MICRO DOCS (Part-Time)Students meet two time per week for classes. Classes are 2.5 hours and generally held on Tuesdays and Thursdays. In weeks 14 and 15, classes are held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.7:00 PM EST – 9:30 PM EST

Equipment and Technical Requirements

The online workshops require students to have a reliable computer, external hard drive, strong internet connection and a quiet place to work.

Please note: Equipment, curriculum, and projects are subject to change and may vary depending on location. Students should consult the most recently published campus catalog for the most up-to-date curriculum.