Kids Film Summer Camps

Get a Head Start as a Filmmaker

With smartphones, tablets, and software exposing kids to the tools of filmmaking at younger and younger ages, the two following film camps are structured to help immerse kids aged 10-13 in the essentials of filmmaking while creating a fun and supportive environment in which they can pursue their passion.

No prior experience is required for the Filmmaking Summer Camp.


NYFA’s renowned Film Camp challenges young people to bring a story to life with moving images. From the first day of camp, students work hands-on with digital cameras to become familiar with their equipment and learn the fundamentals of directing films.

Our Film Camp is offered in both one-week and two-week modules, with students learning filmmaking essentials in the first week and filming a short silent film while building upon what they’ve learned in the two-week camp.

Students are exposed to the many different aspects of filmmaking to help them to become well-rounded filmmakers. Hands-on classes in directing, writing, editing, cinematography, and production demonstrate both the creative and technical demands of filmmaking.

In addition, each student writes, directs, and edits two short films over the two weeks. In addition to working on their own films, students also work on their fellow campers’ films in a variety of positions that include camera operator, gaffer, and grip.

Students shoot on digital video cameras and learn how to compose, direct, and light for quality images and edit using digital editing software. For many students, the Filmmaking Camp is the first time that they get to work with industry-standard film equipment, which is what many graduates of our camps cite as one of the most exciting aspects.

At the Los Angeles location, students may shoot their productions on the Universal Studios backlot, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to shoot on professional sets that have appeared in countless movies and television shows.

At the NYC campus in Battery Park, campers may go outside and use downtown Manhattan as a backdrop while chaperoned by instructors and supervisors.

One the camp ends, the final films are celebrated in a screening open to cast, crew, friends, and family.

Many of our students catch the “filmmaking bug” at the Two-Week Filmmaking Camp, leading them to enroll in the Advanced Filmmaking Camp.


Designed expressly for graduates of the Film Academy’s Kids Filmmaking Camp, this Advanced Filmmaking Camp offers students the opportunity to take the next creative and technical steps in filmmaking.

Students develop, pre-produce, and create a longer and more complex project than those completed in the Filmmaking Camp. Closer attention is paid to set and costume design, locations, shot choices, and coverage, as well as additional crew roles. Advanced students are also introduced to Green Screen Equipment and basics in special effects.

The finished product is a film of up to five minutes. Classes focus on topics including digital cinematography, screenwriting, editing practice and aesthetics, and directing for cinema, all building on the skills establishing in the Filmmaking Camp.

By the end of the Advanced Filmmaking Camp, students often go on to shoot their own films while seeking further instruction in our teen filmmaking camps as they come of age.

Curious to learn more? Click here to request information and apply online today.

*There is no dormitory housing available for the Kids Film and Acting Camps. Therefore, we only accept students who have made prior arrangements with family or friends.

Please note that dates, prices, and curriculum are subject to change.


All programs and workshops are solely owned and operated by the New York Film Academy and are not affiliated with Universal Studios, Harvard University, or Walt Disney World® Resort.
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