Summer camps for 2021 are currently being planned for both in-person and online options. However, due to safety concerns surrounding COVID-19, NYFA will be unable to offer housing for in-person teen camps. Families will need to secure their own housing for campers and provide any necessary off-campus supervision, if traveling to a NYFA teen summer camp from another city, state or country. All after-school and weekend camps will be conducted online, until further notice. To view all camps and workshops offered, please click here.

Online Filmmaking for Kids


Our Online Filmmaking Camps are a hands-on, filmmaker experience designed to provide kids with the opportunity to explore storytelling through the art of film. This experience consists of 6 hour modules (three modules offered in Film Directing) which can be completed either after school or on Saturdays. If kids are taking the module after school, each module runs for one week. Saturday programs, each module run for four consecutive Saturdays.  Students may enroll in all three modules or select and complete individual modules (students are not required to complete one module to attend the next).

Schedule Options


For each module, there are two schedule options:

Option 1:
• One week for each module
• Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. EST or PST


Option 2:
• Four consecutive Saturdays for each module
Saturday at 12:00 pm- 1:30 p.m. EST or PST

Tuition: $300 USD for each module

Module One: The Subtext Film
In this module students focus on the background and supporting visuals of the “mise-en-scene” or “telling the story.”  Students choose a few emotions or an idea or a concept and are challenged to visualize the idea without using human beings in the frame.  This enables the new film director to explore the myriad ways one can manifest subtext in the story being told without words, and an important and fundamental aspect of visual literacy for film. 

Module Two: The POV (Point of View) Film
Students will create a subjective film that demonstrates to us, the audience, how they are feeling and/or what they are thinking. Students can choose a specific character and situation, and then visualize that character’s point of view using a point of view shot. The story must be shot in a way that allows the audience to understand who the character is, how the character is feeling and what the character is doing – all the points of view shot.

If the students do not have anyone to act for them, they can shoot a film that implies an unseen presence – a ghost, their pet dog, a fly buzzing around the room – but still tell a story. Students can also be creative with inanimate figures such as Legos, stuffed animals or dolls.

Module Three: The Writing Challenge
Students will take a favorite character from a movie and continue that character’s story – what happens next (the sequel) OR what happened before we met the character.

Alternatively, students may create their own character, develop the character’s traits, what the character likes, how the character behaves, etc., and develop a basic outline of the character’s story. This week and project are devoted to the important skills of character and story development that are of tremendous value to all writers and directors. 




Weekday Programs

Module One
• February 8th – February 11th, 2021
• March 8th – March 11th, 2021
April 5th – April 8th, 2021

Module Two
• February 15th – February 18th, 2021
• March 15th – March 18th, 2021
April 12th – April 15th, 2021

Module Three
• February 22nd – 25th, 2021
• March 22nd – 25th, 2021
• April 19th – 22nd, 2021

Saturday Programs

Module One
• February 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th, 2021

Module Two
• March 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th, 2021

Module Three
• April 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th, 2021