Kids Weekend Film & Acting Camps

Hours: 10:00am – 1:00pm (12 Consecutive Saturdays)


The New York Film Academy is pleased to offer 12-Weekend Film and Acting Camps for Kids (ages 10-13) on Saturdays during the school year. We have designed our kids weekend camps with the same high standards that we apply to our high school and university level camps.

Weekend Filmmaking and Acting for Film Camps meet on twelve consecutive Saturdays for both levels of the camp. There is an advanced version of each weekend camp available for students who completed an initial twelve-weekend camp. Please note that the weekend camps are held at our Battery Place campus in New York City and at our campus at Los Angeles, CA.

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


The Film Academy’s Kids Weekend Filmmaking Camp challenges young people to tell a story with moving images. Students begin on day one working with digital cameras and learning the fundamentals of directing films. Hands-on classes in directing, writing, editing, cinematography, and production cover the creative and technical demands of telling a story with moving images.

Over the course of twelve weeks, each student writes, directs, and edits his or her own short films while also filling a number of different crew positions in their fellow classmates’ own films.

Students shoot on digital video cameras and learn how to compose, direct, and light for quality images and edit using professional digital editing software.

For students studying at our Los Angeles , they will get the opportunity to shoot their films on the Universal Studios backlot. Students at our NYC campus shoot both in our professional facilities and on supervised trips out into the city.

Students complete a series of short films over the course of the Weekend Filmmaking Camp with each one increasing in difficulty. At the end of the Weekend Camp, the final films are celebrated in a screening open to cast, crew, friends and family.


Offered over the course of twelve Saturdays during the school year, the Kids Weekend Acting Camp encourages kids to pursue their acting dreams and learn how to perform on a hectic film set.

This camp emphasizes the basic elements of the craft of acting for film using fundamental acting technique and scene study as starting points. Students participate in in-class shoots aimed specifically at training the actor for the technical requirements of acting on a film set. Every student shares the same curriculum. Some additional time may be scheduled for productions as needed.

During each Saturday, students are encouraged in class and in supervised workshops to break down physical and internal inhibitions, and help them find the most effective personal sources for the creation of truthful characters. The classes are unlike most other acting classes as they are constructed to reflect a professional film set with camera operators and professional lighting.

Students develop the techniques and confidence they need to create believable performances for the camera. They apply what they learn to a series of on camera exercises designed to develop their screen acting ability.

Once the camp is completed, each student receives a digital reel with their filmed performances professional edited for them to share with family and friends, use in auditions, and send to prospective agents.


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

Students develop, pre-produce, and create a longer and more complex project than that completed in the initial camp. Closer attention is paid to set and costume design, locations, shot choices and coverage, as well as additional crew roles.

The finished product is a film of up to 5 minutes. Classes focus on topics including digital cinematography, screenwriting, editing practice and aesthetics, and directing for cinema.


Starting where they left off in the initial Weekend Acting for Film Camp, students are cast in and explore the process of performing in a more in-depth production. Students may shoot the final project on location or in a closed set at the Film Academy.

While students are introduced to specific acting techniques and exercises as they apply to acting for the camera, classes primarily focus on rehearsal and preparation for the final project.

Want to learn more about the Kids Weekend Film & Acting Camps or download an application? Click here to learn more.


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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