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Teen & Children Summer Filmmaking Camps

Choosing the right film and video programs for children and teens in Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, Maine, and Massachusetts.

18 Feb , 2016   Posted by: has compiled some of the best summer film programs in New England for young people who want to get a jumpstart on their careers, or even their future hobby.

It’s never too early to become a filmmaker, in our opinion. And fortunately in New England, you’ll find plenty of programs for children and teen media artists — from one week day camps to full summer sleepaway camps. Here, compiles some of the best summer film programs in New England for young people who want to get a jumpstart on their careers.

Rhode Island

KidsEye™ Summer Filmmaking Camp

In its 18th year, the KidsEye™ is an intensive and fun five-day summer camp held at the University of Rhode Island in Kingston, RI that exposes young people to the basic elements of the filmmaking process, culminating in a premiere screening of their finished work. The film that the children shoot will be screened for family and friends at a specially arranged screening called the “Red Carpet Premiere” in August during the Rhode Island International Film Festival.

Ages: 8-17
Dates: July 11-15, 2016
Location: Kingston, RI
Tuition: $395

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Other Rhode Island camps: RISD.


Filmmakers Ink

This day camp offers programs in Intensive Filmmaking/Acting and Special FX/Animation for 8 to 17-year-olds. Campers work with award-winning professionals to develop the key creative and technical skills required for making their own films .

Ages: 8-10, 11-13, 14-17
Dates: June 20 – August 26 (1, 2 or 3 week programs)
Location: Various towns throughout Connecticut, including, Westport, Fairfield, Darien, Stamford, and Greenwich
Limited to: 12 participants
Tuition: $250-$550

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Buck’s Rock Performing and Creative Art Camp

This full overnight summer camp offers student artists the ability to choose their own creative and performing arts projects and activities. Their video studio enables campers to write, shoot and edit their own documentaries, music videos, animations and video art. Camper work is screened at a showcase film festival at the end of camp.

Ages: 11-17 (or junior program for 9-10)
Dates: June 29-August 29
Location: New Milford, CT
Tuition: $10,790 for full session; $7,790-$7,890 for half sessions, and $3,690 for two-week junior camper program

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Other Connecticut camps: IncrediFlix.


New England Film Academy Young Filmmakers Camp

In this camp, film crews work in small groups to write, produce, act in and edit their own movie for its World Premiere at the end of the workshop. Films are shot in HD and use Adobe Premiere Pro for editing.

Ages: 10-13
Dates: July 11-22, 2016
Location: South Portland, Maine
Limited to: 18 participants
Tuition: $949

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New England Film Academy Teen Filmmakers Workshop

In this two-week program, teens have the opportunity to try each position as they work together with fellow crew members to fine tune their project for its premiere. Films are shot with HD (1080p) cameras and edited with Premiere Pro and Adobe After Effects.

Ages: 14-17
Dates: July 24-August 6, 2016
Location: South Portland, Maine
Limited to: 15 participants
Tuition: $1,049

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Maine Media Workshops Young Filmmakers

This two-week intense overnight workshop program offers college credit for producing music videos and dramatic shorts. Students use HD cameras as well as professional sound and lighting equipment. Students learn the roles of director, cinematographer, camera operator, camera assistant, grip, gaffer and boom operator. Professional editors work with students to complete projects.

An Advanced Workshop is also available.

Ages: Teen
Dates: June 19-July 2, 2016 or July 17-30, 2016
Location: Rockport, Maine
Limited to: 16 participants
Tuition: $2,895

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Young Filmmakers Camp at Helen Day Art Center

In this camp, participants will experience all facets of moviemaking from pre-production (writing and rehearsing), production, (acting, directing, set design, costume and makeup design and filming) to post production (editing). No experience required.
Ages: 12-18
Dates: July 11-15, 2016
Location: Stowe, Vermont
Tuition: $275 (member) | $300 (non-member)

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Core Filmmaking at School of Creative & Performing Arts (SOCAPA)

Each SOCAPA student writes, directs and edits one film of their own per week in this overnight college credit program. In addition, students are expected to work as crews for one another, providing each young filmmaking the opportunity to work as a Director of Photography, Sound Technician, or Production Assistant each week.

Other courses include screenwriting, cinematography and advanced projects. See for details.

Ages: 13-18
Dates: June 26-July 9 (or July 16 for 3 week program) and July 24-August 6 (or August 13 for 3 week program)
Location: Burlington, Vermont
Tuition: $2,595 plus room & board $1,190 (2 week) or $3,595 plus $1785 room & board (3 week)

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Boston International Kids Film Festival Summer Camps

The Boston International Kids Film Festival offers summer filmmaking camps throughout Greater Boston for ages 10-14. Camps runs 9am-3pm or 10am-4pm. Check out the links below for dates and times in your town. Students can bring their creative ideas to life in a fun, collaborative and exciting environment! Students will learn skills in scriptwriting, character development, improvisation and camera skills. Together, the group will write, shoot and edit a film in a genre of their choosing. Campers will learn to edit their films using professional editing software like Adobe Premiere. All final projects are eligible for submission into the Boston International Kids Film Festival in November 2016. Contact festival directors and with any questions.

Location: Cambridge, MA
Ages: 10-14
Dates: June 27-July 1, 2016
Tuition: $275.
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Location: Somerville, MA at Canopy City
Ages: 10-14
Dates: June 27-July 1, 2016
Tuition: $300
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Location: Medford, MA at MHS
Ages: 10-14
Dates: July 11-15th, 2016
Tuition: $275
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Location: Lynnfield, MA at LHS
Ages: 10-14
Dates: July 18-22nd, 2016
Tuition: $285
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Location: Watertown, MA at WHS
Ages: 10-14
Dates: July 18-22nd, 2016
Location: WHS
Tuition: $300
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Location: Melrose, MA at Memorial Hall
Ages: 10-14
Dates: July 25-29, 2016
Tuition: $375
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Location: Lexington, MA
Ages: 10-14
Dates: August 8-12, 2016
Location: CC Room 217 & 221
Tuition: $330
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Location: North Andover, MA at the Youth Center
Ages: 10-14
Dates: August 15-19, 2016
Tuition: $275
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Boston Arts Academy

Summer Film at Boston Arts Academy (BAA) offers an immersive exploratory experience for students ages 12-18. The goal of this program is to enlighten, enhance, inform, communicate, entertain and celebrate our cultures through film. This program, led by Artistic Director John ADEkoje emphasizes students’ development as creators of content. Over the course of two weeks, each student will create their own film; designing, shooting and editing their personal artistic work. All films will be shown at a mini festival in Boston Arts Academy’s black box theater.

Ages: 12-18
Dates: July 11-22 (2 week program)
Location: 174 Ipswich Street, Boston, MA 02215
Limited to: 10 participants
Tuition: $600

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Emerson College

Emerson College’s Filmmakers Studio offers rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors an opportunity to explore concepts and practices in film production. Applicants selected for the five-week program train in the art and technique of single-camera digital film production or 16mm film production. The 16mm Film Production has an option to receive college credits (see website for guidelines)

Ages: ~15-18 (rising sophomores, juniors & seniors in high school)
Dates: July 10–August 13, 2016
Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Tuition: 16mm Film Production Option (Residential: $9,099 | Commuter: $5,804) or Digital Film Production Option (Residential: $7,601 | Commuter: 4,306)

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Brookline Interactive Group and BACE

BACE and Brookline Interactive Group (BIG) collaborate to offer two camps. The Music Video Making camp gives children the opportunity to create their own music video in each week-long session. Children learn to brainstorm a concept, write a script, film, and then edit their music video in BIG’s state of the art facilities. Additionally, their Video Production Basics offers children the opportunity to create their own original video in this week-long session. Children learn to brainstorm a story, write a script, film, edit, and ultimately create their own brief video in BIG’s state of the art facilities.

Ages: 9-13
Dates: July 25-29, 2016 and August 22-26, 2016
Location: Brookline, Massachusetts
Limited to: 14-15 participants
Tuition: $160

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New York Film Academy (NYFA)

NYFA returns to Harvard in June 2016 for its filmmaking workshops in which each student writes, shoots, directs and edits his or her own films. This program remains one of the few that still works with film–so students learn to use the Arriflex 16-S or an HD video camera, depending on their choice of workshop. Tuition includes all cost for instruction, equipment, and an allotment for film and processing. Tuition does not include transportation, room and board, and personal expenses. Students have the option of living in supervised Harvard dormitories on campus.

Ages: 14-18 (high school)
Dates: various dates between June 19-August 6, 2016
Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts
Tuition: $1,575 (one week), $4,300 (three week), $5,400 (four week), $7,000 (six week)

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