Young Filmmakers Academy

The Virginia Film Festival's Young Filmmakers Academy is a collaboration with Light House Studio and local schools.

YFA is part of the VFF's Outreach & Education Program. Enrollment in YFA is free and open to Charlottesville and Albemarle elementary and middle schools.

The 2017 Young Filmmakers Academy was supported by the YMCA.

What is YFA?

Designed to engage youth in authentic film production, Young Filmmakers Academy (YFA) introduces students to the challenges of filmmaking. Students work in teams to write, produce, and edit short films around a common structure. After the writing, directing, filming, and editing are complete, the VFF honors our Young Filmmakers with a red carpet premiere of their films.

Under the guidance of Light House Studio mentors, YFA participants learn about filmmaking through classroom-based workshops. The Light House Studio team develops curriculum, works with teachers to schedule school visits, and leads lecture on different aspects of filmmaking, giving students the opportunity to learn from the experts at the only youth filmmaking studio in Virginia.

Thanks to all who made YFA 2017 a success! Check out our red carpet photos here.

Interested in Participating?

Review the  Young Filmmakers Academy Guidelines Enroll your students by completing the online registration form. Dates for the 2018 Young Filmmakers Academy will be announced in early 2018.

Reservations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. YFA can accommodate up to 600 students in fall 2017. Due to low enrollment, future spring sessions of YFA have been put on hold.

2018 YFA Theme

Each year students participating in the Young Filmmakers Academy are given the challenge to incorporate a given theme into their films. The 2018 Young Filmmakers Academy challenge will be announced in early 2018.