A program of

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, VAFF honors our Young Filmmakers with a red carpet premiere of their films.

Under the guidance of Light House Studio teaching artists, 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.

The 2018 Young Filmmakers Academy was supported by Ting Internet.

Red Carpet Premiere

Each year, Young Filmmakers Academy culminates into a Red Carpet Premiere during VAFF’s annual festival. See 2018 Young Filmmakers Academy Red Carpet Premiere flickr album here: 2018 YFA

2017 YFA

Fall 2016 YFA

Spring 2016 YFA

YFA Theme

Each year students participating in the Young Filmmakers Academy are given the challenge to incorporate a given theme into their films.

The 2019 Young Filmmakers Academy challenge will be announced in Summer 2019.

2018: Adventure and Discovery
2017: Creating Peace
2016: Choices and Consequences
2015: Silver Screening and Silver Linings
2014: The Big Screen
2013: A PROPer Film
2012: Celebration
2011: Young Filmmakers Academy