Young Filmmakers AcademyYoung Filmmakers Academy

Designed to engage youth in authentic film production, Young Filmmaker’s Academy (YFA) introduces students to the challenge of filmmaking.  Students work in teams to write, produce, and edit brief films around a common structure. On Family Day, VFF honors the Young Filmmakers with a red carpet experience and a screening of their films.  The 2013 Young Filmmakers assignment was “A Proper Film.

Classroom teachers interested in participating in next year’s Young Filmmakers Academy should contact Jane Freeman at 434-823-4221 or  Available spaces will be awarded first come, first serve.

The Virginia Film Festival’s 2013 Community Outreach and Education Program was generously supported by the Bama Works Fund of Dave Matthews Band in the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation (CACF).

2013 YFA Challenge: A Proper Film

Props are the furnishings, fixtures, hand-held objects, decorations, and other moveable items that an actor touches or uses in a film.  This year Young Filmmakers Academy challenges all of you with a propensity for filmmaking to put on your director’s cap and think about props of all kinds, sizes, and proportions!  Collaborate with some classmates to produce a short film to be screened at VFF Family Day on Saturday, November 9.  Dress up Hollywood style, enjoy the red carpet experience, and invite friends and family to see YOUR movie in the theatre!

The requirements are properly simple:

Choose an item or artifact that you would find in a museum.   For example, in a history museum you might find a cap worn by a soldier in battle; in a science museum you might find bones from a dinosaur; in an art museum, you could find a painting by an Impressionist artist.  Make a replica of your item to use in filmmaking and show us why this item belongs in a museum by making it an important part of your story.   Imbed “prop” appropriately in your film 3 times. And remember, you can appropriate no more than 2 minutes, including credits, to deliver your message!

Complete your film by Monday, October 1.   Your teacher will take it from there and we’ll see you at the movies on November 9!

2013 Virginia Film Festival

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