Youth Summer Camps

Every summer, Northwest Film Forum offers camps for kids and teens to get hands-on with the art and craft of filmmaking and to let their creativity run wild!

Camps for ages 8 to 17 are taught by experienced local filmmakers, and offer the chance for budding directors, actors, editors, and DPs to get practical experience with video production and video editing, using professional-level filmmaking gear and software.

Watch behind-the-scenes documentaries from past summer camp programs here (our youngest campers), here (middle-school aged campers), and here (our high-school campers).

Imagination Animation

June 25th to June 29th, 2018

10am-4pm Monday-Friday

For ages 8 to 11

Get inspired, dream it, then make it eye-popping with animation! In this camp, kids will head outside to get inspiration from the Capitol Hill neighborhood. They’ll learn stop motion, pixilation, and hand-drawn animation techniques to bring their ideas to life. Taught by a team of instructors, to be announced.

Cost: $350/$325 NWFF members. Scholarships available!


Classic Film Fun

July 9th to July 13th, 2018

10am-4pm Monday-Friday

For ages 8 to 11

In this camp, students will go through the entire film production process as they work together to remake a classic film. In past years, campers have remade the classic films The Red Balloon by Albert Lamorisse, The Impossible Voyage by Georges Méliès, and Sherlock Jr by Buster Keaton.

Cost: $350/$325 NWFF members. Scholarships available!


Citizen Minutes: Video Activism Camp

July 16th to July 20th, 2018
July 23rd to July 27th, 2018

10am-4pm Monday-Friday

Ages 14 to 17

Being a savvy consumer and creator of media stories is a crucial skill for teens today. In this two week camp, students will learn the necessary storytelling, journalism and video production techniques to participate in Northwest Film Forum’s Citizen Minutes video initiative. Citizen Minutes explores what’s happening across our city, amplifying individual voices, stories and insights. After learning and creating stories during camp, teens will be prepared to go on making compelling and shareable content that can reach mass audiences. Final pieces will be shown online and in our theater as weekly newsreels before film screenings.

Cost: $700/$650 NWFF members. Scholarships available!


Film Academy Intensive - This camp is designed to reproduce the creative film production process, which is full of collaboration. The camp will write, shoot, and edit, and premiere a short film during the camp.

Film Academy Intensive

July 30th to August 3rd, 2018

10am-4pm Monday-Friday

Ages 11 to 14

Free mentorships available for youth filmmakers ages 15-17! Contact Liz Shepherd (liz (at) for information and application.

In this one-week intensive program, students will learn how to run a professional film production as a team and about the life cycle of short films today. They will study award-winning short films, read scripts, then work collaboratively to write, shoot and edit their own film together. Students will work as a team to test concepts and produce one film. They will learn about different crew roles on sets and have the chance to try out different jobs during the filmmaking process. The week will end with learning about festivals, distribution and hosting a screening for friends and family.

Cost: $350/$325 NWFF members. Scholarships available!


Making the Impossible (VR/FX)

August 6th  to August 10th, 2018

10am-4pm Monday-Friday

Ages 11 – 14

Filmmakers have always been trying to make impossible realities come to life. Whether it’s spaceships, strange creatures, other worlds, or extreme weather, where there’s a will, there’s a way! In this camp, students will explore the world of visual effects by learning how to create and record physical effects from classic films using models, mattes, and other tricks. They’ll also learn about how current filmmakers are using virtual reality to take people on impossible journeys.


Summer Camp FAQs

Does Northwest Film Forum offer before- and after-care for camps?

No, unfortunately we cannot offer before- and after-care for camps. We understand that traffic and other issues can sometimes delay transportation to camps, but we ask that parents drop off and pick up campers on time.

What is your camp refund policy?

In case your plans change, here is our policy on camp refunds:

  • 100% refund if we receive your cancellation notice 14 calendar days before the first day of camp.
  • 50% refund if we receive your cancellation notice 7 calendar days before the first day of camp.
  • Camps must meet a minimum enrollment requirement to launch, and may be cancelled or rescheduled if the camp does not meet a minimum number of enrolled students. Students will be notified in advance if there is limited enrollment for a camp, and can receive a full refund, which may take up to 30 business days to process and transfer.

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Northwest Film Forum
1515 12th Ave,

Seattle, WA 98122

206 329 2629

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