SFFS Youth Education focuses not just on media made for young people but on media made by them. Through a range of events and opportunities, we seek to support, encourage and champion the work of youth media makers and youth media organizations from around the Bay Area and around the world.
The Bay Area Youth Media Network (BAYMN) is seeking youth-produced media for its first annual youth media festival. Applications are now open for the festival, to be hosted at the San Francisco Public Library on June 1–2, 2013. Read more about BAYMN FEST.
Young Filmmakers Camp
This intensive film program is an opportunity for teens to learn from first-class film professionals in a fun, interactive, small-group environment. Aspiring filmmakers can enroll in the Starter Lab or the Advanced Lab—or take both for a full four weeks of total film immersion. Can only fit one week of camp into your summer schedule? Enroll in just the Learning Lab, for a comprehensive primer on how to make films on your own, without the actual production process. Read more about Young Filmmakers Camp
Youth Filmmaker Mentorship Program
The SFFS Youth Education program launched a new Mentorship program for students ages 16–18 that is designed to support, encourage and nurture the career development of aspiring youth filmmakers. Selected students will be paired with a local independent filmmaker, who will provide ongoing mentorship in both filmmaking and career building over the course of several months. Read about how to apply.
Golden Gate Award for Best Youth Work
For more than a decade, we have highlighted youth media through the Youth Works category of the annual San Francisco International Film Festival’s (SFIFF) juried Golden Gate Awards. Dedicated to recognizing and rewarding the work of talented young filmmakers, the Golden Gate Award for Best Youth Work comes with a $1,500 cash prize. Find out the winner of the Youth Works category at the 55th San Francisco International Film Festival.
Schools at the Festival Youth Works Screenings
Special educational screenings of the complete SFIFF Youth Works program are presented to audiences of more than 500 middle and high school students each year. It is a rare and inspiring opportunity for young people to view the work of their peers in a theatrical setting, with the youth filmmakers in attendance for post-screening Q&A. Read about the Schools at the Festival program.
Young at Art
Focusing more closely on youth media made exclusively in San Francisco, SFFS Youth Education also partners with the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) to judge, produce and curate the Media Arts segment of SFUSD’s annual student arts festival, Young at Art, held at the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park each May. Read about the 2010 Young at Art program.