Youth Summer Camps


Every summer, Northwest Film Forum offers camps for children and teens to get hands-on with the arts and craft of filmmaking. Camps for 8–18 are taught by experienced local filmmakers, and offer the chance for budding directors, editors and DPs to get practical experience with professional-level filmmaking gear and software, and let creativity run wild. Scholarships are available, contact [email protected] for more information.

CAMPS 2016!

SOLD OUT: June 27 to July 1, 9am to 3pm, Mobile Filmmaking, for ages 8 to 12. 

Cost $350/$325 NWFF members.

A camp for kids who love making videos with devices such as iPods, IPads and cell phones. This camp will show you how to make those films great. Taught by team led by Jonah Kozlowski. 

Email Liz Shepherd at [email protected] to join the waiting list.


SOLD OUT: July 11 to July 16, 9am to 4pm, Citizen Minutes Camp, for ages 13 to 17.

Cost $350/$325 NWFF members. There is a limit of 10 campers.

Being a savvy consumer and creator of media is a crucial skill for teens today. In this camp, students will learn the necessary storytelling, journalism and video production techniques to participate in Northwest Film Forum's Citizen's 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. In addition to a group screening in our theater at the end of the camp, student pieces will be added to the Citizen Minutes website and may be screened in our theater as weekly newsreels before screenings. Taught by a team led by Jonah Kozlowski. 

Registration form

SOLD OUT: July 18 to 29, Film Academy Intensive/Festival Edition, 9am to 4pm.  for ages 13 to 17.

Cost $650/$625 NWFF members.

In this two-week camp, teens will focus on creating films that are worthy of submission and acceptance in leading local, national and international film festivals. Emphasis will be on how to make the most of pre-production, production and editing (using FinalCut Pro) within a tight production schedule. Camp will also include a crash course with advice from festival directors, and a deeper look at notable and prize-winning short films. The emphasis here is on creating very high quality films, with great resourcefulness, in a very short period of time. Taught by a team led by Bernard Mann. 


Email Liz Shepherd at [email protected] to join the waiting list.

SOLD OUT: August 15 to 19, Classic Film Fun, for ages 8 to 12, 9am to 3pm.

Cost $350/$325 NWFF members. 

This camp will take kids to street and parks near Northwest Film Forum, as they remake a classic silent film. Last year, kids remade the classic French film, The Red Balloon. Check out this year's camp theme at Taught by a team led by Jonah Kozlowski. 

Registration Form

When registering for any of our summer camps: please be sure to also download, complete and return our Medical and Liability Release form!



Frequently Asked Questions

Do you offer camp scholarships?

Yes! Scholarships are available—please contact [email protected] for more information.

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 8 calendar days before the first day of camp.
  • 50% refund if we receive your cancellation notice 4 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.

If you have any questions, please contact our Youth Programs Director:

Elizabeth Shepherd

[email protected]