During vacation weeks and summer months, we offer popular film camps. Now in their fourth year, the camps have been enjoyed by kids from all over the world.
Using our extensive film knowledge and experience, we teach industry filmmaking techniques.
We don't just teach the kids how to make films. We help them find opportunities to screen them and organize our own showings.
The Sarasota Film Academy offers popular live and online film camps and after-school programs to kids 7-13 in sunny Sarasota, Florida. Our unique curriculum is taught by film professionals with decades of industry experience in Hollywood as well as educators from the 25-year-old Sarasota Film Festival, an event of world renown. Our instructors will keep your kids learning, entertained, and occupied in the safety of their homes, enriched with an invaluable skill set for our times.
Filmmakers learn in a fun, conservatory model where each student gets to experience different film-related professions. The students will also truly understand the value of teamwork and collaboration.
The finished projects have public screenings for family and friends at the end of each week of camp or month of after-school programs.
The location of this year’s camps is the Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center in beautiful downtown Sarasota (525 Kumquat Ct, Sarasota, FL, United States, Florida). We are excited to host our young filmmakers in such a fun venue, with both indoor and outdoor components.
The campers will learn the ins and outs of making social media videos, from TikTok to Youtube vlogs, Instagram influencer videos, gameplay videos, comedy skits, and more. We will teach the campers how to use the necessary filming equipment, how to edit using the industry-standard Adobe Premiere, and how to start your own social media channel. We will also teach the campers how to be safe on the internet and the principles of being good digital media citizens. We will discuss the history of social media, learn about Youtube stars, and more. We will showcase everything created during the week in a screening on the last day of camp.
The camp for everyone who loves Harry Potter, the films of Miyazaki, Lord of the Rings, tales of wizards and magical beings. The campers will learn how to make short fantasy films, focusing on screenwriting, cinematography, VFX, directing, and acting, and producing. We will teach the campers how to use the necessary filming equipment, including cameras, lights and green screens, as well as how to edit in industry-standard Adobe Premiere. We will also learn much film history, watching and analyzing clips from classic fantasy movies. We will showcase all the films created in a screening on the last day of camp.
This camp is for everyone who loves creating in different genres. Whether you love comedy, fantasy, sci-hi, horror, buddy cop comedies, road movies, romances or anything in between, you will learn to combine genres in this fun and innovative film camp . The campers will learn how to make short mashup films, focusing on understanding genres, screenwriting, cinematography, VFX, directing, and acting, and producing. We will teach the campers how to use the necessary filming equipment, including cameras, lights and green screens, as well as how to edit in industry-standard Adobe Premiere. We will also learn much film history, watching and analyzing clips from many great genre movies. We will showcase all the films created in a screening on the last day of camp.
Paul is a writer and filmmaker. His award-winning films like “Moses on the Mesa”and “The Caveman of Atomic City”, have played at numerous festivals around the world. Prior to moving to Sarasota, Paul lived and worked in Hollywood for over 12 years in a variety of capacities as a writer, director, and development executive, collaborating with top agencies (WME) and studios (Universal, Paramount) to develop and package film and TV projects. Paul has a Master’s in film and television from Chapman University and a Bachelor of Theater Arts degree from Cornell University. He has taught film previously at Full Sail University and South New Hampshire University. Paul is currently the Managing Director of the Sarasota Film Festival.
Petra Ratner has worked in film, commercials, and television for over 17 years. She worked as an assistant director on such Hollywood films as “Hostel”, “Alien vs Predator,” and “Doom”. She also coordinated the art department on the blockbuster “Wanted”, starring Angelina Jolie and James McAcavoy. Petra has produced commercials, feature documentaries and over a dozen award-winning short films which played at 50+ film festivals around the world. She currently works as the Director of Development and Events for the Sarasota Film Festival, produces film and television projects both in the U.S. and internationally, and is an exhibited painter.
Christy Chilton is an actress who has been in the entertainment industry for decades. She has studied with Benson Simmons, Julia Gagne, Ginny Eason, Ellen Meade, and received her BFA in Theatre-Acting from The University of Central Florida. Christy starred in Vin Diesel’s film “The Paint Job” which premiered at The 2015 Cannes Film Festival. She also starred in the independent films, “Limited Liability”, “Love and War”, and “Choices”. Christy had supporting roles in Dylan McDermott’s “Sugar”, “S.o.l.tice”, “The Truth about Monsters”, and “Rogue Island”. She has been in numerous other independent feature films, web series, and commercials, as well as stage productions in the Florida theatre community. She currently lives in Sarasota, Florida where she continues to pursue a career in the entertainment industry and is the Marketing Coordinator at the Sarasota Film Festival.