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Filmmaking Summer Program for High School Students

Why Take Filmmaking

Spend your days creating your own summer blockbuster in our filmmaking summer camp program. You'll experience every step in the process of cinematic storytelling, from writing screenplays to location production and editing to showcasing your final project during our screening.

What You'll Learn

You will have the opportunity to work with professional filmmakers, guest artists, and other talented students to create an original movie from scratch.

Your days will include classes and hands-on lab time where you’ll practice technical production and postproduction skills. You’ll also put your classroom and lab skills into practice by heading out on location for a series of productions throughout the program.

As a filmmaking student, you will participate in the following workshops:

  • Production
  • Post-Production/Editing
  • Screenwriting
  • Tech Skills
  • Film History

Come join us for a summer arts camp you won't forget!

Portfolio Requirements


Program Snapshot
Program Length
3 weeks
Program Dates
  • SESSION 1: June 23, 2024 to July 13, 2024
  • SESSION 2: July 14, 2024 to August 4, 2024
Age Range
High School (Grades 9-12)
  • SESSION 1: Applications CLOSED
  • SESSION 2: Applications CLOSED

Program Highlights

Film Screening

At the end of each session, there is a screening of student work inside our DeRoy Center for Film Studies—the 26,000 square-foot home of Interlochen's Film & New Media Division. The facility touts four editing suites, classrooms equipped with cutting-edge technology, a soundstage, and a 180-seat 2K HD projection space—it's the same projection you'll find at your local cinema, allowing films to be seen and heard the way the director intended.

Additional Opportunities

The Film & New Media program offers additional summer programs that might interest High School Filmmaking students, including Screenwriting and Animation. Interlochen is also home to the Arts Academy boarding high school, which offers a Film & New Media major for grades 9-12, as well as a post-graduate year.

Meet the Faculty

Our summer program faculty members are seasoned industry professionals as well as innovative educators. These accomplished filmmakers, screenwriters, and animators give you personalized attention to improve your craft.

Please note the gallery may showcase previous instructors.

All Faculty

Baldvin Kari

Baldvin Kári

Instructor of Film & New Media

Jasmine Rivera

Jasmine Rivera

Instructor of Film & New Media

Sydney Simoncini

Sydney Simoncini

Instructor of Film & New Media

A camper’s perspective: Kaden, Film & New Media

For Interlochen Arts Camp student Kaden, the Filmmaking program was a chance to learn more about the history of film and discover what it means to be a good director. Listen as he shares his favorite aspects of the program—from instructors with real-world experience to peers who share his passion for the arts.

Guest Artists

Recent guest artists to the Film & New Media Department during Interlochen Arts Camp include:

  • Robert Eggers, film director, screenwriter, and production designer known for The Witch and The Lighthouse
  • Peter Gould, television writer, director, and producer known for Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul
  • Janet Leahy, an Emmy Award-winning writer and producer known for Mad Men
  • Michael Moore, Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker.
  • Gordon Radley, former president of George Lucas' Industrial Light & Magic

I feel grateful knowing that Arts Camp cares about cultivating my gifts. Interlochen just made me want to pursue filmmaking even more.

Darian, Film & New Media