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Who can attend the Filmmakers Boot Camp?

Anyone between the ages of 14 and 18 and/or anyone who is currently enrolled in an Austin area high, home, charter or private school is eligible to be a filmmaker at the Boot Camp!

Why this Camp?

You get to shoot and edit with professional equipment.

You get to learn from industry pros.

You decide, with your crew, what position each of you takes to write, plan, shoot and edit your own 5-minute film in 5 days.

You get to decide what kind of film you want to produce.

You and your crew get to compete for cash prizes!

When Is It?

June 6 to June 11, 2016.

June 6 to 7 you’re on set at the Austin Public Access Studios • 1143 Northwestern Avenue • Austin • 78702

June 8, 9 & 10 you and your crew go on location at a local restaurant that serves as your production office and set if you wish. (Locations to be announced.)

June 11 is the Film Festival and Live TV Production.

What Do I Get Out of This?

Besides the awesome experience and getting to learn from professional filmmakers, you get a cool T-Shirt, all access to the Film Festival, hands-on filmmaking skills and swag – and – a chance to compete for cash prizes of $500 or $1,000!

Does It Matter What I Wear?

Yes! Please wear practical clothes and shoes for a film set. Tube tops, open-toed shoes, short skirts or really baggy pants can be impractical and unsafe on location.

So please wear close-toed shoes and the same kind of clothes you’d wear to school.

How Much Does It Cost?

The Filmmakers Boot Camp is just $100 for the entire week. This includes snacks and lunches both at the Studios and on location Monday through Friday.

What Else Do I Need To Know?

So glad you asked. You are welcome to come as an individual, though it is recommended you sign up with 4 to 6 of your friends as a crew for the best filmmaking experience.

And included in the cost of the Filmmakers Boot Camp is an all access pass to compete, screen and take part in the Film Festival, June 11th.

When Is The Deadline And How Do I Sign Up Myself and/or My Crew?

To register please go online to signup and pay here.

Registration ends May 31st, 2016.

Are Scholarships Available?

We want to make sure everyone can register for the Filmmakers Boot Camp.

So we are giving away four (4) scholarships based on financial need.

The scholarships cover the registration fee for the Boot Camp (a value of $100) and are made available on a first come, first serve basis.

If you would like to be eligible for one of these scholarships, please send an email telling us why you want to attend and the reason you need a scholarship.

You can email Linda and Grace directly at:

We promise to respond to everyone.

Grace and Linda




Who Can Submit To The Film Festival?

Anyone who was enrolled in a Central Texas area middle, high, home, charter or private school at the time of their film’s production.

When And How Can I Submit My Film?

Submissions are now closed, check back soon for festival screening information!

How Long Can My Film Be?

5 minutes or less and this time includes opening titles and closing credits. Only the 1st 5 minutes of any submission will be judged.

How Old Can My Film Be?

Your film must have been produced in 2015 or 2016.

What Is The Submission Fee For The Festival? 

There is a $5 submission fee, which will include your free entry into the festival itself on Saturday June 11.

How Do I Submit My Film? 

Upload it to YouTube or Vimeo!

Is It OK If An Adult Helped Write, Edit or Direct My Film?

No. All submissions must be youth produced. Your film can have adult actors, but no films will be accepted that had adults as part of the production crew, except as a chaperone or Production Assistant.

What Are The Film Categories?

There are no specific categories by subjects, though a filmmaker can choose to submit their film for consideration in the following areas of expertise:

- Best Producer | Director

- Best Acting

- Best Scriptwriting

- Best Cinematography

- Best Sound Production (including musical score)

- Best Editing

What Can I Win?

$1,000 Best of Fest will be awarded to 1 filmmaker with the most notable filmmaking skills. Plus a best of each skill category will be awarded.

Can I Submit More Than 1 Film?

Only 1 submission per producer and/or director, please.

I Entered/Won Another Film Festival Already, Can I Still Enter Yours?

Absolutely! We'd love to see your movie masterpiece in our Film Festival, regardless if what other competitions it's been entered in!

When Is The Deadline For Film Submissions?


When and Where Is The Screening Going To Be?

AFS Cinema: 6226 Middle Fiskville Rd, Austin, TX 78752 at 11AM!

Will All The Films Be Screened?

We’re sorry, no – though the judges will determine the final number for screening and these will include Best Of Fest and all other “Best” categories.

What Else Is Planned As Part Of The Film Festival?

The Film Festival will include seminars and meet-ups with all the judges. 

Who Are The Judges?

As of right now, we have

RICHARD LINKLATER: Self taught writer and Director, known for films such as Dazed and Confused, Slacker, School of Rock and Boyhood!

PJ RAVAL: Award winning filmmaker and cinematographer, voted best young cinematographer out of UT where he now teaches part time!

CATHLEEN SUTHERLAND: Actress and film producer, most recently nominated for the Academy Award "Best Picture" for Boyhood!

LEAH MARINO: Local documentary video editor, has worked on all lengths of projects, some of which have premiered and won at festivals worldwide!

WAYNE BELL: Been in production sound for over 40 years, working on the audio of everything from Texas Chainsaw Massacre to commercials and documentaries!