While most teenagers think of summer break as a time to watch films, Denver Film Society, Colorado Film and Video Association, and the Colorado Office of Film, Television & Media are hoping to inspire and teach some motivated youngsters how to create films instead, one summer session at a time.
Every summer, the Denver Film Society hosts the Young Filmmakers Workshop at the Denver School of Arts to teach and enhance the filmmaking skills of Colorado teenagers (ages 12 to 18). These two-week workshops range from introductions to the basics of filmmaking and screen acting, to more specific master classes focused on directing, production design, or even animation. Through these courses, teenagers are able to learn more about the art of cinema, and what work exactly is put into every piece of film, no matter how long or simple it may seem to be. Every class also includes professional film education and training, and students are able to enhance their skills and knowledge of the industry with each session.