Education

The Colorado Office of Film, Television & Media offers several types of continuing education and hands on experience for filmmakers, students, and anyone interested in film, television, digital media, and animation.  Through local partnerships, we offer workshops, panels, networking events, and intensive classes.

Education Grants

COFTM works with local colleges, universities and high schools to provide production grants to help offer hands-on production experience. Through the grant, schools produce an original documentary over one semester that will air on public television.

The education grant program provides funding for a specific creative project, designed to help stimulate hands-on experience for students during the creative process of filmmaking, television production, or game design.  This grant extends experience outside the classroom and prepares students for job-related experience.

COFTM also has a partnership with Colorado Public Television & Rocky Mountain PBS, and works with both organizations to air the students’ final projects.  This provides students with a working credit, increasing the potential to get hired on related jobs after school.

The following schools have received COFTM education grants:

If your educational institution is interested in learning more about our grant program, email info@coloradofilm.org with the subject line “Education Grant Opportunity.”

Media Professionals Career Connection Road Tour

The MPCCRT is a program facilitated by COFTM along with Colorado’s top industry leaders in film, television, and digital media.

These individuals tour colleges and other institutes of higher education throughout Colorado to discuss the film industry with aspiring media students, allowing them to connect with current industry professionals about their career paths, and network with people from a variety of specialties.

Recent stops on the Media Professionals Career Connection Road Tour include:

If your educational institution is interested in hosting a stop on the Media Professionals Career Connection Road Tour, email info@coloradofilm.org with the subject line “Media Professionals Career Connection Road Tour.”

Native Initiative

The Colorado Office of Film, Television and Media has established a two-week intensive summer workshop conducted by Colorado Film School staff on the Ute Mountain Ute Reservation in Towoac, Colorado. During its inaugural year, six high school students created a 9-minute documentary exploring the Ute Mountain Ute Tribal Park, which premiered at Denver International Film Festival and was invited to screen at Durango International and Breckenridge Film Festivals. After its Denver premiere the students were awarded with The Denver Academy’s Special Jury Prize.

A workshop took place July-August 2019 in Towoac and students created a short documentary on the topic of ‘unity,’ focusing on Tribal traditions, culture and conversations with Elders.

Scholarship Opportunities

Beyond education grants, COFTM encourages young and early-career filmmakers with scholarship opportunities. By partnering with community programs, young filmmakers partake in experiential learning programs across the state:

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