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Young Filmmakers Camp 2016

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“There is no doubt that kids learn the most by “doing.” Gaining so much insight into a medium that saturates our culture is important for any child; but for a fellow who is already obsessed with movies, it is potentially life changing. Now (my son) is certain he wants to be a film director. A million thanks to you for putting together this uniquely-enriching program, for your engaging counselors who’ve created a space for kids to find their own voice.” – Sarah, mother of a 2015 Film Camp participant

“[The Michigan Theater Young Filmmakers Camp] gave a good basic understanding of how films are made (technically), provided a great creative and collaborative experience, some beginning experience using a film camera, and a lot of fun. Bonus was getting a behind-the-scenes tour of the theater and getting to try the organ – both were big hits!” – Film Camp 2012 Parent


The Michigan Theater’s Young Filmmakers Camp gives middle and high school students the chance to bring their imaginations out from behind the lens and onto the big screen. Campers will receive hands-on experience in making their own short films in a collaborative setting, plus an introduction to the rich and storied history of film. By the end of camp, these budding filmmakers will gain insight on how directing, acting, producing, editing, shooting, and all the other behind-the-scenes magic shapes a film from a simple idea all the way to a Hollywood blockbuster. Kids take part in educational group activities such as film history and screenings, as well as production-related activities such as story boarding and camera placement.

We offer two one-week sessions for kids 11–14 and another one-week intermediate session for kids 13–17 or with prior film camp or filmmaking experience.

2016 CAMP INFORMATION (all camps run 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM)

Week 1:  July 11–15. INTRO TO FILMMAKING.  For ages 11–14.
Week 2:  July 25–29. INTRO TO FILMMAKINGFor ages 11–14.
Week 3:  August 1–5.  INTERMEDIATE FILMMAKINGFor ages 13–17 or prior film camp or filmmaking experience. 


All camps are offered at the same price. Prices are per student, per week.

Michigan Theater Members (Save $50):

Early bird price (until Friday, May 20):    $429 
       After May 20:    $479

General Public:

Early bird price (until Friday, May 20):    $479 
       After May 20:    $529

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and receive the Member registration price! Membership purchases must occur in a separate transaction–member prices are only available to those logged in to their member accounts.

Refund Policy

We will issue a full refund with 2 weeks notice prior to camp’s start date.

Scholarship Opportunities

The Michigan Theater will be offering three full-tuition scholarships to Young Filmmakers’ Camp in 2016. Three campers, one for each week of film camp, will be selected to receive these scholarships. We believe no student or family should be discouraged from applying to Young Filmmakers’ Camp because of lack of funds. We welcome a broad cross section of families who believe in their children and in their ability to succeed.

How To Apply:

  • Parents/guardians must provide a fully completed Young Filmmakers’ Camp registration form
  • Kids must submit a 300 – 500 word essay on:
    • Why they are interested in filmmaking (i.e. have previously made films, never made a film but would like to try, love watching movies, etc.)
    • What they believe film camp can do for them (i.e. learn new skills, an opportunity to use new film equipment, meet other kids in the area interested in filmmaking, etc.)

Essays can be handwritten or typed. They must be faxed, emailed, or mailed in.

Scholarship application deadline is Friday, May 20, 2016.

Applicants will be notified of receipt of their application and will receive notification about their acceptance by Monday, June 3, 2016.

Registration now available!

Click here to register online.

To download the registration form, click here.

Fill out the registration form and return it in one of these ways:

  • Submit it through our online link above.
  • Mail: Michigan Theater – FILM CAMP, 603 E. Liberty Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
  • Fax: 734–668–7136
  • Email:

Registration is complete when you receive email or phone confirmation.

Questions?  Contact Camp Administrator Caitlin Ruggles at or 734-668-8397 x27.

The Young Filmmakers Camp is made possible, in part, by support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.

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