Austin Film Festival’s popular Summer Film Camp returns again this June with an amazing camp full of screenwriting, filmmaking and claymation workshops for ages 9 – 18. The critically-acclaimed program promises to teach, inspire and help kids and young adults create their very own fabulous short films. Camps and classes are offered from June 5 – July 28 in Downtown Austin at St. David’s Episcopal Church.

When it comes to AFF, the Summer Film Camp is all about storytelling. In this immersive and creative environment, campers will turn their stories into their very own movie. These workshops are designed for aspiring filmmakers and taught by professional filmmakers.

There is something for everyone at this camp. Are you an artist? Come learn how to storyboard. Are you a technical prodigy? Come discover the power of getting just the right shot or recording the perfect sound. Want to be in front of the camera? Come play a part (or two). The best thing about AFF Summer Film Camp is that everyone gets a chance to do everything.

Kids will also get to meet exclusive guest speakers that are major Hollywood writers, producers or directors. Past speakers include Caroline Thompson (The Nightmare Before Christmas), Robert Mark Kamen (The Fifth Element, The Karate Kid, and Taken), Justin Marks (The Jungle Book). And finally, to finish it all off with a bang, AFF will host the Summer Camp Showcase where students who attended camp will get to show off their hard work on the big screen at Galaxy Highland Theater on Sunday, August 6th.

Camps are grouped by ages 9-12 and ages 13-18. One and two week sessions are offered from June 5 – July 28 as morning (9 a.m. – 12 p.m.), afternoon (1 – 5 p.m.), and full-day.

The following classes are available for ages 9-12:

  • Filmmaking 101
  • Claymation Creations
  • Combo Full-day of Filmmaking 101 & Claymation

The following afternoon and full-day classes are available for ages 13-18:

  • Script to Screen
  • Write, Shoot, Direct! (with ZACH Theatre)

You can click here to learn more about these camps and check out the full day or half day schedules. Half-day classes are $195 and full day ranges from $310 – $390. Use the promo code do512fam for a $5 discount!

For more information, please visit the Austin Film Festival website and check out their Facebook page for photos and videos, too. If you have questions, you can contact the Young Filmmakers Program Coordinator at or call 512-478-4795.