Student Summer Film Workshops

For the past 8 years, HIFF has produced student filmmaking workshops in East Hampton and Southampton for students ages 8-15. These students have learned from professional filmmakers the entire moviemaking process–from development and writing to blocking, acting, production, cinematography and editing. The workshops give students ages 8 to 15 the opportunity to make their own short films, which are then showcased on screen for family and friends.

Created by HIFF Executive Director Anne Chaisson, the workshops provide a creative outlet and a thorough introduction to digital moviemaking to help kids launch their own projects for fun, passion, and perhaps even a future career. Many of the students have come back year after year to take the class, and even siblings have joined in the fun. Classes take place at the Southampton Arts Center and at Guild Hall of East Hampton.

Indigo Summer WorkshopFilm Camp Success Story!

Indigo Weston, a teenage alumnus of HIFF‘s Student Summer Filmmaking Workshop, has become a certified TV director with Scratching the Surface, a new show for foodies on East Hampton’s Local Access station, LTV!

Check back for 2017 dates next spring!

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2 Strands:
♦ Introduction to Filmmaking, ages 8-11
♦ Intermediate Filmmaking, ages 12-15

Over the course of one week, students learn the skill of screenwriting, directing, acting, producing and editing, with instruction and hands-on experience from industry professionals.  The short films are showcased on screen that Saturday for students to share with family and friends. Each student will take home their very own copy of all the short films created.

Please email marissa@hamptonsfilmfest.org with any questions.


HIFF’s Student Film Workshop receives funding from

Bloomingdales