Summer 2021: HIFF Jr. Film Camp

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In-person Film Camp: East Hampton

Filmmaking Jr: Ages 8-11
August 16-20 | 10am-1pm | $400

Filmmaking Sr: Ages 12-15
August 16-20 | 2pm-5pm | $450

In 2021, we are thrilled to announce that we will be offering in-person film camps for ages 8-15, which will take place at the HIFF offices at 79 Newtown Lane in East Hampton. All interactions will be held in accordance with CDC safety guidelines and protocols.

To register, please email

With East Hampton as a backdrop, kids will plan a movie idea; learn to run a production set on location, using professional video and sound equipment; and edit the footage using professional software, adding sound and special effects.

The week starts off with campers brainstorming and writing a script for a short film. Once the idea is set, campers start planning the project, selecting acting roles, and scouting locations. Campers may make costumes and props based on the idea, plus there is a day dedicated to learning about acting and how to direct actors on set. Next comes production, when campers will rotate through the major roles: director, camera assistant, actor and more, utilizing professional technology.

The filmmakers come away with their very own short film, made from start to finish!

Instructor: Sarah Hanssen
Longtime educator Sarah Hanssen returns to lead this summer’s Film Camp. Sarah’s film and video works have shown at festivals, museums and screenings around the world. She received her Masters of Fine Art in film and video at the Massachusetts College of Art. She is a professor for media production in CUNY. Her writing has been published in The Projector: A Journal on Film, Media, and Culture, Community College Journal of Research and Practice, International Journal of Emerging Technologies in Learning (IJET), Journal of Media Education and The Curator.

Note: In the event of rain, families will have the option to either join indoor camp OR do the day virtually.

Created by HamptonsFilm Executive Director Anne Chaisson, these student filmmaking workshops provide a creative outlet and thorough introduction to visual storytelling, helping students launch their own projects for fun, passion, and perhaps the cultivation of a future career!

HIFF Jr. focuses on ethics and compassion, diversity and international relations, and the ever-evolving craft of film.

Education has been a hallmark program for HamptonsFilm since the very first year, 1993. From summer filmmaking workshops to year-round screenings and student film clubs, HIFF Jr. has exposed tens of thousands of students to a world of diverse realities, while empowering them to recognize film as an accessible medium for creativity, and for making their voices heard.

HIFF Jr. Educational Initiatives are made possible in part by

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