Close-Up: Creating Unforgettable Characters

SIFF Filmmaking Camp is under attack by the forces of Boredom! Calling filmmaker heroes (ages 9-12) ready to answer the call to spend a week creating the most unforgettable heroes and villains and defeat the nefarious Boring!


July 11 - 15, 2022

Filmmaking Camps

Don't let the forces of boring and bland characters defeat your films!

In this week of SIFF Filmmaking Camp, we'll learn all about archetypes and stereotypes, study costume design, practice improv techniques,and create dynamic, interesting characters that leave a lasting impression on your audience.

In small groups of 3-6, students (ages 9-12) will learn the basics of working together as a movie production crew: writing scripts, directing actors, using accessible filmmaking technology, digital editing, and more. At the end of the week, students’ short films will be "in the can" and we will celebrate with a Friends and Family Film Festival in the SIFF Film Center theater. Finished films will be able to be viewed online or downloaded to share.



July 11–15, 9:00am–3:00pm
SIFF Film Center
$400 | $350 (SIFF members)
$475 | $425 (SIFF members) - includes aftercare from 3:00–5:30pm

Limited Scholarships are available for students who qualify for free and reduced lunch. Email to inquire about a scholarship for your student.

*As a part of our 2022 Camp schedule, SIFF is offering extended care for camps at the SIFF Film Center on the Seattle Center campus. Aftercare will be held onsite in the SIFF Film Center classroom from 3:00–5:30pm. A light nutritious snack will be provided.

Please see our Registration Policies for more information on registering for SIFF Filmmaking Camps.

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Summer Filmmaking Camps

SIFF Filmmaking Camps are taught by a professional film educator, supported by a group of filmmaking mentors. Students will get a comprehensive experience of creating several short films and learn new storytelling techniques, while also being able to access grounds of the Seattle Center to have some fun when they need a break.

All equipment is provided. Students just need to bring a morning snack, a sack lunch, and their creativity for each day of the camp.

Please email if you have any questions about these camps.