Make ‘em Laugh: Physical Comedy on Screen

Students (ages 9-12) will learn how to use physical comedy in their filmmaking projects.

Make 'Em Laugh

June 27 - July 1, 2022

Filmmaking Camps

The trip, the slip, the double take, the collide, the fall (or faint) … In this week of SIFF Filmmaking Camp, we’ll study comedic masters such as Buster Keaton, Lucille Ball, Jackie Chan, and Maya Rudolph, and work on developing our own uproarious sight gags.

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.



June 27–July 1, 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.