Write, produce, direct, and edit a film under the guidance of professional media-makers. Collaborate to create a polished script, short film, and website through the experiential process of pre-production, production, and post-production. Work with fellow aspiring filmmakers to learn the art and craft of filmmaking while creating a movie that expresses your ideas in your voice. Get hands-on experience with professional equipment, use current techniques, and learn life and job skills through the inspiring and collaborative process of creating media art.
Once completed, your film (or films) won't gather dust. We'll put it on the big screen at Bryn Mawr Film Institute. In addition, a number of workshop participants have used their work in the SFW as part of successful applications to film schools like the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, and other programs at universities like Villanova, and have put their SFW experiences to work in film and media internships and jobs.
Below you'll find links to the program's past films, including one from the 2013 SFW, "The Best Fit," which won Judges Award for Special Achievement at the 2014 WHYY Youth Media Awards and placed second in overall competition. Watch a behind-the-scenes look at the 2015 SFW working on their film "The Other Side."
"I loved it all! It was perfect-I learned so much I wanted and needed to know. I honestly can't remember a summer where I had more fun or learned so much. Thank you for giving me a wonderful summer. Continue this program, or I will cry very much." — Kate G.
"It really was the highlight of my summer. It allowed us all to work with the different aspects of filmmaking. I liked how everyone got to come together and make something." — Lily M.
"This was a great basis for experience in the industry – hands on work that was actually our own film! I loved this program – it was awesome!" — Gracie M.
"It exceeded my expectations. Great teachers that are as inspired as I am." — John R.
"I got even more from it than I ever thought. It's taught me that film is my calling, and gave me the true experience of film." — Pat B.
"This program has helped me gain the skills I will need for the future. I really liked being able to have hands-on experiences; there was a lot for us to do, but we also had help from people who really know what they are doing." — Kat W.
2017 SFW Film
"Backfire" · View Film
2016 SFW Film
"Psychosis" · View Film
2015 SFW Film
"The Other Side" · View Film
2014 SFW Film
"The Fourth Wall" · View Film
2011 SFW Film
"Rerun" · View Film
2009 SFW Film
"Class Clown" · View Film
The workshop meets Mondays through Thursdays for six weeks during the summer at Bryn Mawr Film Institute. The film will premiere at Bryn Mawr Film Institute at some point after the workshop concludes. Tuition includes training, the use of equipment, and materials. Limited scholarships are available. This program is open to high school students, including rising ninth-graders.