Summer Film Camp


Each summer, Tampa Theatre’s historic auditorium lights up with young filmmakers working together to produce their visions on-screen.

Campers entering grades 3-12 work in small groups to learn the creative process of digital filmmaking, from brainstorming, storyboarding, and scriptwriting to filming, lighting and editing. All of the necessary equipment is provided, including cameras, lights, sound equipment, Mac computers and software. By the end of the session, each production team will have a 3-5 minute movie to showcase.

This summer, both the popular live-action and stop-motion animation camps will be offered as one-week (Mon-Fri), half-day sessions, and a NEW Full Day Film Camp has also been added:

  • Week of June 10: Live Action
  • Week of June 17: Live Action
  • Week of June 24: Live Action
  • Week of July 15: Full Day Film Camp
  • Week of July 22: Stop Motion Animation

LIVE ACTION FILMMAKING CAMP makes the campers the stars as they write, produce and act in their own short films.

STOP-MOTION ANIMATION FILMMAKING CAMP shows campers how to create an animated film one frame at a time with clay, Legos, paper and other materials in a style of animation made popular by The Lego Movie, Wallace & Gromit, and South Park.

For the half-day programs, morning sessions are from 9:00am to noon for students entering grades 3-6, and afternoon sessions are from 1:00-4:00pm is for those entering grades 7-12. Each session is $195 per camper, which includes a camp T-shirt, daily snacks and a digital copy of the finished films. Participation is capped at 20 campers per session.

NEW THIS YEAR! FULL DAY FILM CAMP gives film campers entering grades 5 – 9 an expanded opportunity to work together to create, produce, and act in their original short films. Campers will also participate in film studies sessions, learn new filming techniques, practice special effects, and more! This one-week program will be offered from 9:00am to 4:00pm Monday – Friday the week of July 15. Full Day Film Camp is $380 per camper, which includes a camp T-shirt, daily snacks, a light lunch, and a digital copy of all the finished films from the week. Participation is capped at 20 campers, and the new program is expected to fill up quickly!

Summer Film Camp is presented in collaboration with the Florida Center for Instructional Technology at the USF College of Education.

For questions about Film Camp and registration, please contact Dawn Kidle.

Film camp registrations cancelled more than one month before the start of the program week will be refunded 100%, minus a $20 admin fee. Camp registrations cancelled within 30 days of the start of the program week will not be refunded. WE CANNOT GUARANTEE REQUESTS FOR SESSION CHANGES WILL BE HONORED. A $20 admin fee will be assessed for any session changes.

Each session’s finished films will be presented for family and friends during the final hour of camp each Friday. All of the summer’s films will also be presented during the Summer Film Camp Festival on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019. See films made in previous years at


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