Stages For Youth is a film and digital media program open to youth in Junior High and High School, from traditional and non-traditional education environments. Filmmaking is part art and part problem solving. Not only will you will engage in a hands-on, professional style production but you will also learn non-academic skills critical to a successful future.

Summer Film Bootcamp 2017. Accepting applications now! See Summer Film Camp.

Film Production Bootcamp Session #3 from July 24th – Aug. 4th at SCPA os now open to non-SCPA students.

At The White House

Seven of our 2016 film bootcamp students were invited to The White House to celebrate their filmmaking accomplishments as winners of “Honorable Mention” in the 2016 White House Student Film Festival.

They also participated in South By South Lawn (SXSL) where they got to hang out with some of the country’s best filmmakers, artists, technologists and scientists.

Only 25 films were chosen nationally to receive this award and to have two films selected in one year was quite an honor! Congratulations to the “Don’t Tell Me” team and the “Frere” team for their achievements.


The “Gesture” team brought home two awards in 2016. Not only was their film an Official Selection in the Calgary International Film Festival, they were also selected to the All American High School Film Festival in New York.

The latter honor included a screening at the AMC Theater on Times Square!

Congrats to the “Gesture” team of Rozwell Alexander (McNicholas), Kennedy Askew (Clark Montessori), Aaron Estes (Clark Montessori) and Jake Wuennemann (Springer School) for their amazing work.

American Film Institute

When the “Don’t Tell Me” and “Frere” teams returned from The White House (love how that sounds) they were each invited to participate in the prestigious American Film Institute Conservatory Mentor Program.

This award offers each filmmaker the opportunity to be paired up, one-on-one, with an AFI Alum for up to one year to work on a project of their choice.

Well done to the “Don’t Tell me team of Leah Young (Walnut), Ti’Asia Boner (Cincinnati Squash Academy), Nayelli Ramirez Puac (St. Joseph’s), Angela Ramirez Puac (St. Josephs) and the “Frere” team of Jeremiah Bolden (Cincinnati Squash Academy), Xander Wynn (Walnut) and Ellary Cooper (Withrow).

Stages for Youth participants will be immersed in an intensive, hands-on, professional style production. All equipment will be provided. We will mentor you through the production process and take you on field trips to companies where creativity is applied on a daily basis. You and your team will expected to complete a finished film, on time and on budget.

You will go through the following production process as you make your film as part of a team.

You will also develop skills you may not have but will need >>>


  • Film Critique
  • Story Development
  • Script Writing
  • Production Planning
  • Script Breakdown/Shot Blocking
  • Shooting
  • Editing
  • Graphics and Animation
  • Field Trips
  • Premiere
  • Film Festival Submissions


Yo Parents! ART = 21st CENTURY SKILLS

SKILLS GAP: Percentage of employers who say graduates are is serious need of more preparation in these critical areas...

Working Effectively with Others in Teams — 63%
 Critical/Analytical Thinking — 74%
Being Innovative/Creative — 75%
Written Communication — 73%
Applying Knowledge/Skills To Real World — 77%
Working With People From Different Backgrounds — 82%
Analyzing/Solving Complex Problems — 76%
Organizing/Evaluating Information — 71%

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Employers give graduates lower scores for preparedness across learning outcomes than current students gives themselves.

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