High School Digital Filmmaking Summer Program

Discover creative ways to bring your imagination to the big screen during our six-week digital filmmaking program. From learning how to communicate your vision into a screenplay, to shooting and editing, you'll experience the entire artistic and collaborative process of cinema.

Program length: 6 weeks
Program dates:
June 27, 2020 to August 9, 2020
Tuition: $9,600
Age range: Students currently in grades 6-9
Currently accepting applications on a rolling admission basis.

Interlochen Arts Camp 2020 is pivoting this summer to Interlochen Online. Learn more about our interactive online summer arts series.

Working with professional filmmakers and visiting guest artists, you will have daily instruction and hands-on lab time to practice technical production and postproduction skills. Classes include:

  • Production Workshop
  • Post-production/Editing
  • Screenwriting
  • Tech Skills
  • Film History

You will then practice what you learned in class when you head out on a series of location productions. The program concludes with a public screening of student work.

While you will not participate in elective classes outside the filmmaking curriculum, you will have opportunities to enjoy student, faculty, and guest artist presentations in music, theatre, visual art, dance and creative writing.

Tools and Resources

The Film and New Media department is centrally located on Interlochen's campus in the 26,000-square-foot DeRoy Center for Film Studies. Its features include four editing suites, a sound stage, a 180-seat 2K HD projection space, and classrooms equipped with cutting-edge technology. View 360-degree virtual tour.

Students are encouraged to bring their own laptops for practice during their free hours. The department is an Apple Macintosh environment using Final Cut Pro for video editing and Final Draft for screenwriting. Your personal cameras and laptops will not be used for daily location production or editing class projects, but your equipment allows for individual practice of skills learned in class.

Guest Artists

Guest filmmakers and an ongoing collaboration with the Traverse City Film Festival bring new learning opportunities to students each year. Past guests of the Film and New Media department include: Janet Leahy, an Emmy Award-winning writer and producer who is now the executive producer of Mad Men; Gordon Radley, former president of George Lucas' Industrial Light & Magic; Vanessa Bayer, cast member of Saturday Night Live; Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Michael Moore; and many others.

Portfolio Requirements

PDF file: 1-2 page personal essay detailing your interest in filmmaking and what inspired your application to Interlochen.

AND one of the following three items:

  • PDF file: 5-page sample screenplay or fiction short story
  • Image files: 10 photo stills
  • Video file: Short video/film or animation

Additional Opportunities


Michael Mittelstaedt

Director and Instructor of Film and New Media, Interlochen Arts Academy; Instructor of Digital Filmmaking, Interlochen Arts Camp