NOW AVAILABLE AS AN ONLINE SELF-GUIDED COURSE!

MY PLACE | MY STORY (MPMS) was designed as a five-day intensive workshop where students ages 14–18 create personal short films while learning digital storytelling and basic filmmaking skills. Supervised and supported by professional media makers, students write and record personal video narratives about their own lives and experiences and the things they are most inspired by or care about. The finished films are presented in a premiere screening one month after the workshop for an audience of family, friends and supporters, along with a Q&A with the student filmmakers. The program is FREE and includes all the necessary media tools and training. All workshops are offered during school breaks to allow for full student participation.

The in-person My Place | My Story program is designed to serve students who lack easy access to filmmaking instruction and/or resources and who are rarely given opportunities for their voices to be heard or their stories to be told. Students of color and LGBTA+ or gender non-conforming youth are strongly encouraged to apply.

Our in-person MPMS programs for 2024 are currently on hiatus, but we are excited to offer a new self-paced course that any student can take individually, or educators can utilize as a guided curriculum to teach the foundations of filmmaking and the process of creating a personal essay film. This FREE open-source program is available now on our CAFILM Education Online platform.

For questions, email education@cafilm.org

Photos (L to R) © Tommy Lau Photography, The Understory | Fabián Aguirre, Melanie Nichols, Arielle Estrada, Tommy Lau Photography

THIS PROGRAM IS MADE POSSIBLE THROUGH GENEROUS SUPPORT FROM

NANCY P. AND RICHARD K. ROBBINS FAMILY FOUNDATION

FENWICK FOUNDATION