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Educational Outreach at the Phoenix Film Festival

Ever wondered what goes into making a movie? Ever wanted to be part of the action? The Phoenix Film Festival Education Outreach Program is a great place to start! Designed specifically for middle and high school students, this weeklong program during the Phoenix Film Festival allows you to join other students in creating a film from script to screen one day at a time. Each day different aspects of filmmaking will be explored with various Film Industry Professionals. From film lovers to filmmakers, and from writers to actors, these seminars are a great way to complement your school’s current curriculum with real world exploration and application.



All four seminars take place from 9 am – 2 pm at the Phoenix Film Festival.  Tickets are $10 per student and include a box lunch and materials. Teachers and chaperones are complimentary (at least one adult must accompany every 10 students attending).
Pre-registration through the students' school is required.

School groups can sign up for just one day of learning, or follow the project through from start to finish by registering for the entire week. We look forward to seeing you and the new film you will help us create!

Questions about Educational Outreach? Ask now!

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Filmmaker Panel

Friday, April 5, 2019
9AM - 2PM

You will start with meeting filmmakers who have films in the Festival. In this exclusive panel session, they’ll share about their experiences making films and answer your questions about the process.

Screenwriting Day

Tuesday, April 9, 2019
9AM - 2PM

Join other students in writing a script during the screenwriting day. A panel of successful screenwriters will share lessons and answer your questions, then help you in creating your own story. The best script moves on into pre-production!

Pre-Production Day

Wednesday, April 10, 2019
9AM - 2PM

On pre-production day, you will learn from industry professionals about storyboarding a script and planning out shots. You will get to create a plan for filming the script using tools and terminology from the pros!

Production Day

Thursday, April 11, 2019
9AM - 2PM


All of our sessions are at the Harkins Scottsdale 101 -- right in the thick of it at the Phoenix Film Festival! The address is:
7000 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, AZ  85054. It is located right off the 101 Freeway at Scottsdale Rd. There is ample parking for buses.

On production day, you will actually film the script using the materials from pre-production day. Working with actors and crew members, you will get to find out first-hand what it is like to be behind the camera, next to the lights, or holding the boom mic.

Program Contact

Michael Hardesty
Development Director, Phoenix Film Foundation
7000 E. Mayo Blvd., Suite 1059
Phoenix, AZ 85054
tel. 480-513-3195