FOCUS on Education


Bringing the next generation of filmmakers into FOCUS!

For over 10 years, education has been a key component of the San Diego Int’l Film Festival. Now, to deliver even greater impact to the development of young talent, the SDFF has launched FOCUS–ongoing programs to engage students and schools with dynamic film programs, teacher training, in-school workshops with artists, and collaborative residencies. Four robust programs:

FOCUS on Career

800 students and teachers will be invited to the Festival itself for a daylong program.

Events include film screenings followed by a Q&A with filmmakers as well as panels on multimedia skills including screenwriting, editing, acting, and crowdfunding among others.

Lunch will be provided and students will be encouraged to meet representatives from local colleges and universities with film or media departments.

FOCUS on Film

Schools that participate in the Festival will be among the very first to be visited by FOCUS Teaching Artists for a social action workshop and film screening in their school or classroom.

Students will view a socially conscious short film or documentary and engage in a participatory workshop that will include a conversation with the filmmaker or artist.

FOCUS on Learning

During the 2015-16 academic year, SDiFF is committed to providing professional development workshops for local teachers and administrators.

Each workshop will explore methods of incorporating media and technology into classroom instruction, mindful of technical limitations, the needs of students, and the new Common Core Standards.

FOCUS on Collaboration

Finally, select schools will participate in a multi-workshop residency with Teaching Artists.

Students will learn the basic tools of filmmaking from pitching and screenwriting to post-production.

Collaborating with SDiFF Staff, students will create socially conscious documentary or narrative short films about individuals or ideas that they see as relevant or unique to their community. FOCUS is seeking partner schools for its inaugural year, as well as sponsors and donors to support this ambitious, exceptional program.

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