SLO Film Festival Offers Summer Filmmaking Camps for all Ages



San Luis Obispo, CA  (May 7, 2012)  — The San Luis Obispo International Film Festival (SLOIFF) is expanding their summer filmmaking workshops to budding filmmakers of all ages. From July 9 through August 3, two-week, weekend and one-day workshops will be guided by professional filmmakers, giving participants a hands-on learning experience as they create short films from initial concept to finished film. The workshops are sponsored by Rabobank and the Avalon Foundation.

The plan to expand to adult workshops has been considered for the past couple of years. “I am asked every now and then when we will offer filmmaking classes for adults, so I know there is interest in the community. It’s not only a fun experience to work as a “film crew” to produce an original film, but we can offer the expertise and equipment many people just don’t have easy access to,” explained Festival Director, Wendy Eidson.

The SLOIFF began offering summer workshops for young people in the summer of 2008 and the program was so popular that it has continued to expand each summer. Last summer, claymation and stop animation workshops were added and were an instant hit. This summer, two workshops will be offered again, taught by Santa Barbara filmmaker, Jody Nelson.

There will two 2-week Film Production workshops for young people, ages 7-18 from July 9-19 and July 23-August 2, taught by Los Angeles filmmakers, Aaron Metchik and Patrick Lawler (both SLO County natives.) One-week claymation/stop animation workshops run July 23-27 and July 30-August 3.

For teens (16+) and adults, there will be a Weekend Filmmaking Workshop on July 14-15, as well as a “Movie in a Day Marathon” on July 21, which is more a competition than a class, guided by filmmakers Ryan Johnson and Deb Hernandez. On July 20, young people aged 7-15 can also compete in this fun, fast-paced filmmaking competition where teams of 3-4 amateur filmmakers take to the streets of San Luis Obispo to make films in only seven hours, from original concept (based on a logline given that morning) to a completed short film. All “Movie in a Day Marathon” films will be screened on July 22nd and prizes will be awarded.

For information about all workshops and to register, go to, or call (805) 546-FILM. There are a limited number of half-tuition scholarships available and all skill levels are welcome. The workshops will be held in downtown San Luis Obispo in a location to be announced soon.