green screen-6The SLOIFF has been showcasing youth-made films since 2008 when the first FILMMAKERS OF TOMORROW SHOWCASE began. That first year, seven films made by mostly local young people were screened, along with a few short films made in the SLOIFF’s first summer filmmaking workshops, taught by Aaron Metchik.
Since then, the program has developed into a worldwide competition. Films are now submitted by young people from elementary school through high school, from countries all over the world. To see what screened at the Festival in 2015, click here.
The SLOIFF no longer offers summer filmmaking workshops, but the YMCA Youth Institute does! The SLO Youth Institute is an empowering 5 week digital media arts & workforce development experience.  It is for participants entering 6th-8th grade.  Week 1 begins with a 5 day long sleep away Wilderness Retreat focusing on promoting group cohesion and leadership skills, improving problem solving and communication skills, and developing cultural awareness and diversity.  Weeks 2-5, the Youth Institute operates as a production studio M-F, 9am-3pm at Laguna Middle School in San Luis Obispo. Production teams must complete projects that include a magazine and short film from the pre-production stages to a post production product.  All films are submitted to Film Festivals, including the SLO International Film Festival “Filmmakers of Tomorrow Showcase.”
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During the Festival, we offer a variety of workshops and panels that allow professional filmmakers to share their knowledge, expertise and experience with festival-goers. Click here to see what was offered in 2015.