Toronto is a great city for film, and kids and teens who love the medium can spend part of the summer learning how to create their own short films. The programs below offer a range of opportunities, from just-for-fun video shoots to intensive programs for young filmmakers who want to go pro. Kids and teens can a memorable summer experience, build skills, and even take home a short film of their own by participating in one of these summer film camps in Toronto.
Please note: A listing here is not the same as a recommendation. Please research your options carefully to make sure a program is right for your family. Program details listed here are subject to change without notice. Check a camp's website for the most up-to-date information or to request this year's brochure. Unless otherwise noted, listings are of day camps within Toronto.
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Centre for the Arts offers a five-day intensive for teens where industry professionals lead workshops teaching technical and creative skills. Teens create a short film to take home, and which will be screened from family and friends on the last day of camp (Watch some of the previous films on the Centre for the Arts YouTube channel). Some Pay-What-You-Can and Sponsorship Program spots available. Ages 13-19.
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Planet in Focus - Youth Camera Action!
Associated with the Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival, Youth Camera Action! is a two-week program in which participants will learn all about video production while creating a short, environmental-themed film. (See some of the previous results on the Youth Camera Action! YouTube channel) Movies will be screened for friends and families at the end of the program, and also screened during the Green Sprouts! Youth Filmmakers’ Showcase portion of Planet in Focus (the festival is usually in October). Ages 13-18.
Kids and teens interested in the environment can also keep an eye on the Green Toronto Calendar for related events throughout the summer.
04 of 06Run by the same organization which brings you the influential Toronto International Film Festival, the TIFF Bell Lightbox offers year-round film programming. During the summer, day camps for kids and teens range from the introductory level right up to a Film Leaders in Training program aimed at older teens who are considering going pro. Although focused on film, the Bell Lightbox has also offered summer sessions about video game design, live comedy production, and more. Ages 8-17.Continue to 5 of 6 below.
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More Film Activities for the Summer
Kids and teens who are interested in attending film camp in Toronto should also check out the film festival calendar for summer events, which should include the Toronto Youth Shorts Film Festival. There are also outdoor movie screenings to enjoy on a summer night.
Teens who have advanced film and video skills can also start looking online for media jobs in Toronto.
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More Summer Camps for Kids and Teens
There's related programming available in the summer through some of the many visual arts camps (which include photography) and performing arts camps in Toronto. Of course beyond the arts, there are also many other Toronto summer camps to choose from.