Summer @ Austin Public

Our 2020 summer camp classes have been canceled.

For decades, the Austin Film Society has served as the hub of Austin’s vibrant film community. Summer @ Austin Public offers a unique opportunity for youth to learn from local, emerging filmmakers and experience the magic of filmmaking at our Austin Public facility. Whether it’s developing a script idea, creating an animation project, or learning how to produce a short film, AFS programs provide a fun, nurturing space for exploration and collaboration.


Students learn about film, creative content, and animation techniques to produce their own original projects.


Camps are 9:00AM-5:00PM, Monday through Friday at Austin Public (1143 Northwestern Avenue)

**AP YOUNG PRODUCERS will be 10:00am – 6:00pm 


· Camp t-shirt and USB of all projects
· Screening for families at the end of each camp sponsored by H-E-B.


Camps are designed for both beginners and more experienced students. All equipment and spaces provided.


$305 for AFS MAKE-level and above members
$355 for General Admission

*Refunds are available for participants cancelling up until two (2) weeks prior to the start of the specified camp minus a $20 administrative fee. Participants cancelling less than two weeks prior will not be able to receive a refund.

Scholarships are available to those who qualify. Please click here for ENGLISH scholarship application or click here for SPANISH.

For registered camp attendees, please download and submit CAMPER RELEASE.


Animation Creation : Session 1

CAMP DATES: JUNE 8 – 12, 2020
AGES: 9-11

Immerse yourself in the world of animation through activities that explore basic history, theory and practice of the art. Hands-on projects will cover the fundamentals of animation, utilizing such techniques as flip-books, hand-drawing, paper cutouts, stop-motion, and claymation.

Express Yourself - Girls Camp

CAMP DATES: JUNE 15 – 19, 2020

AGES: 12-15

This camp is an open space for girls to explore and express themselves through film, television, and other media while creating their own personal video production. Campers will learn how media affects the world around them and how they can speak their mind and shape the conversation. 

Heroes & Spies

CAMP DATES: JUNE 22 – 26, 2020

AGES: 12-15

Campers will be immersed in the excitement of the superhero and secret agent film genre. They will learn plot elements such as the use of a soundtrack, camera angles, and story elements with a combination of adventurism and technological thrills to create projects that place heroes against villains. 

TEEN Filmmaker Workshop


AGES: 14 -17

In this week-long workshop, participants will learn how to direct and produce original video content. This workshop explores the power of film as a platform to express issues, themes, and participants will learn hands-on production with industry professional equipment. Filmmakers will work in groups to create original short film projects based on what they’ve learned throughout the week. 



CAMP DATES: JULY 13 – 17, 2020

AGES: 12-15

Learn the techniques and movie magic behind some of your favorite sci-fi and fantasy films, from special effects to costumes and modeling, and how to create the look and feel of these genre films. 

Action Adventure

CAMP DATES: JULY 20 – 24, 2020

AGES: 9-11

Learn about the many principles of the action/adventure genre, including in-camera tricks, green screen, and action timing. Students will pay homage to classic works and create their own action adventure masterpieces.  

Animation Creation Session: II

CAMP DATES: JULY 27 – 31, 2020

AGES: 12 – 15

This camp covers a variety of animation techniques using Adobe After-Effects–an industry professional software–and 2D traditional frame-by-frame drawn. Campers will create hands-on projects incorporating techniques and skills learned throughout the week.


Austin Public Young Producers Workshop


*TIME: 10am – 6pm 

AGES: 15-17

In this workshop, participants will be trained on production gear, equipment, and resources available through the Producer Program. Young Producers will walk away with a certification that allows them to reserve filmmaking equipment to create their own projects to be aired on Austin Public channel. There will be training on equipment such as camera, audio, lighting, editing, and pre-production as well as an in-depth Cinematography lesson and a final project that will apply all skills trained on throughout the week. This workshop includes a Media Policy course open to parents to attend that reviews the legal parameters in airing content on the AP channels. 

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