Providing Ontario educators the tools to teach the fundamental skills of digital filmmaking.
Youth 101 Filmmaking Seminars
We offer member school boards new seminars every year, typically divided into a Spring program (live-streamed in April) and a Fall program (live-streamed in November).
Our seminars feature industry professionals (directors, cinematographers, sound engineers, etc.) and cover a wide range of filmmaking topics in pre-production, production and post-production, as well as careers in film and television. Check out the samples below.
Sample seminar from our Pre-Production Module.
Sample seminar from our Production Module.
Our annual teacher webinars for educators provide tips and techniques for instructing students in the art and craft of digital filmmaking. We call this Teaching the Teachers.
Our webinars cover the best practices for in-class instruction in three areas:
- Pre-Production (generating story ideas, writing scripts, planning shots, etc.)
- Production (lighting a set, capturing quality sound, directing actors, etc.)
- Post-Production (digital editing, sound design, film-festival submissions, etc.)
Sample Teacher Webinar.
Sample Teacher Webinar.
Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) Events
In October 2022, we successfully ran a pilot “Working With Actors” SHSM event aimed at high school students in the Arts & Culture and Information & Communication Technology streams. The morning event featured three modules of instruction:
- Directing Actors
- Lighting and Camera with Actors
- Recording Sound with Actors
The pilot’s success proved there is a powerful appetite for in-person instruction that affords students the opportunity for interactive learning and the chance to meet with industry professionals. Our plan for 2024 and beyond is to take the “Working With Actors” SHSM on the road, offering the opportunity to school boards throughout the province.
Member school boards receive a significant per-student discount on our SHSM events. The savings from this benefit alone could offset your annual OYFF membership fee.
Scene from the Directing Actors module.
Scene from the Recording Sound with Actors module.
The Educators’ Portal provides teachers in member school boards with easy online access to our growing library of legacy Youth 101 Seminars. The portal also includes downloadable resources such as lesson summaries, links to additional resources and more.
The Educators’ Portal also features a Teachers’ Lounge where educators can share ideas and resources, as well as receive updates and notifications about new seminars, upcoming SHSM events and other timely info.
Screenshot from the portal’s Pre-Production module.
Screenshot from the Careers in Film: Directing seminar’s Q&A session.
Membership has its privileges... and benefits!
We believe every high school student should have the opportunity to learn about filmmaking and reap the substantial rewards it has to offer. But you could say we’re kind of biased. You may be wondering “Why should I introduce filmmaking instruction in my school board or classroom?” It’s a fair question.