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San Francisco Film Society
San Francisco Film Society

The Filmmakers in the Classroom program was launched in the fall of 2010 to provide students and their teachers with intensive, hands-on instruction in film literacy, critical thinking, screenwriting and filmmaking.

Bay Area classes are matched with local professional filmmakers for a series of classroom sessions over the course of the semester, culminating in the production of collaborative short film projects.

If you are a classroom teacher and would like to participate in the program, your class should meet the following criteria:
  • Class periods must run a minimum of 60–90 mins and allow for 6–8 filmmaker visits during the course of the Fall semester (sessions do not have to be consecutive).
  • Class size should not exceed 30 students.
  • English, drama and creative writing classes are encouraged, but all disciplines will be considered. Curriculum will be tailored to meet the needs and priorities of the class selected.
Click HERE to watch a short film about the Filmmakers in the Classroom program. To be considered for participation in the program, please contact Youth Education Manager Keith Zwolfer at kzwolfer@sffs.org or 415-561-5040.
The Filmmakers in the Classroom program is made possible by the generous support of the Hearst Foundations.

2010–2012 Program Sites

Spring 2012
Lawton Elementary School
Longfellow Elementary School

Fall 2011
Hilltop High School
Argonne Elementary School

Spring 2011
Creative Arts Charter School
Francisco Middle School
UCSF Children’s Hospital (in partnership with BayKids)

Fall 2010
Bayshore Elementary School
Galileo Academy of Science and Technology
UCSF Children’s Hospital (in partnership with BayKids)

  The Filmmakers in the Classroom program through the San Francisco Film Society was an incredibly valuable experience that enabled my class to tap into 21st century skills and critical thinking… My students were given an unforgettable opportunity that inspired and motivated storytelling through personal experience while building our classroom community and expanding our ability to empathize with others’ perspectives. —Elizabeth Jackson, 4th grade teacher, Bayshore Elementary School

Thank you again for such a valuable experience. Students learned so much: elements of a screenplay, how to collaborate, shooting/sequence of filmmaking and so much more. Mr. Upham was stellar as a teacher and director. We were fortunate to have him educate us. —Myrna Maroun, Drama Teacher, Galileo Academy

Thanks to this enriching, informative experience I can happily say that I will never be able to look at movies in the way I once did. I always thought that making a film was easy and effortless, but through this process I have learned that it requires a lot of time, a lot of patience, and a lot of love for this type of art. I have a newfound respect for all movies and their producers. I don't think I will ever be so quick to judge a film again. —Student, Galileo Academy

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