500 Tallevast Rd, Sarasota, FL 34243
filmcamps@sarasotafilmfestival.com

ABOUT US

The Sarasota Film Festival, which for 21 years has taken thousands of local audience members on cinematic journeys, is now offering film and social media “influencer” camps for students 7-18 as well as workshops for adults (starting in Fall 2019). Industry professionals with years of experience working on Hollywood films and international commercials teach the ins and outs of creating amazing videos and films.

Filmmakers learn in a fun, conservatory model where each student gets to experience different film-related professions, being a screenwriter, director, producer, production designer, editor, cinematographer, and actor. The students will also truly understand the value of teamwork and collaboration.

The finished projects have public screenings for family and friends at the end of each week of classes. 

THE CAMPS

Please check out our current camp offerings.

JUNE 17-21: INFLUENCER/YOUTUBE 

JULY 15-19: INFLUENCER/YOUTUBE 

The campers will learn the ins and outs of making social media videos, from Youtube vlogs, Instagram influencer videos, gameplay videos, comedy skits, and more. We will teach the campers how to use the necessary filming equipment as well as how to edit in Adobe Premiere and to start your own Youtube channel.

The FULL DAY option will feature documentaries and discussion on the history of social media, Youtube stars, as well as additional editing and game time.

JUNE 24-28: COMEDY CAMP 

The campers will have a blast making funny films! In the process, they will pick up great skills in screenwriting, cinematography, directing and acting. We will teach the campers how to use the necessary filming equipment as well as how to edit in Adobe Premiere.

The FULL DAY option will feature age-appropriate comedy classics, with an introduction to Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, the Three Stooges and other comedy greats, as well as additional editing and game time.

JULY 8-12: SUPERHEROES CAMP 

Fans of “The Avengers” and all the superheroes out there, this camp is for you! The campers will learn how to make superhero movies, focusing on screenwriting, cinematography, VFX, directing and acting. We will teach the campers how to use the necessary filming equipment, including green screens, as well as how to edit in Adobe Premiere.

The FULL DAY option will feature watching and analyzing “The Avengers” movies as well as other superhero classics like “Spiderman” and “Superman”.

JULY 15-19: FANTASY CAMP

Do you like Harry Potter, fairy tales, magical monsters, and amazing quests? You’ll love this camp! The campers will learn how to make fantasy movies, focusing on screenwriting, cinematography, VFX, directing and acting. We will teach the campers how to use the necessary filming equipment, including green screens, as well as how to edit in Adobe Premiere.

The FULL DAY option will feature watching and analyzing age-appropriate fantasy films like “Harry Potter,” “The Never-Ending Story”, “Narnia” and others.

REGISTRATION


OUR TEAM

The Sarasota Film Camps are staffed by a number of film professionals, including staff from the Sarasota Film Festival and filmmaking experts from the community.

Petra Ratner

Producer

Petra Ratner has worked in film, commercials, and television for over 15 years. She worked as an assistant director on such Hollywood films as “Hostel”, “Alien vs Predator,” and “Doom”. She also coordinated the art department on the blockbuster “Wanted”, starring Angelina Jolie and James McAcavoy. Petra has produced commercials, feature documentaries and over a dozen award-winning short films which played at 50+ film festivals around the world. She currently works as the Director of Operations for the Sarasota Film Festival, produces film and television projects both in the U.S. and internationally and is an exhibited painter.

Paul Ratner

Writer/Director

Paul is a writer and filmmaker.  His award-winning films like “Moses on the Mesa” and “The Caveman of Atomic City”, have played at numerous festivals around the world. Prior to moving to Sarasota, Paul lived and worked in Hollywood for over 12 years in a variety of capacities as a writer, director, and development executive, collaborating with top agencies (WME) and studios (Universal, Paramount) to develop and package film and TV projects. Paul has a Master’s in film and television from Chapman University and a Bachelor of Theater Arts degree from Cornell University. He has taught film previously at Full Sail University and South New Hampshire University. Paul is currently the Director of Education for the Sarasota Film Festival.

Harrison Bender

Film analysis and programming

Harrison is the features programmer for the Sarasota Film Festival and a consummate film buff.

Danny Canton

Cinematographer

Danny is a cinematographer, camera operator and film professor who worked for over 30 years in the industry with such legends as Robert De Niro. He has also taught extensively at the School of Visual Arts in NYC and other institutions.

CONTACT

Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions.