Are your kids bored at home this summer? Get them the gift of film camps! Adapting to these challenging times, the Sarasota Film Camps is now able to offer its unique curriculum online for students 8-14. Film professionals with decades of industry experience in Hollywood as well as educators from the 22-year-old Sarasota Film Festival, an event of world renown, will keep your kids learning, entertained, and occupied in the safety of their homes. We provide an excellent film and media program that will help students not only stay creative and engaged during the summer but also make them stronger media creators, enriched with an invaluable skillset for our times.

Filmmakers learn in a fun, conservatory model where each student gets to experience different film-related professions. 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.


Each day will include:

Film Education in screenwriting, cinematography, editing, film history, producing, directing, and more!!! Students will learn how to use the professional editing application Adobe Premiere and other industry methods.

Skills practice — film with available equipment like a smartphone or tablet. We will guide you every step of the way.



You will need a computer or another device with an editing app and Zoom. We recommend Adobe Premiere  for editing(you can subscribe for a 7-DAY FREE TRIAL), Windows Movie Maker or iMovie, which generally come free with your PC or Mac.

We also recommend ordering a tripod for a smartphone or the camera you might be using. Otherwise, no other additional equipment necessary.

PRICE: $175 / WEEK 



Please check out our current camp offerings.

AUGUST 10-14

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. We will also watch and analyze clips from age-appropriate fantasy films like “Harry Potter”, “Narnia” and “The Neverending story”.

AUGUST 17-21

Do you want to learn how to make movies? This camp is for you! We will cover all the steps of moviemaking, from coming up with an idea and screenwriting, production to post-production (editing), cinematography, VFX, SFX, and more! We will also teach you how to get your film shown at film festivals and distributed. We will also cover latest filmmaking techniques, like screenlife, and practice making films in a variety of genres, including comedy, sci-fi, action, horror, fantasy, adventure, drama and more. Get a crashcourse in filmmaking and produce your own short film(s) by the end of the week!


Fans of “Star Wars,” “Wall-E”, “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs”, “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” “The Avengers” and all the superheroes out there, this virtual camp is for you! The campers will learn how to make sci-fi 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 or similar applications.
We will also learn much film history, watching and analyzing clips from many awesome sci-fi adventure movies.


Do you like stories about vampires, goblins, witches, zombies, ghosts, and other things that go bump in the night? This camp is for all those who’d love to make a fun spooky mystery (and who probably love Halloween too). The campers will learn how to make such films, focusing on screenwriting, cinematography, VFX, directing, make-up 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 or similar applications. We will also learn some film history, watching and analyzing clips from age-appropriate classic and current spooky films – The Nightmare Before Christmas, Monsters Inc., Scooby-Doo, Addams Family, Hotel Transylvania, Goosebumps, Gremlins and others.


The campers will learn the ins and outs of making social media videos, from TikTok to 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 or similar applications and how to start your own Youtube channel.

We will also teach the campers how to be safe on the internet and the principles of being a good digital media citizen. We will discuss the history of social media, learn about Youtube stars, and more.

All the videos created will be available daily on our YouTube channel and via social media for the kids to share.



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


Petra Ratner has worked in film, commercials, and television for over 17 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 Development and Events for the Sarasota Film Festival, produces film and television projects both in the U.S. and internationally and is an exhibited painter.

Paul Ratner


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 Managing Director of the Sarasota Film Festival.

Christy Chilton

Actress / Producer

Christy Chilton is an actress who has been in the entertainment industry for decades. She has studied with Benson Simmons, Julia Gagne, Ginny Eason, Ellen Meade, and received her BFA in Theatre-Acting from The University of Central Florida.
Christy starred in Vin Diesel’s film “The Paint Job” which premiered at The 2015 Cannes Film Festival. She also starred in the independent films, “Limited Liability”, “Love and War”, and “Choices”. Christy had supporting roles in Dylan McDermott’s “Sugar”, “S.o.l.tice”, “The Truth about Monsters”, and “Rogue Island”. She has been in numerous other independent feature films, web series, and commercials, as well as stage productions in the Florida theatre community.
She currently lives in Sarasota, Florida where she continues to pursue a career in the entertainment industry and is the Marketing Coordinator at the Sarasota Film Festival.

Daniel Ocasio

Media Specialist

A graduate of Florida Gulf Coast University, Daniel has worked for the Sarasota Film Festival 2020 to maintain its social media platforms and provide support in a variety of festival areas. He also assisted in creating the first-ever online festival for our audience. He loves to edit videos and watch critically acclaimed films.


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