Kutztown Summer Film Camp

Film is indisputably the strongest medium of mass communication. With World Wide Web coming into the picture quite literally, an explosion in the publishing platforms has given rise to an entire different generation of artists. The combination of traditional cinema and internet has given rise to numerous possibilities for filmmakers. If you have been inspired by any of your favourite works or artists, this course is for you.

Summer Film Institute (SFI) has curated Digital Filmmaking program for high school students from India. It’s an exclusive program for Indian students to help them gain hands-on experience with professional equipment and techniques to realize their filmmaking aspirations. Thanks to well trained and experienced faculty, the camp by Kutztown University (KU) of Pennsylvania’s Department of Cinema, Television, and Media in cooperation with the Office of International Admissions and Services has a reputation for training students for media related internships and careers.

Conveniently located 2 hours from New York City and 1.5 hours from Philadelphia, KU is one of 14 institutions in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE). Program quality has been recognized by awards from U.S. organizations including the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the National Broadcasting Society and the Intercollegiate Broadcasting Society.

The SFI Camp Director and KU Professor, Jennifer Suwak, has worked in the film/video field since 1990. Her sculptures, animation, and documentary films have been shown in galleries and in film festivals internationally.

Refer to our brochure for more information: Kutztown Summer Film Camp


Experiences offered at SFI:

  • Be introduced to the theories and techniques of digital filmmaking
  • Use a professional video camera and associated equipment
  • Become a more effective storyteller using story boarding and shot lists
  • Scout locations and prepare the film set
  • Use professional film-editing software on state-of-the-art Mac computers
  • Experience multiple film crew roles, including director
  • See how a Live video production works on the state-of-the-art KU-TV mobile truck
  • Interact with experts to learn more about careers in video and/or broadcast
  • Complete two film projects for your portfolio
  • Show your work during a film festival in our plush cinema auditorium
  • Receive certificates of completion and a camp T-shirt
  • Experience student life on a campus that has won national awards for beauty
  • Use our large, well equipped Student Recreation Center (includes climbing wall)
  • Visit our Planetarium and Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center
  • Eat and shop at the Philadelphia Premium Outlets then tour Philadelphia

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Day 1
Evening Departure from India


Day 2
Afternoon Arrival in the USA Transfer to Kutztown University
5:30pm Dinner
7:00pm Free time to Relax
9:00pm Lights Out


Day 3
8:00am Breakfast
9:00am-11:45am Learn to Use Equipment
12:00noon-1:00pm Lunch
1:15pm-5:00pm Learn to Use Equipment (cont’d.)
5:30pm Dinner
7:00pm Evening Activity


Day 4
8:00am Breakfast
9:00am-11:45am Conceptualize Your Movie
12:00 noon-1:00pm Lunch
1:15pm-5:00pm Conceptualize Your Movie (cont’d.)
5:30pm Dinner
7:00pm Evening Activity


Day 5
8:00am Breakfast
9:00am-11:45am Filming
12:00 noon-1:00pm Lunch
1:15pm-5:00pm Filming (cont’d.)
5:30pm Dinner
7:00pm Evening Activity


Day 6
8:00am Breakfast
9:00am-11:45am Wrap Filming
12:00 noon-1:00pm Lunch
1:15pm-5:00pm Wrap Filming (cont’d.)
5:30pm Dinner
7:00pm Evening Activity


Day 7
8:00am Breakfast
9:00am-11:45am- Polish & View Films
12:00 noon-1:00pm Lunch
1:15pm-5:00pm- Film Screening & Farewell Presentation of Certificates
5:30pm Check out of Residence Hall, Depart for Philadelphia
6:30pm- Dinner en-route
7:00pm Hotel Check-in
Visit Philadelphia Premium Outlets


Day 8
Morning Philadelphia City Tour
Independence Hall
Constitution Center
Afternoon Transfer to Airport
Flight to India


Day 9
Late Evening Arrival in India


Refer to our brochure for more information: Kutztown Film Making Brochure