Virtual Filmmaking and Screen Acting Summer Camp

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1 or 2 weeks
12-13 & 14-17
Remote, from home
from £675


For young people who love films, whether it’s creating them or acting in them, YFA’s Virtual Filmmaking and Screen Acting Summer Camp is a dream come true: a chance to immerse themselves in a practical film creation experience with other students from around the world. This live remote programme uses a unique creative format designed by Young Film Academy, enabling students to collaborate in making high-quality movies from home!

Young Film Academy (YFA) is Europe’s leading provider of practical filmmaking education and a selection of the best films created by students during this camp will be showcased online by the prestigious British Film Institute (BFI).

Click the link at the bottom of this page to download the full YFA Virtual Summer Camp Brochure, or watch video above to see the camp in action.

2020 DATES

1 week camp £675

Monday 3rd August – Sunday 9th August 2020

Monday 10th August – Sunday 16th August 2020


2 week camp £1250

Monday 3rd August – Sunday 16th August 2020



Students on YFA Virtual Summer Camp divide into 2 crews: FILMMAKING CREW (for aspiring filmmakers) & ACTING CREW (for aspiring actors). Students choose which Crew they wish to join for the duration of their camp (students may also choose to do 1 week of each).

Under the guidance of our filmmaking professionals, the two crews collaborate in a unique creative format devised by Young Film Academy. Each Crew will develop specialised skills in their own disciplines though practical exercises, workshops and masterclasses with industry professionals. And because we passionately believe that the best way to learn to is get out there and DO it, the Filmmaking and Acting Crews will then combine in teams to work together for the production of the movies.

Each week of YFA Virtual Summer Camp culminates in an online Premiere of all the completed movies for friends and family. There’ll be an audience from all over the world, some Behind-the-Scenes special features telling the real story of how the movies got made, and we’re guessing some blooper-reels too…

All students receive digital copies of their films, to build their portfolios and showreels.



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The Filmmaking Crew work in small teams in a real-world production environment. They cast their actors from the Acting Crew, and collaborate on scripts, shot-lists and storyboards to create relevant, compelling stories. Once their scripts have been handed over to the acting crews, filmmaking students will focus on creating their own short films, using their own equipment, developing new skills and experimenting with new techniques. Once the recorded footage has been delivered by the acting crews, each filmmaker hones their own edit of their team’s movie – comparing their creative choices with the others in their team. On the final day, the filmmaking teams review the different versions of their film with our tutors (a brilliant way to learn the art of film editing) and choose a version for screening that best represents their collective vision.


Students in the ACTING CREW develop the performance skills needed to act with impact on screen, before starring in the short films produced by the Filmmaking Crew. In a series of practical masterclasses with our professional coaches, the Acting Crew also learn cinematography – how to use their filming device creatively and effectively. For production days, the Acting Crew take their scripts and storyboards from the filmmakers and get shooting, putting into practice the performance skills they have honed. Once this footage has been delivered to the Filmmaking Crew, the screen actors continue to explore the relationships and worlds of their characters through improvisation, play and other actors’ preparation techniques.


working in teams  / communication / collaboration / creative problem-solving

resilience / planning & scheduling / gain confidence from performance / make new friends!



  • Scriptwriting
  • Story boarding
  • Production management
  • Directing
  • Working with actors
  • Set etiquette
  • Cinematography
  • Lighting
  • Sound recording
  • Editing
  • Visual FX
  • Sound mixing
  • Picture grading
  • Titling




  • Understand differences between stage and screen acting methods
  • Gain confidence in front of camera
  • Preparing for a film shoot
  • Hair & make-up
  • Using costume & props to develop character
  • Physicalisation of your character
  • Working with directors
  • Blocking & sight-lines
  • Improvisation
  • Set etiquette
  • Voice-over
  • Audition and screen-test preparation
  • Careers advice




This practical camp is the polar opposite of a sit-and-stare online programme! YFA’s unique creative format ensures that filmmaking and screen acting students are dynamically engaged throughout the camp. Much of the ‘ACTION!’ takes place away from a screen during practical activities, exercises and shooting for the movies.


Socialising and making new friends is central to YFA’s Virtual Summer Camp experience. So after full days of filmmaking or screen acting in teams, there are opportunities for students to relax and let their hair down. On two evenings each week we’ll be running optional extra activities including quizzes, and there’s even a live online talent show each Saturday night to celebrate the students wrapping their movies!


Students on Virtual Summer Camp benefit from industry masterclasses. Previous YFA Masterclass speakers have included:

  • Alan Gilmore, Art Director, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • Leonard Woodcock, Stunt Co-ordinator, Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Jamie Campbell, Executive Producer Sex Education (Netflix)
  • Dave Watkins, Special Effects Supervisor Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  • Kate Hopkins, Sound Designer Blue Planet (BBC) & Our Planet (Netflix)
  • Natalie Wickens, Hair & Make-up Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
  • Joshua St Johnston, Screenwriter, The Enfield Haunting (Sky)
  • Christian Hodell, Managing Director, Hamilton Hodell talent agency



To join us on our Virtual Summer Camp all students will need:

  • An internet connection capable of reliably streaming video
  • A laptop/desktop for video call communication
  • A camera device (e.g smartphone, iPad, DSLR, video camera)
  • A quiet space for working

In addition to this, students in the Filmmaking Crew will need:

  • A laptop or desktop computer for editing (ideally the same device used for the video communication)

2020 DATES

1 week camp £675

Monday 3rd – Saturday 8th August
Plus online premiere Sunday 9th August

Monday 10th – Saturday 15th August
Plus online premiere Sunday 16th August


2 week camp £1250

Monday 3rd – Saturday 15th August
(9am-4pm Monday-Saturday)
Plus online premieres Sunday 9th & 16th August


To book your place, please fill in the registration form below.  We will then send you an online booking form which includes our Terms & Conditions and payment instructions for the course fee.



Young Film Academy is accredited by the British Accreditation Council (BAC) for Independent Further and Higher Education as a short course provider. This is a mark of excellence, and allows YFA to issue Short Term Study Visa Letters.







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