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KidsEye™ – five-day Virtual Filmmaking Workshop for children ages 8-17 presented by Flickers

KidsEye™ is a fun, yet intensive, five-day filmmaking workshop for children ages 8-17 presented by Flickers’ Rhode Island International Film Festival™. This year, due to COVID-19 and their concern about the health of their campers, they will be offering two online camps. Each section will be limited to 15 students.

Visit here to register.

Here are the two tiers of instruction for 2020 – Introductory for ages 8-12 and Advanced for ages 13-17.

The Flickers’ KidsEye Filmmaking Workshop for Summer 2020 will be a collaboration with Give Me 5, The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA), the Rhode Island Film and Television Office, and the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE), offers a unique opportunity for high school and middle school students to learn the ins and outs of film production.

Students will work with instructors to write, shoot and edit a short film that will then be showcased in classrooms throughout Rhode Island as part of Flickers’ annual Vortex Film Festival in October.

The workshop will explore the possibilities of making moving images with readily available cameras found at home (cellphones). The goal of the workshop is to teach students the necessary elements needed to construct a story visually. Image composition, natural lighting, sound design, and editing are all important components that will be covered during the week-long workshop.

At the conclusion of the 5-day program, students will have completed a short film that they will be able to use as a portfolio piece when looking to further their film education or search for roles within the creative industry.

The goal of this workshop is to introduce students to the possibilities of filmmaking as a form of creative expression using the resources already available to them. There is no better time than now to spark a lifelong passion in filmmaking.

This year’s programming:

1. INTRODUCTORY – Geared for ages 8-12. Intructor: Carlos Cruz

Carlos Cruz is the senior film and capstone teacher at Beacon Charter. With a background in animation, video editing, and photography, he focuses on creating digital art experiences for his students, regardless of their socio-economic background. Carlos earned his Bachelor’s Degree at RISD in Film, Animation, and Video in 2003 and recently graduated from Rhode Island College with his Master’s Degree in Art Education. He is fluent in Spanish.

2. ADVANCED – Geared for ages 13-17. Instructor: Reshad Kulenovic.

Reshad Kulenovic is a writer/director based in Bosnia and the United States. His short film SNOVI played 20 international film festivals and was nominated for a 2011 Student Academy Award and won the Grand Jury Prize at the Oscar qualifying Rhode Island International Film Festival. He was the RISCA (Rhode Island State Council of the Arts) Film Fellow for 2011-2012.

Registration for either of the two workshops is $95.


Tuition is $95 and must be paid in full with this application. Should you choose to withdraw your reservation, a deposit of $50 will be retained, and you will be refunded the balance of $45 up until one week prior to the camp after which there there will be no refunds. The deposit will not be refunded in any event including withdrawal, absence or dismissal. Our program is designed to give participants a sense of freedom, respect, creativity and personal responsibility. We reserve the right to dismiss a camper when his/her actions show disrespect for other people or the instructor.


The Flickers’ Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF), has secured its place in the global community as the portal for the best in international independent cinema, earning the respect of domestic and foreign filmmakers, filmgoers and trend watchers. RIIFF is widely recognized as a credentialed, industry-friendly launch pad for the work of exceptional emerging talent. This confluence of art and commerce brought together world-class celebrities, award-winning filmmakers, new talent and audience members in record numbers last year. Ranked as one of the top 10 Festivals in the United States, RIIFF is a qualifying festival for the Live Action, Animated and Documentary Short Film Academy Awards through its affiliation with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA). It is also a qualifying event for the Canadian Screen Awards. There are only 10 film festivals worldwide that share this distinction and RIIFF is the only festival in New England.

The Main Festival takes place every August and sidebar events occur throughout the year. For more information about the festival, please visit www.rifilmfest.org.

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