The Austin Film Society's Film Club afterschool program has been engaging young filmmakers since 2004. Film Club uses digital media literacy as a framework for teaching students how to analyze, explore and produce films, fostering our next generation of moviemakers and film aficionados.
Far more than a traditional club, AFS Film Club is a partnership with AISDs ACE Austin or Afterschool Centers on Education. ACE programs all over Texas focus on key educational, cognitive, life, career and technology skills that are key to the development of a 21st Century Workforce.
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Congratulations to our students at Hart Elementary! They entered their video, MONKEY BUSINESS, into the 2014 Films for the Forest Festival hosted by the Rainforest Partnership and won 2nd place in the student competition. Link to festival results>>
In conjunction with the expectations of ACE Austin, the AFS Film Club has the following goals:
Teach the craft of filmmaking and digital media production, in order to empower students to express themselves creatively and gain valuable 21st Century skills. These skills are defined by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, which focuses on preparing youth for the rigors of college and career.
Familiarize students with filmmaking technology and a wide range of equipment and software.
Offer engaging and positive programming tailored to the students' interests and experience levels in the afterschool setting.
Illustrate career and college pathways related to the digital media industries and encourage the use of artistic expression in all students scholastic endeavors.
AFS Film Club curriculum, which includes topics ranging from camera techniques and storyboarding to claymation and film history, is taught by our Filmmaking Mentors. These talented artists customize the Film Club curriculum to best fit the interests, needs and skill sets of each school campus. They also bring their own production experience into the classroom, illustrating film and media career paths. AFS curriculum is aligned with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Communication and Media Systems and Language Arts and Reading.
Each semester, student films are screened at local movie theaters for family and friends. Learn more about our upcoming SCREENING.
The Film Club expanded into the summer in 2012. Working with AMD's Changing the Game Foundation, the Film Club taught a transmedia curriculum for our middle school students. Filmmaking and game design concepts were combined to offer students STEM and visual arts curriculum side by side. We are excited to see how we can incorporate what we learned this summer into this school year's Film Club curriculum! Read more about the Digital Media Magic pilot program.>>
During the 2015-2016 school year, AFS has facilitated workshops at each of the following local schools:
MIDDLE SCHOOLS - Martin, Dobie
ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS - Allison, Hart, Houston, Langford, Ortega, Rodriguez, Widen
For information about the AFS Film Club program,