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Summer Film Camps for Teens

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SOCAPA mixes the best of elite film programs and exciting summer camps. Nowhere else will you find this level of filmmaking intensity combined with this much fun. We currently offer three different pre-college filmmaking intensives for students ages 14-18. For new students, we recommend the Core Filmmaking Program - our most popular intensive! For return students or students who have extensive filmmaking experience, we have Advanced Filmmaking. And Filmmakers and writers of all levels can also hone their skills in one of our Screenwriting intensives.


A Film Summer Camp
Like No Other

high school Filmmaker writing a script
Your Stories

At the heart of great films are great stories. At SOCAPA, students focus on storytelling. Each student writes, directs and edits their own films, crafting the stories they want to tell from start to finish.

Film students using a camera and sound kit
Dual System

Learn to capture picture and sound separately, like the pros!

film students collaborating on set

Collaborate with SOCAPA's Acting students, the stars in your films. Crew on one another's films and gain experience on set with other filmmakers.

Jun 10, 2024

"Daughter attended the two week filmmaking camp in Manhattan. The films that she created were fabulous! She made great friends, loves NYC, and would recommend the camp to anyone who loves filmmaking. ... read on google"

"Daughter attended the two week filmmaking camp in Manhattan. The films that she created were fabulous! She made great friends, loves NYC, and would recommend the camp to anyone who loves filmmaking. The process from enrollment, to check-in, and departure all went very smoothly. Thanks SOCAPA!"

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Jan 30, 2024

"Our son attended SOCAPA in VT in 2023. He left for camp with an interest in film and returned with focus and passion. His time at SOCAPA has shaped his life and helped to solidify his self-awareness a... read on google"

"Our son attended SOCAPA in VT in 2023. He left for camp with an interest in film and returned with focus and passion. His time at SOCAPA has shaped his life and helped to solidify his self-awareness as a budding artist. Since his time at camp, he has taken the online Screenwriting Course and continued to hone his talent. We are so grateful for SOCAPA and the organization’s ability to allow individuals to grow in skill without sacrificing what makes them unique."

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Dec 08, 2023

"My son has completed 2 years of the 2-week film making camp in Burlington, VT and will be attending the 3-week advanced film in Manhattan this coming summer. It is very well organized and has made hi... read on google"

"My son has completed 2 years of the 2-week film making camp in Burlington, VT and will be attending the 3-week advanced film in Manhattan this coming summer. It is very well organized and has made him more passionate about digital film, significantly advanced his skills, and helped him socially through a summer camp experience that is right up his alley. We had one minor glitch last summer and my husband and I were blown away at how quickly and effectively SOCAPA administration handled it. Fantastic camp!"

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Choose Your Intensive

SOCAPA offers three filmmaking intensives for high school students ages 14-18. For new students we recommend CORE FILMMAKING with workshops ranging in length from two to five weeks. For return students or teens with extensive filmmaking experience, we have ADVANCED FILMMAKING with three to six week options. Beginning and advanced filmmakers alike can also hone their writing skills in our SCREENWRITING intensives.

Two students shooting film with slate in NYC
Beginner to Advanced
Program Length
2, 3, 4 & 5 week options
Lumiere Film
Porter Film
Kubrick Film (3wk only)

NYC, LA and VT

Your Stories
“A story should have a beginning, a middle and an end... but not necessarily in that order.”
Jean-Luc Godard

Bring your stories to life!

Stories are a way for people to connect, to make meaning out of experiences, and to share their own unique view of the world. Tell your stories through your films. Learn to craft a compelling narrative and bring that to life from script to screen.

At SOCAPA we believe in providing students with the opportunity to express themselves through the exciting and timeless medium of film. That's why each student has the chance to write, direct, and edit films of their own creation, in addition to working on one another's films in the essential roles of supporting crew.

White Emotions - Lumiere thumbnail
Beauty: The Object of Longing - Lumiere thumbnail
Fiammetta - Kurosawa thumbnail
Glory - Kurosawa thumbnail
String - Kubrick thumbnail
oslo - Kubrick thumbnail
Super Mistake - Rodriguez thumbnail
This City - Rodriguez thumbnail
More Student Films

From NYU to Pace University, Occidental College, and Champlain College, all of SOCAPA’s programs are run directly on college campuses, using the classrooms, dormitories, and facilities of undergraduates. Residential SOCAPA students enjoy the emerging independence of dorm life together with roommates and floormates under the supervision of SOCAPA’s staff.


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Dual System

Students are introduced to using a dual system for capturing picture and sound separately, which is the industry standard and allows for a much higher level of control of each element. In addition to learning the technical workings of the cameras, students take sound classes and learn the best strategies for recording high quality production audio using handheld audio recorders, a variety of microphones, and production slates. Get ready to mark those scenes and sync that audio!

Who We are

Miguel Silveira

Originally from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Miguel Silveira lives and works in NYC. After wrapping his first feature-length documentary I Am a Visitor in Your World (Official selection - Woodstock Film Festival, Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival, Athens Film + Video Festival) Miguel completed his thesis film at Columbia University, a political thriller titled Devil's Work. The film was selected by Columbia University's festival jury as one of the seven best films to come out of the program in 2014. The film also received the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation production grant, the Caucus Foundation award for excellence in filmmaking, the DGA awards for best film in its category and it was selected as a semi-finalist at the Student Academy Awards competition. Miguel developed and directed the Venezuelan chapter of MTV's documentary series Rebel Music, executive produced by Shepard Fairey, which aired worldwide in 2015. Miguel has taught in institutions such as Columbia College Chicago, EICTV in San Antonio de Los Banos, Cuba as well as Columbia University. He is also a proud sponsor of the Telluride Film Festival City Lights Program. After receiving his MFA from Columbia University, Miguel co-founded NoPort Films and is currently in post-production for the feature film American Thief.


Missy Hernandez

Missy Hernandez is a Filmmaker, Writer, Actor and Assistant Professor in the Cinema and Television Arts department at Columbia College Chicago where she teaches courses in screenwriting, television writing, and creative producing at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Hernandez graduated from Columbia University in the City of New York with a B.A. in Cinema Studies and an M.F.A. in Screenwriting. She studied Meisner Technique at the William Esper Acting Studio with Bill Esper and has taught Meisner based acting to teens and young adults at the School of Creative and Performing Arts and Northwestern University's National High School Institute where she also served as Director of the Summer Film Program. Her most recent film and television credits include Associate Producer for Terence Nance’s Peabody Award-winning television series RANDOM ACTS OF FLYNESS (produced in partnership with A24 for HBO), and Writer and Co-Producer of a feature-length narrative/documentary hybrid and social-thriller entitled AMERICAN THIEF (Jerome Foundation Grantee 2016, IFP Narrative Lab Participant 2017). Her upcoming creative work focuses on female-centric narrative stories that highlight and investigate Latinx experiences within the US and the Caribbean.



Sushma Khadepaun

Born in India, Sushma is a writer/director based in New York City. A storyteller with a passion for women’s rights and immigrant narratives, Sushma’s stories often explore/challenge the idea of home, identity, and the myth of the American Dream.

Sushma was listed as one of "25 New Faces of Independent Film" by Filmmaker Magazine in 2021. Her short film ANITA premiered at Venice in 2020 and went on to screen at over 50 international festivals, winning several awards including Best Int’l Short at Dublin, The Gotham Award/Focus Features Student Showcase, the NBR Student Grant Award, and Best Film at Columbia University Film Festival. Sushma’s work has been featured on NPR, BOMB Magazine, Focus Features Digital, Jet Blue Airlines and Canal Plus, among others.

Her debut feature, SALT, is a recipient of SFFilm's Westridge Grant. The script also participated in Film Independent's Fast Track 2022, Gotham Week 2021 and Torino Next Lab in 2020. Sushma is an alumna of the Film MFA Program at Columbia University. More at


Emil Benjamin

Emil Benjamin is a writer, director, producer, cinematographer, and editor based out of New York City. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, he received a BFA in Theatre Arts from Boston University and MFA in Film Directing & Screenwriting from Columbia University, where he currently serves as adjunct faculty.

Emil's feature documentary, OYATE, premiered in competition at Big Sky and is currently running the festival circuit. His short films WHITE PEOPLE, WE CAN DO IT, and THE BREAKDOWN PARABLES have screened and earned prizes at dozens of festivals around the world. Emil attended the Cine Qua Non Revision Lab with his feature, IT WOULD HAVE BEEN ENOUGH, and won the Austin Film Festival Pitch Competition with his pilot, HOPELESS. Both scripts are Reader Recommended on The Black List. Emil is the founder of Irrelevant Media.


Shana Lloyd

Shana Lloyd is a (recovering) actor, (sometimes) filmmaker, and (mostly) writer hailing from suburban Maryland. She studied acting in New York at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. While in NYC, she worked off Broadway with many theaters, such as La Mama and NYTW. Shana recently got her feet wet as a director--co-directing and producing a music video. As an actor, she has shared the stage with such greats as Ed Asner and Isabella Hofmann. Shana established Crisis Management Productions in May 2011, as a vehicle to produce more female-driven socially relevant content. Their debut film was the short, "Crisis". She also has a few TV projects of her own in development, as well as with longtime collaborator and writing partner, Alison. They just sold a project to Hallmark that will air late 2023.

Shana has also written and voiced some video spots for LIVEKINDLY. She’s also an adjunct faculty member in the Screenwriting departments of AFI and Emerson. True story: many years ago, Shana was chased down the street by all five feet of Sally Struthers, in which Ms. Struthers told her she “had it” after watching her in a staged reading. This is still one of Shana’s favorite LA moments, right after being checked out by Colin Farrell in two separate Starbucks a few months apart – also true! She’s still kicking herself for blowing both encounters with Colin.


Nick Ordway

Nick earned his MFA in Film from New York University, Tisch School of the Arts. Before entering the world of film, Nick studied literature and theatre at Princeton University and taught English at Chiang Mai University in Thailand. His films have played at Lincoln Center. Nick was the Assistant Director on the 2011 Academy Award-winning short “God of Love.” He is currently developing a dark romantic comedy. Originally from Manhattan, he also spent time, growing up, in Westport, CT.


Molly Karna

Molly Karna is a queer, Indian-American writer and director based in Los Angeles who recently completed her M.F.A. in Film and Television Production at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. Molly’s time at SCA led to her writing and directing multiple films, including her thesis Truckstop and short film Big and Small, both hybrid fiction-nonfiction short films, and Demi, a short comedy film about a demisexual sex doll in COVID-19 lockdown, which helped her earn a USC Lambda Scholarship. Outside of USC, Molly directed the short film The Rushing of the Sea, an experimental narrative short film. Prior to USC, Molly worked in both the English and Hindi film industries. In 2018, she wrote and directed Arrangement, a short narrative film which premiered at the 2018 New York Indian Film Festival and won Best Debut Short Film Award at the Cincinnati Indian Film Festival. Aside from directing, Molly served as a staff writer for the TV Asia news-comedy show Samachari News and helped produce projects including Surina and Mel and the Hindi film Chef. Prior to her film career, Molly studied gentrification and maternal health in Mumbai as a Fulbright Scholar, and graduated with a Bachelors in Biomedical Engineering at Columbia University.


Derek Stuckert

Growing up the tall kid with no athletic ability, Derek quickly embraced his love of the arts and never looked back. He is a Texas native and a graduate of the American Film Institute where he received an M.F.A in Screenwriting. His Hollywood journey has taken him from writing independent films, to developing TV pitches, reading for notable screenplay contests, while still finding time to teach film theory and screenwriting to the next generation of young artists. Most recently, he was selected as part of Imagine Entertainment's content accelerator where he is developing and writing an original TV project. Derek is a proud University of Miami graduate as well as the recipient of an M.F.A. in Screenwriting from the American Film Institute.


Omar Kakar

Omar Kakar is a cross-cultural interdisciplinary architect-turned-filmmaker and a first generation Afghan-American. His hybridized identity led him into the fields of art, design, & cinema. He holds a professional B.Arch degree from Woodbury University School of Architecture, where he was nominated to the AIAS Vice President position and exhibited films at the Arquiteturas International Film Festival Lisboa and Archdaily. Omar earned his MFA in Film as a Directing Candidate from Columbia University, where he was selected to a Directing Fellowship with filmmaker Ramin Bahrani. His thesis film was recipient of the “Production Grant Award for Collaboration” from the Jack Larson Foundation and was awarded “Jury Selects” upon completion after screening at the Walter Reade Theater in Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and the DGA Theater in New York City. 

Culture of Creativity
“The only safe thing is to take a chance.”
Mike Nichols

SOCAPA was founded by a culturally and artistically diverse collective of New York City artists and that's the way we run our camps. SOCAPA fosters an accepting and nurturing culture of creativity and collaboration that allows students to be themselves and to express themselves. We invite teen filmmakers from across the country and around the world to collaborate with SOCAPA’s four other programs, learn from other talented young artists, and build lifelong friendships.

Nights and Weekends

Every evening, Monday through Friday, we plan an activity for the students, whether it be a barbecue on campus, a dinner in the city, a cool-off swim, a theater/musical performance, or a film screening. On the Saturday afternoons that are not devoted to shooting and performing, we organize a group excursion. This could include a trip to a museum, the beach or a show in the city. Past evening and Saturday excursions have included trips to Coney Island Amusement Park, live tapings of MTV's TRL, outdoor concerts (The Roots, OCMS, TV on the Radio, etc.), Universal Studios, Pilobolus Dance Group at the Joyce, Disco Bowling, Broadway Shows such as Spring Awakening, Hair, Rent and Avenue Q, Six Flags Amusement Park, Fourth of July Fireworks, Bryant Park Film Screenings, and off-Broadway hits such as Fuerza Bruta and Stomp, to name a few.

Master Classes

At least once per session, SOCAPA invites a top industry professional from the New York or Hollywood film or performing arts scene to come to campus and lead a master class for all students, regardless of focus. Some past guests include Academy Award-Winning actress Melissa Leo (The Fighter, Frozen River, 21 Grams), writer/director John Hamburg (I Love You Man, Along Came Polly, Safe Men, Zoolander, Meet the Fockers, Little Fockers), actor Luis Guzman (Traffic, Boogie Nights, Punch Drunk Love, Carlito's Way, Anger Management), writer Hawk Ostby (Iron Man, Children of Men, Cowboys and Aliens), actor Brendan Sexton III (Empire Records, Welcome to the Dollhouse), the four lead characters from American Teen, filmmaker Peter Sollett (Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, Raising Victor Vargas), actor Sarah Clarke (TV show 24, Thirteen) screenwriter Andrew Marlowe (Air Force One, End of Days, Hollow Man), director Morgan J. Freeman (Hurricane Streets), comedian Matt Walsh (The Daily Show, Bad Santa, Upright Citizens Brigade), and the cast of Hair and Spring Awakening on Broadway.

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