Project AWARE Summer Film Institute

The Summer Film Institute (SFI) is an intensive youth service-learning program held in beautiful Saco Maine which offers young people the opportunity to: a) increase their capacity to be leaders in their community, b) to use film as a vehicle to raise awareness among people of all ages about the issues young people face, and c) to encourage and support young people in making healthy choices. Over the week long hands-on experience,  participants (a mix of youth ages 13-18) will connect with each other, Project AWARE youth leaders, adult instructors/staff, and film professionals to learn movie-making processes and skills.  The participants will then put these skills to action as they create high-quality short videos which address pressing social issues they feel affect youth.  These videos will not only be useful educational tools for the youth participants to bring back to their own schools and communities, but also to be shared with others in Maine and nationally.   

Through their SFI experience, participants will develop numerous leadership skills which will benefit their schools and communities including: sharing their expertise and knowledge to help others, being willing to take risks and propose new ideas while supporting ideas of others, developing and nurturing positive relationships, teamwork, and cooperation.  Participants will also experience the power of creative expression, become empowered with increased self-esteem, and be inspired to act as role models back in their schools and communities.  The project will be a success if: a) participants are able to apply what they learned about film-making to the creation of awareness-improving videos on issues important to them, and b) participants report that after returning to their schools and/or communities, they have utilized these new skills and tools to address important youth issues.               

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 See what was created at last year’s Institute … Go to  -

Want more info, or to register call 207-282-5598 or write

What a few young people have to say about past institutes:

 “I just want to thank you for such an amazing week. Before the film institute, I thought the highlight of my summer this year had been a trip to Colorado. Oh, it’s just another film camp where I’m going to learn the basics over again. I was sadly mistaken after going through this great experience and I will remember it forever. I truly had one of the best weeks of my life at Summer Film Institute 2009.” Liam, High School Junior

 “The way it unfolded has been great – starting with the presentations and speeches, moving into the training, then into the production experience. It’s been a great experience for me and I’m sure for everyone else too.” High School Student

 “This entire experience has been absolutely unforgettable for me.  Not only have I learned about film, and had a chance to really express my creativity,  I have also met so many wonderful people.” Summer Film Institute Youth Movie Director and Writer

One Response to “Project AWARE Summer Film Institute”

  1. there are lots of social issues that we face these days due to hardships and disease..-,