Summer Film Camp Returning To Historic Tampa Theatre



Each summer, Tampa Theatre’s historic auditorium lights up with young filmmakers working together to produce their visions on-screen.

Campers entering grades 3-12 work in small groups to learn the creative process of digital filmmaking, from brainstorming, storyboarding, and scriptwriting to filming, lighting and editing. All of the necessary equipment is provided, including cameras, lights, sound equipment, Mac computers and software. By the end of the session, each production team will have a 3-5 minute movie to showcase.

This summer, both the popular live-action and stop-motion animation camps will be offered as one-week (Mon-Fri), half-day sessions, and a NEW Full Day Film Camp has also been added:

  • Week of June 10: Live Action
  • Week of June 17: Live Action
  • Week of June 24: Live Action
  • Week of July 15: Full Day Film Camp
  • Week of July 22: Stop Motion Animation

LIVE ACTION FILMMAKING CAMP makes the campers the stars as they write, produce and act in their own short films.

STOP-MOTION ANIMATION FILMMAKING CAMP shows campers how to create an animated film one frame at a time with clay, Legos, paper and other materials in a style of animation made popular by The Lego Movie, Wallace & Gromit, and South Park.

For the half-day programs, morning sessions are from 9:00am to noon for students entering grades 3-6, and afternoon sessions are from 1:00-4:00pm is for those entering grades 7-12. Each session is $195 per camper, which includes a camp T-shirt, daily snacks and a digital copy of the finished films. Participation is capped at 20 campers per session.

NEW THIS YEAR! FULL DAY FILM CAMP gives film campers entering grades 5 – 9 an expanded opportunity to work together to create, produce, and act in their original short films. Campers will also participate in film studies sessions, learn new filming techniques, practice special effects, and more! This one-week program will be offered from 9:00am to 4:00pm Monday – Friday the week of July 15. Full Day Film Camp is $380 per camper, which includes a camp T-shirt, daily snacks, a light lunch, and a digital copy of all the finished films from the week. Participation is capped at 20 campers, and the new program is expected to fill up quickly!

Registration for all summer camp sessions opens at noon Wednesday, Jan. 30 for Tampa Theatre Members and at noon Wednesday, Feb. 20 for the general public.

Summer Film Camp is presented in collaboration with the Florida Center for Instructional Technology at the USF College of Education.


Built in 1926, Tampa Theatre is a passionately protected landmark and one of America’s best-preserved movie palaces. The majestic building is owned by the City of Tampa and operated as a dynamic film and cultural center by the not-for-profit Tampa Theatre Foundation. Programming is sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners, and the Arts Council of Hillsborough County. Tampa Theatre is a proud member of the League of Historic American Theatres and the Art House Convergence.

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