Filmmaker in the Classroom

Filmmaker in the Classroom is a dynamic program brought to you by the Palm Springs International Film Society's Educational Outreach initiative. Designed to enrich the educational experience of high school students, this program offers a captivating opportunity for students to interact directly with industry professionals.

Handpicked by the festival's discerning programming team, our visiting filmmakers who are also ShortFest alumni, embark on a journey across the diverse schools nestled within the Coachella Valley. Through these engagements, students enrolled in visual arts programs are invited to partake in intimate and enlightening discussions, immersing themselves in the world of cinema alongside experts in their craft. 

Benefits of "Filmmaker in the Classroom" include:

  • Direct Engagement: Students have the chance to interact face-to-face with working filmmakers, gaining first-hand insights into the industry.
  • Inspiration Beyond the Classroom: Through intimate discussions, students are inspired to explore their creativity and passion for filmmaking beyond the confines of traditional education.
  • Tailored Sessions: Sessions can cater to the specific interests and goals of students, covering a wide range of topics from narrative storytelling to documentary filmmaking, screenwriting, and editing.
  • Interactive Learning: Our interactive & close-knit format encourages active participation, allowing students to ask questions, share insights, and receive invaluable advice from those in the industry.
  • Networking Opportunities: Students build connections with professionals in the field, laying the foundation for potential mentorship.
  • Empowerment: By bridging the gap between education and industry, the program empowers the next generation of filmmakers to realize their potential and pursue their dreams with confidence.

This program allows us to unlock the magic of storytelling, one classroom at a time to inspire, educate, and shape the future of young cinephiles.

To learn more about Filmmaker in the Classroom opportunities at your school, please email

Thank you to our Filmmaker in the Classroom Sponsors