The Windsor Centre for Film, Digital Media & the Creative Arts (non-profit) and the Media Arts Community Centre & Museum (charity) are the hosts of Film Camp for Kids & Youth.
Together, the organizations are committed to fostering creativity in film, digital media and all arts. They offer offer training/education, networking and job creation opportunities to grow filmmakers and entrepreneurial opportunities in the arts.
Classes for kids and youth ages 8 to 18 are held year-round at 586 Ouellette in a 6,000 sq ft studio / teaching space in downtown Windsor (Wyandotte and Ouellette). Our headquarters is at 691 Ouellette in HB691.
Special events, film contests, family outdoor movie nights, and fundraising events are also held throughout the year.
A ‘public’ talent database has been developed and all ages are welcome to sign up: talentdatabase.org
Film Camp for Kids & Youth is a job creation program. Each summer we provide local post-secondary film students with jobs in their field. In turn, teaching also provides a new form of learning for those who mentor and coach film production teams. Our program also includes presentations from industry professionals who lead workshops in their area of expertise.
Our Participant/Instructor ratio is 5-7 students per Instructor; each summer we hire 15-18 staff in. Instructors are contracted as programs are developed.
Producer Founder, Amanda Gellman
The program concept began as a research project to see what film camps offered since she felt that a future film industry in Windsor started with the youth of today. Amanda engaged Nicole Gellman and Aaron Fauteax to assist, and the following summer a pilot project began with 22 kids ages 9-12. The program as we know it today was launched thanks to Amanda’s early efforts within the community-at-large, and special thanks to Libro Credit Union, MANAN Strategy Consultants / MANAN Media and Petretta Construction.
Amanda Gellman is the CEO of MANAN and a Partner in The Funding Envelope. She is also the Chair of the Windsor, Centre for Film, Digital Media & the Creative Arts and the future Media Arts Community Centre and Museum. With a background in the non-profit sector, business and art, Amanda works to create manan, or “new beginnings and opportunities” for diverse groups. Amanda is well versed in all facets of marketing and fund development – and a highly successful proposal writer, skilled trainer and experienced meeting facilitator. She is the former Vice-President Advancement for the University of Windsor and, of note, the first female VP at that institution. Amanda has also received many recognitions including: 40 under 40 in St. Louis, The Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal, The McDonnell Douglas Feed America Award, Windsor’s Women of the Year 2001, The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, and the Crystal Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canada South Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
LOCATION & REGION
Film Camp for Kids & Youth is located at 586 Ouellette, Windsor, Ontario – near Wyandotte and Ouellette in the former TD bank building. See some photos of our space below. We have 6,000 sq ft of space which includes a large activity room / kitchen for large group work and watching movies, four small break-out room for filmmaking teams (one with a green screen wall), an art room for creative juices to flow, an office, a costume room and plenty of storage space.
Business owners in the the city have embraced the camp, and provide complementary shoot locations for camp “production” teams that make 15+ short films each year. It is a win-win!
Located minutes from the US Border, Film Camp for Kids & Youth attracts participants from throughout the US and Canada, including kids and youth whose families are visiting our many attractions and/or relatives who live in the region. With a passport or enhanced drivers license, Detroit region participants can cross the border each day for camp.
As an urban camp, we are in close proximity to hotels and restaurants. Upon request, visiting students can also be billeted with local families.
Great Detroit Region
Our day camp is 10 minutes from the Ambassador Bridge and 5 minutes from the Windsor-Detroit Tunnel, and the Canadian dollar makes Film Camp for Kids & Youth a quality and affordable day camp for those interested in film; $195 CDN per week is about $150 per week USD, less than half that of equal programming in major metropolitan centres. Our overnight camp in August for 9-16 year olds is 40 minutes from the border. Sign up today! (Of note, we are also just 45 minutes from Toledo, Ohio.)
Other Out of Town Guests
If you are visiting the area and want to attend one of our programs, or if you want to stay at a nearby hotel and have your parents tour the region while you attend a day camp, there is much to see and do in the Windsor-Essex region – 17 wineries and many summer festivals. We have attracted participants from Detroit, Texas and Toronto – as well as new immigrant families from across the globe. We are just minutes from downtown Detroit, one hour from Toledo, and four hours from Toronto and Chicago, for example.
Youth: If you are a teen travelling without a parent or guardian, we can arrange a billet with a local family and/or transportation to and from the airport or train station. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to request advice on your travel plans.
Families: We are blocks from local hotels (the downtown Holiday Inn is one block away), and the University of Windsor and the St. Clair Centre for the Arts have residences that are just 5-10 minutes by car.