Youth FX is designed to empower young people ages 10-24 by teaching them the technical and creative aspects of digital film making and media production. Based in the City of Albany, NY, our primary mission is to work with diverse groups of youth from communities that have been historically under-served and in need of opportunities to learn filmmaking and acquire skills in emerging media technologies. Youth FX hands-on programming develops leadership skills, creativity, and critical thinking, through the collaborative and artistic process of making films, amplifying the voices of young people in the capital region.
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Focusing on visual storytelling, artistic expression and performance, Youth FX students create digital video projects in various genres, including documentary, narrative short fiction and public service announcements. Working with experienced media instructors, filmmakers and artists, participants learn the various aspects of digital video production such as cinematography, editing, sound, and lighting.
Youth FX primarily works with young people who reside in the South End, Arbor Hill and West Hill neighborhoods of Albany, NY, areas that have been historically under served and in need of meaningful opportunities for training and engagement in new digital media technology. The skills they are learning not only enables them to be more creative and express their ideas, but they are also valuable skills that are in high demand in today’s technology based world. Youth FX participants engage in their communities by creating documentary and short fiction films that reflect their understanding and vision of the world around them.
For some our program is a fun way to be creative with their peers, and for others it is an introduction and immersion into a potential career path. Films produced by our current and former students and staff have won awards and screened at major film festivals including: Sundance Film Festival, Los Angeles Film Festival, San Francisco Film Festival, Harlem International Film Festival, Woodstock Film Festival and Chicago International Film Festival. Since 2016 we have also developed programs such as NeXt Doc and the PA Institute to support emerging filmmakers as they transition into the field of independent film.
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SUMMER PROGRAMS & WORKSHOPS
- 5 Week Summer Intensive
- After-school Programs
- Albany Public Library
- 5 Hour Film Project
- Job Training in Film & Digital Media
- Youth Workshops
- Event Videography
- Corporate Videos