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Film Camps & Clubs

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The mission of The Grand Cinema’s education programming is to grow and nurture the agency, critical thinking, technical skills, and expression of filmmakers, with a guiding focus to serve young, underserved emerging artists. 

Our programs include film clubs, summer camps, and filmmaker workshops. 

These opportunities connect youth ages 10-20+ with the art of film as a means to think critically and tell their own stories. Participants develop 21st Century Skills such as leadership, collaboration, and technological and technical skills.


Cost: $325 for each session; $300 for members of The Grand Cinema
Scholarship Support: help a student become a filmmaker, email Katy Evans to donate to our film camp scholarship fund.

Registration is available now; do not delay, film camp sessions tend to sell out early. (Cancellations are subject to a $50 fee. $40 fee for returned checks. No refund will be given within 30 days of the first day of camp.)

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Save the Dates

  • JUNE 25 - 29, 2018: Beginners Session 1, ages 10 - 14, 9 AM - 4 PM daily  
  • SOLD OUT - JULY 9 - 13, 2018:  Beginners Session 2, ages 10 - 14, 9 AM - 4 PM daily
  • JULY 23 - 27, 2018: Advanced* Session 3, ages 10-18, 9 AM - 4 PM daily 
  • SOLD OUT - JULY 30 - AUGUST 3, 2018, Advanced* Session 4, ages 10-18, 9 AM - 4 PM daily 
  • NewAUGUST 20 - 25, 2018, Grown Up Film Camp Session 5, ages 18+, 4 - 8 PM Monday - Friday, friends and family screening Saturday August 25, 10 AM. Need more information? Click here to learn more.
*ADVANCED requires previous Film Camp, Film Club or demonstrated experience.

Film Camp Scholarships

We believe that every child deserves an opportunity to go to camp, and we don't want any child to miss out on this opportunity because of cost. If a camper would like to apply for a scholarship, they must fill out the online scholarship application form found here. Scholarships are available to campers 18 years old and younger.

Applications should be completed and submitted by May 1, 2018 and those accepted will be notified May 7, 2018. We are no longer accepting applications for Tacoma Film Camp 2018. Please check back for next summer in March 2019.


  • MONDAY: Screenwriting and storyboard workshop with an exploration of storytelling through film.
  • TUESDAY: Hands-on training for various aspects of filmmaking (how to use the digital camera, lighting, sound, etc.) Break into production teams and begin story development and pre-production. 
  • WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Continue filming and begin post-production and editing. 
  • FRIDAY: Complete post-production and, for youth camp only, share completed work with friends and family at a special screening including filmmaker Q&As and awards.
  • SATURDAY (Grown Up Camp Only): Friends and Family screening including filmmaker Q&As and awards

Thank you to our Sponsor

Tapco Credit Union is a proud supporter of Tacoma Film Camp and see this partnership as an opportunity to support their mission of "Improving lives by partnering with families to reach their goals." Together with their members and community partners, Tapco is committed to making a positive impact in our community. Learn more here.

Interested in sponsoring or donating to our education programs? Email Katy or Rachel.

Film Camp Staff

Jason Ganwich, Tacoma Film Camp Director
Kimberly Loucks, Tacoma Film Camp Assistant Director
Katy Evans, Assistant Executive Director, Education & Engagement
Filmmaker Mentors are all professional, working filmmakers. Production Assistants are volunteers with a passion for film who are dedicated to youth education.

Other Educational Programs at The Grand

Additional education programming available for all ages includes: free workshops through the Tacoma Film Festival; our bi-monthly Science on Screen program featuring lively lectures conducted by an expert before the screening of a film; Film in Tacoma, a professional learning and networking program for filmmakers; and weekly forums led by facilitators where our audiences discuss a film guided by the goal to deepen our understanding of ourselves and others through the art of film. 


  • Support and guide the collaborative creation of film and digital media that shares underrepresented stories from aspiring and emerging filmmakers. 
  • Provide a safe and sustainable environment for emerging filmmakers where they can find support, opportunity, and an outlet for creative expression. 
  • Build and activate a network of professional and amateur filmmakers, partners, and businesses who support The Grand’s outreach and advocate for growing a filmmaking and production community and economy in Tacoma and Pierce County. .
Any questions or ideas about education outreach? Contact Katy.

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