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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. 

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.

In Film Camp, students work in film crews of 5, supported by a filmmaker mentor and production assistant. 

Together they develop and create a complete short film in just one week, presenting their finished work to family and friends. Camp director Jason Ganwich leads the program. More details below.

See past films our students created on The Grand Cinema's Youtube profile here.


We have postponed announcing film camp dates for Summer 2020 following the announcement of temporary school closures due to the cOvid-19 pandemic. Once we have more information on the effect this will have on summer break for Tacoma Public Schools, as well as surrounding districts, we will be able to schedule and solidify camp dates. Thank you for your support and patience.


  • 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.

Thank you to our Sponsor

Tapco_logo01For 2017, 2018, and 2019, 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.

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.


Interested in learning about Tacoma Film Camp and other opportunities? Sign up for email updates here.

Any questions or ideas about education outreach? Contact us.
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