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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 12-15 (for the moment, older ages may be added) 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. More details below.

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


Registration for Session One is now closed!

Film Camp 2021 - SESSION ONE July 26-30. Ages 12-15. Proof of vaccination required. Staff and camp mentors will also be 100% vaccinated against COVID-19. $325/$300 for members. Scholarships are available.

Film Camp 2021 - SESSION TWO August 9-13. Ages 12-15. Proof of vaccination required. Staff and camp mentors will also be 100% vaccinated against COVID-19. $325/$300 for members. Scholarships are available.

We are thrilled to return to in-person film camp this year! Tacoma Film Camp guides students through the creative process of filmmaking from idea, to scriptwriting, to film production over the course of one week.  


COVID-19 is not over, and we need to work together to fight it to the end. Safety for your student, the staff, and our community is our number one priority. We are following Washington State and CDC guidelines with respect to youth camps. The nature of film camp makes masking and social distancing impractical, if not impossible. Our group of 25+ students and teachers will primarily be gathered in our lower lobby space for much of the week, and filmmaking work involves relatively close physical distance. Since masking and distancing aren’t workable, we are following methods developed by the film industry to prevent COVID-19 spread, which include creating our own protective camp “bubble” against the virus. Our staff and camp leaders will be 100% vaccinated, and all campers will need to have proof of full vaccination before attending. According to the CDC, with full vaccination, we will not need to require masks or special distancing rules during the camp. Thank you for working with us to make sure we get to a COVID-free Tacoma. 

Note: rules and recommendations are changing all the time, and we are keeping very close attention to new updates from Governor Inslee’s office and the CDC. We will alert registered parents/guardians with any changes to the above as needed. 


  • 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.
Questions? Please contact Director of Education Paul Richter at starting June 28. Before June 28, contact Assistant Executive Director Wade Neal at  


Thank you to OUR SPONSORS

Would your organization or business like to sponsor film camp, including scholarships? Please reach out to Rachel Marecle, Director of Community Development, at Email Rachel.

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This program is supported, in part, by a grant from TACOMA CREATES.  Tacoma Creates
 is a voter-approved initiative to increase access to arts, culture, heritage, and science experiences throughout Tacoma by reducing barriers to access and expanding offerings, particularly for underserved youth. 

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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