The 2019 Summer Film Institute  is seeking youth in high school from the southern Maine area. The 2019 Summer Film Institute is an intensive week of immersion into filmmaking for any high-school student interested in the various aspects of the industry…from directing to editing to production. SFI 2019 is youth-led and deals with relevant issues in our community today. The institute runs one week, from July 15-19 from 10am-5pm at Engine at 40 Laconia Street in downtown Biddeford. The Summer Film Institute is a collaboration between Biddeford-based arts organization Engine & Saco-based teen development program, Project AWARE.

A Call for Submissions seeks to solicit an original script from a Maine high school student. The selected script will then be turned into an 8-10 minute film during SFI 2019. Deadline for scripts is July 14, 2019. More information here,

SFI 2019 participants will produce a socially-relevant, student-made drama, mentored by an award-winning creative team, including filmmaker Michael A. Nickles (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0630057/). The goal for the program is to create a high-quality film in just one week. Working as a team, the participants will coordinate the production; cast, direct, and shoot the movie; and oversee editing and final production. The program supports youth in learning new skills by developing and telling real life stories, while having a lot of fun doing it! The 2019 SFI will involve 15-20 students and community members as cast and crew. In recent Project AWARE programs, short movies along with a number of PSAs were produced on bullying, substance use, body image, distracted driving, racism, and self-harm.

Cost: The full cost is targeted at $500 per student but our Sliding Scale policy applies. Talk with director@feedtheengine.org if other financial arrangements or scholarships need to be arranged.

About Project AWARE: Thousands view Project AWARE videos at school presentations, on YouTube and on TV. Please see the movie on self-harm a better place at this link. A better place aired on WABI TV and has received over 1 million views on YouTube. So many youth have said they feel less alone after watching this movie. The 2016 Summer Film Institute film Hooked, dealing with opiate misuse, can be seen here. For more info: www.projectaware.net www.facebook.com/projectnaturalhighs / www.youtube.com/projectnaturalhighswww.twitter.com/projectawarenow