FFA Foundations


Pre College Summer Teen Film in St.Augustine

With the beautiful historic City of St Augustine as our backdrop, students will learn the art and craft of storytelling and filmmaking.  Our days will interweave practical instruction with pull out focus sessions all building to the completion of their festival level films.


Choose ONE WEEK or TWO WEEK courses
for Residency students. 

During their down time students will enjoy a fun schedule of after class activities and experiences. 


Instruction in screen writing, cameras and cinematography, direction and production will be interwoven with an exploration of this remarkable region.  

In this intensive hands-on course, students work with industry professionals as they learn how to write, produce, direct, film, edit and master a short film in preparation for festival entry.

Students are split into crews of appropriate age and experience, with an individualized curriculum.  Many of our students have won film festivals with the work they achieve in these PreCollege courses – perfect for ongoing college applications!



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The Program

Ages:  14 – 18

Residency students only.

Week One:  July 10th – July 15th
Week Two:  July 17th – July 22nd

Two week students have optional weekend activities

Study Level:  Beginner through Advanced

Study Areas: Scriptwriting, cinematography, direction, production, general film making and film studies.

Students are split into crews of appropriate age and experience, with an individualized curriculum.

Students are guided throughout by our industry professional instructors and learn hands-on – with the freedom to create and film stories of importance to them.


Story is the most important aspect of any short film. Our students have the freedom to choose a story that is important to them.


Crew roles are decided within each team with everyone having the opportunity to all roles as well as concentrate on what is most important to them.

Post Production

Editors are chosen from within each team and can use either Final Cut ProX or Adobe Premiere depending on their skillset. DaVinci resolve is offered for grading.
Pre college scripting


Each team will produce a script and run thru the process of script breakdown, casting actors and listing and sourcing props.


Camera and audio equipment is decided according to story – but all tools are professional level, providing the experience of a full movie shoot.

Film Festivals

Expert FFA instructors guide students throughout on the criteria for Film Festival entry.  Many of our teams have successfully placed and won both local and international film festivals – providing excellent material for their college applications and careers.

Program Itinerary

(Example of festival level short film from PreCollege Summer.)

Choose:  July 10 – July 15  OR  July 17 – July 22

Or Both Weeks:  June 10 – July 22

Program Costs

One week Residency: $2100
Two week Residency: $3900

Residency includes:

  • Course tuition (including materials and equipment)
  • Accommodation and all meals
  • Extra-curricular activities – transportation, entrance and most activity fees

Program Eligibility & Application Requirements

Applications for Pre College St. Augustine are open now. 

No prior filmmaking experience is required to apply for this program. We welcome students who meet the following criteria:

  • At least 14 years of age by start date
  • Strong academic standing with solid extracurricular activities

Interested students must complete an application


  • $400 non-refundable deposit due at registration: check or credit card. Students who have not paid the deposit will be marked as waitlisted until the deposit is paid.
  • Student withdrawal by May 1st, 2022: refund of one-half of total paid, less non-refundable deposit
  • Student withdrawal after May 1st, 2022: no refunds

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