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A Free Summer Filmmaking Workshop and Festival Screening for Young Storytellers!

B&H Photo, Canon & Bushwick Film Festival have teamed up to create more opportunities for young people and members of diverse communities to tell their own stories and pursue careers in film. Bushwick Stories is a free 5-day documentary filmmaking workshop in the summer, followed by a screening of the youth-created films at the 11th Annual Bushwick Film Festival (Oct. 10-14). 

The hands-on workshop will teach up to 15 students between the ages of 16-24 the basics of filmmaking, lighting techniques and how to use professional digital video and audio equipment, while introducing them to inspiring film professionals. The workshop will then guide students through the process of collaborating with each other to shoot and produce their own short documentary to screen at the 11th Annual Bushwick Film Festival.

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Workshop requirements:

  • Students between the age 16 - 24

  • Live in Bushwick or attend school in Bushwick (including Bushwick/East Williamsburg & Bushwick/Ridgewood borders)

  • Must be available for workshop days: August 27 - 31, 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM  

  • Passionate about filmmaking, documentaries, journalism, storytelling, and/or media

Workshop includes:

  • Digital cameras, sound equipment, lighting packages (for demonstration and use only)

  • At least three special guest lecturers

  • Team building activity

  • Professional producer and production team to assist on shooting days

  • Professional editor to work with students to edit their film

  • Completed short film

  • Welcome bag

  • Breakfast and lunch

How to Submit: 

Applicants can fill out our online application form below. 

About B&H Photo:

B&H began as a "mom and pop" shop in 1973. After wife-and-husband partners (Blimie and Herman, respectively) opened the doors in Tribeca with one employee, their trademark dedication to candid selling and quality merchandise quickly attracted a loyal following of photo, video and audio professionals.

At a time when shysters abounded, we developed a reputation for honesty and ethical business practices, and the word spread.

Today, as the USA's largest non-chain specialty electronics retailer, we deliver that same pioneering integrity via specialized showrooms, classes and tutorials, and as always, unparalleled inventory and service on a daily basis. We continue to expand to meet your needs with showrooms, classes, helpful educational and social media content, serving customers worldwide from our highly rated website, award-winning mobile Apps, catalogs and our 34th Street "SuperStore."

About Canon:

Canon U.S.A., Inc. is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions to the United States and to Latin America and the Caribbean markets. In the spirit of our corporate philosophy of Kyosei – all people, regardless of race, religion or culture, harmoniously living and working together into the future – Canon is committed to an approach to business that is socially responsible and economically logical. Canon seeks to be a truly excellent global corporation. For our customers, we offer the best products possible. Simultaneously, we strive to improve our relationships with local communities and to increase our respect for the environment as we contribute to the prosperity of the world and the happiness of its people.

About The Bushwick Film Festival:

Founded in 2007, The Bushwick Film Festival (BFF) is a leading independent film and media company in Brooklyn. The festival is hailed as one of Brooklyn’s most influential cinematic events for its contribution to the borough’s artistic, cultural, and economic growth. The festival attracts film and entertainment industry leaders at national and international levels; and showcases films created by the best and most diverse emerging independent filmmakers in Brooklyn and worldwide. BFF provides a platform for emerging filmmakers to share their stories and present opportunities for them to make a living doing what they love. BFF provides spaces for audiences from all backgrounds to connect and discover new independent movies and experience unique cultural events.