Young Aspiring Filmmaker (YAF) Internship

YAF Summer Internship Program

FFTF is seeking candidates for our 2016 Young Aspiring Filmmaker (YAF) Summer Internship Program.  The Program starts in mid-June and ends in August 2016.

The candidate selected will work with a team of FFTF producers, film advisors and other student volunteers to film and direct the winning screenplay for our 2016 Summer Film Project.  Once completed, the film will be submitted to local and national film festivals.  All internships are non-paid. However, the selected candidate will receive non-cash awards that may include local film festival and workshop participation.

The 12-week volunteer internship provides an opportunity for young filmmakers to work with industry professionals and educators to learn all aspects of filmmaking and to refine their skills as a Film Director. At the end of the internship program, the selected candidate will also have a completed film to add to their portfolio and resume.

YAF Internship Highlights

Selected Candidate will:

  • Direct a short film for our 2016 Summer Film Project
  • Network with a team of industry professionals
  • Make new friends working with other volunteer students who share your passion for filmmaking
  • Attend local film festivals and participate in workshops

Our 2008 Young Aspiring Filmmaker

Kevin P. Simms was featured as our Young Aspiring Filmmaker for 2008.  Kevin is a graduate of Surrattsville High School in Clinton, MD and is now a second-year film student at Montgomery College in Silver Spring, MD.

Click on the links highlighted below for more information on our 2008 Young Aspiring Filmmaker Kevin P. Simms and our award winning 2008 Summer Film Project "U Street." U Street won Best Award and was screened at the "Our City" Film Festival in Washington, DC on February 8, and May 17, 2009.

Internship Requirements and Application Process:

  • Preference will be given to candidates between the ages of 16-25. All candidates must be residents of Washington, DC, Maryland, or Virginia.
Candidates under the age of 18 must submit a signed parental consent letter with their application.

  • Preference will be given to high school, college and university students in the DC metro area.
  • Candidate must have some prior filmmaking experience or classroom experience that should include the role of Film Director or related coursework.
  • Candidate must be able to commit a minimum of 15 hours per week for 12-weeks to participate in the YAF Internship.  Most of the filming is expected to take place on weekends.
  • To keep our commitment to promoting diversity in filmmaking, we strongly encourage minorities and women to apply.
Application Deadline
Monday, May 30, 2016 - COMPETITION WILL OPEN IN JANUARY 2016

Notification Date
Selected Candidate will be announced on or around Friday, June 10, 2016.

Submit Your Application for YAF Today! COMPETITION WILL OPEN IN JANUARY 2016

If interested, please send your application to:

By email: 

Or by mail:

Filmmakers For Tomorrow Foundation P.O. Box 7143                                     Silver Spring, MD 20907

No application form is needed. Submissions must include:

  1. A Statement of Interest that introduces yourself and communicates why you are right for this opportunity. Statement should also demonstrate that you meet any of the age, residence, or education requirements as stated above. (no more than 2 pages)
  2. Your Resume
  3. (Optional) Letter of Recommendation (must be from a non-relative)
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