We Bring Diverse Stories to Life
Filmmakers for Tomorrow Foundation (FFTF) is a Washington, DC-based (501c3) non-profit organization that provides young aspiring filmmakers with experiential learning and mentorship opportunities in film and media. FFTF's mission is to encourage and support diverse artistic and cinematic expression of American life among young filmmakers. Since 2008, FFTF has been developing the next generation of local filmmakers ages 16-25 and showcasing their talents through youth-led film projects.
Our summer interns participate in a 5-week volunteer film program focused on storytelling through film and media. FFTF interns gain hands-on experience producing film and media projects while participating in screenwriting, video production, and editing workshops. Our interns work with a team of FFTF producers, mentors, actors, and volunteers to produce a film and/or media project . FFTF films and media projects have been screened at the Our City Film Festival, Rosebud Film Festival, BronzeLens Film Festival, and Smithsonian African American Film Festival.
FFTF's Summer Film Project "Little Light" features Linda Diaz, Founder & CEO of the 501c3 non profit Lauryn's Law and Kimberly Fleming, President & CEO of the David J. Cobb Foundation. Linda and Kimberly shared with us the tragic stories of Lauryn (Linda's daughter) and David (Kimberly's son) and their respective battles with depression and ultimate deaths by suicide.
Through their organizations, Linda and Kimberly now advocate and provide support to other families and youth in crisis. FFTF's aspiring filmmakers created the "Little Light" Music & Campaign Video to help share their stories and bring greater awareness to advocacy and resources for teen suicide prevention.
FFTF's #Listen is a 360 VR film project that uses a fictional story to explore the realities of teen depression from the perspective teens participating in a group counseling session. The goal is to promote greater awareness of the challenges that teens face in an effort to increase the available resources necessary to help. (#Listen Film Clip)
FFTF Filmmakers film the "Outrage" music video which tells the story of two brothers and their call for social justice after the death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore, MD. The music video and its companion documentary "The Making of Outrage" was screened at the BronzeLens Film Festival in Atlanta, GA. ("Outrage" Film Clip)
FFTF Filmmakers wrote the screenplay for and filmed "U Street." Known as the "Black Broadway" of musical greats like Duke Ellington, U Street at its historical heyday is revealed through the eyes of James, a floundering college freshman who travels back in time to complete a history assignment. ("U Street" Film Clip)