Current Programs

When women & non-binary filmmakers are better represented behind the scenes, they’re better reflected on the screen. That’s why Reel Stories is training the next generation of empowered filmmakers.

Below is Reel Stories growing list of 2022 Programs. 

Current Programs

Fall 2022

Close Up: Reel Stories Filmmaking Cohort

Weekly on Fridays @ 4:30pm-6:30pm PST. February 18th – May 6th, 2022

IN-PERSON in Oakland

A film program for girls & non-binary youth that focuses on both the art of creating films in a team and building skills to critique media. Any girls or non-binary youth ages 12 – 18 who have either attended a Reel Stories program in the past (ex. Summer Camp, After School Program, Master Class), or have other prior filmmaking experience (ex. a film camp, class, or something else!) are eligible!

Summer 2022

Reel Stories Summer Filmmaking Camp

Session 1: June 13th – June 24th, 2022, Monday-Friday, 9am-3:00pm

Session 2: June 27th – July 9th 2022 (Days off July 2nd-4th) 9am-3:00pm

IN-PERSON in Oakland

For 10 years Reel Stories has been leading the charge to close the gender gap in the film industry by connecting young filmmakers with professionals in the film industry. At Reel Stories young women and non-binary folks learn the skills, get the connections and make films to set them up for success in the film industry. We believe that the power of individual stories brought to life on-screen has the power to diversify and strengthen the filmmaking industry – Join us this summer to show the world your stories. Your audience is waiting!

During this two week filmmaking program 12-18 year old young women and non-binary youth work together in small, collaborative groups to write, shoot, edit and distribute their own short films. These future filmmakers will get to learn from award winning and professional filmmakers. We are currently planning for all days to be IN-PERSON.

Register for Session 1: June 13th to June 24thRegister for Session 2: June 27th to July 9th

Reel Stories Filmmaking Institute

For our most advanced and experienced filmmakers ages 15-24 years old. Program is for women and non-binary filmmakers.

The Reel Stories Filmmaking Institute mirrors a professional production with dedicated media teachers and professionals to mentor filmmakers. Institute participants attend career lunchtime talks, with additional time to network with professionals.

This program is not just another version of the advanced program – it’s rigorous and meant for our previous filmmakers looking for a professional experience to create portfolio level media. It also offers ongoing filmmaking and creative opportunities beyond the scope of the two-week program, more opportunity for creative feedback, longer-form projects, and deeper opportunities to network with professionals.

If you are interested in applying, please contact


Thank you for all your hard work! Grace truly enjoyed the entire experience, and she got the opportunity to expand her skills working on a different genre of film. Her self confidence grew because of the camp and she continues to learn how to work with all different kinds of people. Grace will continue to be a part of Reel Stories for a long time to come!

Sun LeeReel Stories Parent