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Imagine that you have a chance to direct a short film with the guidance of professional filmmakers. IMAGINE that under the watchful eye of Tony Spiridakis, who has directed Academy Award winning actors Timothy Hutton and Richard Dreyfuss, you will develop your shooting script weeks before you even arrive at film camp. IMAGINE prepping your films as soon as you arrive with producer-director Shannon Goldman. IMAGINE being critiqued in the edit room by actor-director Tony Goldwyn. IMAGINE rehearsing with your actors, shooting on location, building a shot-list with your cinematographer, as you direct, edit, then screen your film at the Greenport theater on the last day of film camp. Can you imagine all that? Well, we will do more than imagine it. We will provide exactly that. You will have made a short film that was developed, directed, and edited by you, all under the supervision of a caring and world-class faculty. We feel confident that your two-week experience at MFI Summer Camp will be transformational.

  • Develop scripts with a mentor weeks BEFORE camp begins
  • Arrive on the first day of camp with a solid first draft of a 3-2-1 script to shoot
  • 3-2-1 format is 3 pages, 2 characters, 1 location
  • Directors learn to focus on character, story & actor performance
  • Actors are cast from our MFI Film Actors Camp (By MFI)
  • Learn to direct and rehearse with experienced actors
  • Tutorials will teach basics in camera, sound & lighting, editing
  • Shoot your film with an experienced MFI cinematographer
  • Edit under the guidance of MFI editors
  • Screen your film on the big screen at the Greenport movie theater
MFI directors live at the Silver Sands in Greenport, New York (Hour and a half from NYC) This is a beautiful bay front motel and beach cottage resort with its own clubhouse, which will be the headquarters for our program, meals, and evening meetings. There is a pool, with over a quarter-mile of private sandy beach directly on Peconic Bay, with magnificent views of Shelter Island. Lodging will be age and gender appropriate with adult supervision and security. SCHEDULE FOR DIRECTORS & ACTORS
  • 8:00am–9:00pm: Breakfast:  Daily Announcements
  • 9:30am–12:30pm: Workshops/Actors & Directors
  • 12:30-1:30 LUNCH
  • 1:30–5:00pm: Workshops/Actors & Directors
  • 5:00-6:30pm: FREE TIME
  • 6:30–7:30pm: DINNER
  • 8–10pm: Screenings/Lectures/Rehearsals/Writing Sessions
  • 10–11pm: WIND DOWN
  • 11pm:  Lights out.
  • SCREEN OUR MFI FILMS at the Greenport movie theater/FINAL DAY
Students will be supervised with a ratio of 5 students per 1 adult. Counselors have studied with our faculty, none are younger than 21 years of age, all outstanding role models. Along with having a personal relationship to faculty prior to coming, counselors are chosen for their ability to help students and for their talent as filmmakers. This way, they not only provide a safe environment but also support the ongoing work.
Silver Sands Motel
1400 Silvermere Rd, Greenport, NY 11944
Map of 1400 Silvermere Rd, Greenport, NY 11944
  • DIRECTORS: We choose directors on ability and passion.
  • July 5 - July 19, 2015 (2 Wk Program)
  • Tuition, room, all meals, all film equipment: $3,995
  • Instructors: Tony Spiridakis, Shannon Goldman