JULY 5th - JULY 19th, 2020

  • Actors: We choose actors based on talent and passion.

  • Tuition, room, all meals, and films edited by MFI: $4,195

Brief Description

IMAGINE having two full weeks to work exclusively with three world-renowned acting teachers: one who taught stars like Rooney Mara, John Slattery, Josh Duhamel, Laurie Metcalf, AND, one who acted with Diane Weist, Hugh Laurie, Jason Alexander, and Ben Affleck. IMAGINE that along with coaching from Bob Krakower and Wendy Makkena, you were also going to be cast in not one, but TWO SHORT FILMS. IMAGINE that your two amazing acting teachers were going to stay with you through the process of shooting these films. IMAGINE that after shooting those films, you are part of an audition workshop with Academy Award Nominated actor-director Chazz Palminteri. And, IMAGINE a retreat-like setting, where you will have class in a gorgeous stone mansion, with Bob Krakower. Can you imagine all that? We can do more than imagine it. We can provide this for you in a two-week intensive film program that will rock your world. Wendy and Bob have done so much on set film coaching and acting that you cannot help but have a transformational experience at MFI Summer Camp. And when you hear Chazz teach you how to make adjustments in the audition room, it will inspire you to return to New York, or Los Angeles, ready to work!


Course Outline

  • Faculty assist actors prepare to shoot films in 5 days

  • Every actor will have a role in 2 original MFI short films

  • Every actor will learn to crew in key positions on a film set

  • Learn how to work with directors and writers to help shape original scripts

  • Learn how to negotiate, take and understand direction 

  • After you've shot your films, classes and lectures will be scheduled for actors

  • Screen films in the Greenport movie theater with an audience

  • Actors may take the footage to re-edit and refine for their reels (MUST BRING HARD DRIVE)



MFI Life

MFI actors live at the Silver Sands in Greenport, New York (Hour and a half from NYC) This is a beautiful bayfront 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.



  • 8:00am–9:00pm: Breakfast:  Daily Announcements

  • 9:30am–12:30pm: Workshops

  • 12:30-1:30 LUNCH

  • 1:30–5:00pm: Workshops

  • 5:00-6:30pm: FREE TIME

  • 6:30–7:30pm: DINNER

  • 8–10pm: Screenings/Lectures/Rehearsals/Writing Sessions

  • 10–11pm: WIND DOWN

  • 11 pm:  Lights out



  • Screen Films at the Greenport movie theater/FINAL DAY


Students will be supervised with a ratio of 5 students per 1 adult. Offerings subject to change at owners discretion. Once deposits are received, MFI begins developing scripts for actors. Refund of deposit occurs when a replacement actor is found, and in the event of professional work. Counselors have studied with our faculty, none are younger than 21 years of age, all outstanding role models. Along with having a personal relationship with 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. 


Payment Policy, Deposit, Tuition & Refunds:


A non-refundable, $500 deposit, applied to the tuition, is required to secure a spot in the MFI Summer Programs.  Fifty percent of tuition is due on or before April 1, 2020.   The final tuition balance is due May 1, 2020.   For students who apply after May 1, payment is due in full.

  • Prior to May 1, 2020, all tuition, except the $500 deposit, is fully refundable.

  • For cancellations between May 1, 2020, and June 1, 2020, we will refund 50% of the tuition and fees.

  • For cancellations after June 1, 2020, there are no refunds.

The seasonal nature of the program precludes any refund, credit, or reduction for late or non-arrival, early withdrawal or student cancellation after June 1 for any cause. Students sent home in violation of our rules, for medical reasons, or at the discretion of the student or family member will receive no refund.

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