Actor's Gold Program

May 29 – June 11

Apply now for an opportunity to spend two full weeks working on your craft with top acting coaches and like-minded students.  Study under Bob Krakower and Wendy Makkena as you prepare for your roles in two professionally shot short films. Hear lectures from award-winning actors, learn more about filmmaking, and take home high-quality footage for your reel.


We accept actors to our program based on ability and passion.


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  • Receive script assignments for two original short films, shot during the second week.

  • Work with leading acting coaches to prepare for your roles.

  • 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.

  • Attend classes, workshops and lectures from industry professionals.

  • Watch yourself on the big screen at the North Fork Film Festival hosted at the Greenport Movie Theater.

  • Receive footage to re-edit and refine for your reel. (MUST BRING HARD DRIVE)

Program Schedule

8:00–9:00am: Breakfast, Daily Announcements

9:30–12:30pm: Workshops and study in the first week, shooting and classes in the second week.

12:30-1:30pm: Lunch

1:30–5:00pm: Workshops and study in the first week, shooting and classes in the second week.

5:00-6:30pm: Free Time

6:30–7:30pm: Dinner

8:00–10:00pm: Screenings/Lectures/Rehearsals

10:00–11:00pm: Free Time

11:00pm: Lights out

See yourself on-screen in your MFI Student Films as part of our local film festival at the Greenport Movie Theater on the final day! Our program includes two celebrity film screenings with Q&A.

Students will be supervised with a ratio of 5 students per 1 adult. Our counselors are all prior students, chosen for their ability to lead, and for their talent as filmmakers. 

Course and offerings subject to change at owners’ discretion and based on faculty and guest artists’ availability.


MFI directors will be living on 52 acres on the Long Island Sound at Peconic Dunes in Southold, NY   This unique venue provides various housing options amidst nature trails that criss-cross cranberry bogs and sand dunes leading to 1000 feet of private beach.  The Dune Shacks are cabins with bathrooms.  A shower house is just steps away.   The two Sandcastle cabins are dorm-style living with three to a room and shared baths and showers.
We are excited about this new venue.  A filmmaker’s experience can only benefit by living among nature.  Living in nature and focussing on art provides the perfect opportunity to clear one’s mind from everyday chatter.  Bonfires, sharing a meal with like-minded individuals, and a pristine waterfront setting all help to bring our artists back to their basic nature.