JULY 5th - JULY 19th, 2020

  • DIRECTORS: We choose directors on ability and passion.

  • Tuition, room, all meals, all film equipment: $4,195 (*writing tutorials for writer-directors add $300)

Brief Description

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 editing 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.

Course Outline

  • 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 Life

MFI directors 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/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 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. Course and screening offerings subject to change at owners' discretion and based on faculty and guest artists' availability.


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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