Specialty Camps

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Brand new for 2017, we are offering specialized camps that focus on specific areas of film, like feminism, acting, and animation.


Hitchcock Film Camp

Film still: North by Northwest

Students learn to become masters of suspense in this week-long immersion in the greatest suspense of them all—Sir Alfred Hitchcock. Campers learn how Hitchcock created such classics as North by Northwest and Psycho, and then work in teams to create their own short Hitchcock-style film. Ages 10 & up.

Location: Facets
Dates: June 26–30, 9:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Price: $450/camper or $405/Facets Member

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Feminist Film Camp

Film still: Born in Flames

In this group seminar, campers learn the basic concepts, history, and vocabulary of feminist film theory, using Lizzie Borden's feminist sci-fi classic Born in Flames as a starting point. The camp culminates in the production of a film essay and a public screening of Born in Flames followed by a youth-moderated panel discussion. Ages 14 & up.

Location: Facets
Dates: July 5–7, 9:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Price: $250/camper or $225/Facets Member

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Acting for Film

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The best acting teachers, film educators, and filmmakers collaborate to provide each participant with a solid film acting foundation. Campers will learn the grammar of film, study dramatic scenes in workshop-style sessions, practice on camera, and work in groups to show off their newly learned film acting talent in short videos. Ages 8–14.

Location: Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave.
Dates: July 10–14, 9:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Price: $450/camper or $405/Facets Members & Greenhouse Members

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Animation Film Camp

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Make your own animated film using an iPad with master animator-illustrator-artist George Berlin. Campers will learn how to storyboard an animated film, design characters and setting, develop plot and backgrounds, and make it all move with the of wizardry of art and technology. Ages 10 & up.

Location: Facets
Dates: August 14–18, 9:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Price: $450/camper or $405/Facets Member

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Horror Camp

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Pull out your garlic, crucifixes, holy water, and wooden stakes and join Facets for its first ever Horror Film Camp. Campers will learn the history and concepts of the horror film genre, focusing on the shadowy figure of the vampire, as well as the film techniques which make horror films such an effective medium. Working in teams, participants will conceive, write, shoot, act, direct and produce their own short vampire movie.

Location: Facets
Dates: Saturdays, Sept. 16, 23, & 30 and Oct. 7 &14
10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Price: $450/camper or $405/Facets Member

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2017 Film Camp Application [online form]

Please note: When registering online, please state the participant's name and age (as of 8/31/17) in the Order Comments.

Register by email, fax or mail using a PDF application:

2017 Film Camp Application [PDF]

Application Details [PDF]



Phone 773.281.9075 ext. 3011
Fax: 773.929.0266
Mail: c/o Facets Academy, 1517 W. Fullerton Ave., Chicago, IL 60614


  • John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
  • Artworks: National Endowment for the Arts
  • Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences
  • Comer Family Foundation
  • Bloomberg Philanthropies
  • Alphawood Foundation
  • Polk Bros. Foundation