Join Us for Crew Connect!

Join us on Tuesday, June 13th from 6-9 PM for WQED Filmmakers Crew Connect at The Church Brew Works, presented by WQED, Film Pittsburgh, and Carnegie Screenwriters!
During this Crew Connect, Darin DiNapoli of DNAPPS Productions will demonstrate a 360 video camera—don’t miss the chance to learn about this groundbreaking technology in filmmaking! Come network with other local Pittsburgh filmmakers and pitch your ideas!

WQED Film Academy: Summer Virtual

Join WQED Film Academy this summer to learn how to become a digital storyteller. In person is closed, but seats remain for our virtual program!

Film Academy LITE!

WQED Summer Film Academy Lite is our youth education film program specifically for 7th through 8th graders.

The one-day program allows students to learn filmmaking from start to finish: from pre-production to videography to post-production and editing. Choose from three sessions beginning August 14, 2023. Register today!

Receipt for Murder

In this short film, Rosemary Dumess and Barb Garbanzo investigate the death of Barb’s husband Sam. Rosemary tries to stay ahead of her husband Detective Dumess who is also investigating the case. The investigation leads them all to the local Apothecary. Receipt for Murder was produced by WQED Film Academy Students.

Old Paws : Episode 1 : Heart of Glass

Shelter animals unfortunately often struggle to find their forever homes, senior dogs more so than others. The Reel Teens latest production uncovers these misconceptions with Heart of Glass.

We are the home for filmmakers: youth and adult.


WQED Filmmakers is our adult-focused film community—offering enrichment opportunities for filmmakers in the region.

WQED Film Academy is our student-focused programming—offering middle and high school classroom experience at our WQED studios in Oakland or your location.


WQED Film Academy and WQED Filmmakers are focused on diversity, equity and inclusion to disrupt the status quo and create opportunities for all. Both organizations shared in the idea of revolutionizing the industry by breaking down barriers for high school students and adults pursuing a career in film and digital media production.

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Your Teen can become a Filmmaker in our WQED Studios

WQED Film Academy gives middle and high-school teens an opportunity to learn filmmaking in our WQED Studios, engage with other filmmakers, attend lectures and experience production-related field trips.

Teens learn basic filmmaking concepts through a curriculum paired with projects that demonstrate these skills at an increasingly advanced level throughout the semester. Students work from concept through completion of a final, collaborative film project.

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Educators: Bring WQED Film Academy to your Location

Discover what we can do in your school or camp! WQED Film Academy teaches and empowers students to create digital media that matters. But we don’t just do it at our WQED Studios. We bring the studio experience to your location! Our curriculum and teaching assistants are available to educators and community organizations through our On Location Experience. In school and after school programming for schools and organizations can be custom fit to meet your needs.