WQED Film Academy's presents the 2023 Senior Video

Please join us in Congratulating the 2023 Graduating Class of WQED Film Academy:
Luc Gilchrist, EJ Warman, Julian Lynch, Zoe Broyles, Emily Hutchings-Muth, Nicholas Westfall, Grace Glowczewski, Jack Volinsky, Alex Waldron, Mika Szabo, Sydney Kalafut, and Doran Steinfeld.

Attention Middle & High School Students!

Discover the art of digital storytelling and embark on a creative journey with WQED Film Academy this fall. Whether you’re joining us in-person or virtually, you’ll dive into a world of cinematic possibilities.

Our teaching artists and professional mentors offer the essentials: storytelling, camera, audio, lighting, and editing. Get ready to master the tools that make your stories come alive! Fall session begins September 25, 2023!

Acting Workshop

Are you ready to take your acting skills to the next level? Join us for a captivating 5-part workshop series led by renowned actor and coach Jeff Monahan. Whether you’re a seasoned performer or just starting on your acting journey, this series is tailored for ALL levels of experience.

Film Academy LITE!

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

The three week program allows students to learn filmmaking from start to finish: from pre-production to videography to post-production and editing. Choose from two sessions beginning October 4 OR November 1, 2023. Register today!

2023 College Fair

WQED Film Academy is excited to share our fifth annual Film & Media College Fair for students interested in pursuing film, digital media, and/or content creation virtually on Monday, October 16th from 4pm-7pm and in-person on Tuesday, October 17th from 5pm-7pm.

Old Paws : Episode 2 : Humane Animal Rescue of Pittsburgh

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 Humane Animal Rescue of Pittsburgh. Don’t let unfair and untruthful stereotypes surrounding senior animals rule out an elderly animal while searching for a furry friend.

The Special Delivery 5x5

WQED Film Academy’s Learning Level students are tasked with creating a short film called a “5×5”; 5 shots, each 5 seconds long. This helps them get to the core of storytelling through video.

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.