Film as Youth Outreach
At the heart of The Reel Film Foundation, Inc., a 501 (c) 3, lies the passion of a few first generation, indie filmmakers, committed to encouraging the next generation of creators. Though moving pictures have transitioned from developed film to digital video, we are left with what has always been - a story told in pictures. We share our passion for visual storytelling with young people and our community, while enabling local students to tell their stories, and even pursue pathways to film education, leading to industry jobs in the growth explosion that is both Volusia County, and Modern Florida.
"I don't dream at night, I dream at day, I dream all day; I dream for a living."
"I couldn’t study chemistry, but I could memorize all the books for Dungeons and Dragons. It was ridiculous. The trick is to find what you like to do.”
"But I always say, if you want to heal the ills of the world, it can be done through film. ... The real stories with depth and complexity. Characters with foibles and strength. If you see yourself on the screen, participating in all of this, you have hope of a future."
Teen Filmmaking Clubs
-Middle & High School Students
-Weekly after-school clubs East & West Volusia
-Learn about Film
-Each Student completes a Short Film for
-Run by Industry Veterans
-Starts 1st week October '23
College/Vocational Counseling for Aspiring Film Industry Majors
-High School Seniors only
-Target Program Application List
-Common App, Essays, FAFSA
-Financial Aid Negotiation
- In copartnership with Launch College Advising
-Private Scholarship Identification
College Counseling Recipient, Eli H. begins his journey at St. Leo University - Class of '27
Scholarship recipients Siena B. and Neo S. will major in Political Communications and Creative Writing at FSU, & St. Leo University, respectively. Classes of '26.
-Graduating Seniors, College or Vocational Bound
-Declared Major in Film, Creative Writing, Film/Business, Broadcasting, Communications
-Scholarships granted so far to Students attending FSU, DSC, St. Leo & Ithaca College.
-Apps available Spring '24
The Bridge Builders Series
-Cultural Collaborations with other Community Organizations
-Past Program Example, Thurgood: The One Man Show
-Past Screenings with Riverside Conservancy & NSB Museum of History
-Coming Soon NEW BLACK VOICES IN INDIE CINEMA Co-Produced with Mary S. Harrell Black Heritage Museum