The Alexander Valley Film Lab is the educational arm of the Film Society. Media and technology skills are imperatives for students to compete in the 21st century marketplace. We work with school districts and youth leaders to provide programs that create access and opportunities for students in public schools.  

We offer two distinct tracks of study: 

FILM STUDIES challenges students’ minds and expands their world view through regular screenings, field trips, and meetings with professional filmmakers. Offerings include:

  • Special screenings for Boys and Girls Club students and their families
  • Creation and cultivation of the Jr. Film Society, an on-campus club that meets weekly at local high schools
  • Field trips to neighboring film festivals
  • Student internships/fellowships on film sets and within AVFS
  • AVFS Fellowship Program - a year-long paid internship for a recent, local college graduate

FILMMAKING provides hands-on, project-based learning classes and workshops that guide students in creating their own films. Offerings include:

  • Project-based summer film camps
  • Standalone workshops with experts, e.g. Animation workshop with Pixar Animator Adam Burke
  • Annual student film competition in concert with the AVFF

AVFS Educational programs made possible through funding from the
Community Foundation Sonoma County and Tim McDonald & Bob Scott.



Check out the 2017 Summer Film Camp final projects:

More about our educational programs: