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DCIFF Welcomes Summer Interns

Introducing our two summer interns. They are both excited to start this new journey as they learn how to navigate the film world and we are thrilled to work with them. They will help us run our 5 week summer filmmaking course for teenagers and prepare for our Fall events and activities.

Hello! My name is Jayla Hunter. I am 17 years old, a rising senior at Duke Ellington School of the Arts studying Theater. I am an aspiring filmmaker, actress, and an activist for teenage girl’s mental health in the arts. I run my own grassroots organization called ‘In The Wings’ with a team of 4 other like-minded young women. We are dedicated to bringing awareness and attention to girls’ mental health in the arts. As I continue to grow, I hope to inspire young girls and continue to give back to my community through the arts. From this experience I hope to expand my professional skills and to experience a new journey.
My name’s Patricia Braaten, I’m 17 years old and a rising senior at Jackson Reed High School, formerly Woodrow Wilson. In my junior year, I started a book club and I am a major fan of rom-com literature and movies. I developed a passion for video editing utilizing Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects and will focus more on sports photography/videography for my upcoming senior year. I was recently a part of my school’s mass media team, where I developed and collaborated on projects focusing on traffic safety and school campaigns. I particularly love working with children as I spent two years as a swim instructor in North Bethesda. 

Young Talent: DCIFF’s Summer 2022 Filmmaking Course

Every year when we hold our High School Film Competition we come away wowed by how good the young filmmakers all are, how quickly they grasp techniques and how brave they are with ideas and stories. This year was no exception so we moved quickly to set up a new ….

FREE Summer Filmmaking Course July 11-August 12th, Mon-Fri 3-7pm for Ages 14-19 interested in film and media careers in DC and the wider DMV. Everyone gets to be part of making a short fiction film.


You are welcome to put your name on a waitlist starting Week 2

Email: with Summer2022 Waitlist as the Subject Title

Take-Aways from DCIFF’s 2022 High School Film Competition and Filmmaking Courses:

  • No topic is taboo among teenagers willing to take on their own issues and topics of family and society.
  • They understand story structure very well even if they are still working on dialogue and presentation
  • It really is possible to start becoming an animator as a teenager
  • The teamwork essential to make a film is alive and well among the young!
  • Making a film in high school is an amazing portfolio addition for work and going on to college