We are proud to work with our local schools to introduce the next generation of filmmakers and activists to the power of independent film to make a difference. In addition to our annual high school screening, featuring a handpicked inspirational film from the year’s official selections, we are proud to offer internships and volunteer opportunities for our local youth, and we feature . We also partner with the Mendocino High School Multimedia Arts Program, with our tech team including a number of high school students who keep our projection running flawlessly throughout Festival Weekend.
From Happy to The Starfish Throwers to FREE, our high school program has introduced our younger fans to some of our most powerful films. As one high school student described the experience, “Hearing the filmmakers talk about their passion for this movie served as a reminder of how we all share our humanity. To be able to ask questions about their inspiration and dedication to this film helped to open a brilliant dialogue.”
From marketing to operations to tech, our team integrates interns who are eager to learn about what goes into producing a festival. Every year, we hear from past interns who have gone into film and other related fields after their Festival experience. Interested in joining our team of talented interns?
For those eager to dive right in, we offer special filmmaking challenges, where students have the opportunity to create their own works and enter student film competitions for the chance to screen at the Mendocino Film Festival. This year, the opening film of our Reel Mendo collection on Sunday, June 5, will be the winner of the 96-Hour Film challenge at Mendocino High School, and we look forward to showcasing the work of these young and talented filmmakers.
Interested in bringing one or all of our education programs to your school? Contact us.