Conservation Video Summer Camp for High School Students

SHEPHERDSTOWN, WEST VIRGINIA—The American Conservation Film Festival, along with the Potomac Valley Audubon Society (PVAS) and in partnership with Shepherd University, welcome area high school students to enroll in Conservation Video Summer Camp, June 25-29, 2018, at Shepherd University, 9am-4pm daily.

Students will learn the art and technique of making videos about conservation and the environment led by Shepherd University Photography Professor Erin Neve and other expert guest instructors. Tools, supplies, instruction, and field experience will be provided so each participant can create a short conservation-themed movie. No experience is required. Videographers will use iPad and iMovie software, which is provided for the week if not owned by the camper.

Instructors specializing in filmmaking, photography, and conservation will instruct students on using equipment, storytelling, editing, and creating documentary and stop-motion videos utilizing imagery, text, and music to create a compelling short video.

  “We are really excited and grateful to PVAS and Shepherd University for partnering with us to present this new camp to high school students.  An important part of ACFF’s mission is to encourage young people to explore conservation and storytelling, so this is a great opportunity of partnership and youth engagement for us and fun and quality instruction for kids,” said Jennifer Lee, executive director of the American Conservation Film Festival.

The week will finish with a reception and screening of the campers’ films. Students are then invited to submit their films to the American Conservation Film Festival’s NextGen Capture Conservation Film contest.  The next submission deadline for the contest is September 1, 2018.

The cost for the camp is $250 for PVAS members and $270 for non-members.

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The American Conservation Film Festival is in its 16th year of presenting the best conservation films on a diverse range of topics from the region and around the world, hosting a filmmakers’ workshop, and offering special screening events in the tri-state area throughout the year. This year’s festival runs October 12-14 in Shepherdstown, with an encore weekend of award-winning films on October 19-21. ACFF has received over 300 film submissions from 30 countries this year and is now in the process of film and programming selection. For more information, visit