Our Mission

As a non-profit corporation we will offer educational youth programs to provide a hands-on learning experience in the exciting field of film production under the guidance of industry professionals.

Community youth outreach will come in the form of partial scholarships to our summer programs. Whether or not they choose to continue their filmmaking careers, all participants will learn many practical life lessons in a fun, creative, collaborative and supportive environment.

About Us

The New England Film Academy, founded by local filmmaker Christopher Watkins, opened its doors in the summer of 2006. Since that time the staff have remained dedicated to offering programs that are a positive creative outlet where aspiring filmmakers and actors, from Maine and beyond, can be introduced to the exciting world of film production.

We are proud to offer our hands-on learning experiences in filmmaking and acting during our two-week programs throughout the summer. Kids, aged 10-17, have the chance to express themselves both in front of the camera as actors or behind the scenes as directors, producers, writers and more as they learn first-hand how movies are created and made into feature films.

Through these filmmaking efforts participants learn team-building, conflict resolution, problem solving and inter-personal skills while building their own self–confidence and expression in a fun, creative and supportive environment. Because the sharing of ideas, editing scripts, and setting up scenes are all done in a collaborative way this creative process helps students to break down barriers, learn from each other, and build friendships that remain strong long after the camp session is over.

Every time you make a movie it's a fresh experience and provides opportunities to learn something new. Whether you're exploring a new genre of film or taking on a different role as an actor, each new movie offers new problems to be solved, obstacles to be overcome and ultimately the opportunity to grow as a filmmaker or an actor. That is why we see kids returning to the Academy for their 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th and even 7th year!

If you're thinking about joining us, we look forward to having you be a part the New England Film Academy family whether you're just interested in trying something new or if you're pursuing your wildest dreams! Either way, you're going to have a great time and have a truly unforgettable experience that you will remember for the rest of your lives. We hope to see you soon!