The world needs more women and non-binary creatives making films.

Our filmmaking programs aim to help students do just that--become filmmakers.

The Stephens Summer Film Institute (SFI) is an intensive summer experience that brings together digital filmmaking students, professional guest filmmakers, and filmmaking faculty to produce, shoot, and edit a film together in a realistic working environment. Freshmen and sophomores rotate through positions on set while juniors and seniors select a role that aligns with their goals. This is an opportunity to ask questions and get experience from filmmakers in the industry.

SFI marks the beginning of the production process for digital film students creating their own short film.

During the semesters prior to SFI, students experience the pre-production phase where they learn various aspects of producing and preparing to make their film. Teams are formed to facilitate casting, design, social media, and more.

The production phase of SFI introduces students to the authentic experience of being on set and gives many opportunities to collaborate with experienced mentors. Experienced professionals work with students during and after SFI to help build their network. This network will be integral to helping students learn about and adjust to the industry. 

This year, students are creating a film noir comedy titled “All’s Farrier in Love & War”.

About the Film

In this darkly comedic film noir, private detective Maggie Mahoney investigates the grisly murder of a wealthy stable patron, uncovering a web of intrigue and deception along the way.


Stay tuned for details on where to watch "All's Farrier in Love & War" when it comes out. In the meantime, learn more about the Stephens Summer Film Institute.

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