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Click on the “Register Here” button to reserve your spot for the CYF Young Filmmakers Conference at St. Francis College on  Wednesday, September 29, 2021.

Learn about the newest trends in immersive storytelling and get inspired by connecting one on one with award-winning filmmakers and creatives from around the world.  CYF Young Filmmakers Conference provides an opportunity for aspiring filmmakers to learn cutting-edge ideas, discover new interests and network with professionals who are ready to answer questions, share tips on their experience in the industry.

Join us in exploring an incredible day of powerful storytelling!


The Young Filmmakers Conference is Virtual!
Join us here at

Wednesday, September 29, 2021
Starting at 11:00am

11:00am – 11:30am – Welcome, Introduction and Icebreaker

Welcome: Jennifer Lancaster, VP for Academic Affairs/Academic Dean, St. Francis College.
Introduction: Luis Alejandro Molina, Director, Cine Youth Festival.
• Details of “My Pandemic Year” contest.

My Pandemic Year: (60-second video)
Theme: “My Pandemic Year”.
Format: 60-second movie in .mov or .mp4 format.
The submission deadline is Friday, October 1, 2021, at 5pm.
Submission Link:

11:30am – 12:15pm – 1st Workshop: From Script to Screen & the Art of Storytelling

• Dr. Augusta Palmer (SFC) Moderator Filmmaker & Scholar
• Dr. Raquel Ortiz, Emmy-nominated storyteller & Anthropologist.
• Waldo Cabrera, Emmy-nominated Journalist & Storyteller.
Kathryn Grant, Playwright, Instructor.

12:15pm – 1pm – 2nd Workshop Production – Lights, Camera, & Cinematography

• Ben Guzman, Moderator Grammy-nominated Platinum Record Producer, Director
• José “Jay” Rivera, Film & Technical Director.
• Kacho López Mari, Latin Grammy Award Winner & Filmmaker.
Ana Maria García, Director & Scholar.

1:00 – 1:30 PM – CYF Sneak Peek & Intermission

Featuring the Films:
1. Chicago (01:35)
2. Coqui Serenade (01:49)
3. PandeMates (05:22)

1:30pm – 2:15pm – Filmmaker’s Roundup

Kris Merc.
Alex Ramírez.
Neyda Martínez.
Tami Gold.
Juan C. Davila.
Sade Falebita.

2:15pm – 3:00pm – 3rd workshop Post Production – Editing: Making the Right Cut

• Aura María Jiménez Villanueva, Post Production & Digital Content Coordinator.
• Adrian Nuño, Filmmaker, Actor.
• Andrew Nuño, Writer, Podcaster.
• Tami Gold Panelist Producer & Professor.

3:00pm – 3:30pm – Conference Closing

• Lina Sands, CYF Marketing, announcing the Judges and Awards show.
• Sizzle reel produced by SFC student Johnnely Saldaña, Social Media Coordinator