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Introducing The Cinema Academy

Greetings and welcome to The Cinema Academy!

There is a special opportunity coming to the Washington Metropolitan Area for a limited group of talented Middle School students, grades 7 and 8. The Cinema Academy is designed to build stronger academic skills through the imaginative and hands-on process of filmmaking. Each participant, with professional guidance and industry-standard moviemaking software, will create a unique movie, enabling the strengthening of writing, reading, and visual arts. Each student will receive a laptop with filmmaking software. The Cinema Academy film festival in May 2023 will feature the individual movies.

My name is Professor Lucy Gebre-Egziabher, and I am an award-winning local film director, Fulbright Scholar, and university cinema educator. My purpose for The Cinema Academy is to grow area talent and train future filmmakers with academically-sound, vibrant storytelling, and filmmaking techniques. Students build critical thinking skills, strengthen communication, reading, writing, and research through modules in Screenwriting, Directing, Pre-Production & Production, and Post-Production.

The Cinema Academy 2022-2023 program runs from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM, Saturdays, September 3, 2022 - May 6, 2023. The application deadline is May 1, 2022 for a limited number of spaces. It is open to public, private, and home school students in the Washington Metro Area.

Interested in learning more? Join The Cinema Academy for a FREE informational Zoom session. Find out about the program goals and curriculum, hear about hands-on activities, discover how to qualify for the program, learn about the needs-based scholarship opportunities, and have your questions answered. Because of limited capacity, all Zoom attendees need to register and RSVP. There are two upcoming sessions:

Saturday, March 26th from 12:30-1:45pm FREE TCA Zoom Info-Session

Saturday, April 16th from 12:30-1:45pm FREE TCA Zoom Info-Session

You can also enjoy this wonderful Embracing Arlington Arts podcast interview with me where we talk in depth about the program.

We look forward to sharing our excitement about The Cinema Academy with you and your young aspiring filmmakers!


Professor Lucy Gebre-Egziabher


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