Light House Studio equips young people with the skills and confidence to tell their stories and build community through collaborative filmmaking. We seek to foster a community where Charlottesville’s young people flourish as students, storytellers, and citizens.

We challenge our students to be active participants in the media, and not simply passive consumers of the millions of images they see everyday. Through the creative process of filmmaking, our students are able to fine tune how they solve problems, exercise their imagination, uncover their own unique experiences, and realize new solutions.

Our award-winning Summer Film Academy will open on January 30th for registration! Space is limited and camps fill up quickly!

For over 20 years, Light House Studio has offered filmmaking workshops for our community. Last year, our filmmakers celebrated 50 national film festival acceptances! Workshops run from June – August for rising 3rd graders to rising college freshmen. From nonfiction and narrative filmmaking to animation and visual effects, there is something for everyone this summer. Every workshop concludes with a family and friends red carpet screening at the Vinegar Hill Theatre!

Throughout the year, we collaborate with 50+ local nonprofits and schools including but not limited to: Boys & Girls Club; C4K; Center 1; Community Climate Collaborative (C3); Region Ten; Mountaintop Montessori; Charlottesville Day School; Peabody; Renaissance School; Lugo-McGinness; Center One; Tandem; VA School for the Deaf and the Blind; Albemarle High School; Charlottesville High School. We strive to bring everyone together with the art of storytelling through filmmaking.

Learn more and register for Summer Film Academy here.

Tuition Assistance Available | A nonprofit youth film organization 501(c)(3).

Light house studio

Elementary, Middle School, High School

Day Camp


Workshops will be held at Light House Studio,
located at Vinegar Hill Theatre
220 W. Market Street or 121 E. Water Street


Vinegar Hill Theatre
220 W Market Street
or 121 E Water Street


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