Website California Film Institute


TERM: Contractor; July 18-22, 2022

LOCATION: San Rafael, CA

RATE: $35/hour


The Documentary Film Camp Instructor supports the lead Summerfilm instructor in teaching documentary filmmaking skills to students ages 14-18 and guiding them in creating collaborative short film projects over the course of a five-day intensive workshop.


CFI Education offers an array of creative in-person and online film programs for K-12 students in the Bay Area and around the country, serving more than 10,000 young people per year. Through live and virtual screenings, events, seminars, and hands-on workshops, CFI Education promotes cultural awareness, fosters media literacy, develops critical thinking skills, and lays the foundation for a lifelong appreciation of cinema.


  • Attend pre-production meetings with the lead instructor, curriculum developer, and Director of Education to review program structure, scheduling, logistics, curriculum, and best teaching practices.
  • Attend all 5 days of the camp session (July 18-22, 2022).
  • Provide direct supervision, instructional guidance, filmmaking expertise, encouragement, and technical support to teen participants while assisting and guiding them in the writing, shooting, and editing of their films.
  • Support the lead instructor in keeping students focused and on track and ensuring their productions stay on schedule.
  • Assist in troubleshooting any technical or creative problems/roadblocks that students encounter.
  • Attend daily debriefs at the end of each day to evaluate student progress and prepare for the next day’s activities.


  • Comprehensive film/video production experience
  • Demonstrated experience teaching students ages 14-18
  • Some experience working with the documentary form
  • Proficiency in Final Cut Pro preferred
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, unpredictable environment
  • Positive attitude and good sense of humor
  • Ability to work collaboratively


  • Must have reliable transportation to downtown San Rafael
  • Proof of completed COVID-19 vaccination is required.


The non-profit California Film Institute celebrates and promotes film as art and education through year-round programming at the non-profit independent Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center, presentation of the acclaimed Mill Valley Film Festival and DocLands Documentary Film Festival, and cultivation of the next generation of filmmakers and audiences through CFI Education programs.

We are taking steps to ensure that the California Film Institute is a safe and equitable space for staff members, filmmakers and audiences alike. This includes the incorporation of inclusivity, diversity and accessibility measures into the organization’s business plan and the introduction of tangible KPIs to hold ourselves accountable for our commitment to serve and engage diverse audiences through our work. We are also working to examine racial justice internally in order to drive self-discovery and best inform how we can change practices and utilize our voice and position within the community.

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