Our Mission

The Jacob Burns Film Center (JBFC) is a nonprofit cultural arts center dedicated to teaching literacy for a visual culture; presenting the best of independent, documentary, and world cinema; and making film a vibrant part of the community.

The Media Arts Lab, down the street from the JBFC Theater in Pleasantville, NY, is the hub of our education initiatives. This state-of-the-art facility is truly a laboratory where we pilot, implement, and develop programs to help educators and students of all ages succeed in the visually, digitally, and globally connected 21st century.

The JBFC is committed to working with all communities. Over 70% of the students who take advantage of our programs each year are from under-resourced schools and community organizations and participate absolutely free of charge. Scholarships are available for every course.

The JBFC Learning Framework

The language of image and sound has a rich history, but innovations in media creation and sharing have given it new relevance as an essential communication tool. Based on a decade of experience with over 100,000 students, we have created The JBFC Learning Framework, which provides benchmarks towards true literacy in today’s visual culture.

The Learning Framework provides a progression of vocabulary, concepts, critical and creative thinking skills to support fluency with visual and aural communication for learners at all stages of their development.


Staff & Faculty

JBFC faculty members are passionate about film and media and about creating an experimental, safe, and playful atmosphere for learning. They are collaborators and creators themselves, with a diverse array of expertise including film studies, production, and education. Their backgrounds include both formal and informal teaching environments and demonstrate a strong understanding of curriculum design and reflective practice. Most of all, every member of our faculty is deeply committed to inspiring a generation of visual storytellers.


Have Fun, Do Good, Volunteer!

The JBFC is committed to teaching young people to become fluent users of 21st century digital media. Every year, we bring See Hear Feel Film and Minds in Motion to more than 5,000 third and fourth graders. We would not be able to touch so many lives without our education volunteers. This diverse group of parents, retired teachers, high school and college students, and professionals makes a difference each and every day. Stay up to date about JBFC's volunteer opportunities.

Partners in Education

The Jacob Burns Film Center heartily thanks the thousands of individuals who support our education and outreach programs through their annual gifts. We are also pleased to recognize our corporate, foundation, and government partners in education.

The Jacob Burns Film Center is proud to receive support from:

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For information on how you can support our education programs through an annual gift or the creation of a scholarship or outreach fund, please contact JBFC Development Director Judy Exton at 914.773.7663, ext. 414, or jexton@burnsfilmcenter.org.

Contact Us

Courses at the Lab

914.773.7663 ext. 8

School and Community Group Programs

914-773-7663 ext. 7

Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
The Media Arts Lab and administrative offices are closed on all major holidays.

In the event of inclement weather, please call 914.773.7663 ext. 444 for an automated message.

Media Arts Lab
405 Manville Road
Pleasantville, NY 10570