School Programs

Community Partnerships Programs for Community Organizations

Yolanda Pividal

Many JBFC education programs are available for organizations and social service agencies working with underserved youth. We have partnered with after-school programs, residential treatment centers, therapeutic schools, programs for students with special needs, homeless shelters, correctional facilities, and other youth organizations.

Grades 4 — 8

This interdisciplinary program gives students the opportunity to collaboratively write, storyboard, direct, and produce an original stop-motion animated film. The curriculum creatively integrates elements of science, technology, math, language arts, and the arts for a dynamic project-based learning experience. Films created in Minds in Motion have been screened at festivals all over the world. Every student receives a Production Book that assists in the organization and creative process of animation.

Educational Objectives

  • Apply math and language arts skills to the telling of an original visual story through the art of animation.
  • Practice public speaking skills through group presentation.
  • Conceptualize original characters and bring them to life.
  • Understand the art and the creation of animation.
  • Foster creative collaboration by working as a team.
  • Succeed in the completion of a long-term, multifaceted project.


A professional animator leads a series of 12 on-site workshops. The JBFC provides all necessary equipment and materials. The program culminates in a red-carpet screening of the completed student films at the JBFC Theater.

During the school year, workshops are held weekly, generally at 3:30–5:30 pm, Sept.–Dec. or Feb.–May.

During the summer, workshops are held twice a week, generally at 10:00 am–noon or 12:30–2:30 pm.

Grades 5 — 12

In this multimedia program, youth have the opportunity to raise their awareness and effect change by producing a short film that expresses a point of view about social issues. This hands-on experience on such topics as violence, health care, and the environment helps participants address the issues that are relevant to their lives and also demonstrates the power of the media as a tool for social change. Films can be personal or political, serious or funny. The program covers every step of filmmaking from pre- to postproduction to distribution!

Educational Objectives

  • Understand how visual and aural information communicate a point of view.
  • Appreciate the impact of media in the formation of public opinion.
  • Research relevant political, cultural, environmental, and social topics.
  • Complete a public advocacy film that expresses a message of personal importance.
  • Create a multimedia platform and distribution plan.

Grades 5 — 12

Combining the power of digital cameras, scanners, and simple editing software, digital storytelling is the compelling integration of technology and story. Students use still images, text slides, graphics, music, and narration to share, preserve, and celebrate their stories while gaining experience with the basic skills and techniques of filmmaking.

Educational Objectives

  • Apply traditional research and reporting skills to multimedia production.
  • Learn how to creatively combine images and sounds to communicate emotion.
  • Practice writing personal narrative.

Grades 5 — 12

Classroom to Screening Room provides unique opportunities to address issues relating to citizenship, current events, and human rights. Program managers are welcome to choose a title from the JBFC film library or current theatrical programming. Education faculty, as well as guest speakers, provide a social, historical, cultural, and aesthetic context for the film as well as facilitate postscreening discussion.

Educational Objectives

  • Understand the language of film, including cinematography, editing, lighting, framing, and point of view.
  • Learn to read and analyze documentaries and narrative films.
  • Experience world languages and cultures in the context of international film style, history, and artistic movements.
  • Enjoy enhanced study of historical events and figures through the documentary and historical narrative genres.

There are two ways to participate in a Classroom to Screening Room program. You may select a film that is:

  • on the JBFC Theater schedule. These films include current releases, which are listed on our website, and special series, which are also announced in our bimonthly calendar. 
  • included in the Classroom to Screening Room film library. This list of 20 titles was chosen by JBFC faculty members and education advisors to provide a range of films to meet the needs of your class. The duration of the program varies according to the film’s running time, but generally is between two and three hours. Screenings are held at the JBFC Theater or the Media Arts Lab Screening Room. Reservations are made on a first-come, first-served basis.

Cost: $5 per student, $200 minimum.
There is no charge for teachers and chaperones.
All student screenings require a two-week processing period.