Our Workshop schedule for the 2020 Festival is already being planned.

Take a look at what we offered in 2019.

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All workshops will be in Building 3, Room 119 except Made in Yavapai County, which meets in the Art Gallery

Filmmaker Bootcamp is full – you may sign up below to get information about next year’s bootcamp when it is available.

Film is an art form.  Movie poster designers have always been charged with creating art that not only represents the film, but also engages people and peaks their curiosity enough to go to the movie. As part of our 10th annual festival celebration, the Prescott Film Festival is thrilled to present a movie poster exhibition in the Yavapai College Art Gallery May 18th – June 15th. The exhibit is curated and designed by Brandelyn Andres, YC Art Faculty, and utilizes posters from the collection of Tom Slaback, an avid collector of movie posters from films made in Yavapai County. Tom’s extensive collection ranges from the silent era to the present. An opening reception for the exhibition will be held May 24th, 5:00 – 7:30 p.m. Free and open to the public.

Sunday, June 9

10:00 a.m.

High School Student Film Competition

Join us in supporting the next generation of filmmakers! Arizona high school students compete for three scholarships ($1,000, $500 and $250) to attend classes in the Yavapai College Film and Media Arts Program. This competition is sponsored by a generous private donation made to the Yavapai College Foundation.

FREE screening of the best of student films in Building 3, room 119.

Monday, June 10

2:00 – 3:30 p.m.

The Best Narrative Short Films from 10 Years of the Prescott Film Festival

Join us as we relive the best of our narrative short films to grace the screen during the first nine years of the Prescott Film Festival. What was YOUR favorite? Come see if it made the cut!

4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Hand – to – Hand Combat in Film: How to stay safe and look real

In this workshop students will learn to take and give a punch, kick, or slap for believable film and TV fight scenes. Students will learn and practice the proper professional terms of napping, masking and blocking. Some choking and hair pulling are thrown in for good measure. Most importantly students will learn the importance of safety first for themselves and their partner.  

Presented by Scottie Scott (Certified Combatant: hand-to-hand, quarterstaff, rapier and dagger)   

Tuesday, June 11

Noon – 1:30 p.m.

The Best Documentary Short Films from 10 Years of the Prescott Film Festival

Join us as we relive the best of our documentary short films from the first nine years of the Prescott Film Festival. Will we choose one of YOUR favorites?

2:00 – 3:30 p.m.

Tech kills the movies!  Film at 11!

“Every time there has been a groundbreaking technical advance in the making of motion pictures, there are those who feel it heralds not an advance but the potential death knell of the medium. Sound, color, wide screen…they have all had their detractors.  Now, along comes computer graphics, a technology that is maturing at an astonishing pace.  Will that finally be the advance that kills filmmaking?”

Presented by Novelist and Screenwriter Alan Dean Foster  

4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Made in Yavapai County! Part I

Join us in the YC Art Gallery for a deeper exploration of selected movie posters in this exhibition of posters from films made in Yavapai County. This talk will be presented by movie poster curator and local film historian, Tom Slaback. Tom has been studying the history of filmmaking in the county, including interesting stories behind the making and locations of the films. Film history comes to life in this interesting talk!  

Wednesday, June 12

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Thriller Versus Horror Films and Why We Can’t Get Enough, highlighting The Silence of the Lambs

What are the psychological components of The Silence of the Lambs and why does it mesmerize audiences? What themes and components did the filmmakers craft that contributed to its success? What are the common denominators in films like The Omen, The Exorcist, and Rosemary’s Baby? Why is it that what is not seen on the screen and left to the imagination can reveal an innate fear far more powerful and effective than buckets of blood? 

Presented by Producer/Director Jeffrey Cooper
Owner of Cut Entertainment Group (

3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

The Silence of the Lambs screening

Presented by Producer/Director Jeffrey Cooper
Owner of Cut Entertainment Group (

Thursday, June 13

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

It’s Not the Monster but the Situation that Frightens: Understanding the Structure of a Horror Film

Traditional theories of horror emphasize the role of the monster as being the source of fear, or what is known as the horror-effect. For example, It is not really about a clown that eats children, but is about the nature of fear itself. Both fear and the possibility of losing our grasp on reality are frightening. The monsters, however, are only mediums by which these ideas are communicated—they are not the focus of the fear.

In this film talk, YC professor, Dr. Winters, will present an argument in support for what he calls situational horror. Participants will then have their own opportunity to create and explore horrific situations as a basis for creating a horror film plotline.                                                               

Presented by Yavapai College Philosophy Professor Dr. Andrew Winters

3:30 – 5:00 p.m.

Why Bad Life Choices Make Good Movies

Ever watch a movie and wonder how the main character decided on a course of action that seemed dumb and doomed? There’s a reason…  Come find out why and how to apply that inside knowledge to your own film and/or screenplay.

Presented by Philip Sedgwick

Friday, June 14

4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Made in Yavapai County! Part II

Join us in the YC Art Gallery for an exploration of selected movie posters in the exhibition.

Presented by Tom Slaback

Filmmaker Bootcamp

Never picked up a camera?

Shot a couple of short films but want to take your filmmaking to the next level?

Made plenty of films 15 years ago and want to catch up with technology?

Join us for this FREE hands-on exploration of creating film and media content. During the camp, you’ll participate in creating a group film! Presented by the Yavapai College Film and Media Arts Program.All skill levels are welcome to the Yavapai College Film & Media arts Filmmaker Boot camp! 

We will take you from pre-production to production through to post.  Students will use gear from the YC Film and Media Arts Program, which is professional level.

Taught by FMA instructors Jeff Wood, (screenwriting) Lindsay Bane, (Animation, Film History) and Angie Johnson Schmit, (Production) along with professional filmmaker Andrew Johnson Schmit, this 4 day boot camp is hands-on and focused on getting a film from script to screen.

Sign-ups limited to the first 30 people to sign up (see form below).

Filmmaker Bootcamp Schedule

Saturday, Jun 8, 10a-5p

Camera and Sound instruction: Angie Johnson-Schmit and Andrew Johnson-Schmit.

Sunday, June 9, Noon- 6p

Pre-Production, casting, location scouting: Jeff Wood

Monday, June 10, 10a-5p

Film, including B-roll, pickup shots: Angie Johnson-Schmit and Andrew Johnson-Schmit.

Tuesday, June 11, 1-5p

Editing: Jeff Wood

Filmmaker bootcamp is now full!

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