2023 Camps

June 19-22, 2023  Mon-Thurs 9-4:00
Camp 1 – Make a Music Video
Get a chance to direct, film and star in your very own music videos using music from local artists.  Learn how video directors use shot sizes, camera angles, lighting, and editing to tell a story that expands upon the world of a song.  Choose from a catalog of locally created songs from a variety of genres and create your own videos in small groups.

June 26-29, 2023 Mon-Thurs 9-4:00
Camp 2 – Make a Commercial
Make a commercial for a local business! This week RFA focuses on specialty camera work, snappy editing, and how to create stories that are less than a minute long. We will spend the week crafting a social media commercial for a local business or organization while learning the skills filmmakers put to use to make a compelling advertisement.

July 10-13 Mon-Thurs 9-4:00
Camp 3 – (Re)Make a Movie
Have you ever watched a movie and wondered how a certain scene was made? Well, one of the best ways to learn filmmaking is to study a scene and then remake it yourself. Working in small groups you’ll learn camera angles, shots and lighting, in-camera special effects, as well as cool editing techniques.

July 17-20 Mon-Thurs 9-4:0
Camp 4 – Narrative Short Film
Lights, Camera, Action! ! Use the magic of movie technology to try your hand at live-action directing and filming. Learn valuable filmmaking skills like on-set processes and etiquette, selecting shot sizes, camera angles, lighting, and sound design to tell stories. You’ll create your own scripts in small groups, working behind and in front of the camera on location at a cool Historic Missoula locale.

Past Roxy Film Academy Camps Are Listed Below


August 16, 2017

Instacamp! is hands down the most cutting edge Media Arts camp offered in 2017! In this camp, students explored the tropes of the internet from a place of mindfulness and empowerment. Filming a flash mob with Tara of Bare Bait Dance, exploring what constitutes a viral video, working with content creator Megan Toenyes (of  the YouTube channel Makeup Your Mood), and workshopping with life and business coach Jeannine Widdman  on confidence and self-worth are just some of the elements of this week-long exploration. It has been heart-warming to arm these young campers with tools of media literacy and self-love as they navigate their online media presence.



Filmmaking 2.0

August 15, 2017

Filmmaking 2.0 Summer Camp took things up a notch by utilizing professional film cameras, lighting, green screen, and editing lab thanks to the School of Media Arts at UM. Students explored the genres of action, film noir, and documentary to pull together a sweet RFA commercial that nods to the filmmaking process. Beautiful work, crew!


Watch the full film HERE!

Cooking Show Campfire Edition!

July 26, 2017

Cooking Show Campfire Edition is underway! This dynamic camp is dedicated to connecting the dots from farm and ranch to table, all through the lens of the camera. Yesterday, campers made gourmet s’mores with Jenny Lynn of  Poppy bakery, and then grilled up Oxbow Cattle Co. beef with spatchula spinning Ninja Mike! Today, campers are on the at Orchard Garden Farm with Farmer Dave where they will harvest and grill love-infused veggies! Friday 28th, 2017 the cooking show will premiere at the Roxy Theater at 5PM. Free and opened to the public. Come on down and enjoy the show!



Watch our film HERE!

Girls Shine-on Filmmaking Camp

July 26, 2017

Roxy Film Academy had the great pleasure of working with the Talbot Home for Girls for a week-long filmmaking camp extravaganza. Campers wrote, filmed, edited, and acted in a “day in the life” film that allowed them to create a fictionalized story that deals with very real dynamics of living in a group home. RFA was beyond moved and inspired by the each participant and the resulting film that can be found HERE on our Youtube channel.



Digital Moviemaking for 6th-8th

July 26, 2017

In cahoots with the amazing “sets” at The Historical Museum at Fort Missoula, RFA campers created two amazing time-traveling films during this week long camp. Check out their amazing films HERE!




Digital Filmmaking for 4th & 5th

July 26, 2017

This amazing week of camp was in partnership with the tremendous folks at Big Sky Breakout! Students used the inspiration of the elaborate themed rooms of BSB to create their sets. From there, students worked as a crew to create two tremendously creative films! Check them out on our YouTube channel HERE.




RFA Featured in the Missoulian!

June 24, 2017

Academy Summer Camps featured in the Missoulian! Check out the article by clicking the link below.

Summer Camp 2017

Movie Magic For Mini Scientists Camp

June 20th, 2017

Our first week-long summer camp is underway with Movie Magic for Mini Scientists! Mother nature chimed in on Monday with contributions of 80 degree weather and big blue sky to set the tone for blissful outdoor filmmaking . Students had the rare opportunity to watch the making of an episode of SciShow Kids, meeting host Jessi, and participating in kite making! The rest of the week will be spent by children conducting science experiments, and learning how to film short scenes using these experiments! Film premiere will be this Friday June 23, 2017 at 5pm. Come celebrate with us!



Campers excitedly walk along Higgins, toward the SciShow Kids studio!


Mini Scientists look on with fascination as host of SciShow Kids, Jessi, records a live episode!

NMCDC Kids Club

Stop Motion Animation!

June 14, 2017

We are thrilled to be continuing our partnership with NMCDC, who provides nutritious meals and summer entertainment and educational opportunities to Northside residents in Missoula. We will serve during three-day residencies throughout the Summer to provide free Media Arts Education to children. The first of these took place this week and was focused on experimenting with stop motion animation! Kids had a blast molding clay, and learning how to manipulate movement for film. 


A whirly twirly uni-monster begins to make a move!


A child shows off their clay swirls before beginning her abstract animation.



June 16, 2017

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Image borrowed from YETI Site.

A new seed planted this Summer is our work with Jennifer Closson of the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders at the University of Montana. Closson has crafted a camp for children with autism called YETI (Youth Engagement through Intervention Camp). Our team has been training with Jennifer to learn more about this population and how to best serve them. We facilitated a two hour filmmaking workshop with YETI kids at the close of their week long camp today! It was a blast to provide a space for creativity, and team-building on set with such quick-witted kiddos! Our goal is to integrate YETI kids into our camps designed for traditional learners as early as next summer!

Washington 6th Grade Premiere

May 30th, 2017

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Washington 6th Graders packed the house for their red carpet premiere last Tuesday! Parents and excited students trailed out into the halls waiting for the theater to clear out as we hosted 4 rounds of film premieres with standing room only. This was the last of 14 film premieres at the Roxy for MCPS schools, wrapping up the 2016/2017 collaboration with RFA and SPARK Arts Ignite Learning.

CS Porter 8th Grade Premiere

 May 15th, 2017

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CS Porter 8th Graders premiere their Social Studies and Choir curriculum at the Roxy! From the Dred Scott case singing Red River Valley, these kids have got it going on.

Willard High School

Love Speaks Installation May 12, 2017


RFA had the most delightful time working with Willard students this Spring on a multi-media installation called “Love Speaks”. It all began with interviews by Willard students with local senior citizens Bonnie Tarses and Alan Joddard.  Students’ preconceived notions of what it means to be a senior citizen were completely dismantled during these conversations. It was SO cool to watch those walls come crumbling down!

From these conversations, students decided to focus their project on the intersection of communication and love. This resulted in an installation that looked at representations of a date “then” (during the time Bonnie and Alan were teenagers 1970’s) and “now”. How did communication/technology play into the lead up to a date, the date itself, and the “falling action” of a date in the 1970’s? How might that look today?

Over the course of 2 months, students crafted this multi-media project into being that included audio loops, video loops, and live performance. Students’ talents shined so brightly when it all came together on May 12th, 2017.


(Students perform in the 1970’s Dinner & Movie Date)


(Students perform the “Modern Skype Date”)

Students also had the opportunity for vocational exploration in the film and media industry. Local professionals Carmen Ebert (Producer at Warm Springs Productions), Michael Murphy (Film director, actor, and multi-media installation artist) Jeri Rafter (IWFF Producer and Indie Film producer) as well as Tessla Hestings (Art Director) all participated in round table discussions with students. Post Roxy Film Academy residency, numerous students are interested in Film and Media related fields!

Paxson 1st Grade Premiere

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The Roxy Film Academy celebrated a film premiere with Paxson Elementary Bloom, Maddox, Roos, and Schell’s 1st Grade classes on February 6th from 5-7pm.

Created in a documentary style students interviewed themselves and reenacted scenes pertaining to members and experiences in our community. Students showed us what community means to them and how wide reaching and fun it can be!

Paxson 1st graders also got a special tour of the Roxy Theater where they learned about what types of events can happen at a theater, such as plays and music, saw how movies are projected and shown, and gave Garfield, the cat, a lot of attention!

Films can be viewed on the Roxy Film Academy Youtube Channel.

Meadow Hill Hotchkiss and Fisher Premiere


The Roxy Film Academy celebrated our second premiere with Meadow Hill Middle School Hotchkiss and Fisher’s 6th grade Science classes on November 16th from 5-6pm.

Students applied their knowledge of geology into gripping films centered around aliens’ manipulation of earth’s patterns and systems. Reporters gathered intel from civilians about spontaneous mountains, hydrosphere changes and core and mantel alterations. Students uncovered the geologic factors that the aliens where shifting, but was the Earth saved in time …

Films can be viewed on the Roxy Film Academy Youtube Channel.

Upcoming Roxy Film Academy Premiere

We’re very excited to announce another upcoming red carpet event showcasing the new micro-films of Missoula Middle School Students! Students, families, teachers and administration will join the Roxy Film Academy to present the projects of CS Porter Eisenzimer and Agostinelli’s 7th Grade Social Studies classes on November 28th from 5-6pm. The films represent integrative arts education- and are built on the core curriculum students are already studying in class.

Thank you to all the students for your hard work, creativity and to the teachers for being amazing collaborators!

Spark! is a community-wide partnership working to expand arts education in Missoula County Public Schools. Learn more about the Any Give Child Initiative and Missoula’s collaboration with the Kennedy Center for the Arts, Arts Missoula, the City of Missoula…. (read more…)


Youth Homes “Share Your Voice” Student Film Premiere


Youth Homes “Share Your Voice” Student Film Premiere

MISSOULA, MT—Celebrate and view the films of Youth Homes residents created by Tom Roy Youth Home teens, at The Roxy Theater Sunday Nov. 20th 3:30 pm

The Roxy Film Academy has teamed up with Youth Homes to bring filmmaking to the Tom Roy Youth Guidance Home with the Share Your Voice Project. The Tom Roy House is an eight-bed long-term group home that serves 16-18 year-old youth aging out of foster care who are in need of a structured-living environment while they transition into adulthood.

The Roxy’s teaching artists worked with the kids to share develop storytelling, composition, and filmmaking skills. Each student applied these skills and created their own, unique film project. Students chose from diverse genres, ranging from documentary, claymation, and soundscape to experimental technique. The resulting projects are a powerful projection of each creator’s voice.

The Roxy Film Academy is proud to premier the results of this meaningful collaboration and will be hosting a premier at The Roxy Theater Sunday November, 20th at 3:30 PM. This event is free and open to the public.

Roxy Spark Premiers Announced

We’re very excited to announce three upcoming red carpet events showcasing the new micro-films of Missoula Middle School Students. Students, families, teachers and administration will join the Roxy Film Academy to present the projects of twelve classes who have been working in their classrooms at CS Porter, Meadow Hill and Washington Middle School. The films represent integrative arts education- and are built on the core curriculum students are already studying in class.

Thank you to all the students for your hard work, creativity and to the teachers for being amazing collaborators!

Spark! is a community-wide partnership working to expand arts education in Missoula County Public Schools. Learn more about the Any Give Child Initiative and Missoula’s collaboration with the Kennedy Center for the Arts, Arts Missoula, the City of Missoula…. (read more…)


Meadow Hill


CS Porter



Big Read – Big Magic!

The Roxy Film Academy  teamed up with the Lewis & Clark Library for the National Endowment for the Arts – Big Read! So, this weekend Education Coordinators Marshall Granger and Erin Esse travelled to Helena to work with a seriously awesome group of kids! They co-created a script and then spent their precious Saturday filming! The world premiere of their magical short film was held at the historic Myrna Loy Center. BIG Thanks to Suzanne and Heather who should surely win Librarians of the Year!

follow the link below to see the magic!


NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in Partnership with Arts Midwest.

Dance on Film!


This summer we danced, we filmed, we danced on film with our Roxy Film Academy Dance on Film Summer Camp. We collaborated with Bare Bait Dance Company, Turning The Wheel, and MASC for an amazingly good time! We learned a lot, had a lot of fun, and made some pretty cool short films. Aren’t kids just the best? We think so. Here is a glance back at the sunny days of summer and the highlights of our camp.

Check out our video content HERE 🙂