Emerging Filmmaker Program

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What's the EFP?

The Tallgrass Film Association Class of 2024 Emerging Filmmaker Program (EFP) is a program for local students from 8th grade through seniors in high school. Age range runs from 13-18. Applications for the current year are now open and due by May 15, 2024. 

Our 2024 EFPs will have the opportunity to learn from and interact with professionals in the film industry, covering a wide range of topics including: film criticism, directing, producing, screenwriting, audio production, lighting, camera technique, video editing and more.

Successful students will receive an all-access TALLPass in exchange for their participation in the program, as well as an additional all-access pass for a parent or guardian.

NOTE: The program was previously called the Emerging Programmer Apprenticeship program (EPA). We rebranded in 2023, but we think this video helps explain a portion of what the program demonstrates.

Important Information

Meet Your Teachers

Naythan Smith & Victoria Gayer with Shattered Glass Films 

Naythan has been involved with Tallgrass since 2012, spending most of that time within the world of projectionists. While he always loved cinema, the process of creating films imbued their viewing with new purpose, leading to his involvement with the film festival. 

Victoria Gayer is a filmmaker from Wichita, KS. Not one for traditional learning experiences Victoria decided to start her filmmaking journey through acting. It was during this time the understanding of how the crew communicates with actors started to become clear. Connecting with fellow actors and crew gained her acquaintance with her now business partners at Shattered Glass Films. It was through her time at Shattered Glass Films and assisting on other projects, that Victoria developed the skillset to become a director/producer.

  • Applications for the EFP class of 2024 are now open.

  • Orientation Date: Thursday, May 23, 6-7 pm 
  • Classes (Thursdays, 6-8 pm Tallgrass Film Center, 120 E. 1st. St N Unit 113) 

    June 6 – Intro to Filmmaking & Screening for the Festival, Critical Analysis of a film

    June 13 – Pre Production & Storyboarding

    June 20 – Production

    June 27 – Editing/Post Production 

    OFF July 4 

    July 11 – Creative Storytelling with an iPhone intro

    July 18 – Pre Production

    July 25 – Production

    August 2 – Final Projects/Discuss Screeners

    August 10 – Alumni day

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