Emerging Programmer Apprenticeship

Our 2021 program application is live (see below)! Learn more about our class of 2020 young filmmakers and what they’ve been up to.

What's the EPA?

The Tallgrass Film Association Class of 2021 Emerging Programmer Apprenticeship (EPA), is headed by Education and Outreach Manager Thane Chastain.

Our 2021 EPAs 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.

Along with these interactive classes, our EPAs will be provided hands-on learning opportunities, including:

  • Screening and reviewing more than 125 movies submitted by their peers to the 19th Annual Tallgrass Film Festival (Oct. 20-24). These reviews will help shape the Joel Fein Emerging Filmmakers Shorts Program at the festival, as the program will be curated with the assistance of our EPAs.
  • Conducting their own internal Film Race.

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.

Important Dates

The online application is open now through 5 pm, May 14, 2021   2021 Deadline has been extended! Now accepting applications through May 21, 2021 at 5PM!

The 2021 class members will be announced Tuesday, May 25th.

Please note: Due to COVID-19, some 2021 sessions are being hosted on Zoom. In person options will occur once we are advised.


  • Orientation for the 2021 class will be from 2-4 pm, Saturday June 5, 2021
  • Subsequent classes will be on most Saturdays from 2-4 pm through Saturday, September 11.
  • Students selected for the 2021 session will have a good deal of influence over the topics covered each week.

Become an Emerging Programmer

Notes before filling out this form:

First – you may want to download this letter of reference form first, and have it completed by someone other than a family member. They can email it directly to me, or you will see at the bottom of this page where you can upload it once you complete the online form.

Second – if you have any questions before proceeding, you can email me at – thane [at] tallgrassfilm.org.

2020 Scholfield Emerging Programmer Apprentices

Maya Torres

Wichita Collegiate School

Cahill Jones

Kapaun Mt.Carmel High School

Hayden Munro

Wichita Northwest High School

Charlie Hale

Wichita East High School

Magan Stuhr

Wichita East High School

Adam Bosworth

Wichita North High School

Leo Larson

Wichita Northwest High School

Jarod Hudson

Wichita East High School

Zayden Tomson

Kapaun Mt. Carmel High School

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