Media Youth Film Initiative Seeks The Next Big Names in Film

Media Youth Film Initiative Seeks The Next Big Names in Film

The next big director, actor, or writer will come from Media, PA this April. Check out the best in short, local films at the Media Film Festival April 4-6 at the Media Theatre, in Media, PA. Films were screened all year by a dedicated committee to find the best of local and international short films. Tickets go on sale March 1.

The Media Youth Film Initiative (MyFi), born out of the Media Art Council's local film programming is a film production class for high school students, combining the ageless art of storytelling with film. In small groups of 6-8, participants work collaboratively to form a production crew, learning:

screenplay writing



camera operation

set lighting


film editing

MyFi is a rich learning experience for high school students to tell meaningful stories of their life experiences while discovering the art of filmmaking. During the 10 week course, students are under the guidance of professional instructor Hezekiah Lewis, award-winning filmmaker and Assistant Professor of Communications at Villanova University, and Darryl Ridgeway, a filmmaker and mentor. Upon completion of the course, students invite their families and friends to walk the red carpet and enjoy a screening of their completed films on the big screen at the Media Film Festival held in mid-April. This annual celebration of short independent film is held at the historic Media Theatre. Students from past MyFi classes have gone on to major in film in college.

Since 2012, MyFi is a partnership between the Media Arts Council and the Media Youth Center. There are sessions in fall and spring. Classes are held in the Media Youth Center's Strine Learning Center, 1 Youth Way, Media, PA 19063. Spring classes run March 6th - May 8th 2019. Registration open now and generous scholarships available.

For more information or to inquire about scholarship opportunities contact the Media Arts Council at 484.445.4161 or

Watch these MyFi created films:

True Story


Hidden Flower


Dream Big

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