Pacifica Christian High School believes that every film student has a story to tell. Faculty members mentor students to develop their story through the screenwriting process and by giving them hands-on instruction to produce and shoot their films. Our goal as educators is for students to share their films beyond the walls of the classroom. We believe that by sharing their films with the public through film festivals, they will grow as artists.
The film department starts with an Introduction to Film class that prepares students for the three hands-on production classes that follow. Students work in small groups to produce films in-class and eventually rent equipment from Samy's Camera to produce and shoot their final class film.
Students have opportunities throughout the year to learn from industry experts who visit the classroom, as well as attend field trips to UCLA, RED Studios, LMU, Warner Brothers, Paramount and Universal.
The production classes also produce the Annual SCREEN Film Festival and Documentary Film Festival at the AERO theater each February. Student Producers screen over 250 films from local high school filmmakers and select the top 15 to be screened at the festival.
The Pacifica Film Department is uniquely positioned in the Los Angeles market to connect our students to innovative leaders in the film and television business. From guest artists, to studio lot access, to cutting edge equipment rentals- our industry supporters allow Pacifica film students to access opportunities that film school's across the country would envy.