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Click on the «Register Here» button to reserve your spot for the CYF Young Filmmakers Conference at St. Francis College on  Wednesday, September 29, 2021. 
Learn about the newest trends in immersive storytelling and get inspired by connecting one on one with award-winning filmmakers and creatives from around the world.  CYF Young Filmmakers Conference provides an opportunity for aspiring filmmakers to learn cutting-edge ideas, discover new interests and network with professionals who are ready to answer questions, share tips on their experience in the industry. 
Join us in exploring an incredible day of powerful storytelling!  

The Young Filmmakers Conference is Virtual!

Join us here at

Wednesday, September 29, 2021
Starting st 11:00am

11:00am – 11:30am – Welcome, Introduction and Icebreaker

• Welcome: Dr. Miguel Martínez-Saenz,
President, St. Francis College
• Introduction: Luis Alejandro Molina,
Director, Cine Youth Festival • Details of “My Pandemic Year” contest

My Pandemic Year: (60-second video)  – 

  1. Theme: “My Pandemic Year”
  2. Format: 60-second movie in .mov or .mp4 format
  3. The submission deadline is Friday, October 1, 2021, at 5pm
    Submission Link:

11:30am – 12:15pm
1st Workshop: From Script to Screen & the Art of Storytelling 

Moderator: Dr. Augusta Palmer (SFC) Moderator Filmmaker & Scholar


  1. Dr. Raquel Ortiz, Emmy-nominated
    storyteller & Anthropologist
  2. Waldo Cabrera, Emmy-nominated Journalist & Storyteller
  3. Kathryn Grant, Playwright, Instructor


12:15pm – 1pm  2nd Workshop Production – Lights, Camera, & Cinematography


Moderator: Ben Guzman, Moderator Grammy-nominated Platinum Record Producer, Director


  1. José “Jay” Rivera, Film & Technical Director
  2. Kacho López Mari, Latin Grammy Award Winner & Filmmaker
  3. Ana Maria García, Director & Scholar


1:00-1:30PM CYF Sneak Peek & Intermission

Featuring the Films:
Chicago (01:35), Coqui Serenade (01:49), PandeMates (05:22)

1:30pm – 2:15pm  Filmmaker’s Roundup


Panelists: Kris Merc, Alex Ramírez, Neyda Martínez, Tami Gold, Juan C. Davila, Sade Falebita



2:15pm – 3:00pm 3rd workshop Post Production – Editing: Making the Right Cut

Aura María Jiménez Villanueva, Post Production & Digital Content Coordinator


  1. Adrian Nuño, Filmmaker, Actor
  2. Andrew Nuño, Writer, Podcaster
  3. Tami Gold Panelist Producer & Professor


3:00pm – 3:30pm  Conference Closing
• Lina Sands, CYF Marketing, announcing the Judges and Awards show.
• Sizzle reel produced by SFC student Johnnely Saldaña, Social Media Coordinator

Download the Festival Program.

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