Who can participate?

WMYFI is open to middle and high school aged students. Any student currently enrolled in grades 6-12 is eligible to participate.

When and where does WMYFI take place?

The program takes place on Saturday and Sunday, October 22 and 23, 2016 from 9:00AM – 4:00PM. William & Mary’s Reeder Media Center located on the ground floor of Swem Library will host the program. Students will need to arrive between 8:30-9:00AM and be picked up between 4:00-4:30PM each day.

What will students do and learn during the workshops?

The workshops are lead by W&M Film and Media Studies faculty and students and will provide an overview of the filmmaking process and give participants hands-on experience. The full program schedule is available here.

Why is there a charge for registration this year?

Demand for the program has increased significantly over the years and participation needs to be capped to ensure a meaningful and educational experience for students. Eight needs-based scholarships are available if the ticket price is a barrier. Funds collected from ticket sales will be used for workshop supplies, lunches and snacks, and the rental of Kimball Theatre for the WMYFI film screening.

How can I apply for a needs-based scholarship and how will the scholarships be awarded?

The needs-based scholarships will be awarded through a lottery system. Eight scholarships are available and will cover 100% of program costs. The scholarship application deadline was October 18 at 11:00PM. All students who apply for a scholarship were notified of the lottery results on October 19.

Why is WMYFI limited to 50 students?

William & Mary’s Reeder Media Center, the workshop host, can accommodate a limited number of participants – in terms of space, staff, and equipment availability. Fifty students is the maximum amount that can be accommodated while still providing a meaningful and educational experience with available resources.

Will lunch and snacks be provided?

Yes. All participants will be provided with a boxed lunch and healthy snacks throughout the day during the program on Saturday and Sunday, October 22-23. Any dietary restrictions should be noted when purchasing a ticket or applying for a needs-based scholarship.

Does my student need to provide any equipment or supplies?

No. Student participants do not need to provide any equipment or supplies. All materials will be provided during the weekend, including all filmmaking equipment, as donated by the W&M Reeder Media Center at Swem Library.

When can I see my student’s film?

All student films will be screened at Kimball Theatre from 1:00-3:00PM on Sunday, November 6, 2016. All of the films will also be available on the WMYFI website for online viewing following the public screening.

How do I get tickets to the screening?

Each participant will receive a ticket to the screening and up to five additional tickets. When registering for the program / applying for a scholarship, students will be asked to enter how many tickets they would like.

Tickets to the screening are free. If you have more than five people that would like to attend the screening you may get more tickets from the Kimball Theatre box office prior to the event.

Who do I contact with questions?

Please write with questions.