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  • 2016 YDA Premiere

    2016 YDA Premiere

    Join us on Wednesday, October 26, 2016, 6:00pm, at the Fine Arts Center SaGaJi Theater for a premiere screening of the 2016 Youth Documentary Academy (YDA) films. Nine short films will be presented ranging in topics from teenage suicide, self image, and the politics of hair.

  • AJ Vafiades

    AJ Vafiades

    The reason I got into film was to inspire others. I love the feeling I get watching a movie that impacts my mood so greatly. I want to do that for others. I love the idea of being able to move someone to tears or make them burst into laughter. I want to be a film maker and that's what YDA taught me to be.

    AJ Vafiades

  • YDA Goes to DC

    YDA Goes to DC

    Bringing the films onto a national stage is huge. It’s an opportunity for the kids to engage nationally and it’s also a way for YDA to launch a community outreach program and get the films out into the world.

    Tom Shepard

  • I am a filmmaker

    I am a filmmaker

    I made my film because I had a message that I hid away for half my life and YDA opened me up to make it.

    Scott Larwood

  • Antreise Lacey

    Antreise Lacey

    What I love most about filmmaking is that you can take these touchy topics that no one really discusses and through film you can approach these topics anyway you want. That's what most of us in YDA do, we shed light on topics that are taboo and we tackle them with an intensity of professionals in this business.

    Antreise Lacey

  • I am a filmmaker.

    I am a filmmaker.

    I live in a military community and I made a film about my dad's PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and how it impacted my family. Sharing the film with my family has made our relationships better. And now that the film has been released, a lot of young people are thanking me for telling this story.

    Bailey Francisco

  • I am a filmmaker

    I am a filmmaker

    I made my film to create awareness for those my age, and all ages who have been or still are victims of Domestic Violence of any kind. I wanted to share my story and give hope for anyone who had experienced anything like it.

    Rebecca St. John

The Youth Documentary Academy (YDA) trains young people how to direct and produce their own documentary films. For seven weeks, students between the ages of 14 and 18 learn all aspects of documentary filmmaking from professional filmmakers, faculty, and guest artists. More about us.

We need programs like the Youth Documentary Academy to help harness the talent of our young people and to provide them with hope. That they are driven to tell stories from their own communities and develop a craft to do so is a real gift to all of us.

David Dahlin, President, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center

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