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Colorado Short Circuit Film Festival


The Independent Film Society of Colorado presents COLORADO SHORT CIRCUIT 2017: An Indie Spirit Film Festival Event. Featuring films from Colorado Springs, Pueblo, and Denver, Colorado Short Circuit showcases short films from across our region. Each hour-long film block features a collection of short films and a Q&A session with … Read more »

Four YDA films selects for the Scout Film Festival


Four YDA films and filmmakers have been selected to screen at the Scout Film Festival in Stowe, VT, June 9-11.  Our filmmakers were chosen out of 987 total submissions from 67 countries! Congratulations to … Amethyst Drago, TO BE HEARD Gabriel Valentine, DADS Kalia Hunter, DOM Andy Kwiatkowski, LONELY HIGHWAY An … Read more »

YDA participates in the African American Youth Leadership Conference


Four YDA graduates screened their films at the African American Youth Leadership Conference – AAYLC on Saturday, March 11th at Colorado College. AJ Vafiades, REAL MOM Jose Retana, THE SILENCED Shaienne Knox, OUT OF OUR HEADS Andy Kwiatkowski, LONELY HIGHWAY The 2017 African American Youth Leadership Conference is designed for … Read more »

2017 Educating Children of Color Summit, “SHADE & Self-Love”


Antreise Lacey presented her film, SHADE, at the 10th Annual 2017 Educating Children of Color Summit, as part of a session titled “Shade & Self-Love”.  She presented along side Dr. Regina Lewis and had these words to say about her experience: “It was a huge honor to come home from … Read more »

YDA honored with the Veronica Brennan, Inclusion in Film Award


We are so honored to have received the first annual Veronica Brennan, Inclusion in Film Award.  YDA was presented with the award by The Arc of Colorado at the 5th Annual Achieve With Us Film Festival, on March 10th at the SIE Film Center in Denver.

The Arc’s 5th Annual Achieve With Us Film Festival features LONELY HIGHWAY


Andy Kwiatkowski’s LONELY HIGHWAY was featured at the 5th Annual Achieve With Us Film Festival, an event of The Arc of the Pikes Peak Region. The Achieve With Us Film Festival celebrated National Developmental Disability Awareness month with a line-up of excellent short films, featuring LEARNING TO DRIVE, starring Colorado’s own … Read more »

Student Filmmakers Reflect On High Rate Of Teen Suicide In El Paso County (Colorado Matters, CPR)


Aired and posted by Andrea Dukakis on Colorado Matters, Colorado Public Radio (1/25/2017) Click here to see the original post and to listen to this broadcast High schoolers Kalia Hunter, left, and Dee Contreras recently made documentaries about youth suicide. (Nathaniel Minor/CPR News) Colorado has one of the highest teen suicide rates in … Read more »

Rocky Mountain PBS pairs student film with discussion about suicide


Posted on current.org By Sara Wise | December 15, 2016 Viewers of Rocky Mountain PBS will get an intimate look at the issue of youth suicide Thursday with the debut of a partnership between the station and a Colorado organization for young filmmakers. RMPBS’s news show Insight will feature an … Read more »

Youth Documentary Academy films air on Rocky Mountain PBS


By: Jen Mulson December 12, 2016 Updated: Today at 4:15 am Local youth expression has made it to the small screen. The Youth Documentary Academy and Rocky Mountain PBS recently formed a partnership to broadcast YDA films on the TV station and its affiliate stations in Colorado. Cheyenne Mountain High … Read more »

Youth filmmakers to be featured on PBS


Colorado Springs Independent INDY BLOG UPDATE: POSTED BY J. ADRIAN STANLEY ON THU, DEC 8, 2016 AT 3:21 PM Rocky Mountain PBS reached out to me today to clarify that Legg’s film is a part of a new series called “Insight with John Ferrugia.” The special that Legg is featured … Read more »

While walking around Boulder, so many people came up to me and my dad to thank me for making AFTER WAR.

Bailey Francisco, 17

We were struck by how deeply students were willing to delve into difficult topics, often personal stories, and handle that material with real sensitivity.

Tara Thomas, Director of Education, Bemis School of Art

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