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YDA Wins an EMMY!

We are so proud to announce the first Emmy Award for the Youth Documentary Academy.  The YDA produced film, UNDER THE WIRE, was the foundation for an episode of “Insight with John Ferrugia” titled ‘Surviving Suicide,’ and won in the category, “Children/Youth/Teen Program/Special.” Watch the full episode here: rmpbs.org/blogs/news/insight-surviving-suicide/   Children/Youth/Teen … Read more »

Scout Film Festival Award Nominees Announced

DOM is going to turn heads at the Scout Film Festival, June 9-11 in Stowe, VT. Directed by Kalia Hunter, cinematography by Dee Contreras and Gabriel Valentine, DOM is nominated for… Best Cinematography, Best Director, Best Documentary, and Best Overall Film. Good Luck Kalia, Dee, and Gabriel! https://madmimi.com/s/cb8a0a     … Read more »

OUT OF OUR HEADS Wins Best Documentary

Shaienne Knox took home the award for Best Documentary from the 2017 Colorado Short Circuit Film Festival for her film OUT OF OUR HEADS.  Congratulations! A full list of Festival winners is below. Judges’ Favorite: Entropy, Kate Lowell Best Documentary: Out of Our Heads, Shaienne Knox Best Comedy: Foreverstate , … Read more »

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 »

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