Reel Spirit Video Camps

Since 2013 KCFilmFest has partnered with the University of Missouri Kansas City, Communications Studies to offer REEL SPIRIT FILMMAKING CAMPS for upper elementary/middle school students. Both camps provide opportunities for students to conceive and create their own films, as a medium for empowerment, self expression and social change.  Held in the UMKC production studio of the Communications Studies Department and taught by Reel Spirit, Kansas City FilmFest International and University film professors, students work in teams of two in order to write, film, and edit their own short film. Learning opportunities include hands-on activities with brainstorming ideas, script writing, story boarding, using digital cameras, boom microphones, and computers for editing. 

Filmmaking 101   – Registration begins end of February 2020    

Monday-Wednesday, June 2020  9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Student must be 10-14 years of age no later than March 1, 2020

Instructors – Members of the Reel Spirit Team – Barbara Noble, Rebecca Palmer, Cindy Sheets, Linda Thee & Toni Travalent 

Creating a film starts with a great imagination and a good story. Join a film crew and produce your own film during the 3 day “Reel” Spirit Filmmaking 101 Camp! Young filmmakers age 10-14 write, act, film, edit, and produce a film. Activities include use of digital camera, microphone, and computer. Lighting, sound, camera angles, voice, and special effects will bring your film to the big screen. No prior experience is necessary. Parents/Guardians invited to a camp film premiere.


  • Filmmaking 101, student must be 10-14 years of age no later than March 1, 2019  
  • Summer Spotlight Workshop, students must be in 6th-9th grades (fall 2019-2020 school year)                     


Filmmaking 101 will be held Monday-Wednesday, June, 2020 (exact dates to be announced)


UMKC Communication Studies Dept.                                                                                              Haag Hall Room 101                                                                                                                        5120 Rockhill Rd                                                                                                                         Kansas City, MO 64110


  • $150 prepaid/nonrefundable for Filmmaking 101 3-day camp only

Check, Money Order or Cashier Check only, written out to: Kansas City Filmmakers Jubilee

Mail  Payment AND Completed Application Form to:

Reel Spirit c/o Wanda Hartter 717 NE Admiral Byrd Ln. Lee’s Summit, MO 64082

Don’t wait too long, limited spaces are available for the film camp and workshop.

A $10 late fee will apply if payment is received after May 31, 2020.  

For all camp questions, contact Wanda @ Email: or

Call: 816-305-8745