Clearwater Marine Aquarium-Sunscreen Film Fest - Documentary Film Camp

By Sunscreen Film Festival (other events)

Saturday, January 22 2022 10:00 AM 2:00 PM EST


January 22,29, Feb. 5,12. (4 consecutive Saturdays 10am-2pm for 4 weeks)


Clearwater Marine Aquarium 249 Windward Passage, Clearwater, FL 33767

Who is eligible? 

High school age students 14-18 (maximum of 20 students)

How much?

The 4 week, 10am-2pm camp is $500.

What equipment is required?

All equipment will be provided but students are invited to use their own equipment as well.  Instructors will teach students how to get the most out of their own cameras and editing software.


The Sunscreen Film Festival and Clearwater Marine Aquarium will present a 4-week film camp teaching about Marine Science at the Aquarium and hands-on filmmaking.

Campers will be broken into teams of 5, and each team will complete its own documentary. The documentaries will be shown at a special screening open to the public at the end of the camp and at the 17th Annual Sunscreen Film Festival from April 28 - May 1, 2022.

The camp topics are;

1.      Sea turtle nesting and lighting

2.      Manatee conservation

3.      Human Interaction and animal rescue

4.      Ecotourism 

Who is the faculty?
CMA's resident experts will teach the Marine Science aspect of the camp.

Film industry professionals and educators will be teaching the film portion of the camp. The instructor will be Curtis Graham.  Instructor bios are below.

How do I sign up?
Click the button above. In filling out the application please bear in mind that we are above all else seeking commitment from our campers. Movie making is a very satisfying endeavor, but it requires discipline and determination.

What about lunch and snacks?
Campers are required to provide their own meals and snacks. CMA does have a cafe on site.

Finally, the completed films will be shown at a special screening and at the 17th Annual Sunscreen Film Festival April 28 – May 1, 2022.

Email [email protected].

Curtis Graham
Curtis Graham is an Award-Winning Feature Film Director and Cinematographer. His Film Oloibiri recently won the Nigerian Academy Award for Best Film. With 100s of commercials for advertising clients around the world, Curtis Graham has created a diverse body of work as Director/Cinematographer.  Curtis has created 2 PBS documentaries, an international doc winner Errol Barrow and ESPN's History of Basketball and the NBC documentary Angels, Mysterious Messengers

Raised in a photographic family, Curtis started taking pictures at age 15. He attended Los Angeles Art Center College of Design, which started a career in Advertising Photography. He has won many accolades for his work in advertising including: N.Y. Art Director, Norma, National Addys, and Clio Award, and his work has appeared in many national publications such as: Town & Country, Esquire, Print, and Communication Arts. His career in Advertising led to doing commercials for his Clients as a Director/Cameraman.

Curtis went on to Attend The American Film Institute. At AFI Curtis received the Mary Pickford Award Scholarship. His Master Thesis film the “The Blue Men” starring Estelle Parsons went on to receive a Student Emmy and Academy Award. It is listed as one of the most award winning shorts of 1990. Curtis also received the Focus Award for Cinematography for “The Blue Men”. This allowed Curtis to pursue narrative work as Director/Director of Photography.


Curtis is a former professor at the University of Tampa and Southeastern University.

Mailing Address

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