Summer Visions Film Institute

Summary of organization/program

Summer Visions Film Institute is an award-winning digital media production program for youth aged 14 – 19 produced by the Education Department at Pacific Cinémathèque and Dream Big Productions at Templeton Secondary School.

Contact information


 #200-1131 Howe Street, Vancouver, BC, V6Z 2L7

 (604) 688-8202


Geographic region

  • Local


  • Youth aged 14-19

History/Background Information

  • Since: 1999
  • Umbrella Organization: Yes( Pacific Cinematheque, Dream Big Productions) 
  • Summer Visions established in 1999 and is produced by the Education Department at Pacific Cinémathèque and Dream Big Productions at Templeton Secondary School. The Summer Visions vibe reflects a mix of urban sensibilities, respectful and challenging instructors, and intense and creative youth from across the city.

Dominant Media Forms

video production


  • Neither a summer camp nor a school in the traditional sense, Summer Visions strives to create a unique and inspired atmosphere where youth are guided to tell important and interesting stories while exploring the medium of video.

Statement of Principles

not provided 


  •  Over two weeks, video makers work in production teams to write, shoot, edit and screen a short digital video, learning video making skills as they create.
  • Our instructors are experienced filmmakers and video instructors with a wide range of expertise and knowledge in digital video production. Since 1999, Summer Visions instructors have challenged youth to create meaningful and well-made videos, at the same time developing and enhancing technical skills.Our two-week film institutes are structured around short workshops, group work, and lots of hands-on practice concluding with an informal screening for the finished work. Plus, each video is screened at a Gala and Award Ceremony in September that showcases all the work produced throughout the summer. Held at Pacific Cinémathèque’s downtown theatre, the evening is highlighted by awards for Best Cinematography, Best Sound Design, Best Editing, Most Original Story, and Best Overall Video.

Samples of work

Funding Sources