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MISSION AND OVERVIEW

The Ghetto Film School (GFS) mission is to educate, develop and celebrate the next generation of great American storytellers.

A non-profit, independent film organization founded 2000 in the South Bronx section of New York City, GFS annually serves 650 emerging artists through its various pre-professional programs.  The Fellows Program is our foundation course, a 15-month extracurricular immersion in cinematic storytelling and digital production culminating in a thesis project shot in a foreign location, followed by an industry internship.  The Program alumni have gone on to creative positions in film, television, advertising, non-profit, education, politics and other fields.

In partnership with the NYC Department of Education, GFS helped opened The Cinema School in 2009 as the nation’s first film high school. Digital Bodega, a full-service production company, is led by GFS alumni creating commissioned work for major national brands while generating earned income for GFS free programming. 

Our student work has been shot and seen across the globe, with award-winning curricula and workshops available online to 400,000+ registered GFS MasterClass series users.  Key supporters include top media industry leaders, and directors such as David O. Russell, Lee Daniels, and Spike Jonze.

 

Recent Highlights

 

 

THE GHETTO FILM SCHOOL CREATIVE EDUCATION MODEL

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ART

   GFS is most passionate about cinema – a collaborative industrial art form that unites all other forms of creative expression.

EDUCATION

   GFS is the best nonprofit organization in the US at teaching young people all aspects of film (development, production, theory, and history). 

BUSINESS

   GFS is a creative product-focused organization, with a pedagogy and approach grounded in real-world business applications.

 

NEW INITIATIVES

If you have any questions or would like more information on our programs, please contact us at info@ghettofilm.org or give us a call at 718-589-5470.