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.
- The Cinema School celebrated its first graduating class in June 2013 with a 100% College Acceptance Rate for all seniors.
- Our $3 million industry-grade, post-production facility is the South Bronx Post House, run by Digital Bodega. In 2013, revenue from Digital Bodega projects represented 23% of our total revenue.
- To date, GFS has hosted dozens of public screenings of student work, and organized more than ten international student productions, most recently a Thesis Project shoot in Kiev August 2013.
- A 2012 study found that students who attend GFS’ programs graduate from high school at double the rate of their peers (100% of students, compared with 49% of NYC HS students) and more than 88% of GFS alumni go on to enrol in college (compared with 62% of NYC HS students). Students have been accepted to prominent universities and colleges (recent examples include Columbia University, NYU/Tisch School of the Arts, and Oberlin College).