Green-light Your Film Career in Just One Year.

Cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto (DP of HBO series VINYL) and the Oscar-winning directors for Best Picture (Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, back-to-back Best Director 2015 BIRDMAN, 2016 THE REVENANT) and Best Documentary Feature (Laura Poitras, 2015 CITIZENFOUR) are among the many filmmakers who have trained in workshops and classes at Maine Media.


“Guided by accomplished professionals? In a hands-on cutting-edge environment?  Leaving with a portfolio in one year?  Gold,” 

– Wayne Beach, who has written screenplays for many major studios and developed projects for the makers of Pirates of the Caribbean, The Great Gatsby, Law & Order, The Fugitive, Seven, Ocean’s Eleven, Platoon, The Matrix, and The Perfect Storm.

The Certificate in Collaborative Filmmaking at Maine Media is an experiential  program that is designed to provide the next generation of creative professionals with an alternative entry into the film industry in less than one full year.


Who should apply?

  • College graduates seeking the professional experience, skills and connections to get started in their career
  • Mid-career professionals who are seeking a career change.
  • Independent filmmakers who seek the skills and knowledge to make their own films.
  • Individuals seeking an alternative to the traditional four year film degree.


Why choose Maine Media Workshops + College?

  • Small class sizes (limited to 15 students in each class)
  • Hands-on with top gear from Canon, Arri, Panavision, Panasonic and others
  • Learn from working professionals in the film industry
  • Maine Media has over 40 years of experience running high quality professional workshops and 8 and 12 week long intensive courses in film and video storytelling. 


Applications now being accepted for the 2017 program 

Application deadline February 6, 2017 for March 19, 2017 program start

Enrollment is limited to 15


Click HERE for online application.


We have created a new certificate program that is specifically tailored to provide filmmakers with the skills that are in high demand in the modern film industry. Industry professionals will serve as instructors and the curriculum is tightly focused on the concrete expertise and knowledge sought after in the filmmaking marketplace.


Spring Term  

From the first week of this introductory term participants partake in a hands-on Four Week Film School to form an understanding of storytelling and technical concepts and capabilities.  A strong understanding of film theory, history and an appreciation for cinematic work produced worldwide is emphasized. Students learn to speak the language that will enable them to communicate with fellow filmmakers, expressing their ideas and providing opportunities for growth. Coupled with exploration of story development and leadership through the eye of the director in a narrative environment, students learn to put these new tools to use in non-fiction settings. The final weeks of this term provide a practical knowledge of the film business, from the ins and outs of industry to effectively managing and marketing yourself as a freelancer. Participants will culminate their first term experience in a project development workshop with their final projects in mind.



Summer Term

Having gotten a taste for the crafts within film production, participants will work with their advisor to choose ten electives from the selection of MMW+C world-renown Workshops. Workshop strands include cinematography, lighting, audio, directing, screenwriting, documentary, corporate, editing and digital effects. From this offering, participants may elect to focus on a chosen craft or to select a variety with the intention of writing/directing their final project. During this term, participants work alongside a new, diverse population of students each week. They will garner hands-on experience with industry standard equipment provided by MMW+C’s long list of sponsors while being mentored by top practitioners from industry, where the student/teacher ratio averages 10:1 on a weekly basis.

Here is a partial list of the workshops you can choose from in your summer term:






Fall Term

In the final term of the certificate program, participants will first present their project to be green-lit by program advisors. Participants will either establish themselves as project leaders through the role of Writer/Director, or as  practitioners collaborating on a project in the role of Cinematographer, Gaffer or Editor. The proceeding eight-weeks of production will be produced independently by students, while living on campus and making use of the resources available in terms of crew, equipment, talent, and full time support of a program staff member. The final weeks of the program will consist of post-production tutorials and editing labs led by an instructor. Final projects will be screened at a closed event for friends, family and mentors the last week of the program, adhering to festival submission guidelines for participants to pursue further opportunities with their work.



What does it cost?

Application fee $75
Enrollment deposit (applied towards balance) $600*
Tuition per term $11,000
Lab fees per term  
Student Activity Fee per term** $150

 For more Meal Plan and Accommodation costs click here.


Click HERE for online application.