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About the Sunscreen Film Camp

In its 12th year the Sunscreen Film Camp has grown each year in size and in the quality of work that our students are producing. Our camp works for a number of reasons.

  • Students learn about teamwork and collaboration. They are assigned to teams to make a short film and must learn to work together for the success of the film.
  • Students learn from professional actors, directors, producers, editors, screenwriters, etc.
  • Students learn about the many jobs that are associated with filmmaking. They naturally think about career options as they finish high school and think about the next steps. We have seen students go on to use these skills professionally in their careers.
  • Students explore many facets of creativity. Each brings to the table their life experiences. They build confidence in their creative expressions.

For the very modest price of $725 we feel it’s the best film camp opportunity anywhere.


Group class summer camp

Week One

This is a five-day intensive on writing and producing movies. Students will pick an area of concentration from either acting, directing or screenwriting, but many of the activities are with the group as a whole. Filmmaking is the world’s most collaborative art form.


Weeks Two and Three – Making Movies

Production shot from Sunscreen Film Camp MovieCampers will work to produce the scripts developed during Week One.

Weeks Two and Three will follow the same path as the two-week session of the past nine years, but the campers will be armed with a week of skill preparation.

The completed films will be shown at a Sunscreen Film Camp Festival on the last day of camp, July 26th.

In addition the movies produced at camp will be shown at the 15th Sunscreen Film Festival in 2020.

Scholarships for St. Pete Residents

This year we are happy to offer a number of scholarships to eligible young filmmakers.

This opportunity is made possible through the Arts Alliance of St. Petersburg and is restricted to residents of St. Petersburg. In addition to the other requirements for attending the camp, scholarship applicants should have a passion for movie-making and have worked on it in the past. This might include work at school or making movies with cell phones with friends or any other actual participation.

Secondly they must demonstrate a need for the funds.

If you feel this applies to you or your child, please download the necessary documents, read the instructions  and fill out the forms. If you have any questions, please contact Harry Chittenden at 727-420-0566. Please leave a message if necessary. We will get back to you.  Or email:

Thank you Arts Alliance of St. Petersburg!

Scholarship Application Package

The Faculty

Eugenie Bondurant

Teaches Acting

Actor, model and acting teacher Eugenie Bondurant lives in St. Petersburg. She is married to Paul Wilborn, the executive director of the Palladium Theater.

She recently played the role of Tigris in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 .

She is on the faculty of the Patel Institute in Tampa where she teaches acting.

Bondurant got into acting when she started taking classes in Los Angeles while on a modeling job, joined SAG (Screen Actors Guild) and started getting small roles in TV shows, commercials and film.

She is a cabaret singer, appearing in the American Songbook Series with husband Paul Wilborn and Blue Roses, and a founder of The Radio Theater Project.

Eugenie is well-known as an On-Camera and Meisner acting coach.

Curtis Graham

Teaches Directing and Cinematography

Curtis Graham is an Award-Winning Feature Film Director and Cinematographer. His Film Oloibiri recently won the Nigerian Academy Award for Best Film.

With 100’s of commercials for advertising clients around the world, Curtis Graham has created a diverse body of work as Director/Cinematographer.

Raised in a photographic family, Curtis started taking pictures at age 15. He attended the 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 SE Universities.

Tom Flynn

Tom Flynn started writing professionally in 1987, and sold his first spec script in 1989 to Paramount Pictures and producers Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer. He followed this with sales to Warner Brothers and Scott Rudin, then Simpson Bruckheimer a second time. Over the course of the next twenty years, Tom wrote numerous feature comedies, of which only one, the ironically titled WATCH IT, was ever produced. Still, for someone who wrote almost exclusively original material, the wild spec script market of the 90’s made for a pretty good living. “I sold seven original spec screenplays, yet my mom thought I was a drug dealer because I had all this money, but no evidence of employment on screen or television. I rarely told anyone I was a screenwriter, because the inevitable follow up was, ‘Oh, have you written anything I would know?’”

As the housing bubble was bursting, Tom and his wife, Andi, cashed in and moved to St Petersburg, Florida, “for the climate.”

“I basically quit the business. I bought real estate properties at the bottom of the market and fixed them up. It was fun. I was able to see some results from my efforts, and my mom stopped accusing me of selling heroin.

Still, I had an idea for a drama that I couldn’t get out of my head. I’d never written a drama, not one. After a year of threatening to write it, my wife, who nags me exclusively in cartoon voices, told me to go away for a month and write it, or I’d have a Le Crueset migraine in my future.”

GIFTED was written over five weeks in October, 2011. Tom Flynn no longer dabbles in real estate, he’s a screenwriter. He lives in St Petersburg, Florida, with his wonderful wife, Andi, and four cats, one of which, Fred, has only one eye. His mother keeps the number of the Federal Drug Task Force on her speed dial, just in case.

Tom’s IMDB bio.

Terry Emerson

Terri is a screenwriter, and a mother of three children, who resides in the Tampa Bay area.

The film Terri co-wrote, Bernie the Dolphin, was recently released in theaters. Bernie the Dolphin 2, which
she also co-wrote, is currently in post-production. The comedy she wrote, T-Minus 100, will begin pre-
production in 2019.

Terri attended the University of South Florida where she earned an undergraduate degree in mass
communications, as well as master’s degree in teaching.

For the past ten years, Terri has served on the board of the screenwriting group, Screenwriters of
Tomorrow, where she teaches screenwriting to writers who are fine-turning their skills

In a Nutshell

July 8-26th, 2019
The camp day is from 9 AM to 5 PM.

The camp will be held at Studio 620 in downtown St. Petersburg, 620 1st Ave. South St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Who is eligible to participate?
Kids ages 13-18. Some exceptions to age requirements will be made based on prior experience and interest level after an evaluation by the Sunscreen Film Festival staff. Please note: movie-making is a collaborative effort in which each member of the production team relies on everyone else. Your child’s camping decision should be grounded in a genuine desire to learn the art movie-making.

What equipment is required?
Four campers will be expected to volunteer laptops for editing the movies. If you have family equipment, like a camcorder, and want to learn to use it more effectively, you are encouraged to bring it. Otherwise, Sunscreen will provide the equipment.

What about lunch and snacks?
Campers are required to provide their own meals and snacks. Studio620 is in downtown St. Petersburg where lots of restaurants are within walking distance.


Email Harry Chittenden at or call him at 727-420-0566


Movies From Camp 2018


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