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Film and Television Summer Institute – Film Production

Learn the aesthetics, techniques, and practices of filmmaking from story pitch to post-production

An intensive program that shapes the filmmakers of tomorrow in the heart of Los Angeles

The UCLA Film & Television Summer Institute – Film Production track gives students from across the country and around the globe an unparalleled opportunity to study filmmaking at one of the most prestigious film schools in the world.

This intensive immersion filmmaking workshop is intended for beginning and intermediate filmmakers of all ages (19+). Students work together on short film projects as they are introduced to the aesthetics, techniques and practices of filmmaking. Students work closely with each other under the direction of UCLA faculty to study directing, cinematography, editing, production and creative collaboration while using UCLA equipment and sound stages.

The UCLA Film & Television Summer Institute – Film Production track shapes the filmmakers of tomorrow right in the heart of Los Angeles, the entertainment capital of the world.

Fees and Payment Info

The program fee includes the unit fees for the UCLA coursework offered as part of the program and thus varies by UC student status. In addition to the program fee, students are assessed other campus and administrative fees during the summer. This is a summary of fees that commonly apply to the selected student type.

Actual tuition and fees are subject to change by the University of California. Visit the fees, payment, and financial aid section for important disclaimer, as well as more details on fees, payment instructions, and information on delinquency, refunds, and financial aid.

Program Fee $5,367
Ackerman Student Union Fee $13.20
Ackerman / Kerckhoff Seismic Fee $22.80
Wooden Center Fee $7.20
SPARC Fee $22.80
Undergraduate Student Association Fee $48.03
PLEDGE Fee $19.42
IEI Fee $61
Document Fee (incoming UCLA students only) $50

Meet your instructors

Christopher Borey

Instructor, Writing Workshop

Christopher Borey teaches Introduction to Screenwriting and Introduction to Film and Television Directing at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television and also leads the Writing Workshop for UCLA’s Film and Television Summer Institute. In 2021, Hulu released the feature film Boss Level, starring Frank Grillo, Naomi Watts, and Michelle Yeoh, which was co-written by Chris and his brother/writing partner, Eddie Borey. Chris grew up primarily in the Midwest and did his undergraduate work in film theory at the University of Michigan. After graduating, he moved to Los Angeles to partner with his brother and begin working as a screenwriter. Their first script, Open Grave, made the prestigious Blacklist in 2006 and launched their careers. The film was later produced and distributed by Atlus Independent and Tribeca films. Although they began in horror, they quickly branched into other genres including action, science fiction, and drama. Chris and his brother have sold scripts and worked on assignment for multiple studios and production companies. Chris continued to work as a screenwriter while he pursued his MFA in directing at UCLA TFT. While there, his short film At Falling Rock was a Directors Spotlight winner and also won the award for best screenplay. Chris continues to work with his brother while teaching at UCLA. They are currently working on multiple features on assignment, including an adaptation of a best-selling novel and a biopic.

Lia Lenart

Instructor, FILM TV 122D – Film Editing: Overview of History, Technique, and Practice

Lia Lenart teaches Film Editing at the UCLA Department of Film, Television, and Digital Media. Lia believes that stories give us a structure to help us understand our experiences, values, identity and place in history. In short, they help us create meaning. Her inspiration often comes from theory, and research, as much as from lived experience and observations. Originally from Cambridge, Massachusetts, Lia graduated with honors from Harvard, where she designed her own focus field on Gender in 20th Century American Media and Culture within the Social Studies concentration. As a Directing MFA at UCLA’s School of Theater Film and Television, she was a UCLA TFT/Telluride FilmLAB Fellow, and received the Streisand Sony Fellowship and Jim Morrison Film Award. Her thesis, Cassandra, a psychological drama about the college hook up culture, was awarded the Women in Film Verna Fields Memorial Fellowship, Lynn Weston Fellowship in Film, and the Adrienne Shelley Foundation Thesis Award. Her final year in the program, she was selected to direct one of three UCLA Theater-Film collaboration films. She is now a writer-director based in Los Angeles.


Paul Cannon

Instructor, FILM TV 122E – Digital Cinematography

Paul Cannon is a cinematographer and instructor of cinematography based in LA. As a cinematographer, Cannon has worked with companies such as Netflix and MTV, and his work has screened at festivals such as Sundance and SXSW. He has been nominated for a number of cinematography awards, including an ASC Heritage Award. Most recently, the web series APRICOT premiered at Slamdance 2020, and the feature film THE LONG SHADOW won Best Louisiana Feature at The New Orleans Film Festival 2019 and will be distributed on digital platforms in April 2020. Commitments to teaching, mentorship, and support of diverse voices and stories drive much of Cannon’s work. He earned his MFA from UCLA, and continues to be an engaged member of the school’s filmmaking community.

Melissa Finell

Instructor, FILM TV 178 – Film and Television Production Laboratory

Melissa Finell is an award-winning director and screenwriter based in Los Angeles. SENSITIVITY TRAINING, her first feature film, had its world premiere at the 2016 LA Film Festival, where it was named a “Can’t Miss” film by the Hollywood Reporter. Her script for SENSITIVITY TRAINING won an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Production Grant and a Samuel Goldwyn Writing Award. The film went on to screen at numerous festivals worldwide including Woodstock, Frameline, and TIFF Inside Out. It was released in 2018 by Random Media in partnership with The Orchard.

Mel’s short films have screened for festival audiences around the world. Her most recent short, “Disaster Preparedness,” was a Semi-Finalist for the Student Academy Awards and has been broadcast on PBS Stations across the country as part of KQED’s “Film School Shorts” series. The film premiered at Palm Springs International ShortFest, where it was named an Audience Favorite and screened in the “Best of the Fest” program. The film also screened at Mill Valley, Cleveland, Frameline, and NewFest; it won the “Best Short Film” Jury Award at the Seattle Gay & Lesbian Film Festival and was selected for “Best of Fest” at Outfest. Mel has written feature screenplays for Lionsgate, Gunpowder & Sky, CJ Entertainment, and Tyler Perry’s 34th Street Films and has several projects in active development. Originally from New York, she received her B.A. in Gender Studies at Smith College and studied sketch comedy writing at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater. Mel is a graduate of UCLA’s MFA program in Film and Television Directing, a former Film Independent Project Involve Directing Fellow, and a Ryan Murphy Television Half Initiative mentee. She is represented by CAA and Lit Entertainment Group.