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Cinema Audition Requirements

Do you love making films? Or maybe you just love watching and thinking about films, and want to learn how to create them. Students in the NESA Cinema program spend two class periods every day learning how to use film equipment, how to analyze films, how to write screenplays, and the history of film. They work in groups to produce animation, fiction, documentary and experimental films. Prior experience in filmmaking is NOT necessary for admission to this program.

Please be aware that our Cinema program puts students behind the camera, not in front of it. This is not a program for students who are interested primarily in acting in films.


Cinema program auditions are conducted through an online process. 

If you are invited to audition based on your application, you will receive an email with instructions for completing an online writing prompt and video interview. 

Please note: students should not be discouraged because of lack of prior experience in this field. We are seeking students who demonstrate potential to be talented filmmakers. Show us your passion for cinema, your desire to use your creativity to make films, and your willingness to work hard in a group setting. 

Please direct all questions about the Cinema program to Heidi Whitus: