Who We Are

The region’s only program for YOUTH AGES 8-19 who love to make and watch films!

The Academy of Cinematic Arts is a faith-based, arts/education nonprofit that helps youth ages 8-19 discover their stories through film, media, and digital storytelling. We provide educational programs, film competitions, a Midwest film festival, and youth experiences.

We know that stories change lives and people stretch, grow, feel, change, inspire, and innovate because of stories. We become our best selves, witness our worst, and truly live our lives through stories. When the next generation tells stories well, they become empowered and elevate their communities in ways we can only begin to imagine.